Artist in residence 2016 – Jerry Ranch

Jerry Ranch is a Chicago native, born in 1949. In 1972, he
graduated DePaul University with a B.S. in Biology and
Chemistry, with a minor in Physics. In 1979, he was conferred
with a Ph. D. in Genetics from Iowa State University. After a
post-doctoral research appointment at the University of Illinois
(Urbana-Champaign), Jerry held research scientist positions in
the plant biotechnology industry until 2013. He is a retired
Senior Scientist from Pioneer Hi-Bred.
When Jerry was an undergraduate student, beginning in 1967,
he used photography primarily as a tool in biological illustration,
and for pleasure in street, landscape, and wildlife photography.
His initial exposure to photography was from a fraternity
brother who was a freelance photojournalist for the Chicago
Sun-Times. In graduate school, he used medium format film to
capture images photomicroscopically. Throughout his career as
a research scientist, he used photography to document
experimental results.
In 2005, Jerry began to develop his personal approach to
photography as an art. Several of Jerry’s photograph’s appear
in the print media. Since 2009, his images have garnered many
awards at the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon, including two
Best of Show entries. He is a member of the Des Moines
Camera Club, and he has facilitated teaching of photographic
technique and art in various venues.


Exhibits and Awards
“Converge”, exhibited at Contemporary Nude 2016 Exhibit, SE Center for Photography,
Greenville SC, March, 2016
“Monopod”, 2016 Single Image Contest, Nudes, Selected for Publication, Black and White
Magazine, Issue 213, Feb 2016
“Sacrificial Lamb”, 2016 Single Image Contest, Abstract/Surrealism, Selected for Publication,
Black and White Magazine, Issue 213, Feb 2016
“Treed”, First Place, Amateur, Black and White Print, 2015 Members Photography Show, Ankeny
Art Center
“Don’t Let The Bedbugs Bite”, 2015 Best of Show, Iowa State Fair Photography Salon
“Bloom”, 2012 Best of Show, Iowa State Fair Photography Salon
“Laura”, Photograph of the Year, 2010, Des Moines Camera Club