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Issue: #7 March/2009

We hope you enjoy this edition of CASETA's E-news.  This month's E-news is all about the Symposium.  Mark your calendars for May 1-3 in Austin and plan to join us for our Symposium on early Texas art and Texas Art Fair.  Below you will find a schedule of events for the Symposium weekend as well as information about the conference hotel.  Online registration for the Symposium will be available very soon, so check your inbox this week for email instructions.
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
Margaret Blagg Greetings from
Margaret Blagg,
Board of Directors

Greetings, Fellow Art Lovers.

For many of us, spring is conference season-a time for professional renewal and stimulation.  If your pocketbook is currently strained, you may be thinking of skipping one or more of the meetings you usually attend.  If you are contemplating such a move, whatever you do, do not skip the 2009 CASETA symposium!  Through the years, this symposium has proven to be THE source of new scholarship and insight into what the organization terms "Early Texas Art," that created from the days of colonization until 40 years from the present (today, that's 1969).

Don't just take my word for it.  Peruse the following list of selected program topics from the last few years.  If you were not there to hear (and see-very important) them, you are probably kicking yourself.

Selected Topics from Past CASETA Symposia
Early Texas Art in the Big Picture of American Art, Dr. Mark Thistlethwaite, Kay and Velma Kimbell Chair of Art History, Texas Christian University
Progressive Rebels and True Believers: How the Fort Worth Circle Made Art New, Jane Myers, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, Amon Carter Museum
Texas Art:  From the Frontier to the Mainstream, Dr. William H. Gerdts, Professor Emeritus of Art History, City University of New York
"Americans" . . . and Texans:  Lone Star Modernists in Postwar New York, Katie Robinson Edwards, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, Allbritton Art Institute, Baylor University
Guys and Dolls:  Texas  Artists 1920-45, the Entwined Currents of Regionalism and Modernism, Alison de Lima Greene, Curator, Contemporary Art and Special Projects, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Sculpture in Texas:  The Figurative Tradition, Becky Duval Reese, Former Director, El Paso Museum of Art
Strange Fruit:  Fort Worth Art in the 1940s, Scott Grant Barker, Art Historian and Co-founder, Collectors of Fort Worth Art
Fifties Modernism in Houston, David Brauer, Glassell School of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Lone Star Genius:  The Evolution of 20th Century African American Art in Texas, Alvia Wardlaw, Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Learning to be an Artist in Texas:  An Overview of Early Texas Art Schools, Michael Grauer, Curator of Art, Panhandle-Plains Museum
The University of Texas School of Art:  Influencing Art and Teachers, Robert Summers, Collector
A Center of Artistic Excellence:  The Denton Connection to Early Texas Art, D. Jack Davis, Professor and Director, North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts, School of Visual Art, University of North Texas
The Texas Collection of the Amon Carter Museum, Ron Tyler, Director, Amon Carter Museum
Setting the Jewel:  Framing 19th and Early 20th Century Texas Art, Suzanne Smeaton, Gallery Director, Eli Wilner & Company, New York, NY
It was a New Deal when the Texas Scene was the American Scene, Francine Carraro, Ph.D., Director, The Grace Museum
The 2009 CASETA Symposium will be held in Austin May 1-3.  Registration information will be coming out shortly.  The fee is reasonable and institutional memberships now include one free registration.  You can be sure that this year's symposium will enlighten you while affording the opportunity to meet other Texas art enthusiasts and see great exhibitions.  What better way could you find to kick off the merry month of May?  I hope to see you in Austin!

Margaret Blagg
Executive Director
The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas

Note from the Office
Greetings from CLD headshot
Courtney DiSabato, .

Spring is an exciting time to be involved in the arts in Texas.  The art scene in Austin, my hometown, is buzzing with new exhibitions and events.  Everyone seems eager to get out and enjoy the lovely weather before we are hit with hundred degree temperatures this summer.  Recently, I have also had the opportunity to travel to several art events outside of Austin.

In February/ I attended the opening of Olin Travis: People, Places and Visions at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas.  While I was familiar with Travis' more traditional portraiture prior to attending the opening, I was surprised by the gallery full of his "vision paintings", most of which have not been exhibited since their creation in the 1930s.  At the opening, George Palmer, a member of CASETA's Board of Directors, shared an interesting article quoting Travis' explanation of these unique works as his outlet for experimentation with color, line and subject matter. 

The smaller gallery of paintings, inspired by music, literature and Travis' dreams, juxtapose a larger gallery filled with portraits and beautiful Texas scenes. It seems that Travis intended his vision paintings not only as an exercise in his own creativity, but in that of the viewer to create his or her own interpretation of the wild images. The diverse works included in the show illustrate the breadth of Travis' talent,  but more interestingly, they provide some insight into the mind of a gifted artist.  I would highly recommend visiting the MAC before this show closes on Saturday.

