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Issue: #4 October/2008

We hope you enjoy this edition of CASETA's E-news.  This month we debut the Collector Spotlight.  CASETA member Randy Tibbits composed the first article in this series about the Houston art scene in the 1930's.  We hope you enjoy this new feature!
As always, your input is important to us.  Feel free to reply to this email with any comments, suggestions or questions!

Note from the Office
CLD headshot Greetings from
Courtney DiSabato,
Program Administrator

Fall has finally arrived, and with it a plethora of art events and exhibitions!  Check our events link below and please let us know about events that we are missing.

Just this month, I have had the opportunity to take two art-related trips.  First I traveled to Marfa, Texas, home of the Chinati Foundation, founded in the 1970's by minimalist Donald Judd.   The museum, located on the site of Fort D.A. Russell, an early 20th century US army post, makes use of the former army barracks as permanent homes for the art of Judd, Dan Flavin, John Chamberlain, and a number of other international artists.  The  works exhibited at Chinati are a direct response to the desert landscape of west Texas.  Visiting Flavin's bright pink and green neon after a day of bike riding the dirt roads of Marfa, or viewing Judd's metal cubes against the brilliant blue Marfa sky is always a treat.  In the last several years Marfa has grown into an arts mecca, attracting talent from across the country yearning to slow their pace and gain inspiration from the gorgeous views.  If you have not visited Marfa, it is certainly worth the trip!

Next I traveled to another west Texas city- El Paso!  I attended this month's meeting of EEPACO- the Early El Paso Art Collectors Organization- in the lovely home of CASETA Board member Holly Cox and her husband Sanford.  I really enjoyed this opportunity to meet several CASETA members, and was invited to share information about CASETA with other El Paso artists and arts enthusiasts.  I also visited the El Paso Museum of Art, whose enthusiasm about Texas art is apparent in their display of many early Texas pieces from their permanent collection.  The museum has several upcoming Texas art projects, including a Manuel Acosta show in Spring of 2009.  The Texas Association of Museums will hold their annual meeting in El Paso next Spring, providing you the perfect opportunity to visit and take advantage of all that the El Paso arts scene has to offer!

As the weather cools, I hope to see many of you out at some of this falls arts events and exhibitions.  As always, I enjoy hearing from you.  Please feel free to contact me and share your early Texas art events, program ideas or comments.

Courtney DiSabato
New! Collector Spotlight
Preusser"Our Little Gallery"
Of Abstract Art In Houston, 1938.
by Randy Tibbits

In May, 1938, Houston newspapers ran arts notes about the opening of a new gallery in town:

"Small Gallery Is Established Here for Exhibit of Works by Local, Out-OF-Town Artists"
"Art Colony Greets Little Gallery"
"Abstract Works Put on Display"

The opening of a gallery in any American city outside the major art centers on the coasts or in the industrial mid-west was a newsworthy event in those days.  But the real excitement that surrounded the opening of Our Little Gallery (as it was called) might have been best caught by a title combining those in all three articles:

"Small Gallery Is Established Here for Exhibit of Abstract Works by Local Art Colony."

Who would have thought that Houston, in 1938, had a local art colony making enough abstract work to fill a closet, let alone a gallery.  That, for Houston, was news!

...to continue reading Randy Tibbits' article click here...
image: Robert Preusser, "Elsewhere" 1938, collection of author
New! CASETA Research Scholarship
 $1,500 Graduate Research Scholarships for New Research on Early Texas Art

CASETA is pleased to announce two $1,500 Graduate Research Scholarships for students pursuing original research on early Texas art and/or artists.  Graduate students in Texas public and private universities are invited to submit a proposal for an original / primary research project on early Texas art and/or artists that is endorsed and supported by a faculty mentor.  These scholarships are for the support of research not yet undertaken[1]

Each scholarship will provide $750 in "up front" money to be applied toward the completion of the project.  Upon completion of the project, the remaining $750 will be paid.  The award can be paid directly to the recipient or through their institution if the institution agrees to administer the scholarship.  If desired, each recipient will be linked with an appropriate contact person with expertise in early Texas art - a curator, a collector, or a scholar who agrees to work with the recipient and their faculty mentor during the research process by facilitating contacts and making primary research materials available.

