Professor James S. Jones has been a member of the Architecture faculty at Kansas State University since 1982. He exhibits his art work locally at the Strecker- Nelson Gallery, the Manhattan Arts Center, Chang Gallery, the Junction City Art Walk, Columbian Arts Center and Omaha, Nebraska. His work, in addition to being shown and collected in thirty states of the U.S., has been presented in Canada, England, Italy, Honduras, Micronesia and Turkey. His work has been exhibited at the University of Kansas, University of Arkansas, University of Puget Sound, University of Washington, Auburn University, University of Calgary, Mount Royal College and Arizona State University. He has been a member of Manhattan Arts Center Watercolor Studio, Columbian Artists, Association of Artist of the White Mountains, Arts Association of Sedona, Arizona, National Association of Architectural Renders, Calgary (Alberta) Artists Association. He was named one of Western Canada’s Emerging Artists, Western Arts magazine. He was featured in the Governors Select Compendium of Kansas arts 2008.
In 2010 Professor Jones was awarded the Fletcher Prize, for the best work of a community artist in Manhattan, KS.Professor Jones was born and raised in Arizona and is the nephew of the prominent regional in Southwest artist Esther Jones. He studied art at Arizona State University, and the University of Puget Sound. His current work includes several series of paintings based on interpretations of Southwest Native American ceremonial carvings, as well as works on landscapes in Honduras, Kansas, Arizona and New Mexico.
In recent years he has work on a watercolor series of botanicals or micro landscapes.He lives in Overgaard, AZ during the summer, Manhattan KS in the Fall and Honduras when he can.