College of Arts and Sciences

"Journey to Wales" Presentation Feb. 5 in Malpass Library

February 2, 2010

MACOMB, IL - - Fred Jones, internationally known landscape artist and professor emeritus at Western Illinois University, will present "Journey to Wales" at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 in the Leslie F. Malpass Library Garden Lounge.

The presentation, which is open free to the public, is about four major projects Jones completed over a period of 27 years at Western.

Jones will give insight into the following exhibits:

"H20 Wale" is a collaborative exhibition of Jones’ photographs with poems written by Welsh poets Tony Curtis and Grahame Davies that relate to the way that water impacts the Welsh landscape.

"Journey to Wales" is an exhibit of 60 paintings portraying Welsh landscapes Jones completed over a three-year period. He also completed 60 digital photographs of the same location, along with the geographical position of the location. This also includes information from the diary that Jones maintained during his 10 trips to Wales to complete this exhibit.

"Village Memories Portfolio" is a time capsule that focuses on the memories of older people who lived in Jones’ home village of Llanymynech, Wales. It is a documentation of their memories of life in the small Welsh village and includes photographs, audio cassette recordings and CD disks.

"Welsh American Portfolio" contains 14 artworks and 14 poems from seven artists and seven poets of Welsh decent from both sides of the Atlantic. The poetry is in bilingual form. This portfolio currently resides in the rare documents collection of the British Library in London.

Fred Jones joined the Western Illinois University art faculty in 1968 as an instructor in art education, design and drawing. He integrated computer graphics technology and interdisciplinary mixed media into Western's art curriculum, and in 1995 he was named the WIU Faculty Lecturer for his scholarly achievements and contributions to the University. Jones produced a significant part of his artistic work through the Western Illinois Folio Press, which he founded in 1980. His five interdisciplinary portfolios can be viewed at www.wiu.edu/foliopress. In April 2000, Jones was recognized by the WIU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society with its Distinguished Artist Award.

Posted By: Bonnie Barker, University Relations
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