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Feature: Summary of 2011 Symposium
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D. Jack and Gail Davis

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Chair's Comments 
Stephen Alton
Stephen Alton, Chair

CASETA's recent annual symposium was a great success!  About 120 people attended the event held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel on April 15-17.  Those attending were treated to a lovely opening reception on Friday evening, a full day of speakers on Saturday plus a half day of speakers on Sunday, and a private exhibition of the fabulous Albritton collection of early Texas art on Saturday night.  In addition, ten art dealers from around the state participated in the Texas Art Fair, which was held in conjunction with our symposium. 


Symposium speakers made presentations on Texas folk artists, Texas Impressionists, Texas Modernists, and the Texas artists' colony at Christoval. Other topics included a presentation on Alexandre Hogue and a film about Buck Winn, plus a panel discussing the early days of collecting early Texas art. In short, the symposium was interesting, informative, and fun. 


CASETA would like to thank all the sponsors who made our symposium possible, particularly our Platinum Sponsors (Heritage Auction Galleries, David Dike Fine Art, and Cynthia & Bill Gayden) and our Gold Sponsors (Bobbie & John Nau).  Of course, we're grateful to all of our sponsors at all levels. We're also grateful to all the art dealers who brought some stunning art to the Texas Art Fair. Finally, a great big thanks goes to our symposium co-chairs, George Palmer and Mark Kever, and to Becky Tiemann (who heads CASETA's management team); these three people did yeoman's work putting together the symposium and making the entire weekend a success.


The place and the dates of CASETA's next symposium will be announced in the near future.  We hope that you will join us for what will be wonderful event. 


Stephen Alton



David SpradlingBoard Officer 

David Spradling 

David Spradling, a lifelong resident of Austin, lives with his wife, Lisa Harvell, and their two children in a 1951 Page Southerland Page designed home that they renovated three years ago. David is head of the John Henry Faulk Central Library in downtown Austin. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. For several years, David was in the Graduate Department of Germanic Languages. During his studies, David spent many summers in Germany where he developed a strong interest in art history.  Eventually merging this interest with his career, David worked as the Austin Public Library's Subject Specialist for Art and Art History for many years.


Besides being on the CASETA Board, David is a member of the Austin Museum of Art's Collection Committee. He is also a member of the Texas Art Collectors' group and has had the Harvell-Spradling Collection featured at one of its meetings.


Growing up in Austin, David was familiar with the names of artists like Michael Frary and Everett Spruce and even remembers visiting an impressive bank mural by Seymour Fogel.   However, it was not until 1993 that David really discovered early Texas art as he bought his first painting from the Wunderlich Gallery in downtown Austin. Today, the Harvell-Spradling Collection is heavily concentrated on Texas Modernism including artists like Robert Preusser, Seymour Fogel, Wiliam Lester, and McKie Trotter.


For Lisa and David, art collecting goes hand in hand with many of their other interests.  They have restored or renovated several homes in Austin. The most challenging restoration was a 1912 Craftsman that they completely restored from top to bottom in 18 months time. This home is now an Austin City Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home, along with David and Lisa, was featured in an episode of "If Walls Could Talk" on HGTV. Lisa and David are also big mid-century modern enthusiasts and that speaks to their art collection, furnishings and current home. David has also been a volunteer radio programmer for a local community radio station since 1998, an avid tennis player, and "a time permitting" weekend gardener.


New Board Member - Sanford Cox

Sanford CoxSanford Curtis Cox, Jr. was born in El Paso, Texas, where he graduated from high school and the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy (now the University of Texas at El Paso) receiving  BA and MA degrees in History. Following service in the U. S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) 1952-1954, he entered Law School at the University of Texas where he was on the Board of Editors of the Law Review, a member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Delta Phi. He then returned to El Paso and has practiced law there for 54 years, specializing in estate planning and probate law. In 1958 he married Holly Thurston, a third generation Early Texas Artist. Through the Thurston family he met and became aware of far West Texas and New Mexico artists and their paintings. Holly and he presently have a substantial collection of Early Texas art focused primarily on West Texas and New Mexico. Their shared interest in West Texas art led to an invitation from Bill Cheek and Bill Reaves in 1997 to attend a meeting in the Board Room at Love Field in Dallas. Subsequent meetings of this group, and a lot of hard work by the two Bills, lead to the creation of CASETA. These meetings also created great friendships, a chance to learn about the artists and art on "the other side of Texas", knowledge about the outstanding Museums involved in exhibiting and collecting Texas art and a chance to meet scholars and collectors working to preserve our Texas heritage.

