Sunday, December 20, 2015

Cloud Head

With all of the rain falling in Northern California this weekend I kept thinking of how opposite the weather had been this past summer––how dry the land, and how low the level of Shasta Lake. About a year ago I made this drawing regarding this basic and practical need for water. The image is also a metaphor for having one’s “head in the clouds”––a phrase that is often derogatory towards imaginative people for their presumed lack of practicality. However, creative ideas can lead to real solutions. It is one of the ways in which heaven comes to earth. 

Cloud Head, graphite and charcoal on paper, 24 x 18 inches, 2014.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Shasta College 66th Annual Art Faculty Exhibit

I have had four photo-based works showing at the Shasta College 66th Annual Art Faculty Exhibit in Redding, CA.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Art review: Talent from Region’s Universities Shine in Sacramento Show

Wow! One of my artworks––“House Head”––was used as the feature image for an article in The Sacramento Bee––for Friday, June 26, 2015––which I know was several months ago, but I’ve been a little preoccupied. Anyways, the favorable review discusses the “engaging show” which included some of my images. The writer, Victoria Dalkey, describes my work as “a group of compelling, surreal photographs." To read more of her comments, see the newspaper clipping below, or visit the online version of the article – “Art review: Talent from Region’s Universities Shine in Sacramento Show.”


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Accepted into "Trending: New Talent from Northern California"

One delightful opportunity that happened for me this past summer was having some of my work shown at JayJay Gallery in Sacramento, CA. It was a marvelously atypical opportunity to exhibit at JayJay because the gallery normally features the work of their own select group of artists. However, they decided to mix things up and gave a call to nearby graduate programs to discover what recent graduates were creating. I was one of eight artists selected for this show, called “Trending: New Talent from Northern California.” I was very pleased to sell several works over the summer and I even received some commissions. Hooray! 


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Gratefulness for Teaching

While a graduate student at California State University, Chico, I was privileged in having the opportunity to teach five semesters––Beginning Photography and 2D Design. So much opportunity is unusual and I am grateful for the circumstances which allowed me to practice so much teaching. After graduating in 2014 I was ready, willing, and able to start teaching a graphic design class at Shasta College in Redding, CA. The class combines both beginning and intermediate-level students – so it is like I am teaching two classes in the one. This past semester I was also given an Introduction to Art History class to teach. With 50 students in the class it is nearly twice the number of students I am used to teaching at one time. In addition, it is also a non-studio course – the dynamics are very different, creating a good mix of being challenging, rewarding, and fun. 

Essentially the point of this post is to say that I am grateful for teaching, not just the opportunity to teach and to influence others, but I that am also grateful for all the teachers who have influenced me throughout my life. Education is a profoundly wonderful aspect of being alive. Its sad that it is fraught with so many complications in our world––but that is another story. I am choosing thankfulness for here and now. 



Friday, November 13, 2015

MFA Student Blends Poetry and Large-Scale Prints to Be Understood

On March 22, 2014 Leila Rodriguez of The Chico Enterprise-Record stopped by 1078 Gallery to view my MFA culminating exhibition – “The Saying and the Said.” She wrote a brief and wonderful article about the show, which can be viewed here: “MFA Student Blends Poetry and Large-Scale Prints to Be Understood."


Thursday, November 12, 2015

"The Saying and the Said" – Radio Interview

Regarding my culminating thesis exhibition “The Saying and the Said,” I was interviewed by Maria Phillips and Dolores Mitchell for Northstate Public Radio's "Weekend Showcase" (KCHO, 91.7, Chico, CA) which aired on March 21, 2014. (Unfortunately Maria Phillips, one of Chico’s greatest champions of the arts, has since passed away, reminding me of the preciousness and fleetingness of life.) It is strange for me to hear my own voice and there are things I wish I would have said differently, but some interesting insights are expressed. Included in the interview, I discuss several of the images and read one of my poems—“The Volume of Voice.” The audio is under 15 minutesLISTEN TO IT HERE


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Saying and the Said: Photographs and Poems by Jon Lynn McCallum

My graduate thesis exhibition was held at 1078 Gallery in Chico, CA from March 20 to 29, 2014. The show was titled “The Saying and the Said: Photographs and Poems by Jon Lynn McCallum.” It was a wonderful experience to have all my work displayed in one place and open to the public.

The exhibition postcard looked like this: 



Glimpses Through the Thickets

I am seeing that my last post was over three years ago. Where did the time go? Definitely more time has past then I had imagined. I was tremendously busy with grad school. And then there was the new life beginning, known as "after grad school," with its new freedoms, and new responsibilities. It can be difficult to find one’s groove at times. At least I see glimpses of it through the thickets.