Clemens Gallery

Mark Chester: The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape, Photographs of New Americans
June 3 - June 29, 2017

The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception on Saturday, June 10 from 1:00 – 3:00.

“Photography is the medium that best expresses my observations and travel experiences. My 
work is not limited to any specific category. They are pictures of people, places and things that have touched me in some emotional, intellectual and whimsical way.”

Mark Chester has been a professional photographer since nineteen seventy-two. He
was Director of Photography and staff photographer at ASCAP (American Society of
Composers, Authors and Publishers), in New York City. His photographs are in the
permanent collections of Baltimore, Brooklyn, Corcoran, Denver, Portland (Maine), and San Francisco museums, among others.

National museum and gallery exhibitions of his work, solo and group, include OK Harris and SoHo Photo (NYC); Camera Obscura (CO); the San Francisco Airport, and other venues. Chester is a Copley Artist member of the Copley Society of Art in Boston. His photographs also accompany his own travel articles as published by the L.A. Times, Boston Globe, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, and Christian Science Monitor among other newspapers and special interest magazines. His 1987 traveling exhibition and catalogue “Shanghai in Black and White” commemorated San Francisco’s Sister City as part of a cultural exchange program displayed at the Fort Lauderdale, FL, Museum of Art; The Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC; and the San Francisco Main Library.

His exhibit The Bay State includes a collection of some of the more than 300 portraits of naturalized U.S. citizens of the Commonwealth he took benefiting The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). The 2016 book launch and exhibition was curated by Un-Gyve Limited at the New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!
Mohammed and Jahalan from Sierra Leone copyright Mark Chester

2017 Clemens Gallery Schedule

  • July 1 - July 27: Coastal Shorelines and Harbors, Russell Johanson
  • July 29 - August 24: World's End Exhibit
  • The Library is still accepting applications for openings in 2017

Application to Exhibit

The Clemens gallery is accepting applications for exhibiting in 2017-2018. Currently, the Dolphin Gallery is booked for the 2017 season. If you are interested in exhibiting in the Clemens Gallery, please fill out the following applications and submit them to the Library Director: