Paul R. Jones Collection

at the Paul R. Jones Gallery
2308 Sixth Street, Tuscaloosa, AL 205-345-3038
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Friday 12-8 p.m.
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Read more about the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at UA

The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art is managed by the Department of Art and Art History in The University of Alabama’s College of Arts and Sciences. The gallery honors the late Paul R. Jones who, during his lifetime, amassed one of the largest collections of African-American art in the world. In 2008, Jones donated 1,700 pieces of his collection, valued at $4.8 million, to UA. Jones was known as a passionate collector who sought to collect from both well-known and lesser-known artists, a quality which makes his collection distinct.

Watch this video with an interview with the late Paul R. Jones:

Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at the University of Alabama from UA College of Arts & Sciences on Vimeo.


The video below is about the making of an exhibition of Paul R. Jones Collection works:


The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art includes one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of twentieth-century African American art in the world, amassed over decades by Paul Raymond Jones, who has been described by Art & Antiques magazine as “one of the top art collectors in the country.” Jones donated the 1,700-plus piece collection valued at more than $4.8 million to the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama in October 2008. The collection includes more than 600 artists, including Romare Bearden, Prentice Herman (P. H.) Polk, Jacob Lawrence, and Benny Andrews. For more information, click here.

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Fahamu Pecou, detailAmos Ashanti Johnson, detailLester Gunter, detailSteve Williams, Paul R. Jones, detailCedric Smith, detailP.H. Polk, detail
Paul R. Jones Lecture series
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