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Issue: #6 December/2008

We hope you enjoy this edition of CASETA's E-news.  This month we feature the second installment in our new "Collector Spotlight" as well as some Symposium updates.
As always, your input is important to us.  Feel free to reply to this email with any comments, suggestions or questions.
Have a safe and happy holiday season. 
We hope to see you in the new year!

Note from the Board
Howard Taylor Greetings from
Howard Taylor,
Board of Directors

When I arrived in Texas twenty-five years ago most of the art museums in our state did not exhibit, collect, sponsor scholarly research nor seem to have much appreciation for the early visual art heritage of our state. Today that has dramatically changed. CASETA which was founded by Bill Cheek and Bill Reeves, in my opinion has been the greatest driving force in what has become an intense and almost competitive interest, by many of the art museums in the state, to collect and exhibit early Texas art. Jack Davis, another passionate collector, dedicated educator and CASETA Board Member, has strongly advocated for and helped create inspiring educational materials and programs that have been used extensively by public schools throughout the state.
            Since 1985 when we opened our art museum in San Angelo we have hosted thirty exhibits that have featured early Texas art. Over twenty years ago we organized an exhibit drawing on the collections of the Witte Museum in San Antonio with the guidance of Cecilia Stienfeld. To me personally the greatest revelation came through my acquaintance with Bill Cheek, who is a native of nearby Eldorado, Texas. His passion and generosity led to a comprehensive exhibition of his collection at our Museum and inspired our Board and supporters to begin to proactively collect early Texas art and to take a much deeper look at our own local roots. Because of Bill we undertook some serious research which continues to this day about the Christoval Art Colony which took place for several summers in the early 1920's just outside of San Angelo.  
            Currently our Museum is exhibiting the fabulous collection of early Texas art created by A.C. (Ace) Cook. We have done this as a joint venture with our good friends at the Tyler Museum of Art where it was featured this past summer and fall. We opened the exhibit in San Angelo on November 20th and it will continue through January 18th. It is accompanied by a beautiful and informative gallery guide with commentaries by Edward P. Pillsbury, Michael Grauer, Edmund Scott Parker, Charlene Cook Lindstrom and Morris C. Mattson. Our Museum has added a small section to the exhibit working with the San Angelo Art Club, which was organized by Helen King Kendall and other local artists, many of whom were participants in the Christoval Art Encampment.  In it we feature the work of several of the early leading artists of San Angelo such as Helen King Kendall, Margaret Tupper and Dwight Holmes. Of particular interest are a number of works by Xavier Gonzales who taught at the Christoval Colony and maintained contact with his friends at the San Angelo Art Club until his passing in 1983.
            Over six hundred people attended the opening of Texas In My Soul: A.C. Cook and the Hock Shop Collection. Many were on hand the following day when A. C. (Ace) Cook gave one of the most delightful and informative gallery talks I have ever heard. Many people from around the state that could not be here for the opening have since made a special trip to see the show.  It is truly stunning and well worth the journey. I am always pleased to welcome CASETA members so let me know if you do pay a visit. When it comes to early Texas art and those who care about it I am delighted to meet people who share this passion. I always learn something new and am eager to advance my understanding of this vital subject on what has now been a twenty-five year odyssey of discovery.

Howard Taylor
Director, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts
Note from the Office
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Courtney DiSabato, .
Program Administrator

Earlier this month I was invited to attend a meeting of the Austin and San Antonio chapter of the "Texas Art Collectors" (TAC) and the Flatbed Forum of Austin.  These groups came together for an informal gathering at the home of Robert and Hillary Summers.  I had the opportunity to share information about CASETA with many new faces as everyone enjoyed the Summers' remarkable collection of mid-century Texas modernist art.  Living in Austin, it is always nice to become acquainted with a fresh group of art enthusiasts who are open and eager to learn about our organization.  We enrolled seventeen new members in CASETA that afternoon and hopefully piqued the interest of many more.  It was an excellent ending to a very busy and successful year for CASETA. 
I have thoroughly enjoyed the many events that I have attended this year and the people I have met through my association with CASETA.  As I look towards 2009 I am am very excited about what we have in store for lovers of early Texas art.  The Symposium committee has been hard at work for many months planning a fantastic and informative weekend of events in May.  When I return to the office in January, I will be hard at work producing CASETA's first-ever print advertisements for the Symposium.  I am excited about all of the Early Texas events and exhibitions planned for the coming year and look forward to meeting and visiting with you in the months to come.

