Alvey Jones
About the Artist

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Portrait
Statement

I’m primarily a painter. But I often mix traditional
methods with
assemblage, collage and
printmaking in a variety of styles.


As a printmaker I experiment with many
different kinds of materials
. I enjoy chance
combinations of color and texture because
they
give an added dimension and interest to the work.


I use many of the images and much of the material
I make this way
to produce my artist books.

With each work I hope to provide the viewer with a critical
assumption about how to practice art by blending
 a deeply textured
exploration of narrative,
metaphor and allegory with
psychic adventure.
  

Biography

The work of Michigan painter, printmaker and book
artist Alvey Jones has been exhibited locally and
nationally and is in many public and private collections.
His artist books are in the Special Collections
Department of the Hatcher Graduate Library
at the University of Michigan. His artwork is
part of the permanent collections of the University
of Michigan, Saginaw Valley State University
and Monroe Community College in Monroe, Michigan.

He has won awards for his paintings, prints and artist
books, including a First Prize at the Ann Arbor Art
Center All-Media Competition and a First Prize at the
Ann Arbor Art Center Members Only Exhibition.

His work is regularly exhibited at WSG Gallery in Ann Arbor.


Before becoming a full-time painter, he was employed
as a software engineer. He has worked professionally
as an artist, graphic designer and illustrator in Peoria
and Urbana, Illinois; Phoenix, Arizona; and New York
City. He served in the U.S. Army as an illustrator in the
Training Aids Section of the John F. Kennedy Special
Warfare Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was art
director for the Division of Broadcasting at the
University of Illinois, and he has taught art history
 at Arizona State University and the University of Illinois.

Born in Peoria, he earned his BFA from Bradley
University and an MA from Arizona State University.
He also did graduate work in art history at the University of Illinois.


Exhibitions


                         
                          Current Exhibitions and Activities
                         
                                 The Poetry of Dust: Painting, Assemblage and Artist Books, Muskegon Community College, Muskegon, Michigan,
                                 March 14 - April 22, 2011. Gallery Talk Monday March 21, 6:30 pm.
                         

                          Solo Exhibitions
                                
                                2010    Vermeer Studies: The Art of Paintng, WSG Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

                                2010    Unfolding the Artist Book, Brighton District Library, Brighton, Michigan.
                                2010    Infinite Truths: Painting and Assemblage, Cary Gallery, Rochester, Michigan.
                                2010    Letting Images Unwind: Acrylic on Canvas, Gifts of Art, University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan.   
                                2009    Paintings and Assemblage, Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2007    The Secrets of Modern Art, Washington Street Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2005    As Time Goes By: Scenes from Famous Motion Pictures, Washington Street Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2005    The Ocean of Memory: Exploring the Form of the Book, South Haven Art Center, South Haven, Michigan.
                                2005    Ghosts & Shadows: Paintings, Assemblage, and Digital Art, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, Illinois.
                                2004    Open Book, Open Mind: Artist Books, Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2004    The Mystery of Flight Redux, Pfizer Global Research Site, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2004    The Aura of Relics: Paintings and Assemblages, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, Michigan.
                                2003    The Mystery of Flight, Washington Street Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2003    The Drawings of Caravaggio: An Exhibition of Works on Paper, Hollander’s School of Book & Paper Arts, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2002    The Sea of Signs: Paintings and Assemblage, Campbell Learning Resources Center, Monroe County Community College, Monroe, Michigan.
                                2001    Circles of Discourse: Paintings and Drawings, University Art Gallery, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, Michigan.
                                2000    Representing Landscape: Paintings and Drawings, Sponsored by the Ann Arbor Art Center, Espresso Royale Caffe, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                1987    Paintings, Drawings, Printed Books, Bolling Medical Library, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, New York City.
                                1985    Paintings and Drawings, Champaign Public Library, Champaign, Illinois.
                                1985    Drawings and Watercolors, Levis Faculty Center, University of Illinois.
                                1985    Mixed-Media Paintings and Drawings, Bicentennial Art Center, Paris, Illinois.
                                1985    Drawings and Watercolors, McKinley Foundation, Champaign, Illinois.


                          Selected Juried and Group Exhibitions

                                2011    How to Open a Book, Mott Community College, Flint, Michigan.
                                2010    Wordage, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, Michigan.
                                2010    Will Build to Suit: Assemblage Art, Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
                               
2009    (Un)bound: Artist Books, Gifts of Art, Taubman Center, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2009    Creativity at the Library, Dexter District Library, Dexter, Michigan.
                                2008    Beyond Words: A Celebration of Book Arts, Washington Street Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2008    Between the Covers: Michigan Book Artists, Detroit Community Arts Council, Padzieski Gallery, Dearborn, Michigan.
                                2007    2007 Open Competition, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, Dearborn, Michigan.
                                2007    About the Book, Anton Art Center, Mount Clemens, Michigan.
                                2007    Members Only Competition, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2006    Beyond Words: A Celebration of Book Arts, Washington Street Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2006    Resurrected Voices: The Eloise Cemetery Project, Downriver Council for the Arts, Taylor, Michigan.
                                2006    War/Not War, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan.
                                2005    Overdue: Book Artists Invitational, Downriver Council for the Arts, Taylor, Michigan.
                                2005    Art Du Jour, Biegas Gallery, Detroit, Michigan.
                                2004    Point of Departure: Digital Printmaking, Sisson Gallery, MacKenzie Fine Arts Center, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, Michigan.
                                2004    Fifth Anniversary Celebration, Washington Street Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2004    Ann Arbor Art Alchemists: The Art of Photoshop, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2004    The Print: An Exhibition of Michigan Printmakers, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2004    Gifts of Art, Assemblage. Taubman Center, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2003    The Print: An Exhibition of Michigan Printmakers, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2002    Inspired by Nature, Artists Give to the Arb, Art Oasis, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2002    80th Annual All-Media Exhibition, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2002    Mail Art: Adventures in Postal Modernism, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2002    A2, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2002    Pixels, Pigment and Possibilities: Digital Prints by Contemporary Artists of Ann Arbor, Art Oasis, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2002    The Print: An Exhibition of Michigan Printmakers, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2001    Inaugural Exibition: Second Floor Gallery, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2001    Annual All-Media Exhibition, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2001    Idol Rumors, Gallery 212, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2001    24th National Exhibition: Small Works, Harper College, Palatine, Illinois.
                                2001    The Print: An Exhibition of Michigan Printmakers, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2001    Michigan Artists’ Competition, Washington Street Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2000    Annual All-Media Exhibition, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2000    Ann Arbor Art Center 90th Anniversary Retrospective, Power Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2000    Delusions of Grandeur, Gallery 212, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2000    The Print: An Exhibition of Michigan Printmakers, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2000    The Naked Truth, Gallery 212, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                2000    Scarab Club Silver Medal 2000 Exhibition, Scarab Club Main Gallery, Detroit, Michigan.
                                2000    Saving Grace, Gallery 212, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                1999    Annual All-Media Exhibition, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                1999    The Print: An Exhibition of Michigan Printmakers, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                1999    Icon, Gallery 212, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                1998    Behind the Mask, Gallery 212, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
                                1998    Michigan Book Artists 1998, Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan.
                                1988    Twelfth Annual Small Works Exhibition, New York University, New York City.
                                1986    Sculpture and Wallworks, Anderson Gallery, Champaign, Illinois.
                                1986    Sixty-First Rockford and Vicinity Exhibition, Rockford, Illinois.
                                1985    Thirty-First Drawing and Small Sculpture Show, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.