The Lillian E. Jones Museum on Broadway Street in Jackson will be open Saturday, April 13 from noon-5 p.m. for the final Stop-In-Saturday during the Fletcher Benton international art and local history exhibit.
“Mr. Benton says art needs to be accessible, so the Jones Museum is doing its part by being open additional hours during the final month of this special exhibit,” said Museum Director Megan Malone.
The Jones Museum’s regular hours are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The Benton exhibit continues through April 25. Admission is always free to the Jones Museum. Benefactor Lillian E. Jones bequeathed her family home, built in 1867, to the City of Jackson to be operated as a historical, cultural and educational museum.
Benton, who was born in Jackson in 1931, graduated from Jackson High School in 1949 and has lived and worked in the San Francisco area since the 1960s. He gained international notoriety in 1966 as the sole American featured in Time Magazine for his work in kinetic – or moving – art. Since the late 1970s, Benton has focused on sculpting in steel and bronze, often in very large scale outdoor pieces. In 1994, Benton dedicated a large size Folded Circle work at the University of Rio Grande in memory of his sister Mary Benton Jones.
The Jones Museum is fortunate to have 27 pieces in its permanent collection donated by Benton, who as a child was encouraged by Lillian Jones, a friend of his parents Nell and Fletcher Benton.
For additional information or to schedule an appointment to visit the Jones Museum outside of regular hours, contact the Jones Museum at 286-2556.