Conklin, Jon

American 1954-

Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s during the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, the War on Poverty, and the fight for Women's and Gay Rights, Jon Conklin (1954 - ) couldn't help but become aware that there was a great inequality and suffering in the world. From this influence Jon developed an empathy and compassion for those outside his own comfortable middle-class lifestyle. So he worked at Summer camps with developmentally handicapped children. After college, Jon spent a year as a VISTA volunteer (Volunteers in Service to America) within impoverished counties in Western Pennsylvania. Subsequently, Jon spent several years with an agency that operated anti-poverty and assistance programs like HEAP and Head Start.

Jon was introduced to the lens through his college roommate and was immediately taken with the art and science of photography. After graduating with a degree in Visual Communications at Ohio University, Jon began a long career of photo reportage with various news sources in Ohio. Jon has collected many awards over the years, but it was his entry in the 2010 Canton Luminaries Photography Competition which won him representation with the Joseph Saxton Gallery and his first major exhibition with us in 2011.