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Riney Art Gallery Featuring Photography by John Patton

06 November 2017
Riney Art Gallery Featuring Photography by John Patton

During November and December, Pratt Community College’s Delmar Riney Art Gallery will exhibit the works of featured artist John Patton.

Patton has been featured in the Delmar Riney Art Gallery before. This years exhibit features photographic elements mixed with graphic design. Patton’s exhibit features an array of subjects from nature and portraits to close-up action images.

“Since taking my first photography class at the age of 17, I was hooked on the medium,” said Patton. “At that time there was little to no digital photography. Learning on film was a great benefit to me because I had to take more time to consider composition and camera settings to get the shot right the first time. Those lessons have carried through to this day.”

While working on his Bachelor’s degree, Patton was employed at The Pratt Tribune in the advertising department. A large part of the job was visiting various businesses in town to photograph products and staff for use in advertisements. This experience gave Patton a great deal of real world knowledge about digital photography as well as Photoshop manipulation.

In 2005 Patton opened his own graphic design business, Patton Design.

“My work here has concentrated on web site design, brochure design, logo design and more,” said Patton. “I have also taken many staff photos, individual and group, with this work. This led to some of these individuals asking me to make their family portraits. Eventually, demand became great enough that I decided to set up a photography business apart from my graphic design business.”

Patton says that he is somewhat unusual for a photographer because he is multi-disciplined. Patton also enjoys shooting across a range of genres. His work includes artistic, product imagery, photojournalism, landscape as well as portrait photography.

“I enjoy the variety and believe that the concepts that make for effective images are universal,” said Patton. “ I appreciate the opportunity to share my knowledge.”

Patton was able to fill in for the regular photography instructor at Pratt Community College for a semester and has also offered workshops. Patton says his blog also has been a great venue to offer tips and advice to those who would like to learn more about how he shoots and edits his images. You can visit his website at

Patton’s work will be on display through the end of December. The Delmar Riney Art Gallery is located in the Riney Student Center and open Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., or by appointment.

 The gallery shows a new exhibit every month. For more information or to be considered as a “Featured Artist of the Month,” contact Lisa Perez Miller at 620-672-3559 or​