Pawleys Island, SC
Lucia E. Jones
Artist, Advocate, Educator
Lucia began painting in 2007 when she signed up at the Georgetown County Cultural Council for a series of classes with local artist Jim Dyson.
Born in Florence and raised in Lake City, Lucia spent days and weeks along the beaches of South Carolina and on the inland water at Santee. As a kid, she remembers when the area was a tangle of trees and the back roads mostly sand. Her passion for the area shines through in her paintings, many of which are done from her own photography.
She is currently President of the Avian Forest HOA within Litchfield By The Sea. She has served on the Willbrook Road Maintenance Committee and the Litchfield Corridor Beautification Committee. She is an advocate for simpler living and care of our planet. She is an elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). You will see her in the area walking or biking with her dachshund, KoKo.
Lucia is a 1969 graduate of Winthrop College with a bachelor of science in physical education & health. She was honored to be named a member of the class of 2004 Distinguished Alumni.
After further education at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, Lucia spent the next 33 years at the University of Tennessee Martin as a teacher and coach. As professor of pedagogy and licensure she was frequently named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers. She has received several state and national awards including the UTM National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher of 1992. Her volleyball and badminton teams won many state and small college championships. She pioneered women's sports in the state through her involvement with Region II AIAW and the TN College Women's Sport Federation. In 1993 she was inducted into the UTM Athletic Hall of Fame.
At her retirement as professor emeritus in 2003 students and colleagues established a scholarship in recognition of her exceptional career. She is remembered "as a 'gifted' teacher, who touched the lives of thousands...giving her students a teaching model to emulate..."
She remains in the classroom as adjunct professor at Coastal Carolina University, teaching several classes each semester in the health promotion field.
Her artistic adventure continues under the tutelage of Jim Dyson and with occasional additional classes, recently with Betsy McDonald and Victoria Scelfo. Her work is on display and for sale at Island Art in Pawleys Island and Studio Cafe in Murrells Inlet.