John Caperton

Communications Coordinator, University of Pennsylvania

John Caperton has curated twenty-five exhibitions for The Print Center since 2007, which have included the work of Jennifer Bornstein, Benjamin Edwards, Justine Kurland, Hirsch Perlman, Melanie Schiff and Masao Yamamoto. Caperton was part of the curatorial team for Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious a citywide contemporary art festival. At The Print Center he coordinated fourteen artist projects including major installations by Eric Avery, Erick Beltrán and Space 1026. This was the best attended exhibition in the history of the organization and generated international press. The forthcoming catalog of the festival will include a chapter by Caperton. Other recent curated exhibitions include: Streets of Philadelphia: Photography 1970-1985, the first overview of street photography made in Philadelphia during an era which was critical in forging the city’s contemporary identity; and Stalking the Wild Asparagus, a group exhibition of photographers documenting intentional communities in the United States. He initiated Makeready, a series of commissioned projects exploring the significance of print in contemporary art; artists include Isaac Tin Wei Lin (2010), Emma Wilcox and Demetrius Oliver (forthcoming). He also oversees The Print Center’s Annual International Competition, now in its 85th iteration (jurors Emi Eu, Director, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore; Sarah Suzuki, The Sue and Eugene Mercy, Jr., Assistant Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books, Museum of Modern Art, New York).

Caperton oversees a number of The Print Center’s public programs, including its Artists-in-Schools Program, which places teaching artists in classrooms in Philadelphia public high schools. He has juried a number of competitions and exhibitions for other organizations including Fleisher Art Memorial, International Print Center New York and University of Delaware. Recently, he was an invited reviewer at Review Santa Fe and has given critiques at several schools including Tyler School of Art and The University of the Arts. He moderated the keynote panel for the 2010 Southern Graphics Conference and has recently written an essay for an exhibition of Rochelle Toner’s work at Tyler School of Art.

Caperton received his BA in Art History at the University of Chicago and was the Exhibitions Coordinator at Locks Gallery, Philadelphia where he organized exhibitions with artists Virgil Marti, Polly Apfelbaum, Thomas Chimes, Eileen Neff, Stuart Netsky and Clara Rojas. He has also held positions at the Fairmount Park Art Association, Philadelphia and the Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA as well as guest curating exhibitions in Philadelphia.