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In This Issue
Chair's Comments
Executive Director's Comments
Feature: The Bryan Museum
13th Symposium in Houston
CASETA Regional Events
New Board Member Profile
Memorials and Memberships
New CASETA Intern
CASETA Social Media
ETA Exhibitions & Events & Items of Interest
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Membership Levels:
Student/Educator: $25
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Individual: $50
Institutional: $150

Donor Levels 
Contributor: $250
Benefactor: $500

   Patron: $1,000
Investor: $2500
                  & above 

Contact Information
Board Chair

Tam Kiehnhoff

Executive Director

Howard Taylor
Valerie C. Bluthardt  


Hailey Gondrez    

CASETA Headquarters

PO Box 3726 

San Angelo TX 76902
Phone: 325.212.4872  

CASETA Fun Facts &


Mission Statement


  The mission of the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art is to promote the preservation, study and appreciation of Texas visual arts and its history. Read more about our mission.


Early Texas Art


Art produced by artists who were born in and/or lived and worked in Texas through 40 years prior to the present date. 




Since the first CASETA symposium in 2003, over 1500 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 twelve years, totaling approximately ninety-five 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 seventeen 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

*The West Texas Collection, Angelo State 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 for various publications, lectures, the symposia, and workshops throughout the state.


2014 CASETA 
 Award Winners

Congratulations to all of the 2014 CASETA award winners!


Lifetime Achievement

-Dr. Ron Tyler 


Distinguished Service

-Stephen Alton 


Outstanding Publications

Emma Richardson Cherry: Houston's First Modern Artist

-Houston Public Library      

 Loren Mozley:

Structural Integrity

-The McKinney Avenue Contemporary  


Outstanding Exhibitions

Porfirio Salinas: Capturing South Texas on Canvas

-The Witte Museum  


 Texas Regionalism

-Amon Carter Museum of

American Art    

12th Annual Symposium &
Texas Art Fair


Bill and Mary Cheek

Bill and Cynthia Gayden

Heritage Auctions

Bobbie and John Nau

Sid W. Richardson Foundation

Still Water Foundation



Charlie and Alice Adams

Judy and Stephen Alton

Jim and Jill Cochran

David Dike Fine Art

The Estate of Kelly Fearing

Mark and Geralyn Kever

Ted and Sharon Lusher

Kathryn and Morris Matson

in memory of

Dana Kay Matson

George and Beverly Palmer

Bill and Linda Reaves

Jason Schoen

Sam and Juliana Stevens

Robert and Hillary Summers

TACO - Texas Art Collectors Organization

Howard and Becca Taylor

Whistle Pik Galleries - Dr. Tim and Pamela Taylor



Art Conservation Services - Dennis Baltuskonis

Scott Chase

The D. Jack and Gail C. Davis Charitable Fund

Tom and Tam Kiehnhoff

Nancy and Ted Paup

Lee and Candyce Pfluger

Stan Price

Patricia and Jeffrey Sone

Ben and Beverly Stribling

Randy Tibbits and

Rick Bebermeyer



Claude Albritton

Bonnie Campbell

Capital Fine Art - Jim Bollemeyer

Gentry Custom Frames - David Gentry

HETAG - Houston Earlier Texas Art Group

Marshall Meece

Pete and Lesley Schlumberger

Russell Tether Fine Arts



2014 Texas Art Fair Participants

Beuhler Fine Art

San Antonio



Charles Morin's Vintage

Texas Paintings

San Antonio



David Dike Fine Art




Heritage Auctions




Cliff Logan Art & Antiques




Rainone Galleries




Robert Alker Fine Art




William Reaves

Fine Art





John St. Clair 




CASETA Membership as of November, 2014

Investor ($2500 +)

Bill and Mary Cheek

Bill and Cynthia Gayden

Heritage Auctions

Bobbie and John Nau

Still Water Foundation/Jill Wilkinson, trustee


Patron ($1000)

Charlie and Alice Adams    

Judy and Stephen Alton

Jill and Jim Cochran

David Dike

Chapman Kelly Estate/Charles Smith, trustee

Mark and Geralyn Kever

Ted and Sharon Lusher

Morris and Kathryn Matson

George and Beverly Palmer       

William and Linda Reaves

Jason Schoen

Sam and Juliana Stevens

Robert and Hillary Summers

TACO - Texas Art Collectors Organization

Dr. Tim and Pamela Taylor

Howard and Becca Taylor

Benefactor ($500)

Dennis  Baltuskonis

Danielle Burns /

   Joi Maria Probus

Scott Chase and

    Debra Witter

Holly and Sanford Cox

Jack D. and Gail C. Davis

Katie R. and Lee T. Edwards

Amy Fulkerson /

   Marise McDermott

Tam and Tom Kiehnhoff

Nancy and Ted Paup

Noe and Kim Perez

Lee and Candyce Pfluger

Stan Price /   

   Clay Hufford

Patricia and Jeff Sone

David Spradling and  

   Lisa Harvell

Ben and Beverly Stribling

Randy Tibbits and

   Rick Bebermeyer

Ron and Paula Tyler

Judy Youngblood and

   Dan Butler


Contributor ($250)

Claude  Albritton

Jim Bollmeyer

Bonnie  Campbell

Eric Franke

David Gentry

Lisa Garcia

Kenneth and Debra Hamlett

HETAG - Houston Earlier Texas Art Group

L.W. Martin, Jr.

