R. J. Kern (b. 1978) is an American artist whose work explores ideas of home, ancestry, and a sense of place.
His work has been exhibited in a number of exhibitions, including the Museum of Modern Art (Tbilisi, Georgia), the National Portrait Gallery (London, UK), the Yixian International Photography Festival (Anhui, China), and solo exhibitions at the Griffin Museum of Photography and the Plains Art Museum. Kern’s work and books have been exhibited at art fairs such as Paris Photo and Classic Photographs LA, as well as at galleries, including Klompching Gallery in NY, Burnet Fine Art and Advisory in Minneapolis, and Afterimage Gallery in Dallas.
Awards and accolades include PDN’s 30 2018, Critical Mass 2018 Top 50, CENTER 2017 Choice Award Winner (Curator’s Choice, First Place), the 2017 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (Finalist), and three Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board. He was the Commemorative Artist for the 2019 Minnesota State Fair.