Urban Studies: A series of photographs by Aubrey J. Kauffman

I grew up in the industrialized northeastern part of the country where I still live and work.  This environment has had an impact on what I photograph.  For more than 20 years the themes of urban architecture and man’s impact on the environment has long challenged me artistically and intellectually. I witness this in urban structures as simple as building façades in a strip mall to the deserted athletic fields of parks and playgrounds.  The resulting work is an interaction of formal and organic elements.

Through my viewfinder I organize these banal yet complex images, first as flat two-dimensional objects and then as a multi-layered space of visual elements.  The intent of portraying the desolation and lack of human interaction is intentional, marking a direct consequence of this isolation.


Professional Activities 

Part Time Lecturer Photography:  Mason Gross School of the Arts. Rutgers, The State University New Brunswick, NJ 2011-Present

Guest Lecturer: Raritan Photographic Society. East Brunswick, NJ  2012

Artist Talk:  Enfoco Touring Gallery 2nd and 7th St. Gallery, New York, NY  2012

Juror: Educational Testing Service Art Selection Committee. Princeton, NJ  1990-2006

New Jersey Public Television: Photojournalist. Trenton, NJ. 1980-2011

Art Direction: CD cover -Ernie Edwards “One Good Turn A Tribute to the Musical Styles of Erroll Garner.” Produced by Vision Ventures.  2010

Juror, City Without Walls, Small Works Show,  Newark, NJ 1990

Fellowship Grant Review Panel, Photography.  New Jersey State Council on the Arts 1986

Juror, Princeton Art Association’s 7th Annual Photography Exhibit. Princeton, NJ. 1984

Adjunct Instructor Photography Community College of Philadelphia, PA 1982

Adjunct Instructor Photography Mercer County Community College. West Windsor, NJ 1979-1981


Selected Exhibitions

Biggs Shot.  The Biggs Museum of American Art. Dover Delaware. Juried by Sarah Stolfa.  2012

Newark Art Council’s Open Doors.   Bushberg Project: Submissions & Transmissions.

Newark, New Jersey. 2012.  Curated by Rupert Ravens.

Members’ Show. Philadelphia Photo Arts. Philadelphia PA.  2012

Shore Points and Urbanscapes. Solo Exhibit. Enfoco at 7th and Second Gallery. New York, NY.  2012

Trenton Makes. Trenton City Museum. Trenton, NJ.  2012

Trenton Makes. Juried Exhibit Prince St. Gallery. NewYork, NY.  2012

Capital City College and University Student Art Show. Artworks Trenton, NJ.  2012

Color Power.  Heaven and Art Antiques.  Asbury Park, NJ.  2012

Iconic Asbury.  Heaven Art and Antiques.  Asbury Park, NJ. 2011

Art and Soul: Art Moved by the Spirit.  Group Exhibit. Chosen as Featured Artist.  2010 Retropective: Urban Landcapes and Recent Work.” Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie. Trenton, NJ   2010

Gallery 14 Juried Exhibit Hopewell, NJ.  2010

Current Exposure. Juried Exhibit Gallery 125 Trenton, NJ.  2010

Earthline/Landscape.  South Orange Gallery. Curated by Mel Leipzig. 2001

Mercer County Photography. Juried Exhibit.  College of New Jersey. Hillwood Lakes, NJ.  Honorable Mention.  2001

Commonplace: Photographs by Aubrey J. Kauffman. New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ. Solo Exhibit.  1998

Entropic Zones: Buildings and Structures of the Contemporary.  Invitational Exhibit City. Rider University Gallery. Lawrenceville, NJ 1998

President, Trenton Artists’ Workshop Association, (TAWA).  1989-199

Selections: TAWA at Schering-Plough. Juried Exhibit.  Madison, NJ.  1995

TAWA in New York.   Juried Exhibit.  Prince Street Gallery, NY, NY  1995

Recent Perspectives in Landscapes.  Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie. Trenton, NJ. Group exhibit curated by Mel Leipzig  1993

Diverse Representations II.  Invitational Exhibit.  The Morris Museum. Morristown, NJ  1993

Southern Light Gallery. Amarillo Texas. Solo Exhibit.  1993

Sculpture and Photography  Juried Exhibit. Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ  1992

Mercer County Community College’s 25th Anniversary Alumni Invitational Exhibit.  1992

New Jersey Artist Series.  Johnson & Johnson’s Corp. Headquarters. New Brunswick, NJ Solo Exhibit.  1991

Collaborations:  The Capital City Meets the Renaissance City.  Juried Exhbit.  Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ. Group Exhibit 1991

Photographs by Lou Draper and Aubrey J. Kauffman.  Rider College Gallery Lawrenceville, NJ.  1990

Southern Visions III  Photography in Southern New Jersey. The Noyes Museum Oceanville, NJ  Invitational Exhibit.  1990

Invitational Show Mercer County Community College, Trenton, NJ.  1990

Vice President/Treasurer Trenton Artists’ Workshop Association  1986

Photography and Sculpture.  Queenstown Gallery.  Juried Exhibit. Pennington, NJ.  1986

New Jersey Artists’5th Biennial.  Juried Exhibit.  The Newark Museum. Newark, NJ.  1985

AT&T Corporate Gallery. Hopewell, NJ.  Invitational  Exhibit.  1985

New Jersey Artists’4th Biennial.  Juried Exhibit  New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ.  1983

Annual Juried Exhibit.  Artist’s League of Central NJ.  Juried Exhibit  New Brunswick, NJ. 1983

Pennsylvania Photographers II. Juried Exhibit.  Allentown Art Museum.  Allentown, PA.1981

New Jersey Artists’ 3rd Biennial.  Juried Exhibit.  The Newark Museum. Newark, NJ.  1981

Eyes on Trenton.  NJ State Museum.  Juried Exhibit. Trenton, NJ. 1981

TAWA at Ellarslie Trenton City Museum. Trenton, NJ.  Solo Exhibit  1980

Urban Landscapes Mercer County Community College Gallery. West Windsor, NJ.

Solo Exhibit  1980

Mercer County Photography.  Juried Exhibit.  Trenton State College.  Hillwood Lakes, NJ.  1979


Selected Exhibitions continued

New Jersey Artists’ 2nd Biennial.  Juried Exhibit.  NJ State Museum. Trenton, NJ.  1979

University of Delaware Gallery.  Juried Exhibit.  Wilmington, DE.  1979

Juried Exhibit .  Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA.  1979

Annual Faculty Show.  Mercer County Community College.  West Windsor, NJ  1979


Permanent Collections

Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ

Johnson & Johnson’s Corporate Headquarters, New Brunswick, NJ



Trenton Makes Art-And Art Makes Trenton, U.S. 1 August 15, 2012 pgs 22 & 23.

Reviving Ellarslie, The Times of Trenton, June 22, 2012 pgs 3G & 8.

College Students Display Their Work at Artworks, The Times of Trenton, April 20, 2012

Duality at Ellarslie, The Times of Trenton, July 9, 2010

The Strangness of Familiarity, Time Off,  November 14, 1997

Relentless March of Industrial Decay, The New York Times,  March 5, 1995        

‘Southern Visions’ unclear but still a high-quality exhibit, The Newark Star Ledger, September 16, 1990

“Small Works, High Standard” The New York Times NY. Vivien Raynor. January 13, 1991 pg. 16

“TAWA artists take over Ellarslie” The Times. Trenton, NJ May 12, 1985.  CC8

South Trenton Review  Impacto Press, Trenton, NJ Summer, 1990 pgs 10-18


Photographs © Aubrey Kauffman

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