Marshall and Sharon Meece

Louis and Kay Rork

Lesley and Pete Schlumberger

Russell Tether


Institutional ($150)

Old Jail Art Center

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts

Villa Finale Museum and Gardens


Supporter ($100)

Pam and Bill Campbell

Konrad Shields

Neal Small

Mark Thistlethwaite


Individual ($50)

Derrek Aaron

Russ Aikman  

Joli and Robert Alker

Carol Andrews

Scott Barker

Hunter and Pamela Barrier

Bonnie  Beesley

Larry and Sheri Berk

Paul and Ann Beuhler

Margaret Blagg

Valerie  Bluthardt

Troy Campa

Cheryl A. Carrabba

Francine Carraro

Glynn Childers

Diana K. and John C. Cobb

Phil Cummings

John Martin Davis, Jr.

Judy Deaton

Michael Doran

Elizabeth Downing

Sarah Foltz

John Freese

Susan T. Frost

Steve Gaskin

A. Jose  Gonzalez II

Kenneth Grant

Michael Grauer

Greater Denton Arts Council

Dan Green

Beverly Green

Harold Green

Christine Guernsey

Cheri Hamilton

Ann Hunter

Harold KennethJackson

Patricia Jakobi

Ali James

Barbara Johnson

Anthony Kalbus

Jane Karotkin

Blanche B. Kevlin

Greg Kinney

Marsha Kinney

Kim Kolker

David Lackey

Lisa Lipscomb

Jim Lockhart

Cliff Logan

Hal Marcus

Rachel Mauldin

Wade Mayberry

Robert F. McBee

Al McClendon

Jan McClendon

Adair McGregor

Robert  McKee

Jane McNamara

Jerry McNeely

Virginia McNeely

Nancy Mosher

Stephen Mosher

Bill Murchison

Nancy Murchison

Museum of the Big Bend

Shirley  Nelson

Judy Nelson

Ellen Buie Niewyk

Kurt Noell

Samuel Pate

Susan L. Pemberton

Charles Peveto

Atlee Phillips

Greg Rainone

Pete Rainone

Tom Rainone

Adrienne Reed

Norman Reynolds

Sally Reynolds

Marian H. Roberson

Linda Roberts

Johnna Robinson

Shirley E. Rose


Holly Ross

Eric Schroeder

Mac Shafer

Anne Shahan

Jennifer Spry

Jon St. Clair

Paul Street

Madonna B. Timmermeyer

Patty K.Towler

Jo Ann Treat

William Tsutsui

Martha Utterback

Mark E. van Gelder

Ray Washburne

Heather Washburne

Catherine Williams

Allan Woodcook

Martha Woodcook

Educator ($25)

Mary Brantl

Kimberly Busby

Light Cummins

Victoria Cummins

Kit Hall

Hollis Hammonds

Andre Handy

Amy Lambert

Susan Lockhart

Chelby King

Leila McConnell

Rebecca Saavedra


Honorary - Artist

David Adickes

Gertrude Barnstone

Lucretia Donnell Coke

Henry Gadbois

George Grammer

Mildred Dixon Sherwood

Erik Sprohge

Richard Stout

Stella Sullivan

Robert Tiemann





                           CHAIR'S COMMENTS
Tam Kiehnhoff 



Hello Friends,


Cool weather just hit Houston. Although it was slow to arrive, it sits smugly outside my door as a reminder that time is marching on and we on the CASETA Board and staff have work to do! In this issue you will read about progress on the 2015 symposium, one of our accomplished new Board members, our new intern, and our exciting outreach activities. But I want to focus for a moment on the CASETA website as we begin to roll out improvements.


As many of you know, we have dedicated a significant portion of the current CASETA Matching Grant to the website. One of the first upgrades that we want to introduce is a new Research Resources page. In order to create this page we consulted with some of our most published and diligent CASETA early Texas art researchers. We have assembled resources that they have found the most crucial to their research. We have tried to identify sources that will enlighten students, educators and collectors alike. The page operates just as your other CASETA pages with category tabs to the left. We want the research to be as complex and rich as you want to make it, but we wanted navigation to the resources to be simple. Our goal is for you to use the initial links and listings as a starting point but we know that you will let us know many more links and other resources to add in the upcoming months.


While we are on the subject of the website, I hope you explore CASETA's online pages a bit further. While we have worked to update and correct and fill in these pages, we are also exploring more broad and sweeping changes to the site. We would love to hear from you, our members, about what you would like to see on the website. One important improvement that we intend to implement is to make the site a mobile-friendly site. As we re-work the website, please let us hear from you. We want to know things that work, things that don't work and especially any exciting new ideas for improvements and additions to the navigation and content of the website. If you have seen something wonderful on another website that you think will adapt well to early Texas art, send us suggestions and examples to look at. Above all, we want this to be a work in progress so that you will want to come visit us often. Keep in mind that our newsletters are always archived on the site so that you can check back easily for the extensive events and exhibitions listings that we include in the newsletters.


Finally, I hope you have a warm and wonderful holiday season. I intend to be thankful for, among other blessings, my many fascinating and talented early Texas art friends and the incredible histories and beautiful art they have shared with me.


Tam Kiehnhoff





Howard Taylor
Howard Taylor  

As many of you know earlier this year CASETA had the good fortune of having a $10,000 challenge grant offered by an anonymous donor and the matching funds were quickly reached at the 2014 Symposium in Austin with generous pledges by supporters. It all caused an air of great excitement with over $20,000 being available to support various CASETA initiatives that had been outlined at the CASETA board retreat in March, 2014. Now that CASETA is in its 2014-2015 fiscal year I want to update you on the exciting progress that is taking place.   


