Paul R. Jones Museum Receives State Arts Council Grant

The Paul R. Jones Museum (PRJM) of Tuscaloosa is pleased to announce that the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) has awarded the museum a grant in support of its exhibition programs for 2020-2021.

“This grant will help supplement our exhibition programs for the entire 2020-2021 season,” explained PRJM director Daniel White, “ranging from exhibition support, honoraria for artist and curators, and support for AV and video equipment — these funds will give us that extra boost that will help us realize projects to further potential.”

The award will support three exhibitions from October 2020 through September 2021:

  • sculptor Charlie “Tin Man” Lucas, an Alabama cultural treasure and one of the last living folk artists of his generationLucy Curzon and Katie Howard speak to middle school children about art works on display at the Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art in Tuscaloosa..
  • Mario A. Robinson, a leading realist artist well-known outside the state, has recently made Alabama his home. This will be the first solo museum show of his work in Alabama.
  • Everyday Strangers: Alonzo Williams, Jr., a multimedia artist, uses video and language to create art through random encounters with strangers that reveal the subjects’, as well as the viewers’, connectedness. The exhibition is in partnership with the Houston Museum of African American Culture.

In a press release announcing the statewide grants, ASCA Chairman Jim Harrison III said, “Funds awarded through the Council’s granting process provide a better education for students, nourishing imagination and preparing them for the workforce of tomorrow. These important grants also strengthen cultural expression and attract new industry to our colorful and vibrant state.”

Funding for the Alabama State Council on the Arts is provided by the Alabama State Legislature and the National Endowment of the Arts, a federal agency. ASCA awards grants annually to non-profit organizations, schools and other community groups for a variety of projects, which match the funds with contributions to and earned income by the organizations.

The Paul R. Jones Museum, located in the heart of downtown Tuscaloosa, presents a year-round schedule of exhibitions of works from the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama, and hosts guest exhibitions. The museum honors  Mr. Jones’ vision of art, community and continuous learning by hosting lecture series, concerts, workshops, and theatrical performances. The Paul R. Jones Museum is also a classroom for the arts, where students from kindergarten to college experience learning in a new and exciting environment.

The museum is located at 2308 Sixth Street, Tuscaloosa, just a block from the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. Hours are Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, call (205) 345-3038, or go to the website.

For more information about The University of Alabama’s programs in studio art and art history, visit our Degree Programs page.