New! Collector Spotlight
Destination Unknown, Lorene David" Lorene David: Artist and Teacher of Southeast Texas"

by Tam Kiehnhoff

The story of the art of Southeast Texas is a surprising and rich one, waiting to be told.  Just a quick foray into the paintings, sculptures, exhibition programs and memories of the artists who have worked here yields an exciting store of material for both collector and researcher.  Although a strong representation of area artists can be found in the general reference guides on early Texas art, notably Texas Painters, Sculptors & Graphic Artists by John and Deborah Powers, and the Dictionary of Texas Artists, 1800-1945 by Paula and Michael Grauer, significant gaps still exist in the documentation of the art of the Golden Triangle, as the contiguous metropolitan areas of Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange are known.
One of the important early` artists who came to this area and had a significant impact was Lorene David.  Born in 1897 and raised in Independence, Missouri, she received her bachelor's degree from Central Missouri State Teachers College in 1922.  In 1931 she moved with her aunt to Beaumont to be near relatives after the death of her uncle.  She began teaching art immediately in the Beaumont public schools and in 1933 she received her master of arts from Columbia University in New York.  She also studied at the Art Students League of New York and at the Kansas City Art Institute.  In 1948, David became art director for the Beaumont public schools and held that title until she retired in 1967.

Beaumont years, David exhibited significantly in juried shows, often winning prizes, both in Texas and nationally.  She showed in New York, California, Denver, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Washington, D.C. and New Orleans from 1932 through at least 1956...

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image: Lorene Davis, "Destination Unknown"
Project Spotlight
Curriculum CASETA Curriculum Project

With the recent development of online modules for each of the CASETA/NTIEVA curriculum units, early Texas art education resources are available at no charge to any teacher or student with access to the Internet.

CASETA Board Member Jack Davis shares the following information about this exciting development:

With a grant from the Texas Education Agency, CASETA contracted with the North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts (NTIEVA) at the University of North Texas in 2005 to develop three prototype instructional units based upon the work of early Texas art and artists.  Working with an Advisory Committee from CASETA, the staff at the Institute proposed to develop three units, one focused on early childhood students, one focused on elementary school students (K-5) and one focused on middle school students (6-9).  The three units were developed around three big ideas:  Texas Skies, Visions of Texas, and the Dignity of Work.  The units provide teacher information as well as student activities and are coordinated with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). 
Texas Skies (Early Childhood):  The big idea embracing Texas Skies is that artists can tell a story through universal human experience.  The concepts and ideas developed in the unit are that (a) artists use color to represent weather conditions and emotion, (b) the story that an artist tells is based on observations of the environment and past experience, (c) an individual can make predictions based upon observation of patterns in the environment, and (d) color can tell a story about weather conditions and emotion.

Visions of Texas (Kindergarten- 5th Grade): The big idea of Visions of Texas is that early Texas artists observed their environment carefully and uncovered the remarkable in the ordinary.  Artists look at the world with fresh eyes, then take their unique vision of the world, and create a way to share it.  Ordinary people may look at the characteristics of the land around them and find the plants too prickly, the water too murky, or the sky too grey to be interesting, but an artist has the ability to find uncommon beauty in the commonplace. Early Texas artists found beauty in thorny cacti as well as flowering bluebonnets. The artists of Early Texas preserved the landscapes of their regions in oil, watercolor, pastel, and print media, creating a vision of Texas that will last across state lines and across time. The concepts and ideas developed in the unit are that (a) artists working in a specific geographic region can incorporate regional characteristics of the landscape into their vision of what the land means to them; (b) artists use multiple techniques to create a sense of depth and distance in their work; (c) observation of one's everyday surroundings can serve as the inspiration for a meaningful work of art.

