Self portrait - double exposed
Mr. Conner is a graduate of Wesleyan University where he studied art and a graduate of Harvard University from which he received an MBA. He was the founder and CEO of three companies involved in software, servicing and finance. After selling his companies, he pursued multiple interests including ocean sailing, backpacking and photography. As a photographer, he is self-taught and believes an artist’s work should speak for itself. He is passionate about his work and has traveled and photographed worldwide.
His first year, he entered four shows and won Best in Show twice, First Place and Second Place: four shows; four awards. Since then he has won over fifty awards. Four years ago his photograph was selected from over 2,000 entries from 19 countries to be in the International Compé 15 exhibition featuring 37 photographers. He also won three Photography and Abstract Art awards at the prestigious Philadelphia Sketch Club, the oldest art club in America and former home to Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyeth.
In 2017, Mr. Conner continued to be recognized by being selected for the prestigious Art of the State Exhibition in Pennsylvania. He was one of 131 artists selected from over 2,200 entries. It was the first time his work was displayed in a museum.
In 2018 his work was featured at the Cerulean Gallery in Philadelphia. While in 2019, he was one of 25 Professional Art Members selected by the Main Line Art Center for an exclusive show of their work. In the same year, his photos were featured in four separate shows at the Paragon Gallery in Phoenixville, PA. In 2020 his work was shown at the DaVinci Gallery in Philadelphia. Also in 2020 his photo of a lotus flower was selected for the world renowned Philadelphia Flower Show where he won First Prize.
His photography continues to evolve to include a wide range of subjects such as abstracts and composites that reflect his creativity. Recently he installed a powerful workstation to process large format prints. Mr. Conner lives with his wife, Meg, on the Main Line outside Philadelphia.