Lompoc Artist Receives Grinnell College Alumni Award | Lifestyles

Local resident and 1954 Grinnell College graduate Joan Fuhrman Jones was honored by her alma mater’s alumni council for her artistic excellence and years of community service, the college recently announced.

Grinnell College is a private liberal arts college located in Iowa that offers personalized learning for intellectually engaged students, according to its website.

“Jones embodies Grinnell College’s commitment to educating students to navigate the complexities of the world and to contribute responsibly to the common good,” the spokesperson said.

The artist accepted the award on June 3 via a video broadcast during the college alumni virtual meeting.

An art education at Grinnell College paved the way for 35 years of painting, during which Jones mainly focused on watercolors and pastels, the spokesperson said.

Jones has been featured in more than 100 exhibitions and jury competitions and has carved a place for herself in the local arts community, winning over 75 awards and prizes, she added.

In addition, Jones spent several years in various roles in the public service, as a program supervisor for the Young Women’s Christian Association, where she created unique activities for teens and adults in four different cities.

She also worked in public relations for the American Red Cross Chapter in Los Angeles, where she organized blood drives, disaster preparedness and reporting, as well as training for youth and adult volunteers.

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Lisa André covers lifestyles and local news for Santa Ynez Valley News and Lompoc Record.

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