Outreach Programming: In order for CASETA to reach a broader audience we are holding a series of outreach events in various cities across Texas between symposiums. These events are co-hosted with interested institutions to provide an opportunity to learn more about early Texas art and CASETA. As you will see in another article in this newsletter, two of these events have already been held. The first one on October 12 was co-hosted with The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) in Dallas and featured Katie Robinson Edwards, Curator at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, giving an illustrated lecture on Texas modernism, along with a book signing. The second one featuring Texas Tech Museum curator Henry Crawford was an in-depth look at how information on material culture can be gleaned from genre paintings. It was held in San Angelo on November 13 and co-hosted by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts' Collectors Society. We look forward to other upcoming events in San Angelo, Corpus Christi, Wichita Falls and Beaumont. We will let you know all the details of upcoming events and if you are able to attend we look forward to seeing you!


Student Intern: CASETA now has in its employ an outstanding student from Angelo State University, Hailey Gondrez. She is originally from California, is a junior and is majoring in history/art history.  Please read the article also in this newsletter that tells you more about Hailey and how she is helping CASETA. She is working directly with CASETA Administrator Valerie Bluthardt and is proving to be very capable.  She is assisting in organizing the resource page for the website, assisting with the newsletter and coordinating CASETA's new social media websites. I do want to note an intern who worked in the CASETA office this previous summer, Erin Grady. Erin, a museum studies graduate student at Baylor, did an excellent job for several weeks in July and August with various projects. We wish Erin the best as she continues her studies at Baylor this year.  


Research Award:  CASETA knows how important it is to add scholarly knowledge to the body of work on the history of early Texas art.   With that in mind part of the matching grant funds were used to fund a Research Award for student scholars. After the request for proposals was posted to colleges and universities throughout Texas and to on-line programs we have been pleased to receive several excellent proposals.  These will be considered by a committee and one of the student scholars will receive the award to further research an appropriate early Texas art project during the spring 2015 semester. As this project moves forward we will let our supporters know about the scholarly research that is being done.


Website:  As board chair Tam Kiehnhoff notes in her column there are exciting changes on the CASETA website and more will be coming. Anyone interested in early Texas art is always interested in finding resources to further their knowledge of the subject and CASETA hopes that with your support our Research Resources pages will only get better as time goes along. Keep coming back to our website to watch our changes and do not forget about the social media sites on which CASETA is now active. See the article in this newsletter, written by intern Hailey Gondrez, which gives you all the information for interacting with CASETA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google Plus.  


In a few brief months CASETA has already undergone a remarkable transformation and real and exciting things are beginning to take place and this would not have occurred without the challenge grant and your matching support.  By the time of the 2015 Symposium in Houston, CASETA will have done more in the past year than any previous 12 months. We are gaining momentum and we thank our members and supporters for joining us on this exciting journey.




Howard Taylor

Executive Director  




San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts



The J.P. Bryan Collection and The Bryan Museum 


J. P. Bryan 

 Mr. J.P. Bryan is the founder and chairman of Torch Energy Advisors, and has been involved in the energy industry for four

decades. Bryan, who has been devoted to historic preservation for much of his life, was appointed by Gov. George Bush as commissioner for the Texas Historical Commission, and served as president of both the Texas Historical Foundation (THF) and the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). Bryan spent two decades restoring the Gage Hotel in Marathon, TX, as well as several other buildings in that town. He has received many awards for his efforts. Most recently, Bryan received the Star of Texas Award from the THF in January 2014. Bryan is currently working on a book about the Battle of San Jacinto.


Spanish Colonial saddle which belonged to Yldefonso Yzunza predates 1820 and Mexican Independence.   

 But Mr. Bryan is perhaps best known for his extensive collection. The  Bryan Collection has its start more than a half-century ago. Bryan's interest in Texas history was always strong-Emily Austin Perry, Stephen F. Austin's sister, is his fifth-great aunt, and through her marriages he is related to the Perry and Bryan families of Texas. Bryan originally focused on collecting historic Texas documents, maps, and books, though his interests expanded to include fine art, religious and folk art, and artifacts, such as antique firearms, silver-ornamented saddles, and more than 500 pairs of spurs. The collection's focus grew to include settlement of Texas and the American West more broadly. Today the Bryan Collection contains nearly 70,000 pieces and is the world's largest collection of items relating to the history of the Southwestern part of the United States. It spans some 2,500 years and its objects range in scope from pre-Columbian Native American artifacts to Andy Warhol's representations of Annie Oakley, General George Custer, and Geronimo.  



Charles Franklin "Frank" Reaugh
Longhorn Overlooking Canyon, 1913
Oil on canvas
This is among Mr. Bryan's favorite pieces in the collection.

The collection expanded eclectically and rapidly. Fine art acquisitions shaped the growth of the collection. Texas art, until recently, was under-, if not unappreciated, by critics and collectors alike. More recently, Texas artists have enjoyed a renaissance and their works have proven to be solid investments. Bryan has purchased important ephemera collections relating to Texas artists. The Bryan Collection includes the ephemera of artists Charles Franklin "Frank" Reaugh, a pastel landscape artist who lived near Dallas at the turn of the century, and José Cisneros, a Mexican-born illustrator with a passion for the Spanish southwest. These collections include framed artwork, unframed sketches, artifacts, letters and documents, sketchbooks and reference works, original photographs, Cisneros's extensive research library, and a grand piano that Reaugh converted into a writing desk.

