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Fletcher Hall Art Gallery: Allan Jones, Mentor/Painter

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WHERE:  The College of the Arts, Fletcher Hall Gallery, Rm 207
   421 East Lewis Street, Lafayette, LA 70504
OPENING:  Friday, March 13, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
DATES:   March 13 – April 10, 2020
TIME:    Gallery hours. Monday-Thursday. 9 – 4, and Fridays 9-noon.
CONTACT:  Michael Eble, Curator of Exhibitions and Events, College of the Arts
   michaeleble@louisiana.edu or (337) 482-5318

The UL Lafayette Department of Visual Arts and the Fletcher Hall Gallery  presents an exhibition honoring the legacy of the late Prof. Allan Jones. Jones is this year’s College of the Arts, SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree.

Born and educated in central Texas, Professor Allan L. Jones began his college career in engineering.  Discovering the campus art department altered his life.  In 1963 he received his Bachelor of Arts in painting from Texas Wesleyan College and in 1965 a Master of Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California.  His first teaching position was as an instructor in design and painting at University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1965.  In 1970 Jones accepted an Assistant Professor position teaching painting and printmaking at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio.  In 1986 Professor Jones returned to USL, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and retired in 2017.
Professor Jones was a recipient of the Dr. Ray Authement Excellence in Teaching Award for 2011. With almost 40 years of service, Professor Jones served as a role model for departmental faculty and students through his dedication to the creative process, teaching practices, and our shared responsibilities to our students, faculty, college and the university.  Under his direction students thrived and have continued to excel in advanced degree programs throughout the United States. He understood that good teaching was an extension of an active professional life. He pursued his artistic vision without compromising his commitment, dedication and continuing success in his teaching and service to the University. 

His artwork has been included in exhibitions at the the Cassa Frela Gallery N.Y.C., Atelier-Gallery Alain Piroir, Montreal, Quebec, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, University of Miami, Florida, Arizona State University, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, Janis Forberg Gallery, Cincinnati, Oxford Museum, Miami University, Ohio, University of Denver, Tony Birkhead Gallery, Cincinnati, New Museum, New York, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisville School Of Art, University of Kentucky, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Dayton Art Institute and the Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, California. Professor Jones' work has been selected to be included in a number of collections including the Oxford Museum, Miami University, Ohio, Yale University, Midsouth Bank, Lafayette, Harvard University, Cincinnati Pubic Library, Dupre Library, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Mint Museum, North Carolina, Chase Manhattan Bank, [The Paul & Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum] and the New York Public Library.
The exhibition will be made up of a small selection of Allan Jones work along with several of his former students. Participating artists included: Steven Breaux, Jacob Broussard, Ralph Bourque, Toni Carlone, Troy Dugas, Michael Eble, Ben Guidry, Brain Guidry, Dirk Guidry, Miriam Hirsch, Evan Koch, Shawne Major, Herman Mhire, Stephanie Patton, Jesse Poimboeuf, Hannah Walters, and Cayla Zeek.

Additional Events honoring Prof. Allan Jones of the Department of Visual Arts

Indulgences: A Book of Common Images by Allan Jones, Edith Dupre Library, March 2 – March 27

Artech Fusion, Allan Jones Video Tribute and Award Presentation, Friday March 20, Acadiana Center for the Arts, 6:30 – 9:30  pm

Dr. Howard Singerman, Professor and the Phyllis and Joseph Caroff Chair of Art and Art History at Hunter College. Public Lecture, Thursday March 26, JLF Hall 134, TBA

For a full schedule of events go to http://arts.louisiana.edu/about-us/festival-arts

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