Over the past 30 years Ron Tarver has built a successful career in photography. He received a B. A. in Journalism and Graphic Arts from Northeaster State University in Oklahoma. His work has been published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Inquirer Sunday Magazine, National Geographic, Life, Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and Black and White Magazine. He is co-author of the book We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, published by Harper Collins in 2004, which was accompanied by a traveling exhibition that debuted at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
Aside from establishing a successful career in photojournalism, he has built a distinguished career in fine art. Tarver is a 2001 Pew Fellow in the Arts. He has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and a 2007 Independence Foundation Fellowship. He was named one of the Delaware Valley's "50 Rising Stars in the Arts" by Seven Arts Magazine and is a 1999 alumni of the Center For Emerging Visual Artist. He currently serves as visiting instructor of photography at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore PA.
His photography has been exhibited nationally and internationally in over 30 solo and 50 group exhibitions and is included in many private, corporate, and museum collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, Oklahoma Museum of History and the National Museum of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. His work is represented by the Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Robin Rice Gallery, New York, NY, The Packard Reath Gallery in Lewes, Delaware, Soho-Myriad in Atlanta, GA and Grand Image in Seattle, WA.
See news page for a listing of his lastest exhibitions.
Robin Rice Gallery, 325W. 11th St., New York, NY
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore PA Visiting Instructor of Art
Photography Instructor, Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial.
Photography Instructor, Perkins Center for the Arts. Moorestown,
Staff Photographer, The Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia,
Founder and Director, PhotoSession photography conference.
Photography Instructor, Drury College. Springfield, Missouri.
Staff Photographer, The Springfield News and Leader. Springfield,
Staff Photographer, The Muskogee Daily Phoenix. Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Invisible, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
Unstructured, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
The World in a Grain of Sand, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
Packard Reath Gallery, Lewes, DE
Havana: A Place out of Time, Silva Gallery of Art, The Pennington School, Pennington, NJ.
Art/Place, Southport Railroad Station. Southport, CT.
What the eye Doesn't See, List Gallery, Swarthmore College. Swarthmore, PA.
Trees, Sande Webster Gallery. Philadelphia, PA.
Deep Deuce and Beyond, Governor's Art Gallery, Oklahoma State Capital, Oklahoma City, OK.
We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA
Homesteads, Sande Webster Gallery. Philadelphia, PA.
Trees, Awbury Arborteum. Philadelphia, PA.
A Sense of Place, (Installation). Philadelphia International Airport. Philadelphia, PA.
Homesteads, Edward Carter Gallery. Lewes, DE.
Havana: A Place Out of Time, Monique Goldstrom Gallery. New York, NY.
Havana: A Place Out of Time, Sande Webster Gallery. Philadelphia PA. Soho-Myriad. Atlanta, GA.
The Unseen Landmark, Eastern State College, Devon, PA.
Fleisher Exhibition No. 1, Samuel S. Fleisher Memorial. Philadelphia, PA.
A Retrospective, Beaver College. Philadelphia, PA.
The Long Ride Home: the African American Cowboy Experience in America, YWCA of Brooklyn,
The Long Ride Home, African American Museum of Dallas. Dallas, TX.
The Long Ride Home, Connoco Gallery. Oklahoma State University. Okmulgee, OK.
Walt Whitman Center for Cultural Arts. Camden, NJ.
Divergence, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
Third Woodmere Triennial of Contemporary Photography, Woodmere Art Museum,
Emerging to Established, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Pa
Art & the City, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
The Kandy Project, Jane & Bert Gallery, Lumeria Gallery, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia,
Viajeros: North American Artist/ Photographers’ Images of Cuba, Lehigh University, (traveling exhibition), Lehigh, PA
Noteworthy, 25 Years of Photography Exhibitions, Perkins Center fro the Arts,Moorestown, PA
Sande Webster Gallery, “Black and White”
Impregnable Direction, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY.
Photography: Ten Years of Acquisitions, Haverford College, Haverford, PA.
A Pairing of Peers: Artists Invite, Fleisher Art Memorial. Philadelphia, PA.
Havana/Venice: Mirrors of Nostalgia, (two person exhibition). Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia PA.
Queensborough Community College Art Gallery. Bayside, NY.
