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 the “ARLIS/TXMX” may be sent to the current treasurer listed on the officers page.

2018 Award Announcement

Congratulations to Elizabeth Schaub, 2018 recipient of the Lois Swan Jones Award!

Elizabeth has been a member of ARLIS/NA since 1998, serving on numerous committee and currently acting as an Art Documentation peer reviewer. Elizabeth has also been a member of the Texas-Mexico chapter since 1998 and has served in many leadership positions including as the chapter’s president in 2006. She lives and works in Austin where she is the director of the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture Visual Resources Collection Director.

The $750 award supports expenses related to attending the ARLIS/NA annual conference in New York, February 25-March 1, 2018. This year, Elizabeth will be presenting a paper during a conference session that focuses on the subject scope drift in the visual resources profession.


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. This year the annual conference will be held from February 25th through March 1st, 2018 in New York City.

The 2018 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 Texas-Mexico chapter.

Professionals and students are both encouraged to apply to the award!


  • Applicant must be a member in good standing of ARLIS/NA. This year’s 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 2018 Award submissions: November 22, 2017. The 2018 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 could 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 2018 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)

Mark Pompelia (RISD), 2017 winner of the Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award