|Flag, Owen Riley|
Owen Riley Jr., Clemson University MFA (2010, photography) alum, will have his art on exhibit at the Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC in August.
Owen Riley Jr. is a Greenville, South Carolina based artist and teacher. He holds a 2010 MFA in Visual Arts/Photography from Clemson University, did post graduate work in journalism at The University of Georgia’s Henry Grady School of Journalism and received his bachelors degree in Art from Berry College.
Riley's work is in the permanent collections of The Greenville County Art Museum, The Greenville Fine Arts Center and in private and corporate collections across the United States. In addition to national and regional juried and invitational shows, Riley has done five solo shows since 2007 at Anderson University’s Vandiver Gallery in Anderson, S.C., the Meridian Gallery in Greenwood, South Carolina, Converse College’s Milliken Gallery in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Berry College's Moon Gallery in Rome, Georgia, and at the Greenville Fine Arts Center, in Greenville, South Carolina. His next solo show will be in Tryon, North Carolina’s Upstairs Art Gallery in the summer of 2014.
Before beginning his full time teaching career at Christ Church Episcopal School and his art practice from his Greenville home studio, he worked as Chief Photographer and as a Staff Photojournalist with The Greenville News Greenvilleonline.com and as the Homes Photographer for Greenville’s “Talk” Magazine. He was on the adjunct faculty in the art department at Lander University and has conducted photographic workshops across the upstate. As a graduate student in the MFA program at Clemson University he taught Photo I, II and III during his two and a half years in the program..
Riley's work in photojournalism, commercial photography and advertising has been published nationally and internationally and he is a former South Carolina Photojournalist of the Year.
Riley lives in Greenville with his wife Beth, a psychotherapist in private practice, their daughter Clara, (a sophomore in high school) their Victorian bulldog Lily and their cat Mies. His passion is art, teaching and his family. His hobbies include collecting art and mid century antiques for his sixties modern home, travel, cooking, music, making espresso and bicycling.
Owen's web site: http://www.owenriley.com
The "Upstairs" was founded in 1978 in the upstairs bedroom of a local artist. Today we occupy a handsomely renovated building with over 3000 square feet of exhibition space in three separate galleries. The exhibitions change every two months and are typically developed around a theme. The exhibits are curated by experienced Board members and we have a strong schedule of programs designed to educate children and adults through tours, lectures, workshops, demonstrations, films and classes in local schools.
The Upstairs is supported by memberships, public and private donations, sales of art, grants and fund-raising events. The UA is supported by the Polk County Community Foundation.