Ragan Award to honor photographer
Laurinburg, N.C. – Noted photographer Jon Holloway will be presented with the Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award at St. Andrews Presbyterian College on April 15.
Following the formal presentation of the award, Holloway’s work will be on display in the Vardell Gallery with a formal opening event beginning at 8 p.m. Due to scheduling issues, the exhibit will only be available for public view until April 16 at 5 p.m.
“Each year, we honor distinguished North Carolinians – past and present,” said Ron Bayes, chair of the Ragan Awards Committee. “Honorees are persons who have, over a long period, been outstanding practitioners of their art, and who have selflessly shared their talent with other creators, working in their primary genre and beyond.”
Holloway, who is based in Greenwood, S.C., falls into the North Carolina category through his time as a student and subsequent professional work with St. Andrews Presbyterian College. He graduated with a degree in biology in 1991 and has taken time since moving into the profession to return to his alma mater to share insights with art students and other interested members of the community.
Professional opportunities have allowed Holloway to travel the glob, creating photographic exhibits on South Carolina, India, South Africa, Cuba, Gates of the Arctic and Native America. His work has been nationally and internationally exhibited, and collected by private and corporate clients, museums and galleries. Many of his pieces have been picked up by such publications as South Carolina Beautiful Places, National Geographic, America 24/7, South Carolina 24/7, Daybreak 2000, and The Palmetto Portrait Project among others.
“Throughout my career, I have experimented with capturing the splendor and beauty forged from building connections between the human spirit and our universe – a visual statement designed to communicate my belief that we, as soulful beings, are made to share ourselves with each other and with our universe,” Holloway said. “We are all part of a whole, and by sharing ourselves, we nurture and strengthen our light and those we influence.
“Too often in our society, we neglect the importance of creating meaningful connections with the world around us,” he continued. “These images seek to represent our primal need to connect with the universe and the nourishment, strength, and faith produced from these actions that are true to our hearts. I honestly believe when we share our spark with the universe, however brief, we experience an overwhelming joy and appreciation for the beauty and majesty of life.”
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