R. J. Kern

R. J. Kern (b. 1978) is an American artist whose work explores ideas of home, ancestry, and a sense of place through the interaction of people, animals, and cultural landscapes.

Kern's work has been presented in a number of publications, including a feature in National Geographic (November 2017), with his series The Unchosen Ones and Out To Pasture. In 2018, Kern published his first monograph with Kehrer Verlag titled, "The Sheep and the Goats."

Collections holding his work include the Center for Creative Photography, the General Mills Corporate Collection, the Plains Art Museum, the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL.

Selected Exhibitions

2018
The Unchosen Ones, The Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
The Sheep and the Goats, Burnet Fine Art, Wayzata, MN
The Sheep and the Goats, Mirage Gallery, Kobe, Japan
The Sheep and the Goats, Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2017
The Sheep and the Goats, Yixian International Photography Festival, Anhui, China
The Unchosen Ones... Out To Pasture, Gallery 360, Minneapolis, MN
The Unchosen Ones... Out To Pasture, Central Lakes College, Brainerd, MN
The Unchosen Ones, The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson Hospital & Clinic Healing Arts, Hudson, WI

2015
Divine Animals: The Bovidae, Ecce Gallery, Fargo, ND
Divine Animals: The Bovidae, Kaddatz Gallery, Fergus Falls, MN

2014
Divine Animals: The Bovidae, Sanford Health Roger Maris Cancer Center, Fargo, ND

Collections

Center for Creative Photography, Tuscon, AZ
Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND