Walking the hallways of Phillips Hall, the name Jerri Jones cannot be missed. From the Jerri Jones Lecture Hall to the Jerri Jones Research Award, her generosity and love of art has greatly influenced the TU School of Art, Design and Art History.
This Thursday, August 17 at 4:30 p.m. in Phillips Hall, TU will once again be a beneficiary of her giving spirit with the Jerri Jones Memorial Library dedication. Her impressive collection of art books will be displayed and available for all TU students. School of Art Director Teresa Valero said, “This library will be a place to inform, stimulate and advance students’ knowledge of art and to imagine the possibilities in their work.”
Carol B. “Jerri” Jones received her MA in Art at TU in 1984 with a specialty in ceramics. Along with her studies, Jones served as the main researcher for Tom Manhart’s international Eloquent Object exhibition. Throughout her life, art remained her passion. She was a docent at Philbrook and Gilcrease museums for more than a dozen years.
Her extensive philanthropy cannot be rivaled. Jones was president and board member of the local Planned Parenthood chapter, vice president of Tulsa’s Junior League, a member of the Leadership Tulsa board and a founding member and treasurer of the local Women in Communications chapter. Jones was named Citizen of the Year for the Tulsa branch of the National Association of Social Workers, Volunteer of the Year for Tulsa Hearing Auxiliary and received the Distinguished Service Award from The University of Tulsa’s Kendall College of Arts & Sciences. She volunteered at the Tulsa Botanic Garden, Tulsa Junior College, OETA, Woolaroc Museum and Brady Heights District. In 1968, she was named one of the Outstanding Young Women of America. Jones passed away in January 2017.
TU is proud to be the new home for Jones’s art library. “We see the Jerri Jones Memorial Library as a place that will encourage students to explore, learn and inspire their work,” Valero said.