Abner Jonas Memorial

May 9, 2017

With great sadness we share the news that Ohio University Professor Emeritus Abner Jonas passed away at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens, OH on Sunday, February 5th, 2017 of complications of pneumonia.

Abner Jonas was born in Runeberg Township, Becker County, MN on February 9, 1935. His parents were Abner Jonas (1908-1956) and Josephine Harju (1912-1982).  He graduated from Menahga (MN) High School in 1953. His family includes his wife of more than 60 years, Kathleen, two sons, Matthew (Rebecca), McKinney, TX and Arnold of Athens, OH, brother, Allen (Dot), sister Joan (John Enger), five grand daughters and five great-grandchildren, as well as cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He attended Concordia College, Moorhead, MN (B.A., 1957) and the University of Iowa (M.F.A., painting, 1960; additional study in intaglio printmaking with Mauricio Lasansky, 1962-64).  He taught in Ontonagon, MI, at Luther College, Decorah, IA, at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, and at Ohio University, Athens, OH (1964-2005).   His primary teaching area was intaglio printmaking.  He also served as Director of the School of Art (1980-86) and as Acting Director (1989-90).

His intaglio prints have been included in countless national and international exhibitions, and are in public and private collections.  In 2006 he was named Outstanding Printmaker by the Mid-America Print Council.

We thank Associate Professor Karla Hackenmiller of Ohio University in Athens, OH for sending this information and images to MAPC.

With our next call for submissions for the MAPC Journal, we will also be accepting additional “en memoriam” submissions for individuals significant to the printmaking community. Please look for this call in your inboxes soon. Please email the MAPC Journal Managing Editor, Hannah Sanders, with any questions or submissions, Hannah.march.sanders@gmail.com

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