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Allan Jones spent more than 35 years at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, teaching art students the finer points of drawing, painting and design.

The artist’s own work was exhibited in a range of galleries, from Oxford, England to Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

Jones’ dedication to UL Lafayette students and personal achievement will be recognized during ArTech Fusion, a night of video, dance, animations and music. The event will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20 at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. He will receive a SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously.

Jones taught at the University from 1965 to 1970, and from 1986 to 2017, when he retired. He died in October.

“Allan was a quiet champion of the visual arts program who influenced hundreds of students, many who have gone on to be accomplished artist themselves,” said Michael Eble, curator of exhibitions and events for the College of the Arts.
ArTech Fusion is held during UL Lafayette’s Festival of the Arts. The festival features three weeks of exhibits, literary rallies, concerts, lectures and other events that celebrate work by faculty, students and other artists. It will be held until March 21 at locations on campus and in the community.

To buy tickets or for more information about ArTech Fusion, call (337) 482-6224 or email Eble at michaeleble@louisiana.edu. View a schedule of Festival of the Arts events.

Photo caption: Former UL Lafayette professor Allan Jones will receive a SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously during ArTech Fusion on Friday, March 20. ArTech Fusion is held during the three-week Festival of the Arts. The festival will take place until March 21. Photo credit: Courtesy of Wynelle Jones