Working as an artist, Jon Malis is primarily concerned with notions of representation and display of visual content, focusing on how various methods of presentation can alter the viewer’s perception and interpretation of imagery. Most recently, he has sought to provide a physical definition of digital photography, creating sculptural forms based upon how color is represented in digital imagery.
Malis has received numerous awards and recognitions such as the 2012 National Photography Award from the von Lebig Art Center (Naples, FL), a Janet & Walter Sondheim prize semi-final nomination (2014), was a semifinalist for the Trawick Prize (2015) and a Panavision New Filmmaker's Grant in 2010. He has exhibited and presented his work internationally, from the Washington DC region (CONNERSMITH, Hamiltonian, Honfleur, Long View Gallery, Maryland Art Place, Montgomery College) to Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PULSE Miami art fair, the Midwest Center for Photography (KS) and Orange Coast College (CA), to the Camden Arts Centre (London), Helsinki Photomedia Conference (Finland), and the PFF Film Festival in Berlin.
As an academic, he melds his research into the classroom environment, challenging his photography students not just to understand what they’re taking pictures of, but to understand how their work is viewed. Currently, he holds an appointment as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Photography at Loyola University (Baltimore, MD). Formerly, he has worked as a freelance cinematographer and producer for narrative and documentary film/video productions, and was a staff photojournalist for ThisWeek News/Columbus Dispatch Publishing Company, and the Piqua Daily Call newspaper. Additionally, Malis owned and operated TUBE Studio, which provided digital photographic printing, display, production and consulting services for artists and photographers. He received a Master of Fine Arts in Film & Electronic Media from American University in 2011, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from The George Washington University in 2007.