Shirley-Jones Gallery opened on June 25, 2004 at 235 Corry Street in downtown Yellow Springs, Ohio. The gallery is dedicated to the presentation of stimulating and provocative art in diverse media done between the mid-60s and the present.
The principals, Karen Shirley and Michael Jones, are both artists who have each had substantial involvement with contemporary art through teaching, curating and writing as well as through their respective studio involvements.
Karen Shirley was Professor of Art at Antioch College from 1967 until her retirement in 1998. During this time she taught courses in studio, art history and art theory, and mounted a number of exhibits for the school's Noyes Gallery. She is the recipient of Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has exhibited her own sculptural work nationally and internationally.
From 1978-1991, Michael Jones directed the University Gallery programs at Wright State University (Dayton) and the University of Akron. At these institutions, he mounted more than 200 exhibitions. Various of these were supported by national and state grants and were accompanied by catalogs and symposia. Some toured nationally. Since 1991, Mr. Jones has been a full time studio artist pursuing interests in sculpture and ceramics. Jones was the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship in 1978.
Ms. Shirley and Mr. Jones feel very fortunate to have been participants in Ohio's visual art scene in the 1970s-80s. It was during this time that Ohio saw a great range of innovative and experimental exhibitions and installation projects on university campuses and in metropolitan centers across the state. They are interested in revisiting various of the subjects broached by artists in this time who hailed from within and outside the state. "We feel that a lot of what was done during the 70s and 80s is of continued relevance," said Jones, "and we will use this period as a basic foundation from which to explore earlier and more recent artistic output."
The gallery will present the work of established and also lesser known artists from around the nation as well as from the region. Approximately 8 exhibitions are envisioned per year with one each August dedicated to issues surrounding the pursuit of Peace. The exhibitions will embrace diverse disciplines...ranging from painting, drawing and sculpture to photography and media / computer generated work.
The gallery will be open Wednesday - Saturday 2-6 pm and by appointment.