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-seven years serving as a chairperson for twenty-three  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. At the University of South Alabama, he oversaw the design and construction of a state-of-the-art glass blowing facility and program, as well as the creation of an MFA program in Creative Technologies and Practice. He served as President of SECAC, the second largest arts organization of its kind in the US, from 2014 to 2017, and continues to serve in the governance of that organization. Guynes exhibits his work internationally  in competitions, galleries, and museums, and his work has been featured in  Creative Quarterly’s virtual gallery, Negative Capability Journal, and Manifest Gallery’s International Painting Annual 8. Though he works extensively in oil on canvas and with drawing media, for the past many 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. In 2014, the Mobile Arts Council named Guynes Artist of the Year in the Eleventh Annual Greater Mobile Arts Awards. He currently resides in Tuscaloosa, AL with his wife, Melissa, and his children, Britt and Isabella.