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NEWSLETTERSeptember 2011
Chair's Comments 
Stephen Alton
Stephen Alton, Chair

CASETA held its annual board meeting on Saturday, August 6, 2011, at the Grace Museum in Abilene. At this meeting, the following board members were reelected to the board (each to serve a second three-year term): Stephen Alton, Francine Carraro, and George Palmer. In addition, board member David Spradling was elected to his first (full) three-year term on the board. The CASETA board elected the following officers of the board: Stephen Alton (chair), George Palmer (vice chair), Mark Kever (treasurer), and David Spradling (secretary).


Before the board meeting, Grace Museum Director and CASETA Board member Francine Carraro led board members on a tour of three special exhibitions of Texas art and photography at the Grace. The board members were tremendously impressed with all three shows, particularly the spectacular Alexandre Hogue exhibition. The CASETA Board very much appreciates the Grace's hospitality.


At the August meeting, the CASETA Board took action on several items that will have an important impact on the future of CASETA. However, we're not quite ready to share these actions with the public, as some of the "Is" remain to be dotted and some of the "Ts" remain to be crossed. We ask for your patience, as we expect to make some important announcements very soon.


Finally, please remember that the 10th annual CASETA symposium on Early Texas Art will be held in Fort Worth on April 27-29, 2012, at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. Please save these dates and plan to attend this fun and informative event. More information about our symposium will be forthcoming in the months ahead. We look forward to seeing you in Fort Worth on April 27-29, 2012.


CASETA August 2011 Meeting
CASETA Board of Directors Meeting, Abilene, August 6, 2011

New Board Member 

Marla Ziegler 


Marla Zeigler HeadshotMarla Ziegler is an artist and educator whose love of Early Texas Art was inspired by Jerry Bywaters. He was her professor, her mentor, and her friend. Ziegler wrote her graduate thesis on "Mr. B" and she served as Archive Curator for the Jerry Bywaters Research Collection for several years during its birth in a storage closet on the 3rd floor of Fondren Library at SMU. According to Ziegler, Jerry Bywaters taught her, by example, that she could be successful in the art arena while wearing several hats - art historian, writer, curator, professional artist, educator, collector and volunteer.


For 35 years, Ziegler has taught both art history and studio art classes; she currently teaches drawing full-time at Brookhaven College in Dallas. In her studio, she primarily makes ceramic installations for vertical surfaces. She enjoys the challenge of stretching the identity of clay as a contemporary, three-dimensional material while preserving parts of its rich historical tradition. Her work is represented by Craighead-Green Gallery in Dallas and by Goldesberry Gallery in Houston. Images of her past and present sculpture can be viewed at


Ziegler states, "I am excited and honored to be a new CASETA board member and look forward to working with this important organization to promote the advancement of early Texas art and artists."


Why I Am a Member of CASETA 

Stan Price, Houston 


Stan PriceMy grandmother, Will-Amelia Sterns Price, was a Texas artist born in Denison in 1907.  As a child I was surrounded by her art, but took it for granted until I inherited a number of her works. I knew she co-founded the Beaumont Art Museum (AMSET), but didn't know much about her studies and her artist network. I knew much less about the extensive art colony that existed in Texas. I was frustrated; I wanted to learn more about her and share her talent.


I met Randy Tibbits and Tam Kiehnhoff at an art exhibit, and they suggested that I come to the CASETA symposium in Dallas last year. I did, though I expected it would be another bunch of art snobs meandering around looking at art and drinking cocktails. From the time of the opening reception, I knew I was in the company of a serious appreciation group that was actually sharing information, insight, and expertise. The symposium sessions not only brought elementary enlightenment about the extensive Texas art scene, but intricacies of why this State's talent is equal to the best in the nation. I was hooked and even bought my first early Texas work (besides my grandmother's), a David Brownlow, at the art fair. With the continuing guidance of CASETA and its members, my studies and collecting efforts now have a focused objective.


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.


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:



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

September 24 - November 27, 2011


Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

1600 Gendy St.

Fort Worth, Texas 76107


This exhibit explores the life and career of Alexandre Hogue, an important American artist.  Oil paintings, drawings, and field sketches are included.  Hogue's prolific career spanned 75 years, ending only a few weeks before his death at age 96.  The exhibit, which has traveled around the state, should acquaint many with his work.  Works included are on loan from collectors, institutions, and museums around the U.S.


