Ireland/The Upper Room
Jon Riley (1945- ) was raised in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. He received a BA in Sculpture and Printmaking in 1968 from the Atlanta College of Art. Later he received a scholarship to study with the printmaker, Stanley Hayter, in Paris, France. After his return to the United States, he completed a Masters Degree in film production in 1972 from NYU. Several of his films have been featured in the Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto Film Festivals. In 1976 he started a very successsful photography business in New York City with his wife Catherine. In 1991 he relocated to Western North Carolina where he and his wife have been selling their photographs to stock agencies. In 1998 he and his wife started a project to photograph in Ireland, which has led to numerous gallery shows as well as a book, The Irish File/Images from a Land of Grace. He currently lives and works in Asheville, NC.