Exhibition | Local Talent: Owen Riley

Feb 14, 2015 — Mar 29, 2015

Greenville photographer Owen Riley reformulates the familiar in a series of black-and-white portraits, landscapes, and still life images. 

Riley earned his BA in art from Berry College in 1980 and enjoyed a long and successful career as a photojournalist, earning the honor of South Carolina Photojournalist of the Year from the South Carolina News Photographers Association. In 2010 Riley received an MFA in Visual Arts/Photography from Clemson University.

Skilled in digital color photography, fine art digital printing, and traditional film-based black-and-white archival photography, Riley also practices and teaches the 19th-century wet-plate collodion process. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Greenville County Museum of Art, the Greenville Fine Arts Center, and in various private collections in the United States.

Learn more about Riley's background, inspirations, and creative process on Sunday, February 15, when the artist presents a gallery talk in his exhibition as part of the GCMA's Sundays at 2 programming. The event is free, and the public is invited.

On Saturday, March 14, Riley will lead a hands-on workshop at the museum. Participants will learn techniques to create striking and meaningful digital portraits, using manual settings, intentional exposure, natural light, and reflectors.