Artist Statement


1999-2002 Bachelors of Fine Arts, Painting, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
1993-1997 Associates in Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL




2015 dust and hay. sacred clay., Herron Galleries, Indiana University-Perdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
2014 Forthcoming, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL
2013 Form as Ruin, 65GRAND, Chicago, IL
2012 Gathered & Buried, Kiehle Gallery, St. Cloud MN
2012 Stone White Vinegar, Tree House Gallery, Arlington Heights, IL
2011 Mountains and Matter, 65GRAND, Chicago, IL
2010 Reduced and Reclaimed Gina Alvarez and Bob Jones, Dog and Pony Projects, Buffalo, NY
2010 The Witching Hour, University Galleries, Normal, IL
2009 An Object in the Woods, 65GRAND, Chicago, IL
2007 Decoy, 65GRAND, Chicago, IL
2006 New Work, 65GRAND, Chicago, IL
2002 Paintings, Recent Works by Bob Jones, University Galleries, Normal, IL
2001 Chad Collofello and Bob Jones, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL


2014 Disguise After Dark, Present Works, Milwaukee, WI
2014 Ultra-Deep Field, Rockford College Art Gallery, Rockford, IL
2014 I’m Jealous Of Your Failure, University of Illinois Springfield Visual Art Gallery, Springfield, IL
2014 Root, Bermuda Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2013 Häxan Daze, Normandale Community College Fine Art Gallery, Bloomington MN
2013 Thru-Lines, 65GRAND, Chicago, IL
2013 ACRE Salon, Curated by Ashley Morgan, ACRE Residency, Stuben, WI
2013 The House of the Seven Gables, University Galleries, Normal, IL
2012 Tall Tales, Cash For Gold, Aurora, IL
2012 You Were Here, Curating Contemporary,
2011 MDW FAIR, 65GRAND, Chicago, IL
2011 Across the Wounded Galaxies, Heavy Brow Gallery, Bloomington, IL
2011 Heads on Poles, Western Exhibitons, Chicago, IL
2010 The Coil Contract Project, Horse Trader Curatorial Projects, Aqua Art, Miami, FL
2010 IAAFBJHMJNMOMRSATSW (Nine Artist From Chicago), Fountain Studios, Brooklyn, NY
2010 Alumni Show, University Galleries, Normal, IL
2010 The First Five Years, 65GRAND, Chicago, IL
2009 Greynbow, Horse Trader Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Artists Run Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL.
2009 NEXT, The Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art, 65GRAND, Chicago, IL.
2008 One Moment, Indiana University, SoFA Gallery, Bloomington, IN
2008 Unpainted- New Abstraction, Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, IL
2007 Without Like or As, University Galleries, Normal, IL
2007 AFFAIR at the Jupiter Hotel, 65GRAND, Portland, OR
2007 Shared History, The Surplus Gallery, SIUC, Carbondale, IL
2006 Coma #4, California Occidental Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
2006 Ft. Morgan- One and Only, Chicago, IL
2006 Think Small, Sponsored by The Illinois State Art Council, Lockport, IL
2005 The Sophisticated Traveler, Art Chicago 2005, Chicago, IL
2005 Think Small, Sponsored by The Illinois State Art Council, Springfield, IL
2004 The Sophisticated Traveler, Stray Show 2004, Chicago, IL
2004 Think Small, Sponsored by The Illinois State Art Council, Chicago, IL
2003 Fast Track 2003, 1/Quarterly, Chicago, IL
2002 Autumn Solon, Bucket Rider Gallery, Chicago, IL
2002 A Group Show: Shawn Smith, Matt Pulford, Bob Jones, And Chris Shepherd, Midway Artist Gallery, Bloomington, IL
2002 Minutia, University Galleries, Normal, IL
2002 Ambiguous Citation, University Galleries, Normal, IL
2001 New Angeles, Diannepruess Presents Bob Jones, University Galleries, Normal, IL
2001 American Myth, The Phoenix Gallery, Bloomington, IL
2000 In Print Exhibition, The Phoenix Gallery, Bloomington, IL


