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. For more information, see: 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  “ARLIS/TXMX” 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.

The 2019 Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award includes a monetary award of $750 to go toward conference expenses as well as a year of membership in the ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico chapter. This year’s conference will be held in Salt Lake City, March 26-30, 2019.

Professionals and students are both encouraged to apply!


  • Applicant must be a member in good standing of ARLIS/NA. The award will include one year of membership in the ARLIS Texas-Mexico chapter. If you are already a member, this can be applied to your next year of membership.
  • Applicants who are fully funded to attend the conference through their institution of employment or education are not eligible.
  • 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 explaining eligibility and interest, the amount of expected institutional funding (if any) for conference attendance, and proposed conference program involvement.
  • Deadline for 2019 Award submissions: January 11, 2019. The 2019 Award is $750.

Selection Factors

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

Conditions of the Award

  • Award recipients must commit to some level of conference involvement, which may include, but is not limited to, participation as a speaker, moderator, committee member, recorder, or volunteer with the local arrangements committee.
  • Award recipients 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 recipients to continue active involvement in the chapter by renewing their membership and serving on the LSJ award committee the following year.

Contact Information

Any questions about the award application, requirements, procedure, etc. may be submitted to Helen Lueders, Chair, Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award committee: hlueders@mfah.org.


The 2019 LSJ Professional Development Award committee includes:

Helen Lueders (The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston)

Samuel Duncan (Amon Carter Museum of American Art)

Lauren Gottlieb-Miller (The Menil Collection)