The University of Delaware Library is pleased to announce a new exhibition “Female, Gifted and Black: Women Artists Featured in the Paul R. Jones Collection” which is on display from January 25, 2005 through May 20, 2005 in the Information Room on the first floor of the Hugh M. Morris Library at the University of Delaware. “Female, Gifted and Black” reflects a selection of research materials focusing on women artists whose works are represented in the Paul R. Jones Collection. The exhibition was curated by Carol A. Rudisell, Librarian in the Reference Department of the University of Delaware Library, and is free and open to the public. For Library hours, call 302-831-2231 or visit the Library’s website at:
In February 2001 the University of Delaware received as a gift the Paul R. Jones Collection, a large and rich collection of African American art comprising about 1,500 pieces. The Jones Collection reflects the diverse styles and techniques employed by African American artists throughout the years. The artists themselves are diverse: some were schooled at the most prestigious art academies of the United States and Europe, while others were self-taught. They originate from communities scattered throughout the United States, from the Pacific Northwest down to the Southeastern region where the Collection was first located. Lesser-known artists, as well as those that are internationally renowned, are represented in the Paul R. Jones Collection. Women artists, including Selma Burke, Elizabeth Catlett, Louis Mailou Jones and Carrie Mae Weems, also feature prominently within the Collection.
Paul R. Jones, in selecting a permanent home for the collection, sought to center the artistic works within a scholarly environment where they would not only be conserved, but also be exhibited, studied, and promoted within a broader community. The University of Delaware provided just such an environment. The Library provides research materials-exhibition catalogues, catalogues raisonnés, books, journals, databases, films and other media-that permit scholars to study the artists, their individual works and techniques, and place the artists within a broader societal context.
The Library exhibition contains only a sampling of the research materials available to scholars seeking to learn more about the women artists represented in the Paul R. Jones Collection. The University of Delaware Library invites the community to visit this exhibition of library materials which complements the University Museums exhibitions of the Paul R. Jones Collection. Art works from the Paul R. Jones Collection are currently on view in Mechanical Hall, the newly renovated home of the Jones Collection, and also in the adjacent gallery in Old College. For additional information on the Jones Collection, consult the website at: