- MFA, Tulane University, 1991
Before coming to UA in 2016, Jason Guynes was professor and chair of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of South Alabama. A Mississippi native, Guynes received the MFA from Tulane University and the BA in art from Belhaven College. He has had academic appointments at universities in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Alabama. Guynes held the post of department chair at the University of West Alabama from 1995 to 2005. While at UWA, he founded and served as director of the UWA Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, an ongoing national exhibition of outdoor sculpture. He is Past President of SECAC, the second largest arts organization of its kind in the US. Guynes exhibits his work nationally in competitions, galleries, and museums.
Though he works extensively in oil on canvas and with drawing media, for the past fifteen years, his primary focus has been murals. He has completed both private and public commissions throughout the United States with major commissions in Mesa, Ariz., Joplin, Mo., Philadelphia, Pa., Livingston, Ala. and Mobile, Ala. His most recent mural project was the Moulton Bell Tower Mural for the University of South Alabama. The Mobile Arts Council named Guynes 2014 Artist of the Year in the Eleventh Annual Greater Mobile Arts Awards.
Exhibitions and News
The painting, Company of Myself, was a featured work in the juried volume, International Painting Annual 8, published by Manifest Press, summer 2019
31st Valdosta National 2019, Valdosta State University Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery, Valdosta, Ga., Jan 22-Feb 8, 2019
25th Annual El Corazon Exhibition at the Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas, Feb 2 – March 9, 2019
Arts in Harmony 2019: the North Show International Juried Exhibition, Minneapolis, Minn., Jan 10 – Feb 17, 2019 and Maple Grove Art Center in Maple Grove, Minn., Feb 22- March 28 2019
St. Tammany Art Association 52nd Annual National Summer Show, Best of Show award (2017). The juror was William A. Fagaly, curator emeritus for the New Orleans Museum of Art and the former Francoise Billion Richardson Curator of African Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA).