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2011 Symposium
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Stephen Alton
Stephen Alton, Chair

We'd like to invite you all to join us at CASETA's 9th Annual Texas Art Fair and Symposium on Early Texas Art.  This will be held in Dallas on April 15-17, 2011, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. 


Among the numerous activities scheduled for this year's Symposium are sessions on Texas Hispanic artists, Texas Impressionism, Texas Modernism, early Texas folk art, and the Texas artist colony at Christoval.  These presentations highlight the breadth of topics encompassed within the area of early Texas art. 


In addition to these sessions, the Symposium will feature the Texas Art Fair, which brings together, in one space, leading dealers in early Texas art.  Visiting this Fair is like strolling through a wonderful art museum, except that-for a price-you can take the art home with you!


Year in and year out, CASETA's Annual Symposium is among the most important activities that our organization sponsors.  This event furthers CASETA's mission of advancing both the scholarly study of early Texas art and the public's knowledge of this field.  Yet the Symposium isn't esoteric or stuffy; instead, it's interesting, informative, and downright fun.


For more information about CASETA's 2011 Symposium, see the information below and visit our website at:  We hope to see you in Dallas in April.


Stephen Alton



April 15-17, 2011

9th Annual Texas Art Fair and
Symposium on Early Texas Art
Click Here to view the Symposium Brochure

Sheraton Dallas Hotel
400 North Olive Street
Dallas, Texas
Phone: 888-627-8191
CASETA Rate: $129/night
Last day to receive CASETA Rate: March 18th
Click Here to make your hotel reservation online

The Artist Colony at Christoval - Howard Taylor
Early Texas Folk Artists - Kevin Vogel
Hispanic Artists of Texas - Kelly Donahue Wallace
Texas Impressionism - Michael Grauer
Texas Modernism - Katie Robinson Edwards
Legends of Early Texas Art Panel - Bill Cheek & Morris Matson
Buck Winn Documentary


Watch your email for more information on these programs 

Special Event, Saturday, April 16, 6:30-8:30pm
The Albritton Collection of Early Texas Art
The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC)
3120 McKinney Ave.

Dallas collector Claude Albritton has collected early Texas art for over 30 years and has assembled what many consider to be the finest private collection that exists today. While various individual pieces from his collection have occasionally been loaned out for use in museum exhibitions, this will be the first time a large selection from his collection will be put on public display. In support of the CASETA Symposium, Mr. Albritton has agreed to display over 50 major pieces exclusively for the Symposium attendees. This one night only exhibition will be hung in the galleries of the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) exclusively for the CASETA Symposium attendees.


The artwork featured in the exhibition will span a timeframe from about the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century. Important examples by artists like Petri, Gentilz, Onderdonk, Reaugh, Eisenlohr, Travis, Bywaters, Spruce, Dozier, Lester, Mozley, and many others will be on display. This will truly be a rare opportunity to see so many stellar examples of early Texas art at one time. As an added benefit, Mr. Albritton will make some opening remarks regarding his collection that will provide some context and background to the artwork on display. All Symposium attendees are encouraged to make plans to attend this special event.


$20 for CASETA members

$30 for non-members

Wine and hors d'oeuvres included

Note: Symposium Registration Required

Texas Art Fair
The Texas Art Fair will open at 6pm on Friday, April 15, for a preview and reception.  On Saturday it is open from 8:30am - 6:00pm, and on Sunday from 9:00am - 2:30pm.  Participants in this year's Texas Art Fair include:


Robert E. Alker Fine Art
Beuhler Fine Art
David Dike Fine Art
Heritage Auction Galleries
Charles Morin's Vintage Texas Paintings
Rainone Galleries
William Reaves Fine Art
Russell Tether Fine Art Associates
Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden

Details and Registration Information available at

CASETA members interested in the 1936 Texas Centennial will want to read the latest issue of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly (January 2011) which features a photograph of Allie V. Tennant in her studio with her iconic sculpture, Tejas Warrior.  The journal includes an article by CASETA member Light T. Cummins, "From Midway to the Hall of State at Fair Park: Two Competing Views of Women at the Dallas Celebration of 1936."  One of the roles of women that Dr. Cummins explores is that of artist, pointing out the important role that Texas women artists played.  He notes that the other, exploited by the fair's male planners, was the role that female beauty played.



