rod jones ii

rod jones ii

    Studio & Gallery

    1417 N 2nd. St, Studio 3FF, Philadelphia, PA 19122

    Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

    Installation

    Dolls

    Artist's Biography

    rod jones ii is a multidisciplinary artist from Gary, Indiana living and working in Philadelphia, PA. He’s earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Printmaking from Truman State University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Art from PAFA. He’s shown work at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Woodmere Museum of Art in Philadelphia, PA, Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Philadelphia, PA, and Anna Zorina Gallery in New York, NY. He has also been collected by The Woodmere Museum of Art in Philadelphia, PA. He is currently an adjunct professor of Printmaking and Drawing at the University of Pennsylvania and Moore College of Art, and has lectured at Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Pace University, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

    Artist's Statement

    this body of work is an archive of artifacts that exist in the land of the funkdafied. a place that exists in between the things we discard and the things we cherish. as one of the chosen mediators between the two worlds, it’s my duty to share these artifacts from “da land” with our world.
    sculptures, videos, drawings, prints, assemblages, and installation manifest as relics from “da land” in an attempt to expand our understanding of being and personhood as it relates to black bodies and material culture.
    it’s apparent that our existing systems of knowledge around understanding people and their ways of living have failed those of us who identify outside of heteronormative culture. it’s true that this world’s institutionalized structures won’t perceive all members of society as full citizens, so how do we uphold their legacies?
    how might we reimagine our being outside of a frame of reference that has failed us? how might we move from the margins to the center? how might we maximize the potential of what we have at our disposal?
    these relics confront assumptions of representation.
    these relics delineate time, place, and space.
    these relics are boundless, constantly redefining themselves.

    these relics are food for the soul for those of us who exist on the margins.

    Selected Exhibitions

    2019
    Homeward, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA
    Curator: Alexis Granwell

    Woodmere Annual 78th Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
    Curator: Eileen Neff

    Proximity, Anna Zorina Gallery, New York, NY
    Curators: Didier William, Josephine Halvorson

    Homage to the Kid in Me, Cherry St. Pier, Philadelphia, PA

    Lifeblood, InLiquid at 1401 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA

    Facsimiles of Truth, Tuttleman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2018
    call me sambo..., Broad Street Studio, Philadelphia, PA

    Mask Off, Jedidiah Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Death and Defiance, Broad Street Studio, Philadelphia, PA

    Papa's Gotta Brand New Bag, Tuttleman Gallery: Sculpture Center, Philadelphia, PA

    I do/I do/I do Again: An Investigation of Repetition and Obsession, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Two Cents, Some Change, Annenberg Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2017
    Material World: Works on Paper, Von Hess Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2016
    When Was the Last Time A Butterfly Landed on You?, Truman State University Gallery, Kirksville, MO

    Senior Works on Paper, Atrium Gallery, Kirksville, MO

    2015
    Coffee Break Prints, Starbucks, Kirksville, MO

    Annual Juried Exhibition, Truman State University Gallery, Kirksville, MO

    Professional Experience

    2020
    Philly Move Makers, Philadelphia, PA
    Artist Teacher

    Pace University, New York, NY
    Guest Lecturer

    Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
    Adjunct Professor: Drawing

    Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
    Guest Lecturer

    2019 - 2020
    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
    Adjunct Professor: Drawing I & Printmaking

    2019
    Didier William, Philadelphia, PA
    Studio Manager

    Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
    Artist Teacher

    Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
    Guest Lecturer

    Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
    Guest Critic

    2018
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Graduate Assistant, Low-Residency Masters of Art Program

    Taller Puertorriqueno Community Center, Philadelphia, PA
    Artist Teacher

    2015
    Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
    Printshop Monitor

    Awards & Honors

    2019
    Artcritical.com
    Artcritical Award

    2018
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Hazell Scholarship Award

    Collections

    2019
    Woodmere Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

    Education

    2019
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    MFA

    2016
    Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
    BFA, Printmaking