BiographyAbner Jonas was born in Menahga, MN, in 1935. He received a BA degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, in 1957, and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa in 1964. Jonas taught art at Ontonagon Public School in Ontonagon, MI, from 1957-58 and at Luther College in ceramics from 1959-60. He also was a teaching assistant at the University of Iowa. He taught full time at Ohio University in Athens, OH, since 1964, becoming a professor in 1981. During that time, he was the recipient of ten faculty research grants and fellowships. He is now an emeritus professor.
Jonas has participated in over one hundred national painting, drawing and print exhibitions since early in his art career. He also has served as a guest artist, juror and lecturer at many institutions, conferences, and exhibitions. His art works are in the collections of numerous colleges and universities, the Dayton Art Institute, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Plains Art Museum and the Library of Congress. He has received awards for many of his works.
Jonas authored a book entitled The 7 Days of Creation with accompanying poetry by Robert Jenson. His MFA thesis was entitled An Appreciative Compositional Study of Poussin (1960).
Source of BiographyAmerican Prints in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press/Library of Congress, 1970;
Jonas, Abner. The 7 Days of Creation. Iowa City: The Sisa Press, 1964