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Paul R. Jones Museum

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2308 Sixth Street
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 United States
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Middle school children study artworks on display at the Paul R. Jones Museum in Tuscaloosa.

Visiting the Museum

Admission to the museum is free.

Hours are Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. On the first Friday of every month, the museum’s hours are noon to 8 p.m.

Holiday Hours: The Paul R. Jones Museum will be closed December 14, 2020 – January 7, 2021. For the most up-to-date information, go to the museum’s main website.

Visiting the Museum During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Paul R. Jones Museum is an essential part of the education and development of UA students and our community. Visitors must wear face coverings inside the gallery and maintain a minimum distance of six feet from others. Call (205) 345-3038 for more information.

Exhibitions 2020-2021

Charlie Lucas at the Paul R. Jones Museum

MAY 7-JULY 30 Mario A. Robinson

MAR-APR Selections from the Paul R. Jones Collection

OCT 2 – FEB 26, 2021 Charlie Lucas: Talking to the Ancestors

AUG 7 – SEP 25, 2020 When They See Us, What Do They See?: Perspectives on Black Art

MAY 8 – AUG 31 Do You See What I See? – Selections from the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art

MAR 6 – APR 24 It’s Like That: Selections from the Collection of Rebecca and Jack Drake

JAN 10 – FEB 28 Celebrate! Investigate! Create! A Collaborative Exhibition between Arcadia Elementary School and the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art

Current and Past Exhibitions at the Paul R. Jones Museum

About the Museum

The Paul 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 as well as hosts guest exhibitions.

Art collector Paul R. Jones on UA campus in 2007.

The museum is named for Paul R. Jones, a passionate collector of African American art. In 2008, Jones donated a portion of his collection — over 1,700 pieces — to The University of Alabama. 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 designed to share the works of American artists and their significance with the people of Alabama and beyond and to be used to educate students on the importance of art in life. Works from the collection are on exhibit year-round at the museum and are exhibited in galleries on The University of Alabama campus and at other educational institutions and venues. The collection is incorporated into curricula at The University of Alabama, providing students with opportunities to learn and experience the significance of art first-hand.

The Collection

The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama includes one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of 20th-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 $10.3 million to the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama in October 2008. An additional 300 works were added in 2013, bringing the total to over 2,000 works. The collection includes art in a variety of media from more than 600 artists.

Museum Staff

Daniel White, Director

Emily Bibb, Curator

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News & Exhibitions

View press releases and news articles about the museum.

Browse an archive of past exhibitions held at the museum.

Read news releases about the Paul Jones Lecture Series.

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