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Issue: #11 July/2009

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the opening reception for Miles and Miles of Texas: The Lone Star State Through the Eyes of Buck Schiwetz at The Heritage Society in Houston.  I enjoyed visiting with many long time CASETA supporters, several of whom had loaned works to the exhibition.  It is always fun to share the pride and joy that these collectors experience when their works are on display in a gallery or museum.  I was also able to speak to many longtime supporters of The Heritage Society who were eager to learn about CASETA's programs and mission.  I was so impressed with the work that the Heritage Society has done to preserve and promote the history of early Houston (and early Texas) art and culture.  CASETA is extremely proud to have the opportunity to partner with such a like-minded institution for this exhibition.  We are also especially grateful to the Houston Endowment Inc. whose generous support helped make this project possible.  I would encourage each of you to visit Miles and Miles of Texas and while you are there, enjoy the beautiful and historic grounds of the Heritage Society as well as the interesting and historically significant objects that they display.  Enjoy your summer!

Best wishes,
Courtney DiSabato
Director, CASETA
Save the Date
  8th Annual Texas Art Fair and
Symposium on Early Texas Art

Please plan to join us April 16-18, 2010 at the Omni Houston Hotel for our 8th Annual Texas Art Fair and Symposium on Early Texas Art.  The 2009 Symposium was a huge success and the Symposium committee is already planning for next year.  Be on the lookout next month for ways that you can get involved in planning for next year's event.  Remember, your comments, suggestions and ideas are important to us! 
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

May 1- August 30, 2009

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

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. 

The Lone Star State
Through the Eyes of Buck Schiwetz
Schiwetz An Exhibition Jointly Sponsored by
The Heritage Society & CASETA
July 21- September 27, 2009

Image: Anderson-Clayton Cottonseed Oil Plant, Memphis, Texas, 1950, Mixed Media on Board, 17   x 31 , Private Collection, Houston

  The Heritage Society and CASETA collaborate to present a rare exhibition of the Texas works of E.M. "Buck" Schiwetz (1898-1984), one of the city and state's most beloved artists.  Originally from Cuero, Buck Schiwetz arrived in Houston in the late 1920's, by way of Texas A&M College.  In the seven decades thereafter, as artist and illustrator, he managed to draw and paint his way through Texas, recording the hallmarks and landmarks of the Lone Star State as no artist before or since.  Trained as an architect, he proved particularly adept at capturing the simple elegance and rich character of the state's indigenous structures, offering narrative images-- in graphite, watercolor, mixed media and oil-- that pay homage to Texas's earliest buildings and homes.  As a long-time illustrator with Humble Oil and their Humble Way publication, Schiwetz's body of work on the Texas oil field is unparalleled, capturing the evolution and ascent of this important industry during a period of stupendous growth and development.
Along the way, the artist's work was exhibited broadly and entered the permanent collections of important museums and universities throughout the state.  Schiwetz images have been more frequently published than perhaps any other Texas artist.  He received numerous awards and honors during his lifetime, culminating in his being named Texas State Artist in 1977.  His is an unrivaled visual legacy of the state in which he lived, and this is a "must-see" exhibition for all Houstonians.
Miles and Miles of Texas is on display at the Heritage Society Museum, 1100 Bagby Street in Houston, Texas from July 21 through September 27, 2009.  The exhibition offers a rich survey of the artist's work, including more than fifty of Schiwetz's finest Texas subjects.  The selection depicts the artist's range of styles and media, and shows works from throughout his long career.  A catalogue, including an essay by Michael R. Grauer of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, accompanies the exhibition.
Miles and Miles of Texas is made possible with support from CASETA through Houston Endowment Inc., and from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

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

Early Texas Art Events

Buck Schiwetz Lecture
August 20, 12-1pm
Presented by Bonnie Campbell and Jeff Steen in conjunction with Miles and Miles of Texas: The Lone Star State Through the Eyes of Buck Schiwetz.  Free and open to the public.
The Heritage Society
Houston, Texas

Texas Art Seen
Opening Reception Friday, September 25
Symposium Saturday, September 26
The Grace Museum
Abilene, Texas

Texas Regional Art Symposium
October 10, 2009
Historical and contemporary art exhibits will feature well known artists of the region, such as Frank Reaugh, Jerry Bywaters, and Frank Klepper.  Distinguished speakers will include Lonn Taylor, Francine Carraro, Victoria Cummins, Bob Reitz, Light Cummins, Sam Ratcliff, and Carol Roark on subjects ranging from southwest material culture to original research on individual artists.  The capstone of the symposium will be an open discussion led by area collectors who will exhibit and discuss their favorite pieces of art. 
Heard Craig Center for the Arts
McKinney, Texas

David Dike Fine Art Early Texas Art Auction
October 17, 2009, 4pm
The McKinney Avenue Contemporary
Dallas, Texas

Early Texas Art Exhibitions

Off the Edge: The Experimental Prints of Cynthia Brants
Extended through August 15
Flatbed Press
Austin, Texas

Texas Treasures: Early Texas Art from Austin Museums
May 1- August 30
Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum
Austin, Texas
James Surls: From the Heartland
May 2- August 22
The Grace Museum
Abilene, Texas

Timeless Style: Pastels by Lucretia Donnell Coke
June 21- August 2
Dallas Public Library
Dallas, Texas

Jerry Bywaters: Lone Star Printmaker
July 18 - November 8
Blanton Museum of Art
Austin, Texas

Miles and Miles of Texas: The Lone Star State Through the Eyes of Buck Schiwetz
July 21- September 27
The Heritage Society Museum
Houston, Texas

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Courtney DiSabato
Program Administrator