For more information:


West Texas

Face Time: Portraits from the Collection

September 24, 2011 - January 22, 2012


Old Jail Art Center

201 S. 2nd

Albany, Texas 76430


This exhibit includes portraits of Albany citizens and of Texas artists, along with others from the permanent collection.  Faces are presented in a variety of forms and media including paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, and photographs.  Among Texas artists represented are Bill Bomar, Kelly Fearing, Donald Vogel, and Dickson Reeder.

For more information:


Two Women Look West: Photographs of King Ranch by Helen C. Kleberg and Toni Frisell

June 2 - September 22, 2012


Old Jail Art Center

201 S. 2nd

Albany, Texas 76430


Helen C. Kleberg, a self-taught photographer, and Toni Frissell, a New York fashion photographer and photojournalist, photographed similar subjects on the world-renowned King Ranch - one of the most prosperous and influential ranches in Texas.  The 825,000-acre ranch, locaated in south Texas between Corpus Christi and brownsville, became their open-air studio as both photographers captured similar subjects from vaqueros branding cattle and hunting scenes to scientific experiments being conducted on the property.  They also recorded family members and gatherings on the property, as well as the Kinenos (King's people or the people of King Ranch).  The rich landscape and subjects represented something different to each photographer, and the photograps reflect their different perspectives.


For more information:


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.


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:


Gifts That Last Forever: Selections from the Museum's Collection

September 9 - November 6, 2011


San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts

1 Love Street

San Angelo, Texas 76903


This exhibition, and the Zanne Hochberg exhibition (see below), will open on Friday evening, September 9, 2011, 5:30 to 8pm.  All are invited to this opening that includes refreshments and the music of the Kevin Brown Trio.


This exhibit focuses on selections from some of the special gifts received by the Museum over the past several years.  Among these are early Texas works given by Bill and Mary Cheeck, as well as contemporary art works contributed by Robert and Nona Barrett.


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: 





Southeast Texas
BREAKTHROUGH: Sixty Years of Texas Abstraction

August 26 - September 17, 2011


Opening Reception: Saturday, August 27, 2011, 5-8pm

Gallery Talk: Saturday, September 10, 2011, 2-4pm


William Reaves Fine Art
2313 Brun Street
Houston, Texas 77019


Over 40 works by 20 Texas artists are featured in this exhibition, providing a historic survey of the advent of abstract painting in the state.  The selections are strong, and the artists are worthy of note.  Texas stalwarts such as Robert Preusser, Ben Culwell, Richard Stout, Bill Reily, and McKie Trotter are included, as well as such Houston giants as Dorothy Hood, Jack Boynton, and Charles Schorre.


For more information:


North Texas

Wine & Art Fundraiser, Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts
September 24, 2011
Gallery Talk, 6pm; Exhibit Opening, 7pm
Turner House
401 N. Rosemont Avenue
Dallas, Texas

The Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts will hold its annual Wine & Art Fundraiser on Saturday, September 24th, at the Turner House in Dallas. The theme of this year's fundraiser is Women Artists of the Texas Centennial.  Previous exhibits have focused on male artists, despite the fact that women made up over half of the participants in the landmark 1936 Texas Centennial art exhibit. Patrons will get a chance to enjoy rarely seen images of artwork from this underexposed group of Texas artists including Coreen Mary Spellman, Florence McClung, and Polly Hoffman. In addition to viewing these images and learning more about the art of women whose work was included in the Texas Centennial, attendees will enjoy live music, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a variety of fine wines. From 6 to 7 p.m., Dr. D. Jack Davis, formerly Professor of Art at the University of North Texas, will give a gallery talk. This will be followed by food, drink, and the opportunity to view the art. The tickets are $75 for the entire event and $50 for the event that begins at 7 p.m.


Dallas Fine Art Auction

January 28, 2012


Hilton Anatole

2201 Stemmons Freeway

Dallas, Texas


Dallas Fine Art Auction brings together three prominent members of the Texas, Western, and American art scene: David Dike Fine Art, Debbie Leeuw Fine Art, and Dallas Auction Gallery. An annual auction is presented, and consignments are currently being accepted. For more information, see the following Website:


West Texas

Symposium: Progressive Women Artists of Texas

September 9, 2011

1:30 - 4pm


Recital Hall

Robert and Nona Carr Education-Fine Arts Building

Angelo State University

San Angelo, Texas


The Symposium, to be held on the campus of Angelo State University, will discuss the roles played by Zanne Hochberg and other women artists in the cutting edge art of Texas. Those on the panel include Margaret Blagg, the former director of the Old Jail Art Center in Albany who is completing a manuscript on the Fort Worth artist, Cynthia Brants; Jim Edwards, Gallery Director and Curator for the Houston Baptist University's art gallery and Associate Professor, HBU School of Art; Bill Marvel, a journalist with more than 45 years experience in hard news and features, including art critic and senior arts editor at The National Observer and senior staff writer at the Dallas Morning News; and Becky Duval Reese, former Director of the El Paso Musuem of Art and co-author of several books related to Texas women artists. The Symposium is free of charge and open to the public.


