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Bar News - November 13, 2009

Art of Judge Michael E. Jones on Display in Boston


Judge Jones holds vase designed for Athens Olympics

Painting of Michael Phelps by Judge Jones
Between hearing cases, winning triathlons, and creating sports-related artwork, Judge Michael E. Jones of Salem District Court is always on the go. His exhibition, Profiles of a Sports Artist, is now on display in the sports museum at Bostonís TD Banknorth Gardenóa testament to his hard work and active lifestyle.

A member of the Bar since 1978 and a part-time judge for nearly 20 years, Jones has long juggled his passions for law, art, and sports. An expert in sports, entertainment, and art law, he has served as chairman of a dispute resolution panel for a national governing body of the U. S. Olympic Committee and as chairman of the American Bar Associationís Forum Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law, International Division. In 2005, he became the first athlete ever to win three world championships in the International Triathlon Union World Aqualon (run-swim-run) in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Currently, he serves as corporate secretary and trustee of the New Hampshire Institute of Art and professor of sports and entertainment law at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He has also authored a book, Sports Law, which is widely accepted to be the leading undergraduate text in its field.

Profiles of a Sports Artist includes many of Jonesí most celebrated works, including two pieces of art that he created specifically for the Olympic Games. In 2002, the USA Olympic Committee and the USA Triathlon commissioned him to paint an official, limited edition poster for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. More recently, he was commissioned to design another set of limited edition posters for the 2008 Beijing summer Olympic Games.

His latest poster, he writes, "sought to blend traditional Chinese painting principles with modern art." (A print of the poster is currently on view in the NH Bar Center lobby. View in April 18, 2008 Bar News.) Judge Jones was also commissioned by the committee in 2008 to create an award for the Triathlon Hall of Fame recipients. The result was a championís vase, created in the ancient Olympic Greek tradition. (See photo.)

Jonesí fusion of law, art, and sports comes through in his works that criticize the use of performance enhancing drugs among athletes. His "Tour de France" painting, also on display, depicts the intense conflict surrounding the issue: a faceless cyclist rides past a crowd of onlookers,." Jones says that his experiences as judge and athlete give him a unique perspective on the issue.

The display also includes Jonesí painting of Michael Phelps, which he began at the start of the 2008 Olympic Swim Trials and completed on the day Phelps received his eighth gold medal.

Profiles of a Sports Artist will be on display at the TD Banknorth Garden sports museum until March 31, 2010.

Elizabeth Faiella, a second-year student at Dartmouth College, was a part-time intern at the NH Bar Center this past summer.

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