Into The Desert Light, Early El Paso Art 1850-1960  by Holly Thurston Cox, Carl Price Miller, Christian Gerstheimer, and Prince McKenzie received a Southwest Book Award sponsored by The Border Regional Library Association.  The award was presented on February 26 in El Paso. CASETA contributed monetary support to the publication of this book.


Mark KeverBoard Officer/Treasurer 

Mark Kever 

Mark Kever, a native Texan, had never heard of Early Texas Art and was very happy collecting US rare coins until six years ago when he received Heritage Auction Gallery's first Texas Art auction catalog in the mail.  Mark and his wife, Geralyn, were curious, attended the auction, and purchased two Frank Reaugh pieces - a fortunate start to collecting Texas Art.  Within twelve months the lockbox of coins collected over 40 years was sold and the Kevers' walls at their home in McKinney began to reflect their new focus on Texas Art.  Mark explains, "There was not much choice - little pieces of gold and silver hidden in a lockbox or beautiful pieces of Texas history we could enjoy every day?"

Mark grew up in Sherman, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with a business degree and an MBA in Finance from the University of North Texas.  He began his financial career in 1985 and currently offices in North Dallas with UBS Financial Services.  Mark manages over $450,000,000 in client assets, concentrating on high net worth individuals, corporate retirement plans, and endowments.  Recently he has been recognized in D Magazine, Texas Monthly, and Barrons for his professional achievements.

Active involvement in both TACO (Dallas) and CASETA have been instrumental to his evolvement as a collector, from Mark's view, in two ways. First, being around collectors, museum professionals and art enthusiasts has advanced his knowledge and "eye" for Early Texas Art.  Second, involvement with these organizations provides a way to give back to the Early Texas Art community.

Mark credits two Early Texas Art mentors and two Dallas Early Texas Art dealers with helping him to advance his collection in fairly short order and without too many mistakes.  He comments, "I hear too many collectors ask their friends if they like a new purchase.  It's too late to ask then.  It is crucial to have a mentor, especially during the early years to say 'No' and to educate."



New Katie Robinson EdwardsBoard Member - Katie Robinson Edwards 

Katie Robinson Edwards is Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Allbritton Art Institute at Baylor University in Waco.  She started teaching at Baylor while finishing her dissertation on American abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock. Soon after, she was introduced to early Texas art when Baylor hosted the 2007 exhibition, Texas Modern:The Rediscovery of Early Texas Abstraction (1935-1965). While preparing to write the Introduction for that catalogue, she was struck by the extraordinary art and the kinship it bore to other American and European mid-century painting and sculpture. After that first foray, she began conducting oral history interviews with Texas artists which resulted in hours of interviews and a documentary film on Kelly Fearing (with Baylor's Scott Myers and CASETA Board member David Spradling).


Edwards teaches American and European art from the l880s through 2011 and takes students on field trips to New York and Chicago. Early Texas art makes its way into all her classes, but she focuses her research on mid-20th century abstract art and is writing a manuscript for the University of Texas Press. (She welcomes leads on images and artists.)  Because her husband's art fills their house, she does not collect. The occasional trinket, however, proves irresistible (an 8x8" McKie Trotter and a surreal 1958 Jack Boynton drawing). The 1960 Tomio Kinoshita woodcut (in Dr. Edwards' photograph) was purchased by her parents in Okinawa. The same print hangs in Walter Gropius' house in Lincoln, Massachusetts.



Central Texas

Porfirio Salinas: Painting South Texas
October 16, 2010 - March 20, 2011

Witte Museum

3801 Broadway Street

San Antonio


The exhibition celebrates the 100th birthday of the Texas landscape painter Salinas, an artist so proficient at Texas flora that Robert Wood would pay him $5 per canvas to paint bluebonnets in Wood's landscapes.


