Florida School of the Arts presents photography by Lynn Saville

Lynn Saville photo
Lynn Saville photo
Lynn Saville photo

As part of the visiting artist series, Florida School of the Arts will present a gallery exhibition for New York-based photographer Lynn Saville.  The exhibit will open with a reception on Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery located on St. Johns River State College’s Palatka campus.    The exhibit will be on display through October 9.   Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and during Main Stage performances.  Gallery exhibits are free and open to the public.

Saville’s exhibition is titled Dark City:  Urban America at Night.  The artist specializes in photographing cities and rural settings at twilight and dawn, described by her as the “boundary times between night and day.”  The photographs in her soon-to-be released book by the same name represent “the richness of vacancy found in shuttered stores, blank billboards, untended lots, ghosted figures and abandoned industrial sites, suggesting the cycle of change and renewal in which places become spaces and vice versa.”       

After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Pratt Institute in New York, Saville studied with photographer Philippe Halsman in his later years.  Her photographs are published in two monographs, with the third book, “Dark City:  Urban America at Night,” to be published this fall.  Her pieces can be found in galleries in New York City, Boston, Chicago, and La Jolla, California, as well as in collections throughout the United States and in London and Paris.        

Florida School of the Arts is part of the academic and administrative structure of SJR State and awards the two-year associate degree in the following areas of study:  acting, dance performance, musical theater, stage management, theater technology, graphic design and studio art.  The School serves the entire state of Florida.  Admission is based on an audition or portfolio review, an interview with the faculty and admission to SJR State.

Students produce and perform in approximately four visual arts exhibitions and 10 performances each year. For more information about Florida School of the Arts call (386) 312-4300 or visit online at



“String of Lights,” by New York-based photographer Lynn Saville.  Saville’s works will be displayed in an exhibit titled “Dark City:  Urban America at Night” at the Florida School of the Arts Main Gallery located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College.   An opening reception will be held Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m.  The exhibit will be on display through October 9. 

“Industrial Spool,” a photograph by Lynn Saville

“West 125th Street,” by Lynn Saville.  The photographs in Saville’s exhibit counter-balance signs of loss with a more optimistic message, revealing what the artist describes as “a natural cycle of decay and rebirth in urban ecology.”