The exhibit was silent. A good sort of silent, one that emitted a feeling of peace. I felt overwhelmed with a feeling of respect, judging by the man’s work I immediately could tell that this man was not your ordinary artist… not your ordinary professor.
It’s been said that Jon had a laugh that could lighten a room. Although I never had the chance to meet him, I envision his soft bellows reflecting off the walls of the exhibit, shining a warm light upon his artwork.
Art is passion. Jonathan had passion. There’s something special about capturing an image full of emotion, and being able to make others who view that image feel empathy.
In his autobiographical images, Jonathan wore elaborate wraps. The cloak-like wraps were a metaphor for protection, allowing him to reveal his true self while disconnecting him from the outside world.
His art depicted a sense of loneliness. Sometimes life is lonely. Often life is misunderstood; but the mystery is what makes it beautiful. Jon captured his own beautiful yet mysterious journey through life on camera, creating moments that will live on forever.
Not only will his art live forever, so will his dedication to his students. Salt Lake Community College has set up the Jonathan Stowers Memorial Scholarship to continue his commitment to the success of students for years to come.
The art exhibit will on display at South City Campus until March 12, and I encourage you to go out of your way to check it out.
Photo gallery by Guadalupe Sandoval Rodriguez