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Chair's Comments 
Stephen Alton
Stephen Alton, Chair

CASETA is pleased to announce that we will hold our 10th annual symposium on Early Texas Art in Fort Worth on April 27-29, 2012.  Please save these dates, and plan to attend this fun and informative event. We promise to have an exciting program with new and interesting information about early Texas art. 


CASETA's 2012 symposium will be held at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth and across the street from the famed Water Gardens.  There are convenient accommodations close to the law school: the Fort Worth Sheraton Hotel and Spa is less than a block away, and a stroll through the Water Gardens will take you to downtown Fort Worth's newest hotel, the Omni. 


Texas Wesleyan Law School (where I am an associate dean and professor of law) has graciously offered the use-free of charge-of the law school's state-of-the-art lecture hall and conference center for CASETA's 2012 Symposium. A generous offer like this is too good to pass up during these tough economic times!


Our State's colleges and universities have long played a crucial role in the creation and development of Texas art. Indeed, there's a significant and rich history of early Texas art at Texas Wesleyan. A number of well-known early Texas artists have either taught at Texas Wesleyan or have attended the University as students. Among these teachers were Samuel P. Ziegler (who later taught at Texas Christian University), Kelly Fearing (who later taught at the University of Texas), Bror Utter, Dickson Reeder, Gene Owens, and Mary Apple. Kelly Fearing's students at Texas Wesleyan in the 1940s included George Grammer and Lirl Treutter. 


CASETA's Annual Symposium on Early Texas Art is a wonderful event, and we look forward to seeing you in Fort Worth on April 27-29, 2012.  


Stephen Alton



Amy FulkersonBoard Officer 

Amy Fulkerson 

Amy Fulkerson is the Curator of Collections at the Witte Museum in San Antonio.  She began working at the Witte Museum in 1998 where she discovered Early Texas Art. With a Masters Degree in History, Amy appreciates the Witte's approach of "Art for History's Sake."


The Witte Museum's Early Texas Art was shaped by great curators like Eleanor Onderdonk, Martha Utterback, and Cecilia Steinfeldt. Amy is proud to be a steward to the collection that they shaped and which continues to grow.  She is currently part of a team that is working on two projects that will increase access to the Witte Museum's Early Texas Art Collection and Texas Art Archive. In 2012, the Witte Museum will open the South Texas Heritage Center which will feature the Russell Hill Rogers Texas Art Gallery, a permanent display space for Early Texas Art. Amy is also working on the Witte Research and Collections which will house the Witte's permanent collection while not on exhibition. The Research and Collection Center will feature visible storage, as well as a reading room and research spaces. 


Amy is passionate about preserving the artistic and historic heritage of Texas and creating opportunities for the public to learn more about them. She is an active member of the American Association of Museums (AAM), as well as the Texas Association of Museums (TAM).  Amy served on the Board of the Texas Association of Museums Collections Manager Committee (CMC) for 5 years where she had a leadership role in developing workshops, professional training and networking opportunities for registrars and collections managers in the State of Texas. 


Central Texas

Collection Selections

June 4 - September 11, 2011 


Austin Museum of Art

823 Congress Avenue at 9th Street

Austin, Texas


In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) is exhibiting work by artists who have exhibited there over the last 50 years, including such Texas artists as Michael Frary, Charles Mary Kubricht, and Charles Umlauf.


Works of Early Texas Art from the Permanent Collection

July - August 2011


San Antonio Art League Museum

130 King William Street

San Antonio, Texas 76204


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


For more information:



North Texas

Frank Reaugh: Master of Pastels and the Plains of Texas

July 7 - October 1, 2011


UNT on the Square

109 N. Elm Street

Denton, Texas 76201


This exhibition contains impressive work of Frank Reaugh from the prestigious collections of Torch Energy, the Harry Ransom Center, the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Texas Tech University, and the Dallas Museum of Art.


For more information:


Looking for the Lone Star


July 8 - 29, 2011


Fort Worth Community Arts Center

1300 Gendy Street

Fort Worth, Texas 76107


The exhibit draws from private collections in Fort Worth and Tarrant County, with selections made by the owner of each collection.  Forty-six examples of early Texas art produced in Fort Worth and around the state are included.


Southeast Texas

Culture in Frontier Texas

April 19 - September 4, 2011


The Heritage Society

1100 Bagby Street

Houston, Texas

NOTE: Visitors should park in the paved lot directly behind the historic Kellum-Noble House; Enter the lot via Allen Parkway inbound.


The Heritage Society will display objects - furniture, silver, pottery, paintings, textiles, etc. - from its permanent collection and from local private collections in celebration of the rich, diverse culture of frontier Texas.


Texas cabinet makers of the mid-19th century were able to carve a niche for themselves in early Texas settlements when there were no factories for the mass production of goods.  Other trades people (e.g., carpenters, blacksmiths, potters, and painters) were also called upon to produce items needed by the community.  Local symbolism often ornamented their work, connecting the cultural identity of Texas.


West Texas

The Lost Colony: Texas Regionalist Paintings

September 9, 2011 - January 29, 2012


Museum of the Big Bend

Sul Ross State University

Alpine, Texas 79832


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 other interested in art.  The group was active in 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 conduced 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 medium 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:


Texas Gallery

Permanent Exhibition


Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Texas Gallery

2503 4th Avenue

Canyon, Texas 79015


Art is exhibited on a rotating basis in the permanent gallery devoed 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 Sprice 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:


Tom Lea: The Turning Point

August 7, 2011 - January 8, 2012


El Paso Museum 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, 2011


Grace Musuem, 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 exhbition in his lifetime.  The works are on loan from 63 collectors, institutions and musuems throughout the country.


