Meet The Ranger

Adam Bernard, “The Ranger” is a photographer of the land, scenery and human spirit. In Bernard’s photography, you will witness brilliant images as seen from his eyes to the light that is drawn on paper.

Bernard is an alumnus the University of Akron (BFA) and St. Vincent-St. Mary H.S. in Akron, Ohio. He is based in Medina, Ohio. Professionally, Bernard worked as a news photographer for nearly a decade at Sun Newspapers, Cleveland, Ohio, and the Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio and taught photography at the University of Akron.

Bernard has received numerous Awards and Honors over the years, most notably two Individual Artist Fellowships by the Ohio Arts Council in 1995 and 1997. The bodies of work recognized for these honors where Situational Experiences in Teen Culture and Boxers of Akron.

“Project Belvedere” is Bernard’s ongoing photographic mission. Photographs from this body of work have been recognized for selection in exhibitions by jurors who are experts in the art of photography including Rebecca Cummins, Ph.D., Julia Dolan, Ph.D., Eric Paddock, Scott Stulen, Edith A. Tonelli, Ph.D. and many others. He participated in the Midwest Photographers Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL. in 2002. At the 2016 PhotoMidwest Festival Biennial Exhibitions in Madison, Wisconsin well-known Photographer Larry Fink awarded Bernard “Runner-up Best of Show” and most recently in 2020 renowned Photojournalist Peter Turnley awarded him with an “Honorable Mention”.

In the spring of 2018 Bernard was featured in the news story State of the Arts: Framing Akron Neighborhood by Neighborhood, by Mark Arehart on the NPR affiliate radio station 89.7 WKSU.

The Massillon Museum opened Bernard’s exhibition Town & County Featuring Route 42 in July, 2020. In collaboration with Bernard, fellow colleague from Sun News, Fr. Greg Olszewski authored poetic narratives that accompanied his color photographs for this exhibit.

Bernard participated in the “Midwest Photographers Project” at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College; Chicago, IL. He exhibits his work nationally and internationally.

“ I realize there is so much beauty to photography and too little time. I am not waiting for a renaissance to begin. Beauty is here now. I am photographing it. I am creating beauty, to help save the world.”



PhotoMidwest Festival 2020, 11th Biennial Juried Exhibition
Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, Wisconsin
Juried by Peter Turnley, Photojournalist

Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library Exhibition
Columbus Metropolitan Library in Conjunction with the Ohio Arts Council, Columbus, Ohio
Juried by Kevin Lyles, Professor of Sculpture, University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Ohio; Michael Suh, Columbus Metropolitan Library and Julie Newhall, Friends of the Librart


Art Through the Lens 2019 - International Showcase
Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, Kentucky
Juried by Cheryl Zibisky: Career Artist and Senior Lecturer at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

7th International Juried Photography Exhibition
Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, Rhode Island
Juried by Neal Rantoul, Emeritus Professor, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.

32nd Annual Northern National Art Competition
Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Juried by Scott Stulen, Director / President, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Flat File Feature - Spring 2019
Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, Kansas
Curated by Linda K. Robinson, Founder and Gallery Director

Flyover Country Group Exhibition
Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, Kansas
Curated by Linda K. Robinson, Founder and Gallery Director

Town & Country featuring Route 42
Trust Books, Northside Arts District, Akron, Ohio
Sponsored by American Roadway Logistics, Richfield, Ohio


2018 International Juried Exhibition
Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, California
Juried by Eve Schillo, Assitant Curator in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Lost Angeles, California

2018 National Juried Photography Exhibition
Wickford Art Association, North Kingstown, Rhode Island
Juried by Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, Massachusetts

Art Through the Lens
Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, Kentucky
Juried by Lynn Whitney: Associate Professor and Area Head of Photography at Bowling Green State University, Ohio