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Executive Director's Comments
2013 Symposium in San Antonio
Museum Curriculum and Texas Art
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Bill Reaves
Valerie C Bluthardt 

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Phone: 325.653.3333 

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 the 2013 CASETA award winners!


Outstanding Exhibition

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


-Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

-The Grace Museum

- Tyler Museum of Art

 -The Witte Museum

-Art Museum of

Southeast Texas


Outstanding Publication

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

-Michael R. Grauer

-Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum


Lifetime Achievement

-Bill Cheek


August  2013
Bill Reaves




Greetings CASETA members and friends with our best wishes for a pleasant and relaxing summer! We hope that by now everyone has found a little time and a special place in the shade to kick-back with a cool libation and entertain a well-earned break. We are happy to report that after a brief respite of its own, the CASETA newsletter is now back bigger than ever, and solidly under the direction of a new management team at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts (SAMFA)!   


As announced at the San Antonio Symposium, CASETA is now officially managed under the auspices of SAMFA. This novel arrangement presents many wonderful new opportunities for CASETA,  and from my perspective, essentially QUADRUPLES 

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts
photo courtesy Jim Bean

our organization's management capacity compared to where we have been in the past. First, we garner the very capable executive oversight of Howard Taylor, SAMFA's distinguished director, and also one of CASETA's original board members. Howard will serve as a pro-bono executive director to guide and accelerate organizational transition, and to facilitate long range planning and development for the organization (along with the board of directors). Second, in the person of Valerie Bluthardt, SAMFA's former Collections Manager and Assistant Director, CASETA gains an experienced, hands-on professional manager to oversee day-to-day operations. Third, through our association with SAMFA, one of the state's most dynamic regional museums, CASETA gains renewed organizational identity, as well as the synergistic boost afforded through the museum's related exhibition and educational programming. Last (fourth), but certainly not least, while CASETA will continue to actively function on a larger statewide basis, headquartering in San Angelo represents something of a "plus" to many of us. The city has long been a vital regional hub in the West Texas sector, and it is clearly a community "on the move" with regard to the arts. Proud of its Texas character and heritage, leaders in the San Angelo community, including members of the SAMFA board of directors, have extended CASETA a warm and supportive welcome, embracing our organization as a valued new cultural asset for their area. Such enthusiastic "home town" support seems to bode especially well for our new corporate offices.


 For all of these reasons we are proud to have now launched this  new partnership with SAMFA. I believe I speak on behalf of the entire CASETA board in conveying our confidence that this new working relationship positions CASETA for continued growth and vitality, and we look forward to exciting ventures ahead. Likewise we convey our sincere appreciation to CASETA members and friends for their continued support and patient understanding over this past year as we have undergone this transition. Going forward in this new collaboration, I believe that the cause of Early Texas Art will be well served and that our state' rich visual arts legacy will be further advanced for the benefit of all Texans!


To this end, I close by calling your attention to the exciting announcement below regarding CASETA's 12th Annual Symposium. It will be held on May 2-4, 2014 at the Ragsdale Center on the campus of St. Edwards University in Austin. The university offers a wonderful location, and the Symposium Planning Committee is already well at work attracting a strong field of speakers and special events that will make this year's event yet another spectacular celebration of Texas art history. More to come on all of this, but MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW and plan to be in Austin at St. Ed.'s in late spring!Enjoy the newsletter. Looks like a strong year shaping up for early Texas art!

Bill Reaves, Chair

Howard Taylor
Howard Taylor  




   I am very pleased to announce that the  administrative headquarters of CASETA will be located at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.  After exploring a number of possibilities, the board of directors of CASETA made the decision to accept a proposal from our museum to serve in this capacity.  The CASETA board deliberated carefully and asked many thoughtful questions before making this decision.  This was an equally thoughtful process on the part of the trustees and the staff of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.


Although CASETA has been fortunate to have had contributed office space and various forms of in-kind support, it has not had the resources of an institution to support its continued development and administration.  Our talented staff and the experience and resources of our museum will be fully committed to helping strengthen CASETA and ensuring its smooth operation. The symposiums and most other visible aspects of CASETA will continue to take place in centralized locations in the larger urban areas of the state. 


I've had an intense personal engagement with CASETA, having served on the board from its founding and for eight years thereafter.  From this relationship it was apparent to me that CASETA had a powerful and compelling mission and in the short period of its existence had been transformative in terms of advancing the scholarship, appreciation, and understanding of the extraordinary visual art heritage of our state.  It is clearly an organization made up of people who love the subject and share a strong sense of camaraderie. 