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Photographs by Morris Matson

The 9th Annual Texas Art Fair and Symposium on Early Texas Art, sponsored by CASETA and held at the Sheraton Hotel in Dallas, was attended by 120 early Texas art enthusiasts.  The Symposium began with a reception and the opening of the Texas Art Fair on Friday evening.  A wide array of work by early Texas artists was available from the Art Fair participants attending the Symposium - Beuhler Fine Art, David Dike Fine Art, Heritage Auction Galleries, Charles Morin's Vintage Texas Paintings, Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden, William Reaves Fine Art, Rainone Galleries, Russell Tether Fine Art Associates, Robert E. Alker Fine Art, and Cliff Logan Art & Antiques.


The Symposium presentations began on Saturday morning.  A major theme that ran through the Symposium was contextualizing early Texas art into the larger American art scene.  This began with Kevin Vogel's informative presentation, Early Texas Folk Artists, about the little-known "unintended historians" - Clara McDonald Williamson, H. O. Kelly, and Velox Ward. He placed them within the larger context of Texas and American na´ve art, sharing stories about the artists and showing examples of their work. 


Michael Grauer presented Branding with Brushstroke and Color: Texas Impressionism, 1890 to Today. While sharing his virtual conversations with the well-known American art historian, William Gerdts, regarding a definition of Impressionism, Grauer used a broad definition and did an excellent job of placing the work of early Texas artists into the larger world of Impressionism. Grauer's expanded definition included works by such artists as Frank Reaugh, Emma Richardson Cherry, L.O. Griffith, E.G. Eisenlohr, and Julian Onderdonk.


Before the Saturday morning sessions were adjourned, Cindy Boeke of Sourthern Methodist University and Neil Sreenan of the Dallas Museum of Art provided an overview of valuable online resources available from their institutions. To access these databases that have resulted (and are ongoing) from their collaborative efforts, google Cul Digital Collections. The Website is These databases are available for viewing by the collector and researcher of Texas history and art.


Saturday afternoon opened with a presentation, The Space of Texas Abstract Art, by Katie Robinson Edwards. She did an outstanding job of continuing the conversation that contextualized early Texas art into the American art scene, discussing the work of early Texas abstract artists such as Alexandre Hogue, Robert Preusser, and Carlotta Corpron.


The day's last session was a panel discussion of the Early Days of Collecting moderated by Mark Kever. The panel participants, Bill Cheek and Morris Matson (representing A.C. Cook, deceased), shared some fascinating and entertaining stories about starting collections of early Texas art and "the hunt" for the art, as well as those that "got away.".


Two special events, attended by most participants, were held on Saturday evening. Claude Albritton shared 84 works of early Texas art from his personal collection at the MAC (McKinney Avenue Contemporary), giving a short introduction to his collection just prior to opening the doors for all to see and enjoy. David Dike kept his gallery open so that participants could see the newly-assembled show, The Lost Colony, before it travels to the Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University in Alpine.


Just when most wondered if there could be more interesting things to come after such an exhilarating first day, the second day of the Symposium arrived with gusto. The pace had been set! Susie Kalil opened the meeting with a wonderful presentation on Alexandre Hogue, based on an exhibit - Alexandre Hogue: An American Visionary - which she curated for the Art Museum in South Texas, Corpus Christi. It will be traveling to the Grace Museum in Abilene and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. She recounted some of the information she had learned based on interviews with Hogue and shared images of his work, placing them in context of style, time, and place.


