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Bill Reaves
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 Jeanette Narvaez

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PO Box 667487

Houston, TX 77266
Phone: 832.538.9297

Fun CASETA Facts!
Since the first CASETA symposium in 2003, over 1200 people, from graduate students, academics, and collectors have wandered the convention sites, enriching their mind as they learn more about Texas art and CASETA itself. 




The range of speakers over the past ten years, totaling approximately seventy since this event's inception, has included notable historians, curators, collectors, dealers, and professors. Although most are from Texas, some travel from places as far away as New York City and Maine. Some represent themselves, while others work with prestigious institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, City University of New York, the University of North Texas and the Dallas Museum of Art, to name a few. 


On January 18, 2003, CASETA sponsored a lecture entitled The Altars and Facades of the San Antonio Missions, given by Dr. Jacinto Quirarte at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.




Through the archival project, CASETA has partnered with sixteen institutions willing to receive these archival materials including:


*Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin


* C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department, University Library, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)


* Cushing Memorial Library, Texas A&M University


* Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of     Texas at Austin


* Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum


* University of North Texas


* Jerry Bywaters Special Collections Wing, Southern Methodist University


* Tyler Museum of Fine Arts


* The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


* Old Jail Art Center


* Rosenberg Library


* San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts


* San Antonio Public Library


* South Texas Institute for the Arts


* Southwest Collection Collections Libraries, Texas Tech University


* Witte Museum




Through a grant from the Texas Education Agency, CASETA sponsored four workshops for teachers to introduce them to Early Texas Art and worked alongside NTIEVA.


In total, seventy-two educators participated in these workshops. Each participant was given an orientation to the units as well as received a copy of each unit along with support material that included exhibition catalogs and CDs about Early Texas Art. These programs and materials were meant to enrich the classroom experience and further the knowledge of Early Texas Art.




CASETA has been the recipient of several prestigious grants over its lifetime,

which allows it to participate in numerous activities. To date, CASETA has received over $200,000 from several prestigious organizations. This money has been used and re-granted for various publications, lectures, the symposia, and workshops throughout the state.




Congratulations to all of last year's CASETA award winners!


 Distinguished Service Outside Organization 

-Scott Barker


Distinguished Service Within Organization

-George Palmer


Outstanding Exhibition

Alexandre Hogue: An American Visionary

-Susie Kalil

-Deborah Fullerton

-The Grace Museum

- Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

 -Art Museum of South Texas


Outstanding Publication

Alexandre Hogue: An American Visionary

-Susie Kalil

-Texas A&M University Press


Lifetime Achievement

-David Dike


December 2012
Bill Reaves





With this first newsletter of the 2012-13 Program Year, CASETA launches its eleventh year of service in the field of Early Texas Art.  Together, we embark on a second decade in pursuit of our unique mission to document, preserve and advance the art history of our state.  For any non-profit organization, beginning a second decade represents a significant threshold marking a new period with the promise of both challenge and opportunity.  Your CASETA Board envisions the decade ahead as an exciting, growth-filled period in the life of our organization, and we are hopeful that CASETA members and friends will also embrace this as a time to address historical Texas art with renewed vigor.  As you will see in this edition of the CASETA newsletter, 2012-13 offers many opportunities for member engagement and we hope that you will lend active support to all.


Leading the way in terms of member engagement opportunities is the upcoming 2013 Annual Symposium to be held April 12-14 in San Antonio at the beautifully restored (and expanded) Witte Museum.  Take a look at the article below and make special note of the fabulous array of speakers at this year's event.  Make your plans now to attend and participate in the state's only conference addressing Texas art history, along with its accompanying Texas Art Fair.  This year, plan to register a friend or colleague to attend along with you and share in all of the fun!


Take a look also at the important organizational work already underway by our Special Task Force on Long Range Development, led by founder Bill Cheek.  This group, along with the Board of Directors, is laying the groundwork for a strong administrative and fiscal base for CASETA's second decade and beyond.  CASETA members will want to follow this work closely as the year progresses, as it will no doubt lead to interesting new venues for broader member involvement.


