Out & About: Westmoreland Museum toasts curator Barbara Jones’ tenure


Friends, relatives, colleagues, artists and admirers gathered at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art on Saturday to celebrate the career of the chief curator Barbaric Jones.

More than 250 people raised a Cosmopolitan – Jones’ favorite libation – or another drink to toast his 26-year career at the Greensburg museum, which will conclude with a retirement on April 1.

Jones said she only expected to be at Westmoreland for a few years, but it turned into “more than a few”. And while there were many challenges along the way, she said she wouldn’t change a thing.

“It has been my privilege,” she said. “I love my job, I’ve always loved my job.”

Jones was hired as the museum’s first curator in 1995 and was promoted to chief curator in 2009. As a member of the management team, she had overall responsibility for the museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.

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Elizabeth Barker (left), executive director of Frick Pittsburgh, with Anne Kraybill, Richard M. Scaife director/CEO of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg at a March 12 retirement party for chief curator Barbara Jones, on March 12 at Westmoreland.

During her tenure, she curated and wrote publications for numerous exhibitions. She and her team completed the relocation of the permanent collection galleries following the museum’s interior renovation in 2000 and the redesign and relocation of the renovated and expanded galleries following the major expansion in 2015.

Jones also lectures and juries at regional and national art exhibitions.

As a surprise for the guest of honour, music for the party was provided by The NewLanders – a local roots music group who recorded a CD and toured in conjunction with Westmoreland’s 2006 exhibition, “Born of Fire”. , which included “The Valley of Work,” more than 140 works from the museum’s collection documenting Pittsburgh’s steelmaking heritage.


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The NewLanders provided music for the March 12 retirement party for Chief Curator Barbara Jones at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg.

“I have so many fond memories of my NewLanders,” Jones said, including multiple trips to industrial parts of Germany to research the exhibit.

Some guests at the event traveled far and wide in wintry conditions, including Jones’ nephew and his wife, Jordan and cortney Longand old friends Dana Jones, Mary Fitzgerald and Jeff Debell and Marlene Hamann-Whitmore and To M Whitmore.

Also Seen: Richard M. Scaife, Director/CEO of Westmoreland Anne Kraybill, Helene Conway-Long and Tom Long, Al and Sally Anne Novak, Kevin and Judy O’Toole, Kirsten Janowicz, Jim and Suzy Broadhurst, Elizabeth Barker, Christopher Robertshaw, Richard and Sande Hendricks Jim and Ali Starr, dr. george and Linda Austin, Chuck and Nancy Anderson, George and Ginny Leiner and dallas and Suzanne Sommer.


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Left to right: Sally Ann and Al Novak with George and Ginny Leiner at a retirement party for Chief Curator Barbara Jones, March 12 at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg.

Too, Ron Donoughe, Bud and Patti Gibbons, Tina Williams Brewer, Sheila Cuellar-Shaffer, Barbara Ferrier, Carol Brode, Pati Beachley, JR and Judy Ross, Justin and Charlene Bidula, Linda Blum, Gene and Janet James, Barbara Flock, Michaelene McWhinney, James Kuhns and Sarah Hunter, Gene and Barbara Kravits, Joanna Moyar and Brian McCallJosh and Kary Milan, Richard and Eileen Stoner, John and Maureen Zang, Molly Zindash and Kenneth Nicholson.

And the museum workers Doug Evans, Claire Ertl and Randall Oaks, in the same way Jane Noel, Lisa Cannon, Linda Vucelich and Linda Caravaggiowho attend a tai chi class in Greensburg with Jones.

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