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Jeffrey Silverthorne

Jeffrey Silverthorne, M.A.T.
Associate Professor of Art
B.F.A., M.F.A., M.A.T. Rhode Island School of Design
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Areas of Expertise: 
Visual Arts Studies/Photography

Jeffrey SilverthornePhotographer Jeffrey Silverthorne has been making pictures for over 40 years, with his work included in over 35 one-person exhibitions, 40 group exhibitions, 36 publications including 3 monographs. Silverthorne’s work is in the permanent collections of the Biblioteque Nationale, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum; Yale University Art Gallery; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; RISD Museum, Providence; Museum for Photography, Antwerp; State Gallery of the Czech Republic; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Musee de l’Elysee Lausanne Switzerland; Lars Swander, Copenhagen; Christian Caujolle, Paris and other collections.

Most recently, Silverthorne’s work has been collected into a monograph, Jeffrey Silverthorne: Directions for Leaving, Photographs 1971-2006, published by Fotografisk Gallery, Narayana Press, Copenhagen, Denmark. There, Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winner Annie Proulx writes: “We come away from Silverthorne’s work with a heightened perception on many levels, feeling the weight of human existence, the jokes that genes, luck and circumstances play on all of us. (He) has both a gift for strong composition and knowledge of art which seems to have strengthened his work over the years. Gustave Dore, Thomas Eakins, German surrealists and expressionists, Goya and Rembrandt whisper behind the curtain". Since 2006 alone, his work has been featured in solo or group shows in Paris, Dallas, Arles, Copenhagen, Providence, Brussels, Olympia, Manchester (UK), and in fourteen different publications in the US, UK, France, Denmark, and Germany.

Silverthorne has taught at Roger Williams University since 2002 as Associate Professor of Art and University Core Professor, and taught previously in many Visiting Professor roles at RISD, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth; Rhode Island College, University of Louisiana Lafayette; McNeese State University; Cleveland State University, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, the University of Houston, and Wheelock College, Boston. He was educated at Rhode Island School of Design, where he received MFA, MA in Teaching, and BFA degrees.

Most recently, Sliverthorne has written of his work as a teacher and an artist: “The job of being a teacher, especially in the Arts, involves a combination of motivations, often of a private nature, with a public presentation. To be concise, clear and to convey the contradictory natures of making things continues to be the goal toward which I educate students. In my photographic work, I have exceeded the particulars of my prior goals and expectations in that I, and others, find in the work a clarity built on simplicty and distance in seeing. By distance in seeing, I mean that the scene is up close, often intense, yet psychologically clear, such as dancing with grace in a raging hailstorm. I find contradictions in the medium of making are wealthier than fulfilling the probabilities of expectation.”

Susanna and the Elders

Susanna and the Elders

Border Patrol and Illegal, Laredo, 1987

Eurydice #2, 1982-1984

Susanna and the Elders