Yet, another important venue for engagement is through member gifts and contributions to the organization.  As the article below reminds us, this is a time of the year that CASETA can especially benefit from the generous gifts and contributions of its members.  So, in addition to annual membership and event participation, we urge all those with special passion for Early Texas Art to CONSIDER CASETA in your giving this year.  All monetary gifts are tax deductable, and all, no matter how large or small, are appreciated.  Directions for contributing are in the article below.


CASETA's greatest asset has been and continues to be its passionate and supportive members.  In this holiday of reflection and thanksgiving, we want you to know that we remain grateful to all of you, and sincerely thank you for past and on-going support.  Therefore, as we enter a new decade together, we hope that you will continue to enjoy CASETA to the fullest and redouble your commitment to engage actively in our collective quest to further advance Early Texas Art.


We also extend our wishes for a wonderful holiday season to you all.


Bill Reaves, Chair

The 11th Annual CASETA Symposium
The Witte Museum
April 12-14, 2013
San Antonio, Texas

Crocket St Looking West
Herman Lungkwitz, 1813-1891. Crockett Street, San Antonio, 1857. Oil on Canvas. The Witte Museum, San Antonio.



After a highly successful Fort Worth conference last April, CASETA prepares to launch its second decade of service to the field of Texas art history by returning to its roots in San Antonio, " the cradle of early Texas art," for the 11th Annual Symposium, to be held April 12-14, 2013.  Hosted at the newly restored Witte Museum, the upcoming symposium already has the look and feel of a genuine block-buster event for CASETA members and patrons of early Texas art! 
Headlining this year's event will be Ron Tyler, the distinguished art scholar and former Director of the Amon Carter Museum and The Texas State Historical Association.  Dr. Tyler will inaugurate the conference with an enlightening Friday keynote address concentrating on EARLY Texas artists!
Saturday and Sunday feature a star-studded cast of Texas art experts.  Luminaries such as Emily Neff of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Shirley Reece-Hughes of the Amon Carter Museum; Amy Fulkerson of The Witte Museum and art scholars, Scott Grant Barker of Fort Worth and Randy Tibbits from Houston will provide informative presentations on Texas icons such as Julian Onderdonk, Porfirio Salinas, Bror Utter and Dickson Reeder, as well as sessions which provide new insights into the roots of Lone Star Regionalism and the advent of Texas Modernism. 
Symposium participants will also hear from a panel of talented Texas art curators, including the DMA's Sue Canterbury, Deborah Fullerton of the Art Museum of South Texas and Judy Deaton of Abilene's Grace Museum.  These accomplished museum professionals will share their thoughts and perspectives on the future of scholarship and exhibition of historical Texas art.
In addition to its educational program comprised of leading experts in the field, the symposium is also the setting of the Annual Texas Art Fair.  CASETA's Texas Art Fair, the only one of its kind in the state, continues to offer symposium-goers the value-added bonus of an extraordinary exhibition of early Texas art presented by the state's leading dealers.  Like the Symposium, this year's Art Fair promises to be one of the best of the past several years.  Admission to the Art Fair continues to be free to CASETA members and symposium registrants.
Of course, all of this activity is set right "smack-dab" in the middle of the gloriously restored (and expanded) Witte Museum.  You will love the beautiful new touches to this historic Texas museum, as well as the splendid new addition of its impressive South Texas Heritage Center!  And, as if all that's not enough, you will want to be sure to sign up for the related special events and tours available to conference attendees!  This year CASETA features grand visits to two fabulous private Texas art collections in the city, as well as customized "insider" tours of prime Texas art in other San Antonio museums.
So, as should be apparent by now, CASETA's 11th Annual Symposium is certain to be one that you will not want to miss.  We encourage everyone with interest in the grand art history of our state to join us next Spring in San Antonio to help launch CASETA's second decade in its biggest and best celebration ever of Early Texas Art!
Save your April 12-14, 2013 dates now, and get it on your friend's calendar too!  Stay tuned for more news to come.  Pre-registration will begin shortly after the New Year, so keep an eye out for more details and contact us if you have any questions.  We'll look forward to seeing everyone in San Antonio!

