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Press Release for Wednesday, August 21, 2013

MOCA’s UNF Gallery Presents Noted Photographer Exhibition

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102


The University of North Florida Gallery at the Museum of Contemporary Art, a cultural resource of UNF, and the UNF Department of Art and Design, presents “Kept Time: Photographs by Joseph D. Jachna, 1958-2012.”


Curated by Christopher W. Luhar-Trice, UNF assistant professor of photography, “Kept Time” will be on view in the MOCA UNF Gallery Tuesday, Aug. 27, to Sunday, Oct. 20. A free reception to meet the artist will take place 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, during ArtWalk at MOCA, located at 333. N. Laura St.


The exhibition focuses on various manifestations of time in Jachna’s work, tracing common threads woven through five decades of photographs. In conjunction with the exhibition, Jachna will give a lecture at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, in the MOCA Auditorium.


Jachna taught photography at the college level for 40 years and his career as an artist provides a rare, microcosmic look at the evolution of photography in the second half of the 20th century. He was in the vanguard of fine-art photographers who first embraced color in the 1970s. As the 20th century passed into the 21st, Jachna, sensing the coming changes, gracefully transitioned from film to digital.


While exploring the possibilities of ever-changing methods and materials, he continually refined his distinctive, personal photographic vision. Now in his sixth decade as a photographer, Jachna continues to build a rich and varied body of work that looks both inward and outward, presenting the natural world with a meditative, abstractionist aesthetic.


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures -rounded education.