Pioneer Power

Ben Jones ’63

What does it take to be a successful artist for more than forty years? Ben Jones ’63 would argue that it takes “discipline, not just talent, and you have to work hard, make it a lifestyle, and work at it whether you get acknowledgement or not.”

A talented artist, he has had numerous solo and group exhibitions over the years, including a one-person exhibit in January 2009 at the Jersey City Museum. Deliverance, which featured forty-five works chronologically spanning his long career, was reviewed in The New York Times. “Mr. Jones, though not well-known outside of New Jersey…has produced many memorable, thought-provoking images that deserve to be much better known and appreciated.”

His newest works, which explore global issues including politics, health, the environment, and economics, will be featured in an exhibition titled “Evolution-Revolution,” at the Rich Mix Gallery in London in January 2011.

Jones has twice been honored by William Paterson University: in 2001, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Alumni Association, and in 2008, at the University’s commencement ceremony, he was awarded the President’s Medal for outstanding service to the University community, academe, or society as a whole.