There is no single museum that can claim to have the definitive collection of early Texas art.  Happily in recent years, a number of museums have greatly enhanced their collections and/or begun to study, exhibit and demonstrate a greater appreciation for what they already possessed.  Although our museum is relatively young, because of a number of generous individuals, (Bill and Mary Cheek in particular) our collections and ETA resources have grown significantly.  Of particular interest is the Cheek Collection of Early Texas Art archives which are now located at our museum.  This is an aspect of our museum that will certainly grow and will be an on-site resource for all who are interested in researching early Texas art. It is our goal to make as much of this material as possible available on the internet. Our museum has also organized more than thirty exhibits featuring individual early Texas artists and important private and public collections, many with original catalogs.


Geographically, San Angelo is very close to the center of the state, but we recognize that it is a little off the beaten path and not on an interstate.  It is however a fascinating and rewarding place to visit. Our city has undergone a remarkable

View of San Angelo from SAMFA 

metamorphosis in the past few years with vast efforts of historic preservation, downtown redevelopment, improvement of access and extension of our remarkable and beautiful river walk and the addition of many cultural facilities and public attractions. Our stunning museum building which is located on the banks of the Concho River adjacent to downtown has gained international recognition.  Although CASETA really resides throughout the state, we will always offer a warm West Texas welcome at our museum to our very special CASETA members when they are in San Angelo. As a member of CASETA you will be admitted to the museum without charge and receive a 10% discount in our gift shop.  Please let me know if you plan to visit so I can personally be on hand to show you around.




Howard Taylor


San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts  

  Images from the 2013 Symposium  
                   in San Antonio

                11th Annual Symposium a Success

The 11th Annual Symposium held at the Witte Musem in San Antonio on April 12-14, 2013 was a great success with an attendance of 184 and ten dealers at the Texas Art Fair.  Our thanks to to Marise McDermott, President/CEO of the Witte Museum and curator Bruce Shackleford for the use of their beautiful facilities, guided tour of the new wing and overall hospitality.  We are particularly grateful to Amy Fulkerson, Witte Curator of Collections and CASETA Board member, for all of the attention to the innumerable details in support of the CASETA conference.      

Dr. Emily Neff gives presentation on artist Julian Onderdonk to capacity audience.
Cliff Logan, Mary Arno and gallery owner David Dike share a conversation in the exhibit hall.   

The yearly Symposium is a wonderful opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about early Texas art from leading experts, renew friendships and meet new people with the same love of Texas art!  You also have a chance to see some of the best early Texas art in one place at the Texas Art Fair.  Take a look at some memories from 11th Symposium,  and read the excellent article on the symposium that appeared in the July/August issue of American Fine Art Magazine thanks to editor Joshua Rose.   Mark your calendars to join us in Austin May 2 - 4, 2014, for the 12th Annual Texas Art Fair and Symposium of Early Texas Art.    

Bill Reaves, CASETA chair, and George Palmer, vice-chair,  meet informally while others enjoy
the early Texas art in the Texas Art Fair.   



 Lone Star Art, July/Aug 2013 



Save the Date
12th Annual Texas Art Fair and Symposium

The 12th Annual Texas Art Fair
and Symposium
St Edwards University Ragsdale Center 
May 2-4, 2014
Austin, Texas   



St Edwards University
 in Austin, Texas
CASETA is again preparing for the organization's biggest event of the year so make plans to attend the 12th Texas Art Fair and Symposium in our capital city of Austin. All events will take place at St Edwards University Ragsdale Center on May 2 - 4, 2014.   The symposium committee is making great strides to have a wonderful array of speakers and many opportunities to get up close and personal to early Texas art.

Be ready to listen and learn from Katie R Edwards, Assistant Professor of Art History at Baylor University in Waco and an expert on Texas modernism. Collector Jason Schoen of Princeton, New Jersey, will address the topic of Texas regionalism and how it compares and contrasts with American regionalism. Ali James, Curator of the Capitol, in Austin, looks at the deep and rich collection of our own state capitol and beyond. Collector, speaker, active member and advocate of CASETA, Robert Summers, will provide an in-depth look at the history of The University of Texas at Austin art department. A complete list of speakers, topics and coordinating events will be listed in the next CASETA newsletter.  


The Ragsdale Center,
 St Edwards University 

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, the 2014 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.  Austin is a perfect setting to celebrate early Texas art so mark your calendars now and save May 2 - 4, 2014 to be at the Ragsdale Center on the St Edwards campus to share this grand experience with friends and colleagues. Contact us if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing everyone in Austin!

