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JKC Gallery ‘Third Thursdays’ Free Monthly Photographic Artist Conference scheduled for March 17


originally published: 03/08/2022

(TRENTON, NJ) — “Third Thursdays,” the series of free and popular monthly photography presentations and artist talks at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) James Kerney Campus (JKC) Gallery at 137 North Broad Street in Trenton, will take place on March 17, 2022 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event, curated by Heather Palecek and Habiyb Shu’Aib, will feature works by Jeff McConnell and Gene Barclay. The conference will be moderated by Michael Chovan-Dalton, director of the JKC Gallery, and will take place live and on the Zoom conference platform. All are invited to register at

Professor Chovan-Calton remarked, “Building on our momentum, our upcoming Third Thursdays Photographic Artist Conference on March 17 will feature the work of two artists who approach photography in completely different ways.

About the artists

Jeff McConnell lives in the forests of New Jersey and found alternative photography when there was no camera to take the photos he imagined. He graduated from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 2000 and has been exploring lensless photography ever since. He has shown work and given workshops in many countries.

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The theme of McConnell’s Artist Talk will be street photography with slow pinhole cameras. “Photography is a tool of perception,” McConnell explained. “Even before we all had sharper and clearer cameras in our pockets at all times, I had already decided to go the other way and embrace the messiness of chance. ‘using simple cameras without a lens, I could see something that my eyes couldn’t see for themselves. It’s been a long time and I’m still amazed.

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Gene Barclay intends to focus on the present and in particular street life in the neighborhoods of Philadelphia and New York. His works include photographs, books and short films.

“My photography is my best attempt to document the people, things and events around me,” Barclay said. “I have a great passion for capturing the present because you never know what may interest you years later.”

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Photo by Gene Barclay

For more information on registering and participating in person or online, please visit

Heather Palacek and Habiyb Shu’Aib launched the “Third Thursdays” Artist Talks as a platform for artists to showcase their work to Trenton and the regional community. The events quickly reached audiences from New York to Philadelphia. With the introduction of virtual and in-person hybrid exhibitions, JKC Gallery now showcases artists from across the United States and beyond with a global audience.

For registration information, visit

Located at 137 North Broad Street, Trenton, New Jersey, the JKC Gallery at Mercer County Community College is a gallery of photography and lens-based works by international and regional artists. Please call or email [email protected] for gallery hours and in-person viewing. JKC Gallery will host virtual exhibitions through social media accounts and its community gallery website.

Top photo by Jeff McConnell