J.W. Boys is an artist advocate, art collector, curator and magazine publisher. He is extraordinarily passionate about the state of the low and mid visual art markets in the United States and around the world. He has been professionally involved in the commercial gallery business for seven years, co-founding his first art gallery in the spring of 2006. Since then he has curated well over 40 art shows in Cincinnati, Ohio and Eugene, Keizer, Portland and Salem, Oregon. He served on the board of directors for the Keizer Art Association as a director at large in 2008, being voted in as President of the organization in December of the same year. He has had the pleasure of working as a gallery consultant for galleries in the Salem and Portland markets.
J.W. Boys founded Emerging Artist Magazine (EAM) in August of 2011 as a promotional tool to accent his monthly Emerge Underground art show he hosted in Portland, Oregon. He started it as EA Zine, as a local eco-friendly art magazine, with editions available online and in the US and Europe via on-demand printing through Amazon.com. In January of 2012 Boys partnered with Autumn Anglin to produce the magazine with a bigger goal to cover more artists and review more galleries. After ending the art shows in October of 2012, Boys and Anglin began talks of transitioning the magazine over to a completely online publication in November of 2012, completing the migration in January of 2013.
There are two sides to every coin, and J.W. Boys is a great example of that. He has a long history in hands on fields of work including construction and cabinet making. He started his second job the day after he graduated from high school, going to work for a local general contractor as a window installer. He put himself through college by working for a family owned hardware store, where he was able to build picnic tables, cut lumber, glass, and learn the plumbing business.
Post college he worked for a sign company as a graphic designer, a position which morphed into him doing all of the woodworking for the company. He transitioned out of that job into the finish carpentry field, personally trimming some 400 houses in his career.In 1999 he took a job working in capital purchasing which moved him away from construction for about five years. In 2004 he returned to work for the same finish carpentry company, ultimately managing the cabinet manufacturing facility. In mid 2006 as the Cincinnati housing market began to cool, he transitioned to a job as a lighting installer for a lighting company, before returning once again to the company he worked for during college. There he managed two departments and spent several days a week on the road servicing barbeque grills for Weber and Traeger as a certified agent.
Today he makes custom canvases, substrates and pedestals for artists in partnership with Cascadian Canvas Craft located in Salem, Oregon. His business Willamette Woodcraft mixes his love of interior design and furniture building to create beautiful works for clients in the Portland and Vancouver markets.