Jon Winet

Professor Emeritus

Jon Winet is an artist, media producer, and professor and program head in the University of Iowa School of Art & Art History Studio Division Intermedia Program. His additional academic appointments at Iowa are in International Programs and the Public Policy Center. He also directs the Passport Project Student Success Initiative.

His current research includes “AIDS Quilt Touch,” the digital expression of the 1.4 million square feet AIDS Memorial Quilt; "Our Las Vegas,” an online cultural animation project; and “Las Vegas Casino Carpets” (working title), a curatorial project for the University of Nevada Las Vegas Barrick Museum of Art, Las Vegas, Nevada. He is also in research on the restaging of 1997 and 1998 interactive projects for public screens with fellow Xerox PARC alumni Anne Balsamo, Dale MacDonald, Margaret Crane, Scott Minneman, and with J.D. Beltran. He is currently in the pre-production phase of “American Visions - The 2020 U.S. Presidential Elections” for the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council Powerhouse Gallery in Oxford, Mississippi with satellite projects at the University of Mississippi. Working with writer and cultural critic David Levi Strauss and photographer Allen Spore, he directed “Power 2016,” a linked multimedia journalism project focusing on the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections.

 His collaborative media projects, installations and exhibitions have been presented at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (Buffalo, NY); La Mama Gallery, New York, George Mason University Fine Art Gallery (Fairfax, Virginia); Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR); Detroit Art Market; 2014 Life Is Beautiful Festival (Las Vegas, NV); the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival and American University Museum of Art (Washington, D.C.); George Bush Presidential Library and Museum (Dallas, Texas); Walker Art Center and Intermedia Arts (Minneapolis, MN); San Jose Museum of Art; White Columns, (New York, New York); San Francisco Art Institute, SF Camerawork, Friends of Photography and Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco; and ISIS Arts, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. His photographic work has been included in numerous publications including Aperture’s online project Exposures (New York, NY); The Brooklyn Rail; Little Village (Iowa City, IA); and The Public and Artvoice (Buffalo, NY).

During Fall 2017 he led “From SFMOMA to the Ghost Ship: Exploring Bay Area Arts Ecosystems,” an undergraduate seminar in American Studies and the History of Art Department at UC Berkeley. During the spring 2020 semester he will lead “Oakland | City,” an experimental public digital humanities course in Berkeley’s American Studies program.

He has been actively involved in artists’ organizations for three decades and currently serves on the advisory boards of Southern Exposure (San Francisco) and Transformer Gallery (Washington, D.C.). He also holds a fellowship at Provisions Library in Washington, D.C.


  • Exhibition - CARPA: Craft Advanced Research Projects Agency - Collaborator Artist. Event held at Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR in Portland, Oregon. In collaboration with Katie McGowan (Artist/Writer). 
  • Exhibition - The Change We Want To See - Collaborator Artist. Event held at Detroit Artists Market in Detroit, Michigan. In collaboration with Katie McGowan, Jeff Cancelosi (Curator). Further details can be found at
  • Event - "First Kiss" - Producer. Event held at Old Capitol Mall in Iowa City, Iowa. Sponsored by Mission Creek Festival. In collaboration with Mark NeuCollins (Co-director | Co-Producer). Further details can be found at


  • ICRU Fellowship, Funded by Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates
  • "FLOAT" Residency, The Luminary, Week-long artist residency
  • AIDS Quilt Touch Design and Technology, National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities.
  • The Passport Project, Funded by Office of the Provost Student Success
  • University Faculty Scholar Award, The University of Iowa
  • Fellowship, Provisions Library, Role: Online Communications Research Fellow
Research areas
  • Sculpture and intermedia