Ethan Aaro Jones (b. 1985, Washington, D.C.) is a photographer and artist currently living and working Minneapolis, Minnesota. He holds a MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago and a BFA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. Ethan’s work has been exhibited internationally, and he staged his first solo exhibition at the University of Notre Dame in 2014. He was also a 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.



Columbia College Chicago

MFA, Photography


Rochester Institute of Technology

BFA with Honors, Professional Photographic Illustration



Many Waters: A Minnesota Biennial, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul, MN

Context 2021, Filter Space, Chicago, IL

Photography, A Sense of Place, Site:Brooklyn Gallery. Brooklyn, NY


Unbound 9!, Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA


Exposure, One, Tin Top Studios, Minneapolis, MN


Horizon Line, Perspective Gallery, Evanston, IL

Americana, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO

Pathways and Passages, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT


Summer-Winter, Paikka, St. Paul, MN

Untitled 12, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN

Photography Now!, Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, OR

Art Now: Photography 2016, 117 Gallery, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI

Analogue Portrait Project, Aesthesia Studios, Los Angeles, CA

Midwest Photo Emerge, Center Gallery, Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS

IFP MN Photo Show, Marsden/Gustafson Gallery, St. Paul, MN


Provincial Field Notes, Emily Davis Gallery, Akron, OH

Portraits, Mpls Photo Center Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

The Apartment, Presented by Darkroom, Boston, MA

Here and Away, Art Garage Gallery, Green Bay, WI

Fotofilmic ‘14, Lomography Store Gallery, New York, NY

Fotofilmic ‘14, dnj Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA


Fotofilmic ‘14, Back Gallery Project, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Oh Ophelia!, Design Studio, Montreal, QC, Canada

Last Summer, Photography Gallery, Riley Hall, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN (solo)

All the Days and Nights, 5th Floor Gallery, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL


Towels, A Survey of a Familiar Objects, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA

Like. Share. Follow., Hokin Gallery, Chicago, IL (curated by Alexandra Field)

F8 MFA Photography Thesis Exhibition, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL (catalogue)

Union League Civic & Arts Foundation Visual Arts Competition Finalist Exhibition, Union League Club, Chicago, IL


Albert P. Weisman Exhibition, Arcade Gallery, Chicago, IL

Union League Civic & Arts Foundation Visual Arts Competition Finalist Exhibition, Union League Club, Chicago, IL


Bare, Michael Mazzeo Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Jörg Colberg)

Push-Pin Show, Union Hall Gallery, Rockport, ME


This Is Not The Future, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Mélange, Union Hall Gallery, Rockport, ME

OX, Visual Studies Workshop Gallery, Rochester, NY


In Water, Wallace Memorial Library Gallery, Rochester, NY (solo)

The Art of Photography Show, Lyceum Theatre Gallery, San Diego, CA (juried by Arthur Ollman) (catalogue)

SPAS Student Honors Show, RIT Photography Gallery, Rochester, NY



American Chordata Issue 2, American Chordata, New York, NY


Incandescent, Issue 5, Incandescent Magazine, Portland, OR


Jaarmagazine 2008, On Simplicity, Delta Lloyd Group, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Flash Forward 2007, Magenta Foundation, Toronto, ON, Canada

Awards and Fellowships


Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, St. Paul, MN


First Place, 30 at 8x10, Minneapolis, MN


Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists Semifinalist, Minneapolis, MN


Fotofilmic'14 Honorable Mention (4th Place), Vancouver, BC, Canada

McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship Semi-Finalist, Minneapolis, MN


Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Fellowship, Chicago, IL


Albert P. Weisman Memorial Award, Chicago, IL

Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Fellowship, Chicago, IL


Follett Fellowship Award, Chicago, IL


Flash Forward 2007 Honorable Mention, Magenta Foundation, Toronto, ON, Canada