For more information:


Colors on Clay: Pottery of San Antonio

January 28 - March 27, 2011

Mexic-Arte Museum

419 Congress Ave.



The exhibition features a selection of brightly colored ceramic artwork decorated to reflect the imagery of Mexico and South Texas with depictions of every day culture and cowboy life.  Generically referred to as "San Jose tiles," the works were locally produced by small groups of artisans working in a succesesion of three workshops including Mexican Arts and Crafts, San Jose Potteries and Mission Crafts from 1931 to 1971.  A highlight of the exhibit is the artwork of Fernando Ramos, the principal artist for the first workshop, Mexican Arts and Crafts.


For more information:


Works of Early Texas Art from the Permanent Collection

July - August 2011

San Antonio Art League Museum


130 King William Street

San Antonio


The museum exhibits works from its permanent collection twice each year.  The next exhibit will be in July and August.


For more information: 


South Texas

Alexandre Hogue: An American Visionary

January 14 - April 3, 2011

Opening Reception: 6 - 7:30pm, Thursday, January 13

Art Museum of South Texas

1902 North Shoreline Blvd.

Corpus Christi


The exhibition is comprised of 157 oil paintings, drawings and field sketches by Hogue who painted until the age of 96, but never had a major exhibition in his lifetime.  The works are on loan from 63 collectors, institutions and museums throughout the country.


For more information:


Southeast Texas

Southeast Texas Art: Cross Currents and Influences

January 22 - April 3, 2011

Opening Reception: 6-8pm, Friday, January 21

Art Museum of Southeast Texas

500 Main Street



The exhibit examines and addresses the strong artistic, stylistic, and geographic connections and influences that prevailed between artists' work produced in Southeast Texas and the important early Texas artists working around the state from 1925 to 1965.  It will feature a wide array of paintings, drawings, and sculptures borrowed from collectors and from the museum's permanent collection


Edward G. Eisenlohr: Painting Across the Texas Landscape

January 22 - April 3, 2011

Opening Reception: 6-8pm, Friday, January 21

Art Musuem of Southeast Texas

500 Main Street



This exhibition features 15 paintings by renowned early Texas artist Edward G. Eisenlohr on loan from a private collection.  Eisenlohr produced more drawings and paintings of his local Dallas community and region than any other early Dallas artist and is considered one of the pioneer landscape painters of Texas.  The paintings identify Eisenlohr's stylistic evolution, as well as his diverse visual exploration of the pastoral Texas landscape.  These locations include areas surrounding his Dallas home, Austin, the Hill Country, and Galveston.


For more information:


West Texas

Alexandre Hogue: An American Visionary, Paintings and Works on Paper

May 5 - August 20, 2011

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 5


Grace Museum

102 Cypress Street



The exhibition is comprised of 157 oil paintings, drawings and field sketches by Hogue who paintined until the age of 96 but never had a major exhibition in his lifetime.  The works are on loan from 63 collectors, institutions and museums throughout the country.


For more information:


All About Texas

January 21 - April 3

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts

One Love Street

San Angelo


The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts opened a series of new exhibits on January 21, 2011, each of which explores the Texas landscape.  Four different artists will be exhibiting their work --- Bob Stuth-Wade, Walt Davis, Mary Baxter and Josephine Oliver.


For more information:


Texas Gallery

Permanent Exhibition

Panhandle Plains Historical Musuem, Texas Gallery

2503 4th Avenue



Art is exhibited on a rotating basis in a only permanent gallery devoted to Texas art.  Texas regonalists such as Kathleen Blackshear, Jerry Bywaters, Otis Dozier, Russell Vernon Hunter, Grace Spaulding John, William Lester, Florence McClung, Octavio Medellin, and Everett spruce complement early Texas artists Jose Arpa, Hermann Lungkwitz, Richard Petri, Elisabet Ney, S. Seymour Thomas, Edward G. Eisenlohr, and Robert and Julian Onderdonk.


For more information:


Southeast Texas
Texas Natives - Texas Narratives

February 18 - March 19
William Reaves Fine Art
2313 Brun Street

This show features three Texas artists - Don Edelman, Harvey Johnson, and William Young.  While they may be considered contemporary artists, all have roots in early Texas art.  Edelman painted before he became a full-time artist in the mid-70s, and Johnson was influenced (among others) by early Texas artist John Biggers.  A Gallery Talk is scheduled March 5 from 2 to 4pm.

