During Reunion, alumni, alumnae and other HWS community members had the opportunity to enjoy an evening of live jazz and art at the Davis Gallery at Houghton House. Held in memory of the late Bob Masteller ’60 and the late Al Scheeren ’60, the event featured the special exhibit, “Mark Jones ’72: A Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings and Photographs,” as well as music from renowned jazz musician Steve Venuti ’71 and friends.
The remarkable paintings of HWS Professor Emeritus of Art and Architecture Mark Jones ’72, P’14 have been called “a refreshing mixture of Renaissance painting techniques and a decidedly post-Modern approach to subject matter.” Jones trained in the Netherlands, studying the great masters of the 17th century Dutch art. Many of his paintings are created using an oil glazing technique that builds color via the application of may thin layers of nearly transparent paint producing a stained glass-like effect on the under-painting.
Jones, a painter and photographer, has exhibited his work in museums and galleries around the world, from Vietnam and Singapore to Paris, New York, and Los Angeles. He graduated from Hobart College in 1972 and later earned a master of fine arts degree at Brooklyn College. He has studied at the Rijks Museum School in Amsterdam, the Art Students League in New York, the Six Program at Skidmore College and the San Francisco Art Institute. He has worked as an instructor in the New York City public school system and as professional designer and muralist.
He joined the faculty at Hobart and William Smith in 1985 and received emeritus status by the Board of Trustees this spring. Jones’ work has been widely exhibited in museums and commercial galleries throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He has received awards from the Minnesota Museum of Art and the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, N.Y., and grants from the New York Council on the Arts. In the past, Jones has served as assistant dean for program development, as well as on numerous committees and in advisory roles on campus and off.
In light of this weekend’s exhibit, Venuti and his band are no rookies to performing for their fellow alums, having become part of the annual Reunion celebrations over the past several years, in a group initially led by Masteller and Scheeren, both of whom passed away this past year. Venuti has also played at several other concerts on campus, as well as performed in seminars on jazz music throughout the school year.