Artist Headshot: Jon Horvath

Jon Horvath

Milwaukee, WI

Jon Horvath is an artist and educator residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008.  His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries including: The Print Center (Philadelphia), Macy Gallery at Columbia University (New York), and The Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography. Horvath was a finalist for the The Greater Milwaukee Foundation's 2009 and 2010 Mary L. Nohl Emerging Artist Fellowship. In 2010, Horvath was the recipient of the Julie Jensen Bryan and Robert Bryan Philadelphia Museum of Art Purchase Award.  In 2011, he was named a US Flash Forward winner by The Magenta Foundation.  Horvath currently teaches at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.

My current work explores ideas that reinterpret an everyday experience and navigation of the landscape and home. Working with both traditional and new media, my process incorporates the investigation, documentation and mapping of ritualistic behavior connected to concepts of travel, surveillance, intimacy and voyeurism, and photography as a performance act.

For the project Passages, I utilized excerpts from Jack Kerouac’s, On the Road, as source material for a series of orchestrated drives on Wisconsin's alphabetical county trunk highway system. Highways, roads, and tracks have long been featured in America’s cultural psyche.  Ours is a society of constant motion and nowhere is this more evident than within the manic travels of Kerouac’s iconic text. Using GPS technology to track each drive, newly generated line drawings emerge as evidence of Kerouac’s text being physically written in the landscape.  I am interested in the (dis)connection between Kerouac's era and my present day as it pertains to spontaneous acts and the sensation of freedom.


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, MFA, Photography.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, MA, Photography.

Marquette University, BA, English Literature, emphasis in fictional writing and BA, History of Philosophy.


Magenta Flash Forward US Winner (Jurors: Andy Adams, Larissa Leclair, Shane Lavalette, George Slade)

Julie Jensen Bryan and Robert Bryan Philadelphia Museum of Art Purchase Award.
Emerging Artist Finalist, The Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowship, Milwaukee, WI.

Emerging Artist Finalist, The Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowship, Milwaukee, WI.

Chancellor’s Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Best in Show, Consumerism and Contemporary Culture

Chancellor’s Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Solo/Group Exhibitions

Do Your Bidding: The Print Center Annual Auction, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA.
1st Annual Juried Exhibition, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, Detroit, MI (Juror: Nancy Barr).
Photocentric 2011, Garrison Arts Center, Garrison, New York (Juror: Larry Fink and Stephen Perloff).
Ritual/Active, EFFJAY Projekts, Sheboygan, WI.
Game Show NYC, Macy Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY.
Suburbia, IHC Platform Gallery, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA.
Cabinet, The Gallery at Chai Point, Milwaukee, WI.
The Nut Factory Open House, Milwaukee, WI.

Eye Candy: The Print Center Annual Auction, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA.
Seventh Annual Snap to Grid: The UN-Juried Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA.
Carousel: 4th Annual Milwaukee Invitational Slideshow, Woodland Pattern Bookstore, Milwaukee, WI.
PhotoMidwest, Porter Butts and the Class of 1925 Galleries, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (Juror: Russell Joslin)
MIAD Faculty Exhibition, Frederick Layton Gallery, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI
84th Annual International Competition: Photography,The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA (Catalog) Philadelphia Museum of Art Purchase Award (Juror: Ingrid Schaffner).
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, Loveladies, New Jersey.
Studio 731, Studio 731, Milwaukee, WI.
MARN Mentor/Mentee Group Exhibition, Brooks Stevens Gallery, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI.
Featured Photographer: Jon Horvath, NOVA Gallery, Uckfield, East Sussex, United Kingdom. 
Projekt 30: January 2010, Online Juried Exhibition,

Water Source (in collaboration with Mary Osmundsen and Maria Bolivar), INSITE Park East Corridor Project, Knapp Street Bridge House, Milwaukee, WI.
Stalking Michael Stipe: Another Prop to Occupy My Time, Perspectives Gallery, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and the Intercontinental Hotel, Milwaukee, WI.

In Your Community, Intercontinental Hotel, Milwaukee, WI.
MFA Thesis Exhibition, INOVA Arts Center, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Make Your Own History, The Blatz Building, Temporary Art Site, Milwaukee, WI (Co- curator).

Sculpture Garden & Emerging Artists, Uihlein Peters Gallery: St. John's on the Lake, Milwaukee, WI.
MA Thesis Exhibition, INOVA Gallery 3, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Crossing Over:  UWM Department of Visual Art Invitational Scholarship/Fellowship Exhibition, Union Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WI.
Consumerism and Contemporary Culture, Best in Show Recipient, UWM Union Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WI.

The Ceiling Fan:  Between Two Moments, Bucketworks Gallery, Milwaukee, WI.


Philadelphia Museum of Art
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Special Collections


Flash Forward 2011: Emerging Photographers from Canada, United Kingdom and United States, Diane Smyth.
Collect.Give: The Book, Magcloud Publication, 2011., January 13, 2011
Wisconsin People & Ideas, Winter 2011
The Cream City Review, Winter 2010

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