Submission deadline is March 1, 2009.  Awards will be announced no later than May 15, 2009.

Visit CASETA's website for complete details, eligibility requirements and submission information.

[1] Completed research may be submitted for consideration for CASETA awards.  Visit the CASETA website for a complete description.
Info for CASETA Members
New Members-Only Area!
CASETA members can log in to check out the message board and other features.  We are currently in the process of adding new features- such as past auction results and an online exhibition- so check back often for new additions!
To join CASETA visit our website at caseta.org.

First Time Log in instructions for CASETA members:
1. Click here or click on the Members-Only tab at caseta.org
2. Select the "forgot password" option and follow instructions *Be sure to enter the email address at which you received this email*
3. Check your email.  You should receive an email including your username and a temporary password.
4. Log in to the Members-Only area and change your password in the "My Profile" section.
5. Enjoy the message board.  Check back often for updates!

If you have any trouble logging in to the website or receiving your password, please contact cd26@txstate.edu.  Be aware that an updated version of your web browser may be required to utilize all website functions.
Museum Spotlight
TAM Presents: Hurricane Ike Updates

September was a tough month for many of our museum partners around the state.  The Texas Association of Museums has compiled a list of updates on institutions affected by Hurricane Ike.  Visit the TAM website for more information.
Early Texas Art Across the State
Current Lectures, Exhibits and Events
We know that our list is not complete, so please help CASETA keep its members in the loop!
If you are aware of any current or upcoming early Texas art exhibitions or events, please email information to cd26@txstate.edu.

Early Texas Art Exhibitions

Generations:  Texas Masters Robert and Julian Onderdonk
May 11 - October 31   *Extended*
Fielder House Museum
Arlington, Texas

Cultural Cornerstones: Sculpture by Gene Owens
and Evaline Sellors
August 29- October 18
Fort Worth Library
Fort Worth, Texas

Texas In My Soul: A.C. Cook and the Hock Shop Collection
July 27-October 26
Tyler Museum of Art
November 20 - January 18
San Angelo Museum of Art

Related Exhibitions

Somethin' Out of Nothin': Felix "Fox" Harris

Currently on view, semi-permanent exhibit
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
Beaumont, Texas

Houston Collects: African American Art
August 1- October 26
Caroline Wiess Law Building
Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Save the Date!
2009 CASETA Symposium on Early Texas Art
May 1-3, 2009
AT&T Hotel and Conference Center
Austin, Texas
-  4 star hotel venue offering onsite restaurants & lounge
-  Leading purveyors of Texas art featured in the "Texas Art Fair" open to the public for the first time and publicized in local and national newspapers and art publications
-  Top scholars, collectors and ETA enthusiasts presenting in varied session formats, including panel, roundtable discussion and lecture with Q&A
-  Exclusive opportunities to network with fellow art patrons while enjoying the Austin art scene

We are proud to confirm the following speakers for the 2009 CASETA Symposium on Early Texas Art:

-Artists John Alexander, David Bates, Melissa Miller and Bob Wade in a panel discussion moderated by Annette Carlozzi, Curator of American and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum
-Collectors Mary Arno, Jason Schoen, Randy Tibbits and other in a panel discussion
-Dr. Ted Pillsbury, Chairman of Fine and Decorative Arts for the Heritage Auction Galleries
-Dr. Sam Ratcliffe, Head of the Jerry Bywaters Special Collection at SMU
-David Coleman, Curator of Photography at the Harry Ransom Center
-Bonnie Campbell, Director of the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
-Artist Karl Umlauf
-Francine Carraro
,Director of the Grace Museum, Judy Deaton,Curator of the Grace Museumand Carl McQueary,Independent Curator
-Art Professionals Cheryl Carrabba, Mark Vangelder, Don Berkman and others in a round table discussion
-Ellen Buie Niewyk, Curator of the Jerry Bywaters Special Collection at SMU and 2008 CASETA Publication Award Winner

Information about the speakers' topics and the program will be available soon.
Check caseta.org for more information!
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Courtney DiSabato
Program Administrator