Just last week I had another opportunity to view several excellent art exhibitions.  I traveled to El Paso for the annual meeting of the Texas Association of Museums.  I enjoyed three days of informative sessions on issues related to museums and  art-related non-profits, and had the opportunity to visit several  of the excellent museums in El Paso.  I also met representatives from museums large and small from across Texas, and I look forward to future collaboration with some of my new acquaintances.  It is so exciting to hear how many museums and galleries have plans for early Texas exhibitions.  I can say without a doubt that interest in Texas art is growing steadily and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to involve CASETA is these upcoming projects. 

Finally, I would like to congratulate Margaret Blagg, Executive Director of the Old Jail Art Center in Albany, and a member CASETA's Board of Directors.  During the TAM meeting in El Paso, Margaret received an award for her commitment and service to the museum community in Texas.  We are so pleased that Margaret has agreed to share her dedication and expertise with our organization.

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, JP Bryan, Jason Schoen and Randy Tibbits will discuss their collections in a panel format moderated by Francine Carraro, Director of the Grace Museum in Abilene
-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 R. McQueary,Independent Curator and Texas historian, will present a survey of early Texas art as related to the exhibition "Texas Art Seen" opening in 2009 at the Grace Museum in Abilene
-Art Professionals Cheryl Carrabba, Mark Vangelder, Don Berkman and others will be featured 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.
Check caseta.org for more information!
Symposium Accommodations
AT&T Hotel and Conference Center
CASETA is pleased to offer a limited block of rooms for $139 per night onsite at the brand new conference hotel.
To reserve your room now while supplies last, call toll free 1-877-744-8822 and mention the CASETA Symposium.
Click here to learn more about this beautiful new property.
Symposium Schedule*
Friday, May 1
CASETA Advisory Committee/Board of Directors Event at Harry Ransom Center featuring an exclusive peek at the HRC's Frank Reaugh collection and remarks by Associate Curator Peter Mears
Texas Art Fair Preview Event & Reception for Symposium attendees
Blanton B Scene

Saturday, May 2 
Texas Art Fair opens to public
Opening Remarks
Session I- Ted Pillsbury
Session II- Sam Ratcliffe
Lunch- boxed lunches available
Roundtable session- Cheryl Carrabba, Mark Vangelder, Don Berkman
Session III- Carl R. McQueary
Session IV- Bonnie Campbell
Session V- Artist Panel- 
John Alexander, David Bates, Melissa Miller, Bob Wade, moderated by Annette Carlozzi
6pm  Texas Art fair closes
6:30 pm 
Jackalope Film Screening
Various Art Openings around Austin (guide to be provided)

Sunday, May 3

8am Texas Art Fair opens to public
Session IV- Karl Umlauf
Session VII- David Coleman
Session VIII- Collector Panel- Mary Arno, JP Bryan, Jason Schoen, Randy Tibbits moderated by Francine Carraro
12 pm  Closing Remarks
Ticketed Luncheon- Awards Ceremony and presentation by Ellen Buie Niewyk
Texas Art Fair closes
Docent tours and viewing of CASETA's Texas Treasures: Early Texas Art from Austin Museums at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
*Please note the schedule is subject to change.
Texas Art Fair
  Open to the Public, May 2-3, $10 admission
Each year CASETA invites top art purveyors from across the state to participate in our Symposium by showing and selling early Texas art in our temporary gallery space.  This year, for the very first time, we are excited to open our Texas Art Fair to the general public.  Admission to the Fair is included in the price of Symposium registration, and we will hold a preview reception for Symposium attendees in the gallery on Friday, May 1, from 6 to 8pm.  The fair will be open to the public beginning on Saturday morning.  We are very excited to have the opportunity to expose a whole new group of people to the rich tradition of artistic excellence that Texas has to offer. 

Participants in this year's Texas Art Fair include:

Beuhler Fine Art
Cliff Logan Art & Antiques
David Dike Fine Art
Heritage Auction Galleries
Rainone Galleries, Inc.
Robert E. Alker Fine Art
Russell Tether Fine Arts Associates
Simpson Galleries
Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden
William Reaves Fine Art
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

Living Cool, A Panel Discussion
Saturday March 28, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Blanton Museum of Art
Austin, Texas

CASETA Symposium on Early Texas Art

May 1-3, 2009
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
Austin, Texas

Early Texas Art Exhibitions

Olin Travis: "People, Places and Visions"
February 21- March 28
The McKinney Avenue Contemporary
Dallas, Texas

Pete "Tex" Schiwetz Sculpture Exhibition
April 10-May 24
The Nave Museum
Victoria, Texas

Lone Star Still Lifes
April 11- June 14
Panhandle Plains Historical Museum
Canyon, Texas

Manuel G. Acosta: A Retrospective Of His Work
April 5 - June 21
El Paso Museum of Art
El Paso, Texas

James Surls: From the Heartland
Opening Reception Friday, May 1
May 2- August 22
The Grace Museum
Abilene, Texas

Related Exhibitions

Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture At Midcentury
February 22 - May 17
Blanton Museum of Art
Austin, Texas
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Courtney DiSabato
Program Administrator