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Issue: #8 April/2009

We hope you enjoy this edition of CASETA's E-news.
We are just two weeks away from our Symposium and Texas Art Fair, May 1-3 in Austin.  Below you will find a schedule of events for the Symposium weekend as well as information about the conference hotel.  We are excited to add James Surls to our program on Saturday afternoon! 
Register for the Symposium online at www.caseta.org.  You may also download and print a registration form to mail in if you prefer.  The cost of the Symposium us $150 for CASETA members and $200 for non-members, plus the optional cost of lunches.  Make you hotel reservation now  before the group rate of $139/night expires.  Supply is limited!
As always, your input is important to us.  Feel free to reply to this email with any comments, suggestions or questions.
We look forward to seeing you in Austin!

Note from the Board
Ali James Greetings from Ali James, 
Secretary, Board of Directors

"I think the greatest artist is he who can in the simplest manner touch the whole heart of nature and mankind."
                                                                                            Julian Onderdonk to his mother Emily in 1901.
What better place to enjoy the 'whole heart of nature' than in the Texas hill country!  On behalf of the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art Board of Directors, welcome to Austin. Please join us May 1 through 3 for the 2009 Symposium on early Texas art at the new AT & T Hotel and Conference Center on the University of Texas campus. This exciting annual event offers registrants an opportunity to indulge their passion for early Texas art over a weekend that is full of informational sessions, the Texas Art Fair featuring the premiere dealers of this artwork, receptions and special events.
Remember that this annual Symposium is the primary fundraiser for CASETA. By registering, not only will you have the opportunity to attend a wonderful event but you will also help fund our programming throughout the entire year. CASETA is a proud supporter of the scholarship and regular exhibition of early Texas art. If you have not had a chance to register, please go to the CASETA web site as space is limited for the Symposium.
The festivities for attendees begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 1 at the Texas Art Fair Preview Reception at the conference hotel. Stroll through the many booths of stunning artwork and choose your next acquisition while enjoying complimentary beer, wine and appetizers. For those who want to continue their "cool" evening, at 8 p.m. attendees can amble across the street to the Blanton Museum's B Scene to see Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at Midcentury and enjoy a Miles Davis Tribute by the Jeff Lofton Quartet. A cash bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvre are offered for $5 (Blanton Museum members) or $10 (non-members).
Symposium registration check-in begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 2. If you did not have a chance to visit the Texas Art Fair on Friday evening, it will be available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Top art merchants from across the state share their artwork with Symposium registrants. Although the Fair is complimentary to all Symposium registrants, it is also open to the general public. Tickets are $10 each.
Sessions begin at 10 a.m. Saturday morning and will cover many different topics including survey information, art in Texas cities and art at the Texas Capitol. Additionally, four artists-  who started their careers working in Texas offer a unique glimpse into their world: they will tell us why Texas art matters. Dr. Ted Pillsbury will deliver the keynote address. Attendees may enjoy lunch on their own, or buy a box lunch when you register and join us for an informal roundtable discussion with art professionals who conserve and frame early Texas art.
Enjoy a special free screening of Jackelope, a film that ponders why artists are obsessed with Texas, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Attendees will also be given a list of several venues in Austin that feature art to visit on their own.
The Texas Art Fair continues on Sunday, May 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Informational sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and will cover topics including mid-century Modernists, Texas photography and the world of the early Texas art collector. Don't miss the luncheon and awards presentation at the hotel at 12:30 p.m. Ellen Buie Niewyk will be the featured speaker. We hope registrants will venture to the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum on their way out of town to see CASETA's Texas Treasures: Early Texas Art from Austin Museum beginning at 2 p.m. Works from the Austin Museum of Art, the Blanton Museum, the Harry Ransom Center and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum will be featured.
I look forward to seeing each of you in Austin on May 1.
Ali James
Curator of the Capitol
State Preservaiton Board

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.
The group rate will no longer be available after April 20.
You may also reserve online using the code CASETA0509.
Click here to learn more about this beautiful new property.
Symposium Schedule* at a glance
Visit our website for details about each session or event.
The cost of the Symposium is $150 members/ $200 non-members.  Admission to the Texas Art Fair is included.

Thursday, April 30
Texas Treasures: Early Texas Art From Austin Museums opening reception, sponsored by Tito's (free; open to the public)

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 Reception for Symposium attendees
Blanton B Scene

Saturday, May 2 
Texas Art Fair opens to public
Opening Remarks
Session I- Texas Art: Past, Present and Future,
           Dr. Ted Pillsbury
Session II- Art in the Cities, Dr. Sam Ratcliffe
Lunch- boxed lunches available
Roundtable session- Conservators Cheryl Carrabba and Mark Vangelder, Framer Don Berkman
Session III- Texas Art Seen, Carl R. McQueary
Session IV- Early Texas Art in the Texas State Capitol, Bonnie Campbell
Session V- Looking Back: Four Artists Tell Why Early Texas Art Matters, 
David Bates, Melissa Miller, James Surls, Bob Wade, moderated by Annette Carlozzi
6pm  Texas Art fair closes
6:30 pm 
Jackelope Film Screening (free; open to the public)
Various Art Openings around Austin (free; guide to be provided)

Sunday, May 3

8am Texas Art Fair opens to public
Session IV- Lifelong Influences: My Time Among the University of Texas Art Faculty, Karl Umlauf
Session VII- Early Texas Photography, Dr. David Coleman
Session VIII- Collecting Early Texas Art- Dr. Mary Arno, JP Bryan, Jason Schoen, Randy Tibbits moderated by Dr. Francine Carraro
12 pm  Closing Remarks
Ticketed Luncheon- Awards Ceremony and presentation by Ellen Buie Niewyk ($25; open to the public)
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
Preview reception for Symposium registrants, May 1 6-8pm
Open to the Public, May 2-3, $10 admission

If you can't join us all weekend for the Symposium be sure to the Texas Art Fair on Saturday or Sunday!
Admission to the Texas Art Fair is included in the price of Symposium registration.  Individual tickets to the Texas Art Fair can be purchased in advance online or at the Texas Art Fair May 2 and 3.