Detail of silver plated saddle pommel shown above. The saddle was accompanied by a Spanish royal permit for Yldefonso Yzunza to ride his horse, the last known permit to be used.  
                     Firearms were of personal interest to Bryan, and his knowledge of their history aided in his hunts for many fine pieces. To acquire the best items in a particular field, Bryan has purchased several existing collections. The Enrique Guerra Collection included exquisite Spanish Colonial and Mexican saddles, firearms, and gun leather, the Joe Russell spur collection included nearly 500 pairs of spurs ranging across five centuries and numerous styles, and the Galveston Collection, which Bryan purchased in the 1990s, was recently accessioned, revealing over 3,500 documents related to Galveston's history.  
Each piece in the collection has a unique history, though there are many pieces that are truly one-of-a-kind. In the Bryan Collection is the sword used by Joel Robison to
aid in the capture of Santa Anna following the Battle of San Jacinto, as well as the field copy of Santa Anna's order book from his Texas campaign. There is the saddle that belonged to Eufemio Zapata, infamous brother of the famous Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata. Bryan owns a Colt Walker revolver stamped "B Company," indicating it was used by Texas troops in the Mexican-American War in 1846-48. In the collection there resides a Sandusky 1845 Map of Galveston, one of only a handful remaining, as well as the only contemporary portrait of Sam Houston in military uniform. Special pieces such as these, among many others, add richness to the Bryan Collection which many museums lack.

The 1902 Galveston Orphans Home, designed in the Renaissance-Revival style by architect George B. Stowe, served as an orphanage until 1984.

In October 2013, Mr. Bryan purchased the old Galveston Orphans Home at 1315 21st Street in Galveston, Texas. Bryan has embarked on a restoration of the historic 1902 structure, which provides a perfect venue for the Bryan Collection. With 25,000 square feet of exhibit space and estate-like grounds, the museum is the only one of its kind on the Island. The  upcoming Bryan Museum, set to open to the public in Spring 2015, will present a chronological history of Texas and the Southwestern part of the United States, and will include space for rotating exhibits, and a research library and archive.  


The reception hall features a fireplace and staircase with Longleaf southern yellow pine hardwood used throughout the building on floors, ceilings and bead board wainscoting.    

Mr. Bryan hopes that his collection will aid in the education of the general public with respect to Texas history, with special emphasis on the Spanish influences in the region. There were numerous experiences in the American West, and the goal of the Bryan Museum is to illuminate those  compelling histories.




Andrew Gustafson


The Bryan Museum  

Save the Dates and Plan to Attend the 13th CASETA Symposium and Texas Art Fair



University of Houston's
University Center 

CASETA is again preparing for the organization's biggest event of the year so make plans to attend the 13th Texas Art Fair and Symposium in the city of Houston. All events will take place at the University of Houston's University Center on April 24 - 26, 2015. 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 Sue Canterbury, The Pauline Gill Sullivan Associate Curator of American Art at the Dallas Museum of Art on initiatives at the DMA with their early Texas art collection. Katie Edwards, Curator at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, and Michael Grauer, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs/Curator of Art and Western Heritage at the Panhandle-Plains Museum in Canyon will share a session discussing sculpture in early Texas art. In a separate session Michael Grauer will also provide a retrospective on the works of artist Jose Arpa. Stephen Fox, Lecturer at Rice University, Houston, will speak on Ruth Young McGonigle: Art, Architecture, and Ethnocultural Engagement on the South Texas Border. Michael Paglia, arts writer and critic of Denver, Colorado will give a presentation entitled, The Rise of Abstraction in Texas, 1935-1965.  Randy Tibbits, long-time collector and expert on Houston arts history looks at the topic of gay artists in Houston in the 1920s-1940s. Check the CASETA website for updated information about the 2015 Symposium and Texas Art Fair.  


Symposium presentations will be held in the University Center Theater  

 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 2015 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.  Houston is a perfect setting to celebrate early Texas art so mark your calendars now and save April 24 - 26, 2015 to be at the University Center on the University of Houston 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 Houston!


Early Texas Art Lecture Highlights
 CASETA Regional Event

Mark Kever talks to audience about CASETA at Oct 12 regional event in Dallas 

On Sunday, October 12th CASETA was pleased to co-host with the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) in Dallas its first regional event of the year providing an opportunity to learn more about both early Texas art and CASETA. The event was a great success with 48 people in attendance. CASETA Vice-Chair, Mark Kever, started the afternoon with a brief talk about CASETA and its mission to promote the preservation, study and appreciation of Texas visual arts and its history.


Dr. Katie Edwards  speaking on "Modern Dialogues in Texas Art"
Mark then introduced CASETA board member Dr. Katie Robinson Edwards, Curator of the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum in Austin, who gave an excellent illustrated lecture entitled, "Modern Dialogues in Texas Art." Edwards began and ended her presentation with Everett Spruce's 1936 painting Mending the Rock Fence. The lecture identified key moments in Texas Regionalism and Modernism. Following the lecture Katie graciously signed copies of her recently published book, Midcentury Modern Art in Texas. 


Katie signing books for Jim Lockhart, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Chitty and others 
Following the lecture and book signing audience members were offered the opportunity to visit with the speaker, enjoy delicious refreshments and view three excellent Texas art exhibitions,
Texas Critters, Janet Turner: Expressive Symbolism, and Beyond the Surface: Land Stewardship of Texas, photographs by John Bunker Sands and David Keith Sands in The MAC galleries. Early Texas art was included in both the Texas Critters exhibition and the Janet Turner exhibition.

