Now accepting applications for the 2017 Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award – due November 21st!

Hello all!

We are excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award. This $500 award provides funding to send a Texas-Mexico Chapter member to the ARLIS/NA 45th Annual Conference in New Orleans, February 5-9, 2017.

To meet the primary requirement, applicants must lack full institutional funding for the conference. Applicant must be a member in good standing of both ARLIS/NA and ARLIS/Texas-Mexico. Previous winners are eligible. A description of the award, application procedure, and a list of previous recipients can be found here:

The award committee urges everyone with interest and need to apply, especially first-time conference attendees. We also strongly encourage members of the chapter to promote this award within their own institutions.

Please let anyone you know who might qualify and benefit from attending the conference know about the award and encourage them to apply!

The award honors the memory of Lois Swan Jones, Professor Emerita of art history at the University of North Texas, by underwriting participation of members of the Texas-Mexico Chapter at the ARLIS/NA annual meeting.

Please feel free to send any inquiries to the 2017 award committee chair: Helen Lueders (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston) at

Other members of the 2017 committee are Samuel Duncan (Amon Carter Museum of American Art), Beth Dodd (University of Texas, Austin), and last year’s awardee, Sarah Long.

The deadline for applications is Monday, November 21, 2016. The award committee will announce the awardee on Friday, December 2, 2016.


Chapter Meeting

Registration is open for Mexico City!

We’re excited to announce that registration for the 2016 ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter Conference in Mexico City is officially open. This year’s annual chapter meeting and conference will be held October 12-15, 2016. See all the details of our exciting program and helpful trip planning tips on our Annual Meeting page.

Early bird registration rates continue through September 6.

We look forwarding to seeing you in Mexico City!


Lois Swan Jones Award

2016 Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award Winner

The Texas-Mexico Chapter congratulates Sarah Long as this year’s recipient of the 2016 Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award. Long received her MLIS from the University of Washington in 2013 and was the library assistant in charge of acquisitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Hirsch Library for eight years until a recent move took her to Rhode Island. She continues to maintain her membership ARLIS Texas-Mexico membership in order to stay connected with her former colleagues and friends.

The $750 award will support expenses related to attending the ARLIS/NA annual conference in Seattle, Washington from March 8-12, 2016. In addition to taking advantage of a wide selection of conference programming, Sarah will write an article on her conference experience for the issue of the Chapter’s newsletter The Medium that follows the conference.

The LSJ award honors the memory of Lois Swan Jones, Professor Emerita of art history at the University of North Texas and charter member of the Texas Chapter. Established in 1992, the award supports and encourages participation of a member of the ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter at the national level by helping with conference expenses. Professor Jones authored several standard publications on art information research methods and received 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.

I would also like to thank our Chapter contributors who made this year’s award possible. Read more about the LSJ award, and view a list of previous winners.

Helen Lueders

Chair, Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award Committee

Chapter Meeting

2015 Letterpress Workshop

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November 7, 2015

ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico members participated in a post-annual fall meeting workshop at BlackHare Studio in Robinson, TX.

Printing at BlackHare Studio

Left to right: Edward Lukasek, Virginia Green (instructor and Baylor Art Professor), Heather Ferguson, Alison Larson(seated), Sha Towers, Jon Evans, Joel Pelanne (seated), Sam Duncan (seated)

The workshop, originally scheduled for 2 hours, kept the attendees engaged for much longer! The finished product was a tri-part print of two famous artist quotes including a  title page that lists the names of the collaborators.

To see more images from this event, click on:

Sam Duncan’s flickr

Heather Ferguson’s dropbox