America the Beautiful, Edward Carter Gallery, Lewes, DE.
Photography 19, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ.
Committed to the Image, Brooklyn Museum of Art. Brooklyn, NY.
Photo 2001, Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York, NY.
Network Group Exhibition, Open Space Gallery, Allentown, PA.
Fin de Siecle, (three person exhibition), Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA.
Recently Acquired Works, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA.
People and Places, Atlantic City Center for the Arts, Atlantic City, NJ.
Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840- Present,
Smithsonian Institution, Anacostia Museum, Washington, DC.
The Discriminating Lens, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA.
Art of the State '99, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, PA.
Photography 17, Perkins Center for the Arts. Moorestown, NJ.
Shutter, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
Creative Artist Network Group Show, Federal Reserve Bank, Philadelphia, PA.
Photography 16, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ.
20 x 12: A Generation of Challenge Artists, Samuel S. Fleisher Memorial, Philadelphia, PA.
Through the Heart of the City, Philadelphia Art Alliance. Philadelphia, PA.
Photography 15, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ.
Photography: Contemporary Prospect '96, Historic Yellow Springs, Chester Springs, PA.
Hidden in Plain Sight, The Philadelphia Art Alliance. Philadelphia, PA.
National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA.
Penn Charter Arts Festival. Philadelphia, PA.
1993 Photography: Contemporary Prospect '96, Historic Yellow Springs, Chester Springs, PA.
Philadelphia Photographs Philadelphia, Borders Bookstore, Philadelphia, PA.
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA.
Eye Witness 93, Exhibition featuring winning photographs from the annual World Press Photo Awards. Amsterdam, The Netherlands (traveling exhibition)
Photography Without Captions, Community Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA.
Altered States-Alcohol And Other Drugs in America, Strong Museum, Rochester, NY. (traveling exhibition, acquired by the Smithsonian Institution as part of permanent collection)
Visa Pour L. Image International Photojournalism Festival. Perpignan, France
Ruben V. Burrell Photography Award. Hampton University Museum.
Pew Fellowship in the Arts
Margaret Danby Visual Arts Award. Black Liberated Arts Center.
Oklahoma City, OK.
Jurors Award and Purchase Award. Perkins Center for the Arts. Moorestown,
Jurors Award and Purchase Award. Perkins Center for the Arts. Moorestown, NJ.
Silver Metal. Society for Publication Design. New York, NY.
Jurors Award and Purchase Award. Perkins Center for the Arts. Moorestown, NJ.One of the 50 Artists to Watch, Seven Arts Magazine. Philadelphia, PA.
Best of Show. Penn Charter Arts Fesitval. Philadelphia, PA.
National Newspaper Magazine Society Award for Documentary Photography
National Society of Professional JournalistNational Press Photographers Association
University of Missouri Pictures
of the Year
in Selected Collections:
Johnson & Johnson corporate collection, Skillman, NJ
Independence Foundation Fellowship
Gap Grant, Pew Fellowships in the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts Grant in collaboration with Black Liberated Arts Center,
Oklahoma City, OK
Pew Fellowship in the Arts
Creative Artist Network, Philadelphia PA
National Geographic Magazine, Development Grant for Documentary
Photography, Washington, DC
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship
Artist-In-Residence, Children's Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Sickle Cell Camp for Children
Philadelphia City Paper, “ The Road Not Taken”, Robin Rice, August 14, 2010
Philadelphia Inquirer, “A ‘Divergence’ of photographic nuance”, Victoria Donohoe, August, 2010
Philadelphia Inquirer, “Two Toasts to Philadelphia Photography,” Edward J. Sozanski, October 4, 2009
Wilmington News Journal, “Photog’s Work Puts Different Spin on Universe,” Christopher Yasiejko,
Cover Features Section, July 8, 2007
Philadelphia Inquirer, "Swathmore's List Gallery", Victoria Donohoe, October 22, 2006
Art Matters Magazine, The Inquisitive Lens of Ron Tarver, February 2005, p. 9
Co-author of the book " We Were There, Voices of African American Veterans,NewsWeek Magazine,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Searching for Home," Edward J.
Sozanski, November, 15, 1996, Weekend Section, p. 41