Speaker Katie Robinson visits with Rusty Tether at reception following her talk  
This event was partially funded by the CASETA 2014-15 matching grant and is the first in a series of events that CASETA will co-host with institutions around the state. Many individuals made this initial event possible and CASETA thanks the board and staff of The MAC, especially interim director, Charlene Rathburn, for co-hosting this initial event; board member George Palmer for his coordination with The MAC; Mark Kever for acting as master of ceremonies, and of course Dr. Katie Edwards for providing a delightful and informative talk on one of our favorite topics.
(l to r) George Palmer, Mark Kever, Claude Albritton, Katie Edwards and Harry Jones at the Oct 12 event   

Upcoming outreach events will take place in San Angelo, Corpus Christi, Wichita Falls, and Beaumont in the coming months. 
Go to our website for more details!






Danielle Burns, Curator at Houston Public Library, Joins CASETA Board


 In June 2014 CASETA was pleased to have four highly

Danielle Burns 

qualified individuals -- Danielle Burns, Jill Cochran, Noe Perez, and Dr. Ron Tyler -- join the CASETA Board of Trustees and over the next several newsletters we will profile each of them.


In this newsletter we focus on Danielle Burns from Houston who is Curator of Special Exhibitions at the Houston Public Library.   She is also an adjunct professor of art history and art appreciation at Lone Star College-North Harris Campus.


She received her B.A. in history and political science from Prairie View A & M University, and her M.A. in art history from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. Burns began in 2001 as Development Coordinator at the University Museum at Texas Southern University, where she later worked as exhibition coordinator and assistant curator. She has also worked at the Allen Sheppard Gallery in New York City and the Saint Louis Art Museum where she was the distinguished Saint Louis Art Museum's Romare Bearden Fellow 2008-2009.


Other fellowships include the Mickey Leland International Enhancement Fellowship where she studied contemporary East African art at the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. From 2010-2013 Burns served as curator at the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC). With Michelle White of the Menil Collection, Burns organized The Whole World Was Watching: Civil Rights Era Photographs from Edmund Carpenter and Adelaide de Menil and in 2011 she was a guest curator for Curate NYC. In Spring 2013, Burns worked with Randy Tibbits to organize the exhibition, Emma Richardson Cherry: Houston's First Modern Artist at the Houston Public Library and coordinated the writing and publication of the exhibition catalog.


Danielle, like many other CASETA members, found out about CASETA from another early Texas art advocate, in this case, CASETA founder and former board member, Bill Reaves. As noted above she also made a connection with current board member, Randy Tibbits, when the two worked together on the Emma Richardson Cherry exhibition which Burns said is important as it, "suggested a new perspective to Cherry's work."


The Cherry exhibition and her association with CASETA makes Burns realize that the connection between the Houston Public Library and CASETA can be stronger. Danielle notes that,

"I now want to do more exhibitions highlighting early Texas artists. Houston Public Library also has a wonderful collection of murals by early Texas artists, Emma Richardson Cherry and Ruth Uhler, but we need more in our collection!"


Houston will be hosting the 2015 Symposium and Texas Art Show. Danielle is ably serving on the local arrangements committee for the symposium and with other committee members plan on giving attendees a warm welcome to Houston with lots of opportunities to learn about and view early Texas art. One of her goals as a CASETA board member is to increase awareness of CASETA and bring in new members! When asked about how CASETA impacts the Texas arts community, Danielle shared that, "In a field that is not widely known CASETA serves as an advocate toward the study of early Texas art. Our members serve as ambassadors."


We are excited about Danielle being a part of the CASETA board and look forward to her advocating for early Texas art in the coming years.



CASETA Memorials and Memberships

Memorials to CASETA are an appreciated and appropriate way to remember and acknowledge someone who was a supporter of our organization.



 In memory of Mrs. Kathryn Matson

by Howard and Becca Taylor





CASETA thanks each of our members for their support throughout the year which helps make the programs and special events of our organization a reality.


Membership is vital in assisting CASETA to promote the preservation, study and appreciation of Texas visual arts and its history. Memberships are available at various levels of support.


Click here for a list of CASETA members


Click here for a CASETA membership form


Benefits for various levels  


Thank you!


Please contact the CASETA office about corrections on the membership list at

Hailey Gondrez, New CASETA Intern
Hailey Gondrez,
CASETA Intern 

I would like to introduce myself and add my greetings as CASETA'S intern. I am currently in my junior year of studies at Angelo State University in San Angelo, and I am majoring in History with a minor in both Art History and German. After graduating from Angelo State with my bachelor's degree, I hope to go on to receive a master's degree in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art through Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles, California. While I have been a resident of San Angelo, Texas, for some time now, my roots are based in Southern California; and I enjoy visiting my family there every chance I get. My strong love of art and history developed when I was just a child, as my father frequently took me to visit the Getty Center, the LA County Museum of Art, and museums such as the Natural History Museum and the La Brea Tar Pits.


During my time at Angelo State, a select few professors have assisted me in enhancing my education through art, which is I why I applied for the CASETA internship. As the CASETA intern, I have launched all of CASETA's social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter, while assisting in other aspects that have been pertinent to CASETA's running like the newsletter. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to work with such a wonderful organization such as CASETA, and am very appreciative of funds from the 2014-15 Matching Grant that made my position a reality.  I look forward to the knowledge that I will gain while interning here. As the CASETA position is my first internship, I can only hope to acquire all that I can from this experience. Please do not hesitate to contact me at, or through CASETA's Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts!   