For more information:


Texas Paintings from the Schoen Collection

May 5 - August 20, 2011


Grace Museum, Atrium Gallery

102 Cypress Street

Abilene, Texas 79601


This exhibit will include paintings by Texas artists created between 1935 and 1943.  These paintings are on loan from the Schoen Collection, a significant collection of American art of the 1930s and 1940s.


For more information:


Zanne Hochberg - The Art of Our Age

September 9 - November 6, 2011


San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts

1 Love Street

San Angelo, Texas 76903


A pioneering Texas artist, Zanne Hochberg was one of the first women to graduate from Southern Methodist University with a MFA.  A painter from the 1950s through the 80s, she was influenced by the abstract expressionist painters of that period and became one of Dallas' most respected and prolific artists.  A masterful painter, she was one of the few abstract expressionists working in Texas during that time.


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.)



As you travel around the State, you might be interested in checking out the permanent collections and current exhibitions at the museums in places you are visiting.  The websites for most of the major Texas museums are listed below.


Central Texas

Austin Museum of Art (Austin) 


Blanton Museum of Art (Austin)


Mexic-Arte Museum (Austin)


Harry Ransom Center at the Univeristy of Texas (Austin) 


Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum (Austin)


Cushing Memorial Library at Texas A&M University (College Station) 


Museum of Western Art (Kerrville)


McNay Art Museum (San Antonio)


San Antonio Art League Museum (San Antonio)


San Antonio Museum of Art (San Antonio)


Witte Museum (San Antonio)


The Art Center of Waco (Waco)


Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University (Waco)


East Texas

Longview Museum of Fine Arts (Longview)


Tyler Museum of Art (Tyler)


North Texas

Arlington Museum of Art (Arlington)


Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas)


Crow Collection of Asian Art (Dallas)


Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University (Dallas)


Nasher Sculpture Center (Dallas)


The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (Dallas)


Greater Denton Arts Council (Denton)


University of North Texas Art Galleries (Denton)


UNT on the Square (Denton)


Amon Carter Museum of American Art (Fort Worth)


Fort Worth Community Arts Center (Fort Worth)


Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth)


Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Fort Worth)


Sid Richardson Collection of Western Art (Fort Worth)


Texas Sculpture Garden (Frisco)


South Texas

Beeville Art Museum (Beeville)


South Texas Institute for the Arts/Art Museum of South Texas (Corpus Christi)


Southeast Texas

Art Museum of Southeast Texas (Beaumont)


Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston)


Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston (Houston)


Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (Houston)


Menil Collection (Houston)


Rice University Art Gallery (Houston)


Stark Museum of Art (Orange)


West Texas

Grace Museum (Abilene)


The Old Jail Art Center (Albany)


Museum of the Big Bend - Sul Ross University (Alpine)


Amarillo Museum of Art (Amarillo)


Panhandle Plains Historical Museum (Canyon)


El Paso Museum of Art (El Paso)


Museum of Texas Tech University (Lubbock)


Chinati Foundation (Marfa)


Museum of the Southwest (Midland)


Ellen Noel Art Museum (Odessa)


San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts (San Angelo)


Wichita Falls Musuem of Art - Midwestern State University (Wichita Falls)


General Websites

These websites are listed for your exploration:


Brown's Index of Southwestern Painters


Houston Reflections: Art in the City, 1950s, 60s, and 70s



Early Wichita Falls Area Artists: A Workshop for Teachers

Two workshops for teachers, focusing on early Wichita Falls area artists, were held at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Midwestern State University in June. The workshop was designed to introduce the teachers to the area of early Texas art and specifically to a unit of instruction, "Documenting Life, Land, and Culture," designed by three doctoral students - Jennifer Hartman, Cindy Hasio, and Liz Langdon - and Dr. D. Jack Davis from the University of North Texas (UNT).  Research done in preparation for the development of the unit revealed the names of more than 65 artists who worked, prior to 1970, in the region which covered roughly a 75-mile radius around Wichita Falls. The work of 15 of these artists was used in constructing the curriculum which was aimed at increasing students' understanding of the area by looking through the lens of the artists as they found their own self-expression.


Dr. Francine Carraro, Executive Director of the Grace Museum in Abilene, began each of the one-day workshops with an introduction and overview of early Texas art. She provided an historical overview, placing work by early Texas artists within the context of its cultural and social history. Dr. James Laney, Professor of Teacher Education and Administration at UNT, followed with a presentation on curriculum integration.  A specialist in social studies, he connected art education to citizenship education, engaging the teachers in "hands-on" activities which demonstrated how art could be integrated into the total fabric of the curriculum.


The afternoon session, conducted by the three graduate students, provided the teachers with an overview of the curriculum unit as well as opportunities to engage in some of the learning activities included in the unit. Wichita Falls area artists included in the unit were watercolorists Polly Hoffman and Polly Cox (mother and daughter); Electra Waggoner Biggs, Vernon sculptor; Emil Hermann, Wichita Falls painter and muralist; and J.B. "Jack" Erwin, Jacksboro painter. In addition to published materials, artists were identified by the UNT team by examining archival material at the Wichita Falls Art Association and Midwestern State University and interviewing community members.



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.


Answer to May Trivia Question

What early Texas artist served as President of the Board of Trustees at Incarnate Word College in San Antonio?


Answer: Amy Freeman Lee


Carl McQueary correctly answered the May Trivia Question.  Congratulations, Carl! 

July Trivia Question
What early Texas artist founded the Stringinian Club?


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