The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa has announced that Paul R. Jones has donated his collection of American art to the university. The collection includes one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of twentieth century African-American art in the world.
Valued at $4.8 million, the 1,700-piece collection encompasses art in a variety of media and from more than six hundred artists, including Romare Bearden, Prentice Herman (P.H.) Polk, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Carrie Mae Weems, Sam Gilliam, and Benny Andrews.
“$4.8 Million Paul R. Jones Art Collection Donated to UA.” University of Alabama Press Release 10/14/08.