Georg Werkmannís drawing for a new crematorium, 1941.
Ronald Jones, an artist and critic, is Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden, and is on the Visiting Faculty at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste, Stadelschule Frankfurt, Germany. Before taking these appointments, he served as the first Provost at Art Center College of Design where he guided the design and implementation of a new transdisciplinary curriculum for the College. He came to Art Center from Columbia University, where he was Professor of Visual Arts in the School of the Arts, and Co-Director of the Interactive Design Lab. Before joining the faculty at Columbia, Jones was Senior Critic at the School of Art, Yale University for nine years. He has also served on the faculty of The Royal Danish Academy of Art, Copenhagen, The Rhode Island School of Design, The School of Visual Arts, New York, among others.
Jones is represented by Metro Pictures and the Sonnabend Gallery in New York. He is a principle at o-b-o-k (ord, bilder, objekt and kunskap), an office for experience design he formed with Laurie Haycock Makela. o-b-o-k provides cross-discipline research, creative development, and experience design through the integration of writing, art, design, and history.
He holds a Certificate from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, took the MFA degree from the University of South Carolina, and the Ph.D. in art history from Ohio University. He has delivered over two hundred lectures at universities, museums, and art and design schools including Harvard University, The Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University, The Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Guggenheim Museum, The Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons School of Design, DIA Center for the Arts, New York City, Royal College of Art, London, Carnegie Mellon University, Brown University, Akademie Der Bildenden Kunste, Vienna, the Architectural Association, London, among others.
Jones contributes regularly to Art Forum and frieze and writes frequently on contemporary art for various publications including Art in America, Parkett, Zone, Flash Art. He is the author of numerous museum and exhibition catalogs most recently having written on David Salle, Elizabeth Peyton, Terry Winters, and Willem de Kooning.
A practicing artist Jones has exhibited internationally including solo exhibitions in New York, Berlin, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Paris, and Cologne. Recent projects include garden designs in Munster (for the Munster Sculpture Project) and ìAussendist,î a garden complex for the city of Hamburg, both in Germany. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, among others.
His first opera ìFalling and Wavingî was produced by the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Arts at Saint Annís in New York City in 1999. He is at work on a second opera titled ìMoon Shot.î
Dr. Jones has received numerous awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship, and a Mellon Grant. In addition, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Lucent Project at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and sits on the boards of numerous cultural organizations including the Public Art Fund, and Artists Space.