Howard Taylor followed, providing an entertaining discussion of The Artist Colony at Christoval. He gave some of the background information leading to its development by Mollie Crowther in 1922 on the grounds of the Baptist Encampment at Christoval, near San Angelo. This was after she had studied art at the Chicago Institute, in St. Louis, and in Dallas with Frank Reaugh. Some early Texas artists such as Olin and Kathryne Travis, Rolla Taylor, Jose Arpa, and Xavier Gonzales were teachers at the camp that was held for about two weeks during the summer over a number of years.


The last session was the showing of a documentary, Larger than Life, the Story of Buck Winn, with an introduction by its Director, Richard Kidd. The documentary showed many of Winn's works, mostly murals, with an accompanying timeline of when they were done. Many of the works shown no longer exist since they have been destroyed along with the buildings, making the documentary a valuable historical resource for art collectors and researchers.


Much information and many wonderful images were shared at the Symposium. Those who attended were treated to many "gems" not included here. Additionally, the Texas Art Fair provided an opportunity for participants to not only purchase some Texas art, but also to see images by early Texas artists, talk to art purveyors from across the state, peruse and purchase books and pamphlets about Texas art, and visit informally with other collectors and Symposium attendants. Thanks to the program co-chairs, George Palmer and Mark Kever, and to CASETA chair, Stephen Alton, for planning and presenting a great meeting!


Gail C. and D. Jack Davis, Co-Editors


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Photographs by Morris Matson

Central Texas

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: 


West Texas

The Lost Colony: Texas Regionalist Paintings

September 10, 2011 - January 30, 2012


Museum of the Big Bend

Sul Ross State University

Alpine, Texas 79832


The exhibition is the first known to recognize and celebrate the members from the Alpine Art Colony.  In 1932, Julius Woeltz and Xavier Gonzalez founded an art colony at Sul Ross State University that ran for six weeks each summer.  The colony was open to both Sul Ross students and others interested in art.  The group was active in the Big Bend area and made numerous painting field trips to the Big Bend area and up to the Davis Mountains - a highlight for both students and faculty.  At the end of each summer session, they promoted their work with an exhibition on the university campus.  Attendees were also given certificates that noted the quality and quantity of work produced during the course.  The Alpine Art Colony is the longest running art Colony in Texas history.  William Lester conducted the final session in the summer of 1950.  


Gene Owens - A Fresh Approach

September 22 - February 3, 2013


Old Jail Art Center

201 S. 2nd

Albany, Texas 76430


If any artist truly merits the description of "master of the mediums of sculpture" or even "living legend", it would be Fort Worth native Gene Owens.  The Old Jail Art Center will present unexplored aspects of Owens' oeuvre - bringing new insights into the work of this versatile artist.


For more information:  


Exhibitions of Early Texas Art from the Permanent Collection

Texas Gallery, H.D. Bugbee Gallery, Frank Reaugh Gallery


Panhandle-Plains Historical Musuem

 2503 4th Avenue

Canyon, Texas 79015


Art is exhibited on a rotating basis. Texas regionalists 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. The H.D. Bugbee Gallery draws from the collection of Harold and Olive Bugbee, former curators of art at the PPHM. The Frank Reaugh Gallery includes selections from over 700 works by Reaugh.


For more information:


Tom Lea: The Turning Point

August 7, 2011 - January 8, 2012


El Paso Musuem of Art

1 Arts Festival Plaza

El Paso, Texas 79901


Tom Lea: The Turning Point includes six preparatory drawings for the 1964 oil-on-canvas painting The Turning Point, as well as the actual painting.  Lea was commissioned to capture the final play of a game played by the 1966 football team of Texas Western College in El Paso (now the University of Texas at El Paso).  This game marked a pivotal point in the season for Texas Western College, as it had won four and lost three games.  In this game against Utah, they won by scoring in the last second of the fourth quarter.


