Faculty

Jon Cox

Instructor
joncox@udel.edu
www.studiovilleinc.com
206 Recitation Hall
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 2:30pm - 3:30pm and by appointment
302.831.2244

M.F.A., University of Hartford Art School, 2004

B.S. (Entomology) University of Delaware, 1998

Jon Cox currently teaches documentary photography/video, digital media, and foundation design. He is developing a new interdisciplinary cross-college design process practicum course. He serves as chair of the public relations committee and mentors summer scholars and service-learning scholars. His courses engage students with real world problems by working with community partners both locally and abroad. Cox has photographed on all seven continents and has directed twenty study abroad programs. His study abroad destinations include Antarctica, Tanzania, Vietnam, Australia, Tasmania and Patagonia. Cox is leading his first study abroad program to Cambodia in January 2013, where his students will create a book with Buddhist Monks and interact with students at The Royal University of Phnom Penh.

Cox's work aims to bring about social change at the local and global level. He integrates his Bachelor of Science degree and design perspective through collaborative sustainable landscape plans for a variety of public spaces including such venues as the world-renowned Philadelphia Flower Show. His collaborative installations educate the public on incorporating sustainable practices that are aesthetically pleasing, while improving our environment and quality of life. Cox's most recent photography work is a documentary book about the Hadza Hunter Gatherers of Tanzania. The goal of his collaborative project that began in 2006 is to raise awareness about indigenous peoples' land rights and reduce the negative stigma surrounding hunter-gathers. The documentary book is being printed in English and Swahili and will be distributed worldwide. All proceeds of the book will go to the Dorobo Fund, a non-profit organization fighting for the rights of indigenous peoples of Tanzania. A series of lectures and photography exhibitions is currently being planned throughout the US, UK and Tanzania to promote the book and the Dorobo Fund. Dorobofund.org

Publications

Hadzabe, By the Light of a Million Fires, 250-page documentary book, Tanzania 2012
Photographer, Cultural Mapping Project Hadzabe Hunter Gatherers 40-page booklet, Tanzania 2007
Author 160-page book, Close-up Digital Nature Photography, Watson-Guptill Publications 2005

Presentations

Art of Sustainable Gardening, Lecture, ECO Balance Conference, Tokyo, Japan
Documentary Photography Lecture, Antonelli Institute Art & Photography School, Philadelphia, PA
Documentary Photography Lectures and workshops on a continuing basis, Longwood Gardens
Documentary Photography Lecture, Professional Photographers Association, DE

Exhibitions

2013 Philadelphia Flower Show, Collaborative Educational Installation
2012 Two-Man Show Scheduled, Hadzabe Hunter/Gatherer - Tintypes, Arusha, Tanzania
2011 Philadelphia Flower Show, Collaborative Educational Installation
2010 Art of Sustainable Gardening, interactive kinetic sculptures, Tyler Arboretum, PA
2010 Group Show, Rate of Return, Antarctica - Tintypes, Crane Center, Philadelphia, PA
2009 Juried Show, Portraits, "The Hunter" Tintype, The Center for Fine Art Photography, CO
2009 Juried Show, Photo Review International Photography Competition, "Lone" Tintype, The Photo Review

Community Outreach

Elected Board Member of the Dorobo Fund, a non-profit fighting for the rights of indigenous peoples, Tanzania
Designer and Co-manager, Three-acre Sustainable Learning Center and Organic Vegetable Garden, Tyler Arboretum, PA
Docent Historic Board, Unionville, PA

Collections

Institute of Global Studies, DE
Dansko Gallery, PA
The Center for Fine Art Photography, CO
Chase Dakota Designs, CA
Laffy McFee Foundation, DE