Meet Crystal Bridges Volunteer Glenn Jones!
Career Information (Past, Present or Future)
Retired as a systems engineer from Occidental Petroleum after 40 years of service. Presently I offer consulting services to independent oil and gas producers, both onshore and offshore (Gulf of Mexico).
My hobbies are volunteering and participating in/with various entities. That includes the National Trail of Tears Association, Cherokee Nation Historical Society, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Wounded Warrior Project, Rogers Historical Museum, Lowell Historical Museum, Museum of Ozark History, Pea Ridge National Military Park Foundation (Life Member), American Indian Movement, Save the Illinois River Project, Illinois River Watershed Project (Life Member), Benton County Historical Society, (chairperson), National Rifle Association (Life Member), American Legion (Life Member), Military Order of the Stars and Bars (Life Member).
Favorite artwork or space at the Museum
I have no favorites, I enjoy and appreciate all of the artwork in the Museum. Appreciating said art has been a challenge for me, and I am most grateful to the staff for educating me. I am the first to admit that I don’t always have an understanding or appreciation for “modern art.”
How did you learn about the Museum and what prompted you to get involved?
I first learned about the Museum through my association with the Bentonville Visitors Center. My dad and Sam Walton were hunting buddies, and I used to listen to the stories Dad would tell over dinner. When it was announced that the Museum was going to be constructed, I immediately contacted those in charge for information concerning volunteering. I have been happily at the Museum ever since.
In what ways have you been involved as a volunteer with the Museum thus far?
Perhaps one of my favorite involvements was the Exit Interview project. I love meeting and conversing with people, and this offered the perfect opportunity. I also enjoyed making phone calls to Members thanking them for their membership. And I love taking Ms. Jackie’s place when she is off.
What keeps you coming back to volunteer?
The staff (the best in the business), the visitors, the art and art trails, and of course, the art education I receive while volunteering.
What do you enjoy most about your volunteer experience?
The staff, the visitors, my fellow volunteers, the varied opportunities we as volunteers are offered.
What have you learned or how have you been personally affected from your experience with the Museum?
During my career I never dreamed that I could/would be involved with art, much less an art museum. When my daughter announced that she was going to major in art, I was stunned. I, of course, wanted her to have an engineering career since it was obvious she had the brains and talent for same.
Do you have a funny or inspirational story you can briefly tell about your volunteer experience? Please share with us!
On a day when I was substituting for Jan at the reception desk, I received a call from a female who stated she was lost and wanted directions. To assist her, I asked “Where are you?” Silence. Then: “I just told you that I was lost!” Trying not to laugh, I helped her find her way to the Museum.
Anything else you would like to share?
During my years of volunteering there is nothing that I haven’t fully enjoyed and appreciated.
Do you have any advice for individuals considering volunteering with Crystal Bridges?
Yes. Come prepared 1) to work with the best staff in the business, 2) to learn and experience art, 3) to work with many outstanding volunteers, 4) to love your time at the Museum.