- 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
2017 St. Tammany Art Association 52nd Annual National Summer Show, Best of Show award. 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).