2005 Between the Forest and The Cavern, Co-curated By Bob Jones and Ed Schad, The Guest Room Project, Chicago, IL


2013 Drake University, Des Moines, IA
2012 St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
2011 Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI
2010 Illinois State University, Normal, IL
2009 The School of The Art Institute, Chicago, IL


Paitz, Kendra. The House of Seven Gables, An Exhibition Catalog, University Galleries of Illinois State University, 2014
Judd, Jason. More Distant Objects, Ultra-Deep Field Exhibition Catalog, Rockford College Art Gallery, 2014
Schriefer, Trew. I’m Jealous of Your Failure Exhibition Catalog, University of Illinois Springfield, 2014
Paitz, Kendra. Kendra Paitz on Häxan Daze: But isn’t superstition still rampant among us?, September, 2013
Stabler, Bert. New City, _Review: Bob Jones 65GRAND , December 6, 2011
Burke, Stephanie. Bad At Sports, Top 5 Weekend Picks (12/2-12/4), December, 2011
Linneweh, David. Studio Break: Conversations with Artist, Bob Jones Interview, December 1, 2011
Ritchie, Abraham. MDW Fair Preview. Chicago Art Blog, Apr. 2011
Ritchie, Abraham.MDW 2011. Artslant Chicago 25, Apr. 2011
A Lecture on The Witching Hour. Illinois State University, University Galleries, Normal, IL Feb. 2010
A Lecture on An Object in the Woods. The School of The Art Institute, Chicago, IL Nov. 2009
Seidell, Maria.A Walk in the Woods. ARTslant Chicago 30, Nov. 2009
Hildwine, Jeriah.Ghillie Suits. Bad at Sports 24, Dec. 2009
Hagan, Katherine. SoFA Gallery highlights ‘One Moment. Indiana Daily Student 1, Oct. 2008: A11.
Rhea, Tom. “SoFA Gallery ‘One Moment.” INto ART Fall 2008: 23-25.
Curcio, Seth. Alternaspace: New Modes in Presenting Art. Beautiful Decay Magazine Dec. 2007.
Chicago Artist’ Coalition News Letter Dec. 2007.
Foumberg, Jason.Eye Exam: End Times. New City Chicago 30, Oct. 2007.
Red China Magazine Issue #2, Volume #2, 2007.
Wenzel, Eirk. Mr. Jones, Bob Jones Creates Challenging, Thought-Provoking Pieces. UR Chicago, Art Explosion April 12-May 9, 2007.
Berin Golonu & Erik Wenzel. Bad at Sports Podcast 11, Mar. 2007: Episode 80.
Wenzel, Erik. Bob Jones and the Push Toward a Raw Refinement. Art or Idiocy 22, Jan. 2007.
Herman, Jessica. Art Or Idiocy? Erik Wenzel helps to fill the art criticism gap in Chicago and beyond. Center Stage Chicago 23, Jan. 2007.
Mast, Audrey. Bob Jones Multimedia. New City Chicago 12, Oct. 2006.
5 Shows to See Now. New City Chicago 12, Oct. 2006.
Bob Jones New Work, and Ian Pedigo. Flavorpill Chicago 19th-25th, Sept. 2006: Issue 105: Safari Flavor.
5 Shows to See Now. New City Chicago 28, Sept. 2006.
Sill, Robert. Think Small!, Exhibition Catalog 2005.
Thinking Small Nets Big Result for Gallery. Morris Daily Herald 19, Aug. 2005.


2012 Alumni Honoree, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
2002 Bachelors Degree Granted Summa Cum Laude, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
2002 College Honors in Painting, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
2001 Recipient of The David Tell Award, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2000 Recipient of The Telefund Scholarship Award, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
1997 Art and Lisa Lennon Memorial Award, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL