Jason Guynes is a professor of art and chairperson of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama. He holds the MFA from Tulane University and the BA in Art from Belhaven College. He has had academic appointments at universities in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Alabama and has been working in academia for twenty-five years serving as a chairperson for twenty-two  years. While at the University of West Alabama he founded and served as director of the UWA Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, an ongoing national exhibition of outdoor sculpture. He currently serves as President of SECAC, the second largest arts organization of its kind in the US. Guynes exhibits his work nationally  in competitions, galleries, and museums. Though he works extensively in oil on canvas and with drawing media, for the past fifteen years, his primary focus has been murals. He has completed both private and public commissions throughout the United States with major commissions in Mesa, AZ, Joplin, MO, Philadelphia, PA, Livingston, AL, and Mobile, AL. His most recent mural project was the Moulton Bell Tower Mural for the University of South Alabama. The Mobile Arts Council named Guynes 2014 Artist of the Year in the Eleventh Annual Greater Mobile Arts Awards. He resides in Tuscaloosa, AL with his wife, Melissa, and his children, Britt and Isabella.