Jonas Short is a writer, researcher, and curator based in Los Angeles and Cleveland. He received a B.A. in Art History and Anthropology from The College of Wooster, specializing in the study of art, museums, and private collections as a culturally and hegemonically defined social phenomena. His undergraduate thesis Printed Peoples and Feathered Costumes examined how new imperial definitions of self and other were forged via the collection of art and artifacts amassed by Margaret of Austria (1480-1530). His current writing focuses on modern private collections, particularly as they intersect with museums and the generation of historical narratives.
Previously, Jonas has worked on exhibitions at The College of Wooster (Wooster, OH), The Akron Art Museum (Akron, OH), The Canton Museum of Art (Canton, OH), and The University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA). These projects have reexamined the history of prints as art, mapped the renaissance as a global phenomenon, highlighted overlooked voices of modern art, and examined familial and community intimacies in contemporary art.
Jonas Short is currently pursuing a M.A. in Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere from The University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design, where he serves as a student employee and teaching assistant.