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The Art of Paul Owen

Also on view on the 1st floor: Paul Owen's work will be displayed throughout the 1st floor At the Western. Will be on view for next 6 months.

PAUL OWEN, Rural Life

In 1986 I began an effort to document rural life in the Catskill region of New York State.  The family farms with the life and tradition that surround it is rapidly disappearing.  I feel it is important to make a record of this tradition before it is only memory.  My efforts have taken me to small family farms, as well as country events including: county fairs, auctions and lumberjack festivals. I am particularly drawn to the farmers’ respect for the land and their animals, which are so much a part of their lives.  This is an ongoing project.


Professor of Photography and Imaging & Undergraduate Film and Television. Work included in the collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of the City of New York; National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, Chicago; NYU Art Collection, Grey Gallery; Daniel P. Witter Agricultural Museum, Syracuse, N.Y.;  E. M. M. Warburg Collection, New York; Fortis Collection, N.Y.;  PacificTelesis Collection, California; Astor Collection, England.

Photographs published in the New York Times, New York Post, New York Daily News, Village Voice, Polaroid Newsletter for Photographic Education, American Photographer, Dance Magazine, Youth Today Magazine, and Phoenix magazine.  

Books: NEWYORKSEPTEMBERELEVENTWOTHOUSANDONE, A de.MO project.  Vietnam, Reflexes and Reflections, by Abrams Press.  Dance Design, by Stewart Hodes. NYU Senior Faculty Development Grant (1996).

Earlier Event: July 30
Callicoon Country Fair After-Party
Later Event: October 8
The Art of James McGinley