Hailey L. Gondrez


CASETA's New Social Media Sites



As the world becomes more dependent on social media and technology, CASETA has chosen to dive head first into the fast paced world of social media. CASETA is now active on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram. By sharing and exchanging information, photos, videos, and artwork via viral communication, it is our hope to further the public's knowledge of CASETA on a much more extensive scale.


If you have any artwork that you would like showcased on the networks, email a photo of the work, a brief description of the piece and the artist's information to . Information regarding gallery openings, exhibits and other criteria pertinent to Early Texas Art is also welcome!


Find CASETA on the following sites:


Facebook: Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art


Google+ Page: Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA)


Twitter: @CASETATX


Instagram: @casetatx

                       MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS
                       & Upcoming  Events
Round-up your upcoming events that relate to the study and advancement of early Texas art and email details to We will publicize your event in the next newsletter!  


North Texas


Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University

 5900 Bishop Blvd., Dallas, TX 75205, 
P.O. Box 750357, Dallas, TX 75275-0357 


H. O. Robertson: A Self-Taught Texas Regionalist 
 November 9, 2014 through March 1, 2015


This fall, the Meadows Museum, along with the Bywaters Special Collections at the Hamon Arts Library, will celebrate a generous gift containing over two-dozen works by the artist H. O. Robertson. Given by members of the artist's family, the works include ten paintings and four cliché verre plates to the Meadows Museum's University Art Collection, and nine drawings and ten lithographs to the Bywaters Special Collections. A selection of these works will be on view at the Meadows Museum from November 9, 2014 to March 1, 2015.
Horace Oakley Robertson (1887-1970) was a native of Marion, Illinois, yet resided in Dallas in the 1930s and 1940s, prime years for the development of Texas Regionalism. Although a generation older than the artists of the Dallas Nine and their circle, Robertson befriended many of them, and their influence is evident in his simple and straightforward style, which he used to depict local scenes. His compositions of rural farms and rundown buildings were likely inspired by his immediate surroundings, yet like many of his fellow regionalist artists, Robertson painted his subject matter in a manner that related it to a universal human condition felt nationally during the years of the Great Depression.   


Amon Carter Museum of American Art

3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.

Fort Worth, Texas 76107



Murray Bewley, 
Resignation, 1925

Lone Star Portraits 

May 13, 2014 through May 17, 2015


Ever since Leonardo da Vinci created his celebrated Mona Lisa, artists have tried to paint portraits as distinctive as this Renaissance masterpiece. See how Texas artists established their own portrait tradition in this installation that pairs artists' self-portraits 

with those of their close friends, relatives, and colleagues. Featuring works by some of the state's most important artists of the twentieth

century and today, this modest exhibition suggests how intimate, detailed likenesses allowed Texas artists to identify themselves in public and private spheres similar to today's selfies and Instagram photographs.  




McNay Art Museum 

6000 North New Braunfels
San Antonio, Texas 78209 

School at Sunset Hills
August 20, 2014 though January 4, 2015 

During World War II, the San Antonio Art Institute was threatened with impending closure due to financial limitations. In turn, Marion Koogler McNay invited the Institute to move to the grounds of her Sunset Hills mansion. From 1943 to 1992, instructors conducted classes in painting, drawing, and ceramics, with hundreds of students graduating from the art program. Concentrating on the artists who were active with the Institute during its first decade of operation at the McNay residence, from 1943 to 1953, this exhibition presents selected examples of their work included in the collection.



300 W 21st St.
Austin, Texas 78712


Frank Reaugh: Landscape and the American West  *Upcoming*
August 4, 2015 through November 29, 2015



Artist, educator, inventor, and naturalist, Charles Franklin Reaugh (1860-1945), pronounced "ray," is one of the Southwest's earliest and most distinguished artists. Working in the vein of

 American Impressionism, Reaugh devoted his career to visually documenting the vast, unsettled regions of the Southwest before the turn of the twentieth century.

Frank Reaugh, Driving the Herd, 1933

Drawing on more than 200 artworks in the Ransom Center's Frank Reaugh collection, as well as other archives, museums, and private collections across the state, the exhibition examines Reaugh's mastery of the pastel medium and his sophisticated yet direct approach to the challenges of landscape painting, particularly en plein air (painting outdoors). While Reaugh's contributions have often been linked to the region, his work holds broad historical precedents.

Highlights include side-by-side comparisons of his small field sketches with larger studio works illustrating the same geographic location and "Twenty-four Hours with the Herd," Reaugh's epic series of mural-size pastels that served as the centerpiece of his performance work of the same title.


The exhibition offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for visitors to experience a historical survey of the most significant works created by an artist often referred to as "the Dean of (early) Texas Artists."


A companion publication, Windows on the West: The Art of Frank Reaugh, edited by exhibition curator Peter Mears, will be 

published by University of Texas Press.