         Art Education Curriculum Available
                        at WFMA Website
2013 Curriculum Focuses on Texoma Artists


For several years the North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts (NTIEVA) at the University of North Texas in Denton has worked with the Wichita Falls Museum of Art (WFMA) to develop curriculum materials that are place based focusing on work by local artists and works in the local museum.  The 2013 curriculum entitled, Pride in Place: Investigating the Cultural Roots of Texoma Artists is found on the WFMA website.   It was written by Wichita Falls art teachers, the NTIEVA, and supported with a grant from the Priddy Foundation of Wichita Falls.  Materials such as these bring more educators and classes into local art museums and develop an appreciation for Texas art.  For more information contact the Wichita Falls Museum of Art
"Pride in Place" Curriculum writers at the WFMA 

                 Save the Date!
                             October 25 - 27, 2013

 The 4th Biennial David B. Warren Symposium  

on American Material Culture and the  

Texas Experience to be Held   



                     Save the Date card dbwsymposium  


Bonnie Campbell, Director of the Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, extends an invitation to all those interested in early Texas culture and art to make plans and attend the 4th Biennial David B. Warren Symposium on American Material Culture and the Texas Experience which takes place this coming October 25-27th.   


Agenda and registration forms can be found online at 


Questions?  713.639.7759 or      


                      RESEARCH  INQUIRY

Seeking Information on  

West Texas Artist Pepper Brown   


Mary Bones, Curator at the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine, is asking help from the CASETA membership for any information on the West Texas artist, Pepper Brown. 

 Mary wrote in her email, "I know very little about Pepper Brown other than he owned the Brown Ranch near Alpine, Texas, and that he worked and studied in NYC.  On a side note, Xavier Gonzalez and Ethel Edwards were married on his ranch in the 1930s with Julius Woeltz serving as best man."


If any of our members can provide more information on Pepper Brown please contact:   


Mary Bones |Curator

SUL ROSS STATE UNIVERSITY | Museum of the Big Bend

Box C101 | Alpine, Texas 79832 | 432.837.8734 | 432.837.8901 fax


Thank you!
     A Word from the new CASETA Administrator

Valerie Bluthardt
I would like to add my greetings from West Texas, introduce myself, and say how exciting it is to have the CASETA office now housed at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.  I have been a staff member at SAMFA for many years and appreciated both Howard's and the CASETA board's confidence in  asking me to serve as  Administrator.  I previously served as the Director of the Presidential Museum in Odessa, and was the Collections Manager and Assistant Director for the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts prior to having my daughter, Carolyn.  I have since worked with the museum on a project basis with grants and administering special programs.  My husband, Bob, is  Site Manager of the nearby Fort Concho National Historic Landmark.  I am a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Masters of Liberal Studies/museum emphasis program and have a deep love of history, art, and all things Texas. CASETA is a highly valuable enterprise of which I am delighted to be a part.  The learning curve is ongoing so thanks to everyone on the CASETA board and the CASETA staff in Houston for making the transition a smooth one.  


The upcoming months will be busy as we look forward to the 2014 Texas Art Fair and Symposium and I hope to meet many of you in Austin May 2 - 4, 2014. In the meantime please do not hesitate to contact me at if I can be of assistance.




Valerie C. Bluthardt  

             & Upcoming  Events

We invite everyone to submit upcoming events at your institutions that relate to the study and advancement of early Texas art.  Email details to and we will publicize
your event in the next newsletter.   


North Texas 


Amon Carter Museum of American Art

3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.

Fort Worth, TX 76107


Texas Regionalism

April 30, 2013-April 20, 2014


This installation of Texas paintings captures a pivotal moment in the state's cultural history. In the 1930s, a group of young artists-including Jerry Bywaters, Alexandre Hogue, William Lester, Thomas Stell, Harry Carnohan, and Coreen Spellman, among others-gained national recognition for their scenic and ideological interpretations of the local environment. Although they depicted the people and landscapes of Texas in identifiable and representational manners, each artist possessed their own style, often combining realism with modernist influences ranging from Cubism to Surrealism.




Central Texas    


The Witte Museum 
3801 Broadway

San Antonio, TX 78209


Texas Impressionism:

Branding with Brushstroke and Color, 1885-1935

through September 8, 2013 

Breaking the stereotypes about Texas artists in the American Impressionism movement, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum's Texas Impressionism exhibition shows how Texas artists contributed to American Impressionism, whether their works depicted Texas or not.


Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Art Michael R. Grauer has chosen to rigidly adhere to a few Impressionist requirements for a painting to be included in the exhibition, namely the work must have been painted between 1885 and 1935, have a high-keyed palette bordering on and including the pastel colors and include active brushwork with short strokes applied quickly over the surface.


Featured artists include 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.





West Texas


The Old Jail Art Center 

201 S. 2nd Street  

Albany, TX 76430


Lucien Abrams: An Impressionist From Texas

June 1 -  September 1, 2013


This exhibition, drawn from both public and private collections, will examine Lucien Abrams' contribution to Texas Impressionism, and also the American and worldwide Impressionist movement. Archival photographs and ephemera will accompany the Abrams paintings enhancing the understanding and context of this artist and his underappreciated work.