Friends and Family: An Early Texas Art Story

by: Robert Alan Summers

The 2011 CASETA Symposium in Dallas reminded me of the reasons that I still enjoy collecting Early Texas Art after almost 25 years: scholarship, passion, humor, and generosity.  I always enjoy making new Early Texas Art friends as well as seeing old ones, like my friend Bill Cheek.  Mark Kever's thoughtful introduction of Bill for the collectors' panel told how Bill graciously opened his collection and generously offered his help to Mark when he was just getting started as a collector.  Bill has done this for many of us over the years.  Mark's experience is one of the many stories of Bill's generosity.  And I have one of my own.


About the time that Bill Cheek and Bill Reaves asked me to become a member of the founding CASETA Board, I mentioned that I had a family member who was pictured in a WPA fresco mural in San Antonio.  Painted by Howard Cook from 1936 to 1939, "San Antonio's Importance in Texas History" is located in the U.S. Postal Office and Federal Courthouse on Houston Street.


Howard Cook, Texas

Howard Cook, Texas

12" x 14" Charcoal Pencil &

Watercolor on Paper, 1935

A short time later, I was reminded of this conversation with Bill when an envelope arrived in the mail.  To my surprise and delight, Bill had sent me a give of an original preparatory work for the mural - what the artist called a "portrait drawing" - for the very panel fo the mural that includes my great grandfater and namesake James Robert Bell.  Bill's generous gift inspired me to learn more about the mural, the artist, and ultimately my own family's history in Texas.


It took Cook some two-and-one half years to complete the mural which was one of the largest murals painted by a single person for a New Deal agency (Goldfarb).  The mural won the national mural competition sponsored by the Section of Fine Arts in 1939, and represents a selection of significant historical events in Texas history from the entrada of the first explorers along the Rio Grande - the Spanish Conquistadors - to Texas' dramatic struggle to independence through its current history (Parisi, 2004).  After the mural's completion, Cook (1942) stated that he "desired to express in terms of color as well as design the exciteemnt and sturdiness of exploration and pioneering, the drama and tragedy in the struggle for political freedom, the final opening up of a full, settled life provided by the industry of man and fed by the wealth of natural resources." (p.8)



Garcia Federal Building

Hipolito F. Garcia Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse

San Antonio, Texas

The new federal building and Cook's mural were both products of the Federal Public Works programs enacted to relieve widespread unemployment during the Great Depression of the 1930s.  The building's construction accomplished several goals: generating employment, housing all federal agencies in a single building, and streamlining San Antonio's quickly expanding postal needs.  Today the grand building functions as the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and Howard Cook's mural is regarded as one of the showpieces of the federal mural program (GSA).



Howard Cook was born on July 16, 1901, in Springfield, Massachusetts.  In high school he received a $500 art scholarship which he used to attend the Arts Students League for two years.  Like many young men at the time, Cook was a traveler.  For five years, beginning in 1922, Cook financed traveled through Europe, North Africa, Turkey, the Orient and Central America by publishing his sketches and doing illustration art for The Forum, Survey Graphic and The Century magazines (Goldfarb).  But a train ride from the port in San Francisco back East trhough the Southwest exposed Cook to a region of the United States with which much of his life's work would be associated.


Cook returned to the Southwest in 1926, first to Santa Fe and then on to Taos.  In 1928 he and his artist wife, Barbara Latham, aided by a Guggenheim travel grant, wen tot Taxco, Mexico, where Cook painted his first mural in fresco on the wall of the Hotel Taxqueno.  After returning to the United States, he painted a two-panel fresco for the library of the federal courthouse in his home town of Springfield, Massachusetts under the Public Works Art Program.  This work was completed in early 1934, just months before he left to return to the South on a second Guggenheim travel grant (Goldfarb).


