The 2016 United States Olympic Committee-USA Triathlon artist-signed poster has been presented to the United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives by the original watercolor’s artist, Professor Michael E. Jones.
Jones is a retired 20-year New Hampshire trial judge, a champion triathlete, an accomplished artist, and a law faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He resides near Boston, Mass.
The Rio 2016 Olympic poster marks the fourth Summer Olympic Games for which Jones has created the USA Triathlon poster. His posters are licensed by the International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee and USA Triathlon. He also designed the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame amphora (vase) given annually to each inductee.
The colorful 2016 poster provides a stylized depiction of the three triathlon sports – swimming, biking and running – along with “Rio 2016” and the USA Olympic and USA Triathlon logos.
The 2016 poster was printed in an edition of 150 at the AS220 Community Printshop in Providence, R.I. Jones and his triathlete wife, Christine Jones, assisted print master Beth Brandon in the elaborate process of hand printing the nine different colors on 100 percent cotton paper.
A well exhibited and collected visual fine artist, Jones’ art work is part of the permanent collection of museums and galleries from Beijing, China, to Havana, Cuba. Jones painted the official portrait of swimmer Michael Phelps after the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Jones is a multiple national age-group triathlon champion in addition to winning numerous world age-group championships in the sport of aquathlon. He is also a former national and world swimming champion and national cross country running champion.
Jones recently retired from the bench after more than 20 years as a trial court judge. He recently authored the book, “Rules of the Game: Sports Law,” published by Rowman & Littlefield. His next book, “Art Law for Artists, Curators and Gallery Directors,” is scheduled for publication later this year. Jones teaches sports, entertainment, media, and art law at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.