Special CASETA Task Force Considers Opportunities for Strategic Partnerships and Long Term Funding


Last year, at the recommendation of board chairman, Stephen Alton, the CASETA Board of Directors established a Special Task Force on Long-Range Development to explore and recommend options through which CASETA might improve its management capabilities, as well as increase its fiscal resources and other capital assets.  Mr. Alton designated Mr. Bill Cheek, a founder of CASETA, to serve as Chairman of the group.  Besides Mr. Cheek, the Task Force is comprised of George Palmer (current Vice Chair of the Board), Mark Kever (current Treasurer), Tam Kiehnoff (former Vice Chair), and Bonnie Campbell (former board member).  Current Board Chair Bill Reaves and immediate past Chair, Stephen Alton also serve as members of the Task Force.


Having begun its organizational life closely associated with two higher education institutions (first, Texas A&M Research Foundation, and later Texas State University), CASETA has been administered through independent management contractors for the past two years.  To secure CASETA's continued growth and assure its success in this second decade, board consensus falls in favor of cultivating new collaborative arrangements with compatible institutions that share CASETA's preservationist ideals and educational mission.  The hope of the board is that the right strategic partnership can synergize CASETA's resources, enabling the organization to run well and prosper.  Of course, the operative construct here is the right strategic partnership, and that is what CASETA's Task Force is attempting to identify and define on behalf of the organization.


Since their appointment last spring, the Task Force has quietly investigated several potential partnership arrangements with compatible institutions.  They have entertained discussions with interested groups that have potential to provide CASETA with exciting new headquarters space, as well as enhanced programming and membership services.  Through their due diligence process, the Task Force recommended three possible options to the CASETA board in August, and in the time since, have conducted additional meetings and necessary site visits with these potential partnering organizations to frame the best option for CASETA's continued growth and development.


As of this writing, the Task Force is very close to concluding its recommendations to the Board regarding a bold new collaborative for CASETA.  In the very near future,, the Board will be mapping out a working arrangement with a significant new institutional partner which can support CASETA's ongoing operations and potential expansions for many years to come.  Stay tuned for further news on this exciting new possibility.

Barbara Eaves, Houston
Barbara Eaves


I love Texas art and I am so pleased to have discovered CASETA. Art has always been a learning experience for me. I learned about commercial art as a student at the University of North Texas. I learned more (a lot more) about art as a not-so-hot-practitioner-but-pretty-darn-good-buyer in Houston. There I met Ben DuBose, a gallery owner who taught his customers about Texas art. I miss him. A few years later, I was introduced to a Houston gallery that is likewise a terrific classroom on earlier Texas artists. Last year, I met CASETA - an awesome place to learn about Texans who draw and paint and Texans who collect. Glad to be counted among CASETA's newest members. I'll be back.



 Holly Thurston Cox, El Paso


Holly Thurston Cox

As a third generation El Paso artist, I was invited in 1998 to a planning committee meeting at Love Field, Dallas for a new group called the "Institute for the Advancement of Early Texas Art". Bill Check and Bill Reaves were the organizers. It was a wonderful opportunity for my husband and me to learn more about the art and artists of our state. Having lived all my life in El Paso and exhibited primarily in the West, I was relatively uninformed about Texas art history east of El Paso. Many of the attendees at this first meeting remain leaders of CASETA. Francine Carraro, Mary Arno, Bill Reaves, Bill Cheek, David Dike, Michael Grauer, George Palmer, Sam Ratcliff, and Kevin Vogel are a few who came to the meeting. Since that initial planning meeting, both my husband and I have had the pleasure of serving on the CASETA Board. We have come to know scholars, dealers, artists, writers, and collectors who share our interest in early Texas art. I also found that I enjoy researching and writing about the artists who have worked in the El Paso area. My husband and I have also enjoyed having paintings from our collection in exhibits throughout Texas. We are excited about introducing people from other parts of the state to the works of my father, Eugene Thurston, and my grandmother, Fern Thurston, and their artist friends. All in all, CASETA has been a wonderful opportunity for both my husband and me, and we wouldn't trade it for the world. Viva CASETA!