Cook explained in his application for the continuation grant that his curiosity caused him to seek out the character and significance of humble working people in the southern states - Virginia and Alabama African American rituals, the poor whites and remote moutain people, steel workers and, in Texas, the cattlemen.  When he arrived in Texas, Cook sought out J. Frank Dobie, Texas' dominant literary and cultural voice in the first half of the 20th century.  A long-time professor at the University of Texas, Dobie brought regionalism into the realm of academia by championing "southwestern studies."  Cook's ongoing work gave the two a strong connection.  To support Cook's work, Dobie interested officials at the University of Texas in the idea of having Cook do a mural for the university, but the project was never approved (Golfarb).  Dobe then arranged for Cook to visit South Texas to see the cattle business.  During that trip in 1935, Cook created the mural study Texas - Bill Cheek's generous gift.  I would only later learn that the work was done while the artist was visiting my maternal family's ranch, "La Mota", in LaSalle County.


Dobie had longstanding connections to South Texas, to LaSalle County and to "La Mota" ranch, founded in 1876.  Since he was a teenager, Dobie had visited his uncle Jim Dobie at this Olmos Ranch.  During these early visits Dobie met and befriended James Robert Bell, my great grandfather, who is pictured in the mural.  Dobie and "Jim" Bell becfame friends and visited over the years.  Dobie even once accompanied Jim Bell when he was driving wild horses from the "La Mota" Ranch to Cuero (Sturken, 1989).


Texas Cattlemen

Howard Cook, Texas Cattlemen

Oil on Canvas, 1937

Back in New York in the winter of 1937, Cook worked on his designs for the San Antonio mural competition, shutting himself up in a studio where he "lived only in the remembrance of South Texas" (Cook, 1942).  The formal structure of the cattlemen from the study - taking a break under the limited shade of the single, stylized mesquite tree - led to an oil portrait painting that Cook submitted for the San Antonio mural commission.  This painting,

Texas Cattlemen,

1937, still remains over the fireplace in the old "La Mota" Ranch house.  Except for the more colorful palate, the final mural is remarkably identical to the painting.  Jim Bell's only complaint about the finished mural was that Cook made the cattle, which were longhorns and Mexican cross-breeds, look like show cows. (Bell Family Correspondence)


I would not have had the opportunity to learn this story of my personal connection to Early Texas Art without the generosity of Bill Cheek.  As CASETA continues to evolve, and no matter what its form or function, we "enthusiasts" need to remember to focus on scholarship, passion, humor and generosity (or whatever your personal list is) and most of all to have fun.


Cattle Ranch

Howard Cook, Cattle Ranch, 1939

Panel from San Antonio's Importance in Texas History, fresco, 6' x 93'

Hipolito F. Garcia Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse

Cattle Ranch Close Up

Howard Cook, Cattle Ranch, 1939

Mural Panel Detail



Bell Family Correspondence.


Cook, H. (January, 1942). The road from prints to frescoes, Magazine of Art, 4, 8.


Goldfarb, S. howard Cook: Drawings of Alabama. Retrieved from


Parisi, P. (2004).  The Texas post office murals: Art for the people. College Station, TX: Texas A&M Press.


Sturcken, J.C. (1898).  Amanda Nite Burks, Willie Baylor Bell and J. Frank Dobie: A brush country friendship, the Proceedings of the Southwest and Texas Popular Culture Association Meeting, Purview Southwest.


U.S. general Services Adminstration (GSA). Hipolito F. Garcia Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, San Antonio, TX. Retrieved from


Early Texas Artists Gain National Attention


Randy Tibbits
Member, CASETA Board and
Coordinator, Houston Earlier Texas Art Group (HETAG)


We all know how great the work of our early Texas artists is, but those from elsewhere in the country sometimes don't seem to recognize that greatness. While there is still much to learn and much educating to do about Texas art, it is gratifying to see that Texas art work is being shown in national venues.

Three Fort Worth Circle artists are getting some much-deserved national attention in a current (March 11-September 5, 2011) exhibition - "To Make A World: George Ault and 1940s America" - at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum in Washington, DC. Works by Veronica Helfensteller (The Three Guardians, about 1943), Kelly Fearing (The Kite Flyers, 1945), and Bror Utter (Going Home, 1944) are included in the exhibition. The works are also reproduced in color and discussed in the catalog for the show, To Make A World: George Ault and 1940s America by Alexander Nemerov (2011). To see these and other images included in the show, go to the following Website:


More information about the exhibition, which will also travel to Kansas City, MO and Athens, GA, is also available on the Websites below:

The three works are included in the show because they are significant in themselves and appropriate to the subject, of course. But that they even came to the attention of those curating the show in Washington is due to the efforts of two folks right here in Texas:  Scott Barker, the indefatigable researcher and promoter of the accomplishments of Fort Worth Circle artists, who has enlightened us all about their work and Jane Myers, formerly Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, who had the foresight to see that the works were important (and unjustly neglected) and the courage to put them on the walls of a major art museum. The exhibition Scott and Jane worked on together, "Intimate Modernism: Fort Worth Circle Artists In The 1940s", up for several months in early  2008, gave over 15,000 people the chance to see exciting art that hadn't been presented in such a thoughtful way or such a prestigious venue for decades. 

