Charles D. Jones is an artist/musician living and working in Nacogdoches, Texas, where he designs, prints, and binds fine press and artist’s books. He is Professor Emeritus at Stephen F. Austin State University where he taught Printmaking, Drawing, Mexican Art History and the Art of The Book from 1971—2011. During his tenure he was named a Regent’s Professor, received the Distinguished Professor Alumni Award, and a Teaching Excellence Award. He is now the Director and Master Printer for the LaNana Creek Press in the College of Fine Arts, as well as continuing to write and work in the other printmaking media. He has a Master of Arts degree from New Mexico Highlands University, and the Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Universidad de las Americas, Mexico D.F.
Jones has been an active exhibiting artist throughout his career with more than 30 one-person exhibitions. These solo exhibitions have been mounted at: Novosibirsk, Nizny Tagil and Ufa, Russia; Paris and Rennes, France, England, Holland, Italy, and Mexico; The Museum of Contemporary American Indian Art, Santa Fe, NM; The Museum of Printing History, Houston, TX; Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX; Museum of East Texas, Lufkin, TX; Longview Museum and Arts Center, Longview, TX; and The Galveston Art Center, Galveston, TX.
Jones is an active book artist specializing in fine press printing and binding works that include relief printed images with poetry and short prose. In 1998, Jones assisted in founding the LaNana Creek Press as the fine arts press of Stephen F. Austin State University, where he serves as Director and Printer with David A. Lewis as Editor. Using alternative and traditional printing and binding methods, LaNana Creek Press produces limited edition books in the fine press tradition. Each year, the Press publishes one or two major books and produces a number of less ambitious publications. LaNana Creek Press provides SFA faculty and students rare opportunities to work together on collaborative projects. LaNana Creek Press has quickly established a reputation for innovation and quality. His books under the imprint, LaNana Creek Press, are in the collection of the Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia, the Bodleian Library, Oxford University, the Victoria & Albert Library, London, England, the National Library of Taiwan as well as many Special Collections Libraries throughout the United States. His book of the Vietnam war, Chopper Blues, was awarded the International Book Prize for Military History in 2013 by the Los Angeles Book News.
In 2016, a comprehensive monograph was released titled East Texas Impressions: The Art of Charles D. Jones, featuring his drawings, prints and paintings throughout the course of his career over the past fifty years. Subjects range from blues musicians to modern authors, horses to insects, and flora of East Texas. The publication accompanied a major retrospective exhibition at The Cole Art Center at the Old Opera House in Nachodoches, TX.
UNIVERSITY OF THE AMERICAS - Mexico, D.F. MFA, cum laude, 1969
NEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS UNIVERSITY, Las Vegas, NM, MA
Master of Arts in Painting and Printmaking, 1967
SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY - Huntsville, TX, BA 1963
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2015 Literary Effigies, The Spazio D' Arte Alberto Moretti, Carmignano PO, Florence Italy
2014 Woodcut Prints of Charles Jones, University of Southern Mississippi
2011 Growing Paradise, Museum of Contemporary American Indian Art, Santa Fe, NM
2010 A Forest Insect Alphabet, Woodcuts and wood engravings, Griffith Gallery, Stephen F. Austin State University
2010 literary Effigies: Woodcuts by Charles Jones, Museum of Printing History, Houston, Texas 9/2010-2/2011
2009 Woodcut Prints of Charles Jones, State Museum of Nizny Tagil, Russia, February, traveling to State Museum of Novosibirsk, Russia, May 2009
2008 Winged Figures: Woodcuts of Charles Jones, Genghis Kahn Gallery, Ufa, Russia
2007 Woodcut Prints of Charles Jones, Artist's Union Gallery, Ufa, Russia
2004 Portraits: ten large format woodcuts, the print gallery of Arkansas St. U.
2003 Eloquents: the Woodcut Portrait Series, Angelina College Gallery,
2002 Works from LaNana Creek Press and the Vietnam Suite, The Art Center, SFASU (December 2002)
Work of Charles Jones, University of Southern Arkansas, (March)
Woodcuts, the work of Charles Jones, Baylor University, The Texarkana Art and Humanities Center (January 2002)
2001 The Jung Center, Houston, Texas
1998 The Print and the Book, Museum of East Texas, Lufkin, Texas
1997 "Monumental Wood Cuts", Northwestern Louisiana State University
1996 "Vietnam Suite" Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas, with "Chopper Blues" performance piece.
"New Wood Cuts," Flat Bed Press, Austin, Texas, (March 2-April)
"Thirty-two Years of Wood-cuts, A Retrospective," Griffith Gallery, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas.
1987 lnstitut Franco-Americain, Rennes, France.
Poly technic University, Manchester, England, The Klinker Cultural Center, Winschoten, Holland.
Selected Group Exhibitions
International Festival of Art, Horice, Czech Republic, 2016, Nature and Arte, Este, Italy, 2011
Charles Jones & Corinne Jones, Museum of East Texas, Botanical & Ornithological Works, 2010. Charles Jones & Corinne Jones, Coombes Gallery, Paris, France, June, 2007.
lnstitut Franco-Americain, Rennes, France, My 2008, White Gallery, Ufa, Russia, 2008
Book Arts Exhibitions, College of the Mainland, November 2007,
Angelina College, September 2007, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, November 2007
1986-2004 The Assistance League Show, Houston, Texas, Honorable mention prize, The Dictionary Show, Angelina College Gallery, Artists and their Mentors, Gallery 414, Ft. Worth, TX. Bradley National Drawing Exhibition. "Primes," two-person exhibit, with special opening event featuring contemporary poetry, music, and dance, surrounded by 30 works created for this exhibit. "Texas-Holland Cultural Exchange Exhibit and Workshop," Ter Apel, Holland. Longview Museum Invitational, "Third Place," Longview, Texas.