 Annual Call for Charitable Donations in Support of Early Texas Art 


As the state's only state-wide, non-profit organization exclusively devoted to education, preservation and exhibition of historical Texas art, CASETA must raise its own funds to sustain its basic services and grow exciting new opportunities in the field.  To this end, CASETA relies  on the support and continued generosity of its members and supporters, whose passion for the historical Texas art compel them to sustain their memberships and remember the organization in their gifts.


With this caveat, we launch CASETA's 2012 Annual Giving Campaign!  Again this year, we ask members to CONSIDER CASETA in end-of-year giving.  Your tax-deductible donations of $100 or more help us to sustain CASETA services and to support expanded scholarships and exhibition in the field.  We hope that you will consider a gift today.  Please make your contribution by mailing checks payable to CASETA, referencing "annual campaign" in notes, to:



P.O. Box 667487

Houston, TX 77266 




Jeanette Narvaez

Hello CASETA Members!  My name is Jeanette Narvaez and, since September, I have had the pleasure of serving as CASETA's Interim Administrator.  It is exciting to come back to the organization and see that it has grown to a thriving organization of almost 200 members and planning its 11th Symposium.  Boy, how CASETA has grown! 


Some "veteran" CASETA members may remember me from CASETA's early days.  I actually helped, behind the scenes, set up the initial planning meeting that Holly Cox references in our "Members Speak" section above.  In addition, I had the priviledge of helping organize CASETA's very first symposium. 


I look forward to working with CASETA these next couple of months as it transitions into its new administration.  In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me at if I can be of assistance.



Central Texas 



Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum 

605 Robert E. Lee Road

Austin, Texas 78704


Texas Modernism: Origins  

November 8, 2012 - February 24, 2013


In the fourth and final installment of the Texas Modernist series, the Umlauf presents Texas Modernism: Origins.

Through four exhibitions, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum has featured drawings,paintings, and sculpture by University of Texas' pioneering art department faculty between1938-1963. The art faculty and their students at the University worked together during one ofthe most vibrant and important eras in Texas art. These artists, now frequently called "TexasModernists" influenced art, both in Texas and on a larger national scope.


Texas Modernism:Origins features work by artists: David Adickes, Kelly Fearing, Kenneth Fiske, Seymour Fogel,Constance Forsyth, Michael Frary, John Guerin, Paul Hatgil, Jeff Jeffreys, William Lester,Stephen Magada, Al Nickel, Charles Umlauf, Ralph White, and David Wiesmann. This is thefourth installment of the Umlauf's Modernist exhibition series.


For more information:



The Witte Museum 

3801 Broadway St.

San Antonio, TX 78209


Artists on the Texas Frontier

September 22, 2012 - May 27, 2013


Artists on the Texas Frontier features the work of more than 20 artists that lived and worked in 19th century Texas. Many of these early Texas artists came to Texas from somewhere else. Some brought with them training from the finest academies in Europe and the United States while others were self taught. What they all shared was their desire to document the people and places of the Texas frontier.


For more information:




West Texas


The Grace Museum

102 Cypress Street

Abilene, Texas 79601


Texas Impressionism: Branding with Brushstroke & Color, 1885-1935

September 21, 2012 - January 12, 2013


This exhibition of over 100 paintings dating 1885-1935is a landmark exhibition that will demonstrate how Texas artists contributed to and participated in the international style of Impressionism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Grace Museum is pleased to host this exhibition organized by leading art historian and curator, Michael Grauer of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Tx.  This exhibition is designed to challenge the perception that Impressionism in Texas was provincial and outside the mainstream of American and European art.

Important Impressionist works by major artists including Julian Onderdonk, Robert Onderdonk, Jose Arpa, Edward G. Eisenlohr, Ella Koepke Mewhinney, Dawson Dawson-Watson, Seymour Thomas, Lucien Abrams, E. Richardson Cherry and Frank Reaugh.


For more information:





Which Texas artist was married to a great grand-son of General Sam Houston?


Respond to




Which early Texas artist in the late 1930s supervised the designing of stained-glass windows for the campus chapel at Texas State College for Women (now Texas Woman's University)?


Answer:  Dorothy "Toni" LaSelle

Congratulations to Jack Davis!  He was the first one to submit an e-mail with the correct answer.