In October 2014, Lucy Curzon, director of education and outreach for the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at UA, spoke to students from Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary and Westlawn Middle schools at the Paul Jones Gallery in Tuscaloosa as part of the gallery’s inaugural K-12 Fellows program. After a ribbon-cutting by College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robert Olin, Curzon talked to students about how to look at and think about the art in the gallery before they went back to their classrooms to make their own art.

Dean Robert Olin talks with middle and elementary kids at the Paul Jones Gallery. Dean Robert Olin talks with middle and elementary kids at the Paul Jones Gallery. Dr. Lucy Curzon discusses artworks with middle and elementary kids at the Paul Jones Gallery.

“The University of Alabama has reached an important milestone in our stewardship of the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art as we welcome students from Martin Luther King Jr. and Westlawn schools to the gallery,” said Dean Olin.

Dr. Lucy Curzon discusses artworks with middle and elementary kids at the Paul Jones Gallery. Dr. Lucy Curzon discusses artworks with middle and elementary kids at the Paul Jones Gallery. Gallery manager Katie Howard (left) talks to  middle and elementary kids at the Paul Jones Gallery about the art.

“This is the first of what we hope will be many field trip visits by students from kindergarten to high school to view works from the collection. It was Paul Jones’s wish, and ours, that the collection be shared with students to educate and inspire them through the works and contributions of the African-American artists represented in it,” Olin said.

Read more about the K-12 Fellows program here.
More photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/uaart/sets/72157648130194349
[Loupe Spring 2015]