Childhood & Education:  1905—1927
“Despite the deep shadows that fell across all African-Americans of her generation, a sturdy, positive feeling—untroubled by obvious signs of struggle or oppression—shines through almost all of [her artwork], as if Jones chose to look only with the eyes of an artist.”
— Peter Walsh, The Arts Fuse, Boston, January 2013
November 3:  Born in Boston, MA, to Thomas Vreeland Jones and Carolyn Dorinda Adams Jones. She follows brother John Wesley, nine years older.

Begins spending summers on Martha's Vineyard where her grandmother, Phoebe Moseley Adams Ballou, was a housekeeper and nanny, and her mother operated a beauty parlor. She remembers being encouraged to draw there at age 3. Her neighbor and life-long friend was Dorothy West, Harlem Renaissance writer.

May 26:  Loïs' father becomes one of the first African Americans to graduate from Suffolk Law School after years of night classes. She credited much of her drive to succeed to her father. He saw Loïs' early success before he died in 1934.

Studies the High School of Practical Arts in Boston and wins annual scholarships to take classes at the Museum of Fine Arts after school and on Saturdays. She worked with costume designer Grace Ripley to make costumes and masks for the theater.

Has first solo exhibition in Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard. Her mentors on the island include sculptor Meta Warrick Fuller (1877-1968) and composer Harry T. Burleigh (1866-1949).

Graduates from High School of Practical Arts and continues her studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.  While there, she receives the Susan Minot Lane Scholarship in Design each year from 1923-1927.

Takes evening classes at the Boston Normal Art School (now the Massachusetts College of Art).

March 15:  Wins $50 prize for best original design for a dress of rayon, a new artificial silk fabric, in a contest sponsored by the upscale Boston department store, Shepards and the Ryan Institute of America. Value today, approximately $600.

Receives the Nathaniel Thayer prize for excellence in design and graduates with honors from the SMFA. Receives certificate from the Boston Normal Art School.

Studies with Ludwig Frank at the Designers Art School of Boston on scholarship until 1928. Begins career as a freelance textile designer for F.A. Foster Company, Boston and Schumacher Company, New York.

Textile design
Textile design from Loïs' early career.
Thomas Vreeland Jones
Thomas Vreeland Jones. Painted by Loïs in 1991.
Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston. Painted by Loïs.