NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is pleased to announce an artist talk and reception with Jon Verney, whose Gallery 51 exhibit “Burning at the Center of Things” opened on June 27.

The talk and reception will take place at 6:30 on Thursday, July 25, during the next DownStreet Art of the 2019 season. The reception will run from 5-8 p.m., with the artist’s talk to begin at 6:30. 

Verney’s exhibition is comprised of framed photographs, altered Polaroids, light-boxes and video projection. Approaching photographs as objects that can be pulled apart, dissected and dissolved, Verney presents a series of works embodying his experimentation and embracing of chance. The focus of the exhibition is on the results and process of deconstructing a series of found polaroid snapshots.  The process is both meticulous and fascinating, and Verney will describe it in detail and answer questions during his talk.

A 2018 recipient of MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists grant, Verney has exhibited his work in gallery shows and group exhibitions across the United States and internationally, including at the Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis, Minn.; at the University of the Arts’ Exhibition Laboratory in Helsinki, Finland; and at AS220’s PVDLoop Festival in Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated with distinction from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010 with a degree in painting, and earned a post-baccalaureate certificate in painting from Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy. He earned his master of fine art in 2016 from the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. See a collection of Verney’s work at

MCLA Gallery 51 is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. The gallery is open Monday- Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 413-662-5320 or go to

MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) provides opportunities, resources, and support to the Northern Berkshire Community. BCRC brings together the Northern Berkshire , MCLA and greater Creative Communities through its cultural programming including: MCLA Gallery 51, Downstreet Art, B-Hip, and MCLA Presents! We will promote, facilitate, and encourage a dialogue in order to foster a sustainable creative community. BCRC is a collaborative project of MCLA, MASS MoCA, and the City of North Adams.