The San Antonio Art Scene from 1900 to 1940

Lecture by Amy Fulkerson, Curator of Collections at the Witte Museum


Saturday, March 5, 2pm (Free Admission)


Mexic-Arte Museum

419 Congress Avenue



The lecture will cover the thriving art scene in San Antonio fostered by the San Antonio Art League, the Witte Museum, the San Antonio Art Institute, and the WPA.  It will also highlight the Witte's connection to Jose Arpa, Xavier Gonzalez, and Ethel Wilson Harris.



In Praise of Richard Stout and the Advancement of Early Texas Art

by William Reaves

Last year at its annual Symposium, CASETA bestowed its Lifetime

Blue Gibraltar

Blue Gibraltar, 1957

Collection of Randy Tibbits and Rick Bebemeyer

Achievement Award upon Houston artist Richard Stout.  It was a fitting tribute to a remarkable Texan who has worked diligently over these last six decades to produce a body of work of extraordinary quality.  It was also an acknowledgement of Stout's contributions to the growth and vitality of the Houston art scene over the last half of the twentieth century through his distinguished career as an art instructor at the Museum School and The University of Houston.


While this award was a well deserved honor for the artist, it also constituted a significant milestone for CASETA, representing the first time that this pre-eminent art history association formally recognized the career accomplishments of an abstract expressionist painter in Texas, and especially one who came to prominence in the latter half of the twentieth century.  Stout's expressionist modes are a long way from the impressionist renderings of the 1920s or regionalist paintings of the 30s and 40s which have been most often associated with "Early Texas Art".  However, Stout's style of painting and life-long fluency as an artist have been every bit as influential on the Texas art scene during his time, as were those of preceding Texas masters, such as Frank Reaugh, Julian Onderdonk, or Everett Spruce (one of Stout's own teachers), during their respective periods.


CASETA's embrace of Stout and his modernist tendencies indeed constitutes an advancement in the study of "Early Texas Art".  It is made possible through the genius of a "rolling timeline" which the organization wisely incorporates into its definition of the field (a definition which includes artists working within the state 40 years prior to present day).  The elasticity of this definition seems a worthy and insightful contribution, and one consistent with the organization's mission, as it affords opportunities for constant advance in the study and documentation of Texas art history. To this end, CASETA's acknowledgement of the artist firmly establishes Richard Stout and his modernist peers among the ranks of "Early Texas Artists"; and, accordingly, Stout's own strong record of achievement establishes him as a living master of Lone Star Expressionism.


Fire Storm

Fire Storm, 2010

Owned by the artist

For the record, Richard Stout is a native Texan, born in Beaumont in 1934 and a product of public schools within the city.  After completing undergraduate studies at the Art Institute of Chicago, he returned to Texas in 1957, settling in Houston and into a lifelong career as professional artist.  In Houston, Stout exhibited initially at the Cushman Gallery (1957-58), the New Arts Gallery (1958-60) and later at The Meredith Long Gallery (1960-85).  In 1958, he became a member of the faculty at The Museum School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, teaching art there for almost a decade and serving as Interim Dean of the School in 1965-66.  In 1969, the artist received his MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, and joined the art faculty at The University of Houston, serving from 1969-1995.


In addition to his gallery affiliations, Stout's works have frequently been shown in important juried exhibitions throughout his career, including one-man shows at The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; The Kansas City Art Institute; The McNay Museum of Art, San Antonio; and The Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont.  Stout has also been shown in group exhibitions at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Dallas Museum of Art; The Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio; The Menil Collection, Houston; The Delgado Museum, New Orleans; The Denver Museum of Art; The Butler Institute, Youngstown, Ohio; and The Art Institute of Chicago among others.  His works are found in the permanent collections of the most prestigious museums in Texas including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Dallas Museum of Art; The Menil Collection; and The McNay Museum.


