Fay Jones is one of the Northwest's most recognizable artists. Her imaginative paintings can be seen around the city in public and private collections and in numerous public spaces (e.g., the mural in the Westlake light rail station). Her work has also been featured on posters for city-wide events, such as Bumbershoot and Earshot Jazz.

Born in 1936 in Boston, Massachusetts, Jones attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a BFA in 1957. There, she met her husband, painter Robert Jones; the two moved to Seattle when he received a teaching position at the University of Washington in 1960.

Jones work has been featured in over 100 solo and group exhibitions, and is included in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum, the Portland Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Boise Museum of Art. In 1997, the Boise Museum of Art held a 20-year retrospective on Jones' work.

Jones large colorful acrylic painting The Conversation (top left) appears on the second floor of the Gates Center. Her 1994 etching Lotus-Eaters (top right) and her 1995 monoprint Gray Rabbit (right) can be seen on the 4th and 3rd floors of the Allen Center.


James Harris Gallery, Seattle

Laura Russo Gallery, Portland

Article on Fay Jones in HistoryLink.org

Video "Fay Jones, at Her Own Pace"

Whatcom Museum Analysis of a Collection Highlight: "Lotus-Eaters by Fay Jones"

Video "Seattle Public Art: Fay Jones"


Fay Jones: A 20 Year Retrospective, by Regina Hackett, Sondra Shulman, Sandy Harthorn. University of Washington Press, January 1997.

Fay Jones, by Sheila Farr. University of Washington Press, 2000.

Art in the Allen Center