Samuel Levi Jones was born and raised in Marion, Indiana. His work explores the relationship between documents and systems of knowledge and power. Jones deconstructs discarded books and other historical materials to build collages that question the selectivity of “authoritative” texts and documentary practices. His large, grid-like compositions examine exclusion and identity and critique larger issues of social and racial inequality that are at the forefront of current debates in the United States. In 2014 Jones received the Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, an annual award whose past recipients include prominent artists such as Leslie Hewitt, Glenn Ligon, and Lorna Simpson. His work is included in collections such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; Rubell Family Collection, Florida; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; and Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Jones is represented by Galerie Lelong in New York and Patron Gallery in Chicago.