UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – After working out of state for most of his career, Robert Sparrow Jones is returning to his Pennsylvania roots to serve as the new curator and senior gallery manager of HUB-Robeson Galleries at Penn State.
Jones joins HUB-Robeson Galleries after more than three years as Executive Director and Curator of Collections at the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.
“The HUB-Robeson Galleries and the HUB-Robeson Center as a whole exceeded all of my expectations. As an inclusive art gallery/education practitioner, I have responded strongly to the HUB-Robeson Center’s committed values of diversity, inclusion, equity and the transformative power of art,” said Jones. “I believe in arts-based programs facilitating participation on campus and in the community because it initiates social connections and positively impacts local and global conditions. I’ve witnessed this first hand and can only imagine the emotional growth that these exhibitions and programs here can foster.”
Prior to the Lane Motor Museum, Jones worked as an assistant curator at the Tennessee State Museum. He has held several positions at various galleries in Tacoma, Washington, including exhibit curator at the Washington State History Museum, gallery director at the Commencement Art Gallery, exhibit contractor at the Tacoma Art Museum, and exhibit designer at the Museum of Glass.
Jones also has experience as a painting and drawing professor at NOVA Southeastern University, Piedmont College, Towson University, and the Maryland Institute of College Art. In 2014, he was selected to be an assistant to glass artist Dale Chihuly in Seattle to create a new series of glass works featuring to develop the title “Glass on Glass”.
“We are very pleased to have Robert lead our fine arts student affairs program,” said Mary Edgington, senior director of the HUB-Robeson Center. “His extensive artistic background brings a unique perspective and vision as we continue to grow and develop the fine arts program at the HUB and beyond. His work as an artist, curator, educator, director and technician will ensure engaging and thought-provoking conversations as we continue to provide an educational and impactful experience for our students and community.”
Jones succeeds Lindsey Landfried, an artist, curator, art advocate and Penn State alumna, who was appointed Curator and Senior Gallery Manager of HUB-Robeson Galleries in August 2018. Landfried now serves as the Associate Director of Arts Grants at the Penn State Center for the Performing Arts.
“Over the past several years, Lindsey has provided a vision and direction that has expanded the fine arts program at HUB and across campus, and increased our students’ engagement in this area,” said Edgington. “We are forever grateful for all she has done for our students during this time and we are so proud that she continues to contribute to the arts at Penn State.”
The HUB-Robeson Galleries, a division of Penn State Student Affairs, coordinates and hosts contemporary fine art exhibitions by student, emerging and professional artists. The galleries bring together artists from across the nation working in a variety of art forms. In promoting diversity, equity, expression and access in all its forms, inclusion is prioritized and a core strength of the galleries public service mission.