A Life of Excellence: Remembering Edward Jonas (1948-2020)

By Michael Shane Neal, artist Recently, I arrived at the airport in Tallahassee on a warm, sunny Florida day. My friend, artist Dawn Whitelaw, and I were visiting for several days as part of the pre-jury panel for the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition. As we exited the airport, Ed Jonas, the Society’s Chairman, sat waiting to collect us in his car. It was typical of our friend to be there in person – just another of the countless duties he took on in his more than 20 years of devotion to the arts organization that he helped found in 1998. Eternally boyish with his rusty hair, trim build, and great smile, he greeted us in his usual animated fashion with a hearty

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The Portrait Society of America is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in February 1998

to further the traditions of fine art portraiture and figurative art. 

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