801 Broadway St. 
San Antonio, Texas 78209


Two Women Look West: Photographs of King Ranch by Helen C.  Kleberg and Toni Frissell- Russell Hill Rogers Texas Art Gallery 
September 19, 2014 through January 4, 2015


Two Women Look West: Photographs of King Ranch by Helen C. Kleberg and Toni Frissell will open to the public on Friday, September 19th in the Russell Hill Rogers Texas Art Gallery in the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center at the Witte Museum. The exhibit will feature photographs of the land and people of King Ranch shot by rancher Helen C. Kleberg and her friend Toni Frissell, the internationally known New York fashion photographer in the 1930s and early 1940s, as well as personal items of the Kleberg family. The collection, which is primarily housed at the King Ranch property, highlights the ranch in its prime in the 1930s and 1940s. The King Ranch Archives are currently closed to the general public, making this exhibition a rare opportunity to view the collection; this is the fifth time the exhibition will be shown since its inception in 2006. 

Two Women Look West: Photographs of King Ranch by Helen C. Kleberg and Toni Frissell at the Witte Museum is generously supported by the Marcia and Otto Koehler Foundation, the Nathalie and Gladys Dalkowitz Charitable Trust, Rush Enterprises, Inc., and Jefferson Bank.


South Texas 

Art Museum of South Texas 

1902 N. Shoreline Blvd  

Corpus Christi, TX  78401 


Deep in the Art of Texas:

Selections from the Collection of Torch Energy Advisors

September 26, 2014 through January 4, 2015


This exhibition of early Texas art comes from the Torch Energy Collection and was developed by the Center for Texas Studies at Texas Christian University.  Presenting a panoramic view of the art of Texas, the exhibition begins with such early artists as Theodore Gentilz and Robert Jenkins Onderdonk and ends with examples of contemporary artists such as Nancy Bush and Mark Kohler.  The paintings cover 100 years from 1850 - 1950 and also include works by Julian Onderdonk, Frank Reaugh, Jose Arpa, Otis Dozier, Tom Lea, Everett Spruce and many other luminaries of early Texas art.   Deep in the Art of Texas chronicles the entire state from the mountains of Big Bend to the fertile fields of East Texas and offers insight into our state history and its people.


Houston Public Library 
Julia Ideson Building 
550 McKinney St. 
Houston, TX  77002



 September 2, 2014 through January 31, 2015 


This exhibition explores the diverse culture, heritage and lore of work associated with the Port of Houston and the Houston Ship Channel and is driven by interviews and stories collected through the Library of Congress-funded Working the Port project. Working the Port has documented the voices of the men and women who have made their living in the many occupations and industries found along the Ship Channel. From shipboard to shoreside, from the loading docks to the board rooms, interviews with dock, rail and oil industry workers, engineers and executives, merchant marines and marine biologists, environmental specialists and international traders, Stories of a Workforce: Celebrating the Centennial of the Houston Ship Channel captures and explores the human experience of this massive complex through the words and experiences of individuals.



William Reaves Fine Art

2143 Westheimer 

Houston, Texas 77098


Texas Visions of an Earlier Time: An Exhibition of Historic Texas Art  

November 7 - December 20, 2014 


 In Texas Visions of an Earlier Time, Reaves and company offer patrons a "deep dive" into earlier eras of art within our state, presenting an interesting and diverse selection of 55 works by 45 pre-WW II artists.  The gallery collaborates with leading San Antonio dealer, Paul Buehler Fine Art, to offer the season's first opportunity to view an extensive selection of historic Texas art in a single venue. 


The exhibition presents a strong field of early Texas impressionism, including stalwarts of San Antonio's pioneering school of landscape painters such as Julian Onderdonk, Dawson Dawson-Watson, Harry Anthony DeYoung, Eloise Polk-McGill, Rolla Taylor, Porfirio Salinas, Robert Wood and others.  Prime examples of Early Houston Founders such as Emma Richardson Cherry, Grace Spaulding-John, Carden Bailey and Ruth Pershing Uhler are also included in this show; as are Dallas luminaries such as Hale Bolton, Charles Bowling, Frank Klepper, Otis Dozier and Merritt Mauzey.  Paintings by early Fort Worth and El Paso artists, as well as selections of WPA-era photographs round-out the exhibition.



Beeville Art Museum 

401 E. Fannin St. Beeville Texas, 78102


Made in Texas: Art, Life & Culture 1845:1900: Exhibition Organized by Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, MFAH

September 20, 2014 through January 10, 2015


An exhibition of 19th-century Texas furniture, paintings and watercolors, textiles, silver and pottery, revealing what life was like in early Texas from 1845 through 1900.
Organized by Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, the American decorative arts branch of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Made in Texas: Art, Life & Culture 1845-1900 features works from Bayou Bend and The Heritage Society, Houston, along with items from the private collections of Houstonians William J. Hill and Bobbie and John Nau, many of which have never before been on public view. "Made in Texas" is an exhibit every Texan-young or old, native or not-should see. Through the extraordinary range of objects on display, they will travel more than 150 years into the past, and leave with a new awareness 19th-century Texas," stated Bonnie Campbell, Director, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens.
The exhibition will be set up in vignettes throughout the museum and will focus on how the objects were used and what stories they tell about the people who made or used them-a wonderful lesson in early Texas history. Some of the items might be curious to modern Texans-the ant traps, sauerkraut press, windmill weight and poultry fountain-but were well utilized in 19th-century Texas homes. One of the highlights of Made in Texas: Art, Life & Culture 1845-1900 is a steer horn and jaguar hide rocking chair, circa 1880-1890, by San Antonio craftsman Wenzel Friedrich, whose customers included Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany.
Another standout in the exhibition is a panoramic print of 1847 New Braunfels reproduced as a 14 ft. wide photo mural, originally created to lure Germans, who were being encouraged to settle in Texas, to choose New Braunfels.
"We are honored to have this beautiful exhibit in Beeville. It's rare that we have the opportunity to showcase decorative arts in our 1910 historic building, which was originally built as a family home," stated Tracy Saucier, Director of the Beeville Art Museum. "Hosting an exhibition so rich in Texas history speaks directly to our mission of education through art."
Made in Texas: Art, Life & Culture 1845-1900 was made possible by William J. Hill; Bobbie and John Nau; Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and The Heritage Society, Houston.
Bayou Bend is the MFA, Houston house museum for American decorative arts and paintings. Displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg (1882-1975), the collection is one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics, and paintings in the country. The house is located on 14 acres of beautifully-cultivated gardens in Houston's historic River Oaks neighborhood.  


