If you have seen the Wright State University Magazine or almost any other campus publication, you most likely have seen one or more beautiful photos by Wright State senior photographer William “Will” Jones.
Now some of Jones’ work will be on display in two juried photographic art exhibitions in Ohio and Kentucky.
Jones, who has won numerous awards, grants and fellowships in a career of more than 32 years, will have two examples of his work on display in the exhibition “House of Photography” from Sept. 14–Oct. 21 in the Westcott House in Springfield.
He will also have work on display in The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center’s Regional Photography Competition in Covington, Ky., from Sept. 28–Oct. 31.
A photographer since the 1970s, Jones received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., in 1982. He received a Master of Fine Arts in digital photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia in 2009. He has been a staff photographer at Wright State since 2004.
“Art gives the artist the ability to communicate on an insightful and profound level, allowing the viewer to challenge the artwork while engaging in the art and connecting the missing pieces to create one’s own intimate expression of the human condition,” Jones said. “One of the components of my artistic journey is creating and conveying stories through image making, allowing me to communicate to the world around me.”
Jones is among six professional and 16 amateur photographers whose works will be shown at the Westcott House. The exhibition is inspired by the work of prolific architectural photographer and Springfield native Berenice Abbott, according to an announcement by the Westcott House Foundation, which operates the restored Frank Lloyd Wright house as a museum and educational center.
An opening reception for the Westcott House show is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5, but free for Westcott House members and students. After the opening, the exhibition may be viewed during guided tours or by appointment. Call (937) 327-9291 for more information.
The Carnegie show will feature the work of 50 midwestern photographers. An opening reception is scheduled on Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. with an $8 general admission fee. Admission will be free and open to the public thereafter. Carnegie gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m.
The Carnegie show will run concurrently with another exhibit by the Midwest Society for Photographic Education.
The Westcott and Carnegie shows are organized in conjunction with FOTOFOCUS, a Cincinnati-based, nonprofit arts organization that champions photography and lens-based art.