Ohio University Professor Emeritus Abner Jonas was born in Runeberg Township, Becker County, MN on February 9, 1935. He died at O'Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens, OH on Sunday, February 5, 2017 of complications of pneumonia. 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 has been a summer resident of the Menahga area.
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.
An exhibition of selected works, "In Honor of Abner Jonas", has been organized by Ohio University's School of Art + Design and Kennedy Museum of Art at Trisolini Gallery, Baker Center from February 25 to March 4, 2017.