Thus, it is upon these impressive credentials that Richard Stout earned CASETA's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.  While he is officially an "early Texas artist", Richard Stout continues to produce magnificent art work in his Houston studio.  And this, of course, leads us full circle and back to the conundrum of whether such present output can actually constitute "Early" Texas art at all.  The answer is up for lively debate; and while in the larger scheme of world affairs it may actually be of little importance, there's the potential of great fun in the search!  Isn't it just like a Texas modernist, however, to confound our mental models and challenge paradigms of classification? Compare Blue Gibraltar, painted in 1957, with Fire Storm, done in 2010.


Compliments are due Richard Stout and CASETA. Both the artist and the organization help us in continually advancing our views and appreciation of Texas art, whether it is "early" or otherwise!  This, it seems, is commendable work on all fronts.



Board Member, Randy Tibbits, and members of the Communications Committee have put together the following list of online research resources useful for ETA research:


Archives of American Art


MFAH Exhibition Files Database 


Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers


The Portal to Texas History




Internet Archive


Houston City Directories,1


The Bexar Archives (the principal resource for Spanish and Mexican history of Texas that contains 14,400 pages of original documents with corresponding English translations.)


Other subscription resources such as the following are available through local public libraries.


Dallas Morning News Historical Archive 1885-1977

19th Century U.S. Newspapers Digital Archive

Historic Newspapers (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor,etc.)

HeritageQuest Online (with Census data up to 1930)


Additional Resources:

Bywaters Collection, Southern Methodist University


North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts

Curriculum Units & Resources (Print Versions)


Curriculum Units & Resources (Interactive Versions)


Otis Dozier Sketchbooks


San Antonio Art League Museum

Online Catalogue of the Permanent Collection


Davis Collection


Artists Index


Waldine Tauch Website


Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine

The Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University, Alpine, is in the process of assembling works by artists (see list) who taught in the Art Department and the summer Art Colony at Sul Ross State University from 1921-1950. The planned retrospective will focus on their works created while teaching and living in the Big Bend region of Texas. The show will premiere in the Spring of 2011 in Dallas at David Dike Fine Art before coming to the museum. Due to the small gallery space at David Dike's and transportation costs, works from loaning institutions and collections will be on display at the Museum of the Big Bend only.  In addition, a catalog of representative works will be produced in partnership with David Dike.


The Museum has some of these artists' works in its collection, but is actively seeking additional works held in both private and public collections.  If you have works that you would consider lending for this exhibit, please contact Mary Bones, Senior Curator and Registrar at or by phone at 432-837-8734 for more information. She would love to hear from you.


UNT on the Square, Denton

The Institute for the Advancement of the Arts (IAA) and the North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts (NTIEVA) at the University of North Texas (UNT) are in the process of planning an exhibition of work produced by members of the UNT art faculty between 1890 and 1970 (see list). The purpose of the exhibition is to present a visual survey and historical record of the many accomplished and important artist-educators whose careers included service at UNT during this time. No such exhibition has ever been undertaken.  The project will afford the opportunity to retrieve and witness a significant element of our regional artistic heritage, as well as to better understand the foundation of the nationally-known visual arts programs at UNT.  While some works by these artists have been identified, IAA and NTIEVA are actively seeking additional works.  If you have works by any of these artists that you would consider lending for this exhibition, please contact Herbert Holl, Director of the IAA ( or 940-369-8257), or D. Jack Davis, Director of NTIEVA ( or (940-565-3954).   The exhibition, scheduled for November 2011 - January 2012, will be at UNT on the Square in Denton.


January Trivia Question: Follow-up

Who was Alexandre Hogue's first art teacher?


Answer: Elizabeth Hillyar who taught at the Denton Normal College and who subscribed to the Mississippi Valley Movement tenet of using mass over line.  According to Hogue (as cited in Kilal's book, Alexandre Hogue: An American Visionary) "She noticed my work when I was in grade school," and "for four years, I would spend all of my Saturdays in her class."


Sara Wilson of Houston was the first person to provide the correct answer.  Others with correct responses were Ellen Niewyk and Vic Roper.


March Trivia Question
Please provide the answer to the following ETA Trivia Question:
Who served as the Chair of the 1936 Texas Centennial Art Commission?


Respond to the editors at  The first person to provide the correct answers will receive a free publication from CASETA.