Dignity of Work (6th-9th Grade):  Early Texas art recorded the hard work of people who migrated and settled in Texas.  Their hard work contributed to their families and communities, playing a strong role in the development of the state of Texas. The dignity of hard work was and is still a part of the Texas mentality. It is prevalent in the history of Texas, the culture of Texans, and the art that represents the people of Texas. Many works of early Texas art preserve the lives and the daily activities of the people they represent. These works record details of clothing, daily chores, and special events in their lives. Work is important not only as a contribution to both family and community, but also as a form of self-worth and a source of self-esteem. This unit uses the theme of work to explore the role of hard work in settling the Texas frontier, and the value of work during the Great Depression.  The concepts developed in the unit are that (a) Texas developed as a result of the hard working people who migrated and settled here; (b) Texas attracted people from various cultures in search of work and opportunities for a better life. (c) art can be used as a primary or secondary resource to research historic social conditions; and (d) the subject of "work" is portrayed in Texas art throughout its history.
Work included in the units was obtained from both collectors and museums.  A limited number of printed copies and CDs are available from CASETA and from the North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts (NTIEVA).
Workshops have been conducted throughout the state to train teachers to use the units in their classrooms.  The units are available online in a downloadable format at the NTIEVA website.
With a grant from the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation through the New Media Consortium, during the past year the units were translated into an interactive computer format using the software Pachyderm. The Pachyderm format allows teachers and students to engage interactively with the units.  These interactive units are also available on the NTIEVA website.
Reports are that teachers have enjoyed using the curriculum materials very much and that they have been a great success with students.
If you have any questions about this project, feel free to contact NTIEVA through their website, or contact CASETA.
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
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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 Events

Art of the American West/ Texas Art Auction
January 24
Heritage Auction Galleries, Fine Arts Annex
Dallas, Texas

Early Texas Art Exhibitions

Bluebonnets and Beyond: Julian Onderdonk, American Impressionist
September 19 - January 11
Witte Museum
San Antonio, Texas

Everett Spruce (1908-2002): Works on Paper
October 27- January 9
Mildred Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library @ SMU
Dallas, Texas

VISIONING BEAUTY: An Ella K. Mewhinney Retrospective
November 1 - January 31
Bell County Museum
Belton, Texas

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

Texas Modernists: Selections from the Collection of
Carl R. McQueary

November 21 - March 8
The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, SFA University
Nacodoches, Texas

Painting West Texas: 30 Artists/100 years
January 9- January 31
William Reaves Fine Art
Houston, Texas

Related Exhibitions

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

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

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 will discuss the early Texas artists that influenced their careers in a panel discussion moderated by Annette Carlozzi, Curator of American and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum
-Collectors Mary Arno, Jason Schoen and Randy Tibbits will discuss their collections in a panel format
-Dr. Ted Pillsbury, Chairman of Fine and Decorative Arts for the Heritage Auction Galleries will present the keynote address "Texas Art: Past, Present and Future"
-Dr. Sam Ratcliffe, Head of the Jerry Bywaters Special Collection at SMU, will discuss art in Texas cities during the late 19th century
-David Coleman, Curator of Photography at the Harry Ransom Center, will discuss early Texas photography
-Bonnie Campbell, Director of the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, will discuss the Capitol collection
-Artist Karl Umlauf will discuss his early Texas art influences including Spruce, Guerin, Fearing and Lester
Carl McQueary,Independent Curator, will present a survey of early Texas art as related to the exhibition "The Texas Seen" opening in 2009 at the Grace Museum in Abilene
-Art Professionals Cheryl Carrabba, Mark Vangelder, Don Berkman and others in a round table discussion of art conservation and framing early Texas art
-Ellen Buie Niewyk, Curator of the Jerry Bywaters Special Collection at SMU and 2008 CASETA Publication Award Winner, will discuss the collections held by the Hamon Arts Library at SMU

More information about the speakers' topics and the program will be available soon.
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Courtney DiSabato
Program Administrator