Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award

Lois Swan Jones
Lois Swan Jones

The Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award honors the memory of Lois Swan Jones, Professor Emerita of art history at the University of North Texas and charter member of the ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter. Professor Jones was the author of several standard works on art information research methods and a recipient of the 1996 ARLIS/NA Distinguished Service Award. The combination of her enthusiasm, commitment to education, and love for art history serves as a model for art information professionals. See also: Remembering Lois Swan Jones. The Lois Swan Jones award is made possible through contributions from chapter members and other supporters. Contributions in the form of checks made payable to the “ARLIS/TXMX LSJ Award” may be sent to the current treasurer listed on the officers page.


The Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award supports and encourages the participation of an ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter member in the ARLIS/NA annual conference by helping to defray conference expenses.


  • Applicant must be a member in good standing of both ARLIS/NA and ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico. Please note that membership in ARLIS/NA does not automatically include membership in ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico. They are separate memberships.
  • Applicant must lack full institutional funding for attending the ARLIS/NA annual conference.
  • Applicant may live outside of Texas or Mexico.
  • Applicant is eligible even if the member has previously received the award. The committee shall consider the merits of the individual application independent of past decisions.

Application Procedure

  • Applicant should submit a letter of application and curriculum vitae to the award committee chair via email (Helen Lueders at hlueders@mfah.org). The letter must include a statement of qualification, the amount of expected institutional funding (if any) for conference attendance, and proposed conference program involvement.
  • Deadline for 2017 submissions is November 21, 2016. The 2017 award will be $500.

Selection Factors

  • Preference given to first-time ARLIS/NA annual conference attendees
  • Preference given to applicants actively participating in the conference, such as a speaker, moderator, recorder, or committee member
  • Both professionals and students are encouraged to apply – no preference given.

Conditions of the Award

Award winners must commit to some level of conference involvement, which could include, but is not limited to, participation as a speaker, moderator, committee member, recorder, or volunteer with the local arrangements committee. Award winners must write a report of conference activities and experiences for the chapter newsletter, The Medium. The report should include an account of how the award helped the recipient’s professional development. The chapter strongly encourages award winners to continue active involvement in the chapter by renewing their membership and serving on the LSJ award committee the following year.

Contact Information

Questions about the award may be submitted to Helen Lueders, Chair, Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award committee: hlueders@mfah.org.

The 2017 LSJ Professional Development Award committee includes:

Helen Lueders (The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston)
Samuel Duncan (Amon Carter Museum of American Art)
Beth Dodd (University of Texas, Austin)
Sarah Long, 2016 winner of the Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award