Thomas W. Jones, a seasoned museum professional with over thirty years experience as a director and curator of American museums announced his resignation today as Executive Director of The Old Jail Art Center effective October 30, 2012. Jones, who was appointed director in August 2010, sighted his desire to open his own fine arts appraisal business as the reason for his departure. Jones was the previous director of Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX where he currently resides. Jones will serve as special counsel to the Board of Trustees through February 2013.
Steve Waller, Chairman of the Board stated, “Tom is one of those rare individuals with the right mix of attributes necessary to be an effective museum director. He has done an excellent job here in Albany and will be missed. Interestingly, Tom began his career as a curator in Albany, Georgia the town which Albany, Texas is named after.”
During his two plus years at The Old Jail Art Center, Jones is credited with the introduction of many new educational programs and shoring up the museums finances through the creation of new revenue streams and successful grant writing. He curated the popular exhibit, Face Time: Portraits from the Collection that opened in September 2011, which was a first for the museum in terms of collection subject.
Reflecting on his tenure, Jones notes, “I am most proud of the fact that I will be leaving the museum in an excellent financial position this year and next. That is not to say the museum does not need money for growth and development, which is perpetual. The Old Jail is a Texas treasure, unique among its peers and will always, deservingly, require citizen and foundation support.”
About The Old Jail Art Center
The Old Jail Art Center opened in 1980 in the first permanent jail built in Shackelford County. Successful capital campaigns in 1984, 1996 and 2009 added an important education wing as well as additional exhibition and operations space. The Museum boasts a thriving education program with a distance-learning studio and takes art directly to rural schools. The collections include original paintings by such well-known artists as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Amedeo Modigliani, and Paul Klee together with a large collection of works by the Fort Worth Circle and Texas contemporary. It also boasts outstanding Asian and Pre-Columbian art collections. The Marshall R. Young Courtyard includes Jesus Bautista Moroles’ granite “Sun Symbol” as its centerpiece as well as other significant sculpture.
The Old Jail Art Center is one of the few accredited fine art museums in Texas. Education, exhibitions and art programs are scheduled year-round to serve an audience of children, youth, adults, and visitors from around the globe. The Old Jail Art Center is located on Highway 6, two blocks east of Highway 180 in Albany, Texas. The museum is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Admission is free. Please note: the museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays.