Crocker Art Museum
Ms. Lial A. Jones Appointed Director of the Crocker Art Museum
In Sacramento, on August 9, 1999, the City of Sacramento and the Crocker Art Museum Association announced the joint appointment of Ms. Lial A. Jones as Director of the Crocker Art Museum. Jones is the first director in the 109-year history of the museum to be appointed jointly by the Crocker Art Museum Association and the City of Sacramento in a partnership. This partnership is consistent with Margaret Rhodes Crocker' s 1885 deed of gift entrusting the art gallery building and its collections to the joint stewardship of the City and California Museum Association.
Ms. Jones, who will assume her new position on August 16, 1999, was Deputy Director at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, where she has held progressively responsible positions since 1979. The recipient of the Art Educator of the Year from the Art Educators of Delaware in 1993, Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from the University of Delaware. She attended the Museum Management Institute, held at the University of California, Berkeley, on a J. Paul Getty Trust Scholarship in 1996. In that year, the American Association of Museums gave her a certificate of appreciation in recognition for dedicated service to the museum community.
As deputy director of the Delaware Art Museum, Lial Jones served as chief operating officer responsible for its administrative, operational, and programs. The museum is noted for its strong collections of American art from 1840 to the present and its outstanding holdings of British Pre-Raphaelite paintings. Among Jones's accomplishments has been initiating and co-designing a curriculum-based art education program to increase visual literacy that has been used as a model by other institutions She oversaw the museum' s long-range plan and managed nearly $ I million of building renovations and upgrades during the past two years.
City Manager Bob Thomas remarked that "Jones will be a welcome addition to the art community. Ms. Jones' demonstration of leadership abilities will be a significant asset to the City and CAMA in continuing the Museum's role in the region."
"Ms. Jones will have the opportunity to shape the museum's future. Her focus will be to ensure that the Museum plays an active role to further the institution as a focal point for culture and visual arts in our region," says Marcy Friedman Crocker Art Museum Association Board President.
The Crocker Art Museum, the first public art museum in the West, is best known for its collections of European Old Master paintings and drawings, 19th and 20th-century California art, Asian art, ceramics, photography and Victorian decorative arts. Last fiscal year, over 115,000 people came to the museum and outreach programs served over 19,000 school children and community groups.
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