Fine Art Photographer Jeff Corwin’s Exhibit ‘Guns In America’ Opens Aug. 24 At Step Up Gallery


Fine Art Photographer Jeff Corwin’s “Guns in America” art exhibit opens Thursday in Step Up Gallery at Mesa Public Library. “Guns in America” is a powerful and provocative look at the relationship between guns and America. Corwin’s photographs, taken over the course of many years, offer a unique perspective on this complex issue. Corwin presents us with a mind-reeling montage of imagery which reverberates throughout the American political and historical spectrum. Corwin weaves a tapestry of uniquely American scenes which cut to the core of the issues at hand. Depending on the viewer’s perspective, the interpretations of these images will likely differ a great deal.

Corwin’s inspiration for the images in this exhibit began when he found two old handguns among his father’s possessions after his passing in 2007. The photographic images are distinctively personal at their core but can expand to address the viewer’s thoughts and feelings about the rapidly increasing gun violence unique to this country.

Jeff Corwin is an American fine art photographer whose work has been published in numerous magazines and books as well as exhibited at galleries around the world. This traveling exhibition “Guns in America,” opening Thursday in Step Up Gallery, has made 5 stops before arriving in Los Alamos. They include the Holter Museum of Art (Helena, MT); the Bader + Simon Museum (Cincinnati, OH); the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria (IL); DragonFLY Creative Space (Chicago, IL) and Echo Arts (Bozeman, MT). 

In addition to photographs shown previously in the “Guns in America” traveling exhibition, 8 new, never-before-shown photographs will be added to the exhibit in Step Up Gallery at Mesa Public Library. The exhibit runs from Aug. 24 to Oct. 5, 2023. The public is invited to an opening reception on Thursday, Aug. 24 from 5:30 – 7:30pm. The photographer, Jeff Corwin, will give a Gallery Talk at 6:00 p.m.

Step Up Gallery’s curator, Diane Stoffel, hopes that politically motivated controversy will not be assigned to this thoughtful exhibit. Viewers from all walks of life are welcome to spend some time with these images and allow their hearts to speak to their minds.