Texas Treasures: Early Texas Art From Austin Museums
Donald Leroy Weisman, Electronic Icon, ca. 1958
Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, 
605 Robert E. Lee Road, Austin, Texas 78704

Opening Reception April 30, 6-8pm
Exhibit runs May 1- August 30

Image: Donald Leroy Weisman, Electronic Icon, ca. 1958, Blanton Museum of Art, the University of Texas at Austin

Join us Thursday, April 30 from 6-8pm as we debut Texas Treasures and kick-off our 7th Annual Symposium on Early Texas Art.  This event is open to the public, so bring a friend!  Many thanks to our sponsor Tito's Handmade Vodka!

The Center for Study and Advancement of Early Texas Art is proud to present Texas Treasures:  Early Texas Art from Austin Museums in connection with our seventh annual symposium to be held at the AT&T Center on the University of Texas Campus. 

Texas Treasures is the first collective exhibition of important early Texas artworks from the collections of the University of Texas Blanton Museum, the University of Texas Harry Ransom Center, the Austin Museum of Art and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum.  Drawing from the extensive collections of these Austin institutions, Texas Treasures features twenty-four masterworks of early Texas art that have been rarely available to the public.  These seminal works express the breadth of Texas art: from the origins of classical portraiture and impressionist landscape painting in the nineteenth century, to the American Scene painting of the depression era, to the many interpretations of modernism at the mid-twentieth century. 
Also, mark your calendars for these Texas Treasures events:

-Remarks from Peter Mears, Associate Curator of Art at the Harry Ransom Center, Thursday May 28
-Remarks from Annette Carlozzi, Curator of American and  Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum, Thursday June 18
-Remarks from Dana Friis-Hansen, Executive Director of the Austin Museum of Art, Thursday July 16

Jackelope Film Screening
  Saturday, May 2, 6:30 pm
AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center, Amphitheater, Level Two
Free; Open to the public.

Join us on Saturday evening, May 2 for a screening of Jackelope in conjunction with our Symposium on Early Texas Art.  At least two of the artists featured in the film- Bob Wade and James Surls- will be in attendance!

This documentary by independent filmmaker Ken Harrison provides a look into the contemporary Texas art world of the mid-'70s. Shot in 1975, Jackelope is loosely divided into three segments, each focusing on three young artists: James Surls, George Green, and Bob Wade.

The first segment documents sculptor/ woodcarver James Surls and the evolution of one particular piece (Blind Bear with a Crooked Stick) - its conception, its physical creation (with memorable footage of Surls sawing trees) and later refinement in the studio, to, finally, the piece's exhibition at San Antonio's Witte Museum. The second features George Green at work in his Houston studio as well as in his more leisurely moments: flipping through a family photo album, talking at an artists' party, and on a trip to Galveston Island. Road footage of artist Bob Wade comprises the third segment, with stops at Jernigan's Taxidermy in Waco, hatmaker Manny Gammage's Austin store, the Luckenbach World's Fair, artist Mel Casa's house outside of San Antonio, and, memorably, a shooting range outside of Waco. Wade's work in a group installation at a New York City gallery concludes Jackelope.

The documentary captures each artist in the more casual moments of their lives, capturing their ideas about art, the artistic process, Texas and other topics in the process. Not only does Jackelope also include appearances by fellow Texas artists Mike McNamara, Letitia Eldridge, Mel Casas, and John Alexander, the film is also intercut with footage of many of these same artists in discussion with each at parties, openings, and at each others' studios, giving us a rare glimpse into an often overlooked scene.

Arrive early.  Seating is limited.
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

Lone Star Modern: Discovering the Origins of Modernism in Texas Art
Wednesday, April 22, 7:00PM
Robert Summers, CASETA Board Chair, to present free public lecture in conjunction with the 20th Century Modern Market. 
Lawndale Art Center
Houston, Texas

CASETA Symposium on Early Texas Art
May 1-3, 2009
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
Austin, Texas

Hanna Walker, (1876- 1945): A Special One Day Exhibition of Paintings
Saturday, May 9th, 10:30AM to 4:30PM
Fellowship Hall of Episcopal Church (aka Church of the Annunciation)
301 South Walnut, Luling, Texas 78648
Contact Bill Cardwell for more information.

Early Texas Art Exhibitions

Charles Umlauf, The Early Years
January 16- April 19
Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum
Austin, 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

Texas Treasures: Early Texas Art from Austin Museums
Opening Reception Thursday, April 30
May 1- August 30
Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum
Austin, Texas
Off the Edge: The Experimental Prints of Cynthia Brants
May 2 - June 27; reception and curator's gallery talk: May 2, 7PM
Austin, Texas

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

The Hock Shop Collection: Reflections from the Heart & Soul
Opening Reception Sunday, May 17, 3- 5PM
May 16- June 20
UNT Art Gallery
Denton, 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