West Texas


201 S 2nd St

Albany, TX 76430



Home on the Range Texas Moderns: George Grammer
September 20, 2014 through January 4, 2015


First in a series focusing on individual artists associated 

with t

he Fort Worth Circle. Co-curated by Patrick Kelly and  


Scott Barker. 

George Grammer, Off Shore, 1953

Often associated with the Fort Worth Circle of artists of the 1940s and 50s, George Grammer, like all the artists of the group, developed and maintained an individual and distinctive style. The fusion of Cubist, American and Italian Futurist, and sometimes Surrealist devises and approaches to image making are evident in his paintings. He often abstracts familiar images including disorienting views of skyscrapers, nocturnal interpretations of oil derricks, and industrial scenes. These iconic twentieth-century subjects represent the new found wealth, power, and modernity of mid-century 




The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St, Abilene, TX 79601


Kelly Fearing: Lucid Dreams

September 12, 2014 through January 10, 2015


Kelly Fearing: Lucid Dreams will present a selection of artwork curated from private and public collections by legendary Texas artist, Kelly Fearing (1918-2011) to demonstrate his lifelong fascination with surreal, mythic and metaphysical themes.


Part of the Altered States series of exhibitions.

Images of dreams and altered psychological states never fail to fascinate.  In Europe, André Breton's 1924 Surrealist Manifesto defining surrealist art as pure "physic automatism" and "the juxtaposition of two more or less disparate realities" was only the first of multiple attempts to create art based about subconscious visions or emotions.  American artists continue to explore the mysteries of alternative realities through painting, collage and photography. This fall, The Grace will present three exhibitions curated to explore three Texas-based artists whose art bridges the prevailing tension between realism and surrealism as well as what we perceive as real and unreal.


                                               Items of Interest

Research Request

Looking for Works of artist Frank Klepper  

Tom Michero of McKinney, Texas, is searching individuals who own works by artist, Frank Klepper. Mr. Michero does have a list of works owned in 1952, however his goal is to catalog Klepper's work and hopefully mount an exhibition. Mr. Michero thinks that Frank Klepper is perhaps the best known artist to come out of McKinney.


If you own any Frank Klepper works or have any additional information you think would be helpful please contact:

Tom Michero



Thank you!  


Houston Chronicle Puts Spotlight on Early Houston Art

In the Sunday, September 21, 2014 issue of The Houston Chronicle arts reporter, Molly Glentzer, wrote a wonderful article titled "Early Houston Art Scene Is Having a Moment" which appeared as the lead article in the ZEST section. Exhibitions discussed included the New Visual Vocabulary exhibition at One Allen Center; Pursuit of the Sublime, featuring paintings by Richard Stout and sculpture by David Cargill, at William Reaves Fine Art; and Left Bank on the Bayou at O'Kane Gallery, University of Texas Downtown. Ms. Glentzer discussed the book Midcentury Modern Art in Texas by Dr. Katie Robinson Edwards, she wrote at length about Richard Stout's work and career (congratulations, Richard!), and she mentioned CASETA. It was great exposure for Houston's rich arts heritage and thanks to CASETA board member, Randy Tibbits, for providing a
  Now Open!
B. Naylor Morton Research and Collections Center

With 300,000 artifacts collected over the Witte's 87 years, the East Wing of the B. Naylor Morton Research and Collections Center includes the Orientation Gallery, San Antonio Express-News Reading Room, Peggy Walker Archives and the Texas Art Storage Gallery. The B. Naylor Morton Research and Collections Center now offers permanent storage to house these historic objects. All objects will be maintained under optimum temperature, humidity and light levels to safeguard them for future generations. Except for light-sensitive works on paper and textiles, most collection items will be on constant view or in pull-out drawers enabling thousands of artifacts to be accessible to the public for the first time.

* Texas Art Storage Gallery Open by appointment only



Cowboys, Cattle, Chili Queens, Oil & Outlaws:
South Texas Heritage Center Now Open


Whether you're a parent, teacher or history fan, the South Texas Heritage Center has an exhibit you and your family will cherish. Enjoy watching stories of 1850's South Texas come to life through artifacts and live performances. Nestled along the beautiful San Antonio River, the center is the permanent home of the Witte Museum's South Texas Collection. The center boasts more than mere objects, saddles, spurs, baskets and clothes, branding irons and guns, which are tied to the history and land of South Texas. At 20,000 square feet, the building includes historic Pioneer Hall. Old and new are cleverly nestled together, offering visitors a stunning backdrop upon which to experience the stories of our shared Texas history. 


3801 Broadway

San Antonio, Texas 78209


Texas Women Mean Art!



On Sunday, October 12th, 2014, The Art Department of The Dallas Woman's Forum hosted a lecture on the Women Artists of the Texas Centennial made by Dