Jon was born in Cambridge, Ohio in 1943. At age five, he told his mother he would be an artist when he grew up. He was lucky to have parents who encouraged creativity. Jon earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Ohio University, and pursued post-graduate studies at Ohio University, The Dayton Art Institute, and Ohio State University. Jon’s works are included in many private and public art collections, and have been exhibited as far afield as Boca Raton, Chicago, San Diego, Annapolis, New York City, Saint Louis, and St Croix in the US Virgin Islands. Like many who reject the “starving artist” lifestyle, Jon combined his career as a sculptor with a thirty-year career as an educator. He taught art to students from elementary age through senior citizens, in public schools and at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. Among his most joyful moments are chance encounters with former students who tell him how much they enjoyed his classes and that he inspired in them a life-long appreciation of the arts. As one of the first sculptors to explore using the computer as a design tool, Jon was a beta tester for Atari and Amiga in the mid-1980's. In 1987 through 1990 he chaired panels at four Symposiums on Small Computers in the Arts held in Philadelphia, PA. In 1989, Jon was invited to participate in the IMAGICA Conference in Lyon, France and was interviewed on French national television. In 1990, Jon was a panelist and also taught a workshop at the International Sculpture Conference held in Washington, DC and at the University of Maryland. Jon's work has been featured in many press and television stories over the years as well as in several magazines .
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