Gallery Talk with Jen Ervin

Meet the artist behind the polaroids currently featured in the Waters Gallery.

Mrs. Ervin specializes in film-based photography. Born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, the artist moved to Florence, South Carolina in her formative years. She received her MFA in Graphic Design from Boston University, and a BA in Fine Art from Francis Marion University. Originally a painter, Ervin became interested in photography during her graduate studies under the tutelage of Alston Purvis, former student of master photographer, Walker Evans.

Motherhood soon followed graduation, initiating a more personal exploration of photography as medium. She actively exhibits her work and has been published on Aint-Bad, Lenscratch, Don’t Take Pictures and Feature Shoot. Her Polaroids have been exhibited in galleries and museums alongside notable photographers such as William Christenberry, Sally Mann, William Eggleston, Andy Warhol, Kathleen Robbins and Susan Worsham. Ervin currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband and their three daughters.

The talk is open to the public and all are invited.

Along the River: The Polaroid Work of Jen Ervin

Jen Ervin was born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey and moved to Florence, South Carolina in her formative years. Her initial studies of art were in painting and drawing, and she received her BA in Fine Art from Francis Marion University in 1995. Two years later she moved to Boston where she became a Visual Arts Librarian at Boston University. Here, she met Alston Purvis, esteemed professor and former student of master photographer, Walker Evans. A few years later, she began studying with Purvis and received her MFA in Graphic Design from Boston University in 2002. After graduation she returned to South Carolina.

Motherhood soon followed, initiating a more personal exploration of photography as medium. Ervin was a studio artist at the Redux Contemporary Art Center from 2011-2013. It was during this time, she began her series, “The Arc of Summer”. Ervin has actively exhibited her work in galleries and museums alongside notable photographers such as Sally Mann, William Christenberry, William Eggleston and Andy Warhol. Recent publications have included Don’t Take Pictures, Aint-Bad Magazine, Lenscratch and Feature Shoot. Ervin lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Francis, and their three daughters.

Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday 10 am  to 5pm