Tom Jones (Ho-Chunk) is a visual artist who uses photography to capture the breadth, multiplicity, and vitality of Indigeneity in service of his own community while simultaneously countering the violent, colonial legacy of photography conceptually removing Native people from land and modernity.
The Museum of Wisconsin Art is currently presenting a retrospective of Jones’s two-decade career, Here We Stand (2022). His work is also featured in The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC (2022–2023), where he is a prizewinner in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, and Water Memories at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2022–2023). Jones’s works are in the collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, the Polaroid Corporation, the Chazen Museum of Art, the MacArthur Foundation, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and many others.
Jones is co-author of the award-winning book, People of the Big Voice, Photographs of Ho-Chunk Families by Charles Van Schaick, 1879-1943, and a professor of Photography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Based in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, Jones was born in North Carolina and has lived in Florida, Minnesota, and Illinois.