For more information:


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

May 5 - August 20

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 5, 5:30 pm


Panel Discussion: Friday, May 6, 10-11am (Susie Kalil, Jason Schoen, Olivia Hogue Marino, Francine Carraro, Judy Deaton)


Gallery Tour with Guest Curator Susie Kalil, May 6, 11:30am


Grace Museum, Main Gallery and 2nd Floor

102 Cypress Street

Abilene, Texas 79601


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:


Texas Paintings from Schoen Collection

May 5 - August 20

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 5, 5:30pm


Grace Musuem, Atrium Gallery

102 Cypress Street

Abilene, Texas 79601


This exhibit will include paintings by Texas artists created between 1935 and 1973.  These paintings are on loan from the Schoen Collection, a significant collection of American art of the 1930s and 1940s.

For more information:




North Texas
The Lost Colony: Texas Regionalist Paintings
April 16 - August 1
David Dike Fine Art
2613 Fairmount
Dallas, Texas 75201

This exhibition is the first known to recognize and celebrate the members from the Alpine Art Colony. In 1932, Julius Woeltz and Xavier Gonzalez founded an art colony at Sul Ross State University that ran for six weeks each summer. The colony was open to both Sul Ross students and others interested in art. The group was active in the Big Bend area and made numerous painting field trips to the Big Bend area and up to the Davis Mountains - a highlight for both students and faculty. At the end of each summer session, they promoted their work with an exhibition on the university campus. Attendees were also given certificates that noted the quality and quantity of work produced during the course. The Alpine Art Colony is the longest running art Colony in Texas history. William Lester conducted the final session in the summer of 1950.


This exhibit will move to and open at the Museum of the Big Bend, Sul Ross State University, Alpine in September (see West Texas exhibitions).


(Readers are encouraged to send resources for inclusion in future newsletters.)



Many of the museums in Texas have works of early Texas art in their permanent collections.  For your enjoyment, just a few websites are listed for your exploration.  (Readers are encouraged to send others to the editors.)


Dallas Museum of Art - Archives


Longview Museum of Fine Arts


San Antonio Art League Museum



Emil Hermann: His Life and Art, JoAnn Jenne Crites (2010, Museum of North Texas History)


Into the Desert Light: Earl El Paso Art, 1850-1960 by Carol Price Miller, Christian J. Gerstheimer, Prince Mckenzie, & Holly Thurston Cox (2010, El Paso Museum of Art)


Walls That Speak: the Murals of John Thomas Biggers, Olive Jensen Theisen (2010, University of North Texas Press)


2011 CASETA Awards

Judy Youngblood and Olive Theisen
Judy Youngblood, Chair of CASETA Award Committee, and Olive Jensen Theisen, recipient of the 2011 CASETA Publication Award


Exhibition Award

El Paso Museum of Art for Into the Desert Light: Early El Paso Art, 1850-1960


Publication Award

Walls That Speak: the Murals of John Thomas Biggers by Olive Jensen Theisen


Publication Honorable Mention

Into the Desert Light: Early El Paso Art, 1850-1960 by Carol Price Miller, Christian J. Gerstheimer, Prince Mckenzie, & Holly Thurston Cox


Distinguished Service Within the Organization

Robert Summers


Distinguished Service Outside the Organization

John & Deborah Powers


Lifetime Achievement Award

D. Jack Davis


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.


March Trivia Question: Follow-up

Who served as the Chair of the 1936 Texas Centennial Art Commission?


Answer: Evalene Sellors served as chair of the Centennial Art Commission.  Mary Marshall, Chair of the Art Department at the Texas State College for Women, served on the committee with her.  Appointed by the Centennial Board of Control, the Art Commission had the responsibilities for approving, based on artistic merit, all sculpture and paintings that received funding from the state of Texas or the fedral government, including those for Fair Park.


There was not a correct answer to this question. 

May Trivia Question
Please provide the answer to the following ETA Trivia Question:
What early Texas artist served as President of the Board of Trustees at Incarnate Word College in San Antonio?


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