Included among those 15,000 people, as it turns out, were many museum professionals from around the country who were in Fort Worth for a convention. And now, three years later, early Texas artists who had been neglected for too long even at home, are finding a new audience on a national level. The lesson is clear: our early Texas artists just need a chance to be seen in order for their significance as artists to be recognized even far beyond Texas. Congratulations and thanks to Scott and Jane for their work. I hope others in their positions around the State will follow the example that's been set.


(Editors' note: Adapted from an e-mail sent to HETAG members) 


Ann Ekstrom, member from Fort Worth, will have an exhibit - Conversations, Situations, Meditations - at the Baylor University Martin Museum of Art in Waco, August 30 - October 1. The exhibit includes large-scale oil paintings of miniature, everyday household objects. The works, inspired by family memories, include extreme detail of magnifying glass quality. For more information, see the Museum's website:


These current exhibits present information of historical and related interest to early Texas art collectors and researchers:

The First Fifty Years
December 21, 2010 - March 4, 2012

Amon Carter Musuem of American Art
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107

The First 50 Years commemorates the first half century of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, one of Fort Worth's leading art institutions.  The installation includes vintage images of architect Philip Johnson's building, public programs over the decades, landmark exhibitions, visiting luminaries of American art, and other seminar moments in the museum's history. 
A Visual History of the San Antonio River
February 26 - September 5, 2011

Witte Museum, Focus Gallery
3801 Broadway
San Antonio, Texas 78209

This exhibit complements the current blockbuster exhibition, Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches, providing an in-depth look into the history and culture of the San Antonio River through historical photographs.  It allows the viewer to compare and contrast the South American giant to San Antonio's own jewel.  Guest curated by David Haynes and Maria Pfeiffer, visitors will meander through the history of the River, categorized geographically into six sections: Headwaters, Brackenridge Park, the River as Industry, River Bend, King William, and the Missions.

Big Bend: From the Pecos to the Rio Grande
Photogrphs by Michael H. Marvins
June 4 - September 11, 2011

Old Jail Art Center
201 S. 2nd
Albany, Texas 76430

Approximately 38 photographs are featured in this exhibit.  These photographic prints are from Michael Marvin's book, Texas' Big Bend: A Photographic Adventure (Bright Sky Press, 2009).  Many of the images are in the collections of the Amon Carter Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas.


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A good website for exploring Texas galleries:



Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, TX

Michael Grauer at the Panhandle Plains Museum in Canyon is gathering images and particulars for an exhibition, "Texas Impressionism," which is scheduled for April 7 through September 3, 2012.  He is interested in works that were painted by a Texas artist between 1885 and 1935. The images do not have to be Texas subjects.  The exhibition will travel to several Texas locations, including Abilene, Tyler, and Beaumont. He is also working on securing a venue in Dallas or Fort Worth and San Antonio. In order to be considered for the exhibition, images are needed by September 15, 2011.


Katie Robinson Edwards

Katie Robinson Edwards will select images this fall for her book on modernist art in Texas.  She is interested in seeing any images by Texas artists from the 1920s through the 1960s, in any medium (works on paper, sculpture, paintings). Works do not need to be abstract or overtly modern in style. Low resolution or phone-camera images are fine for the first stage of selection.  All artwork and collectors will remain confidential, pending final decisions and agreement with the owner.  If you have work that you would like to be considered for this publication, please contact Katie directly at



Answer to July Trivia Question

What early Texas artist founded the Stringinian Club?


Answer: Frank Reaugh 


Congratulations to Marla Fields, George Palmer, and Sam Ratliff!  These three individuals provided the right answer - Frank Reaugh - to this question.

September Trivia Question
Who was the other principal partner in E.M. "Buck" Schiwetz's Houston ad agency?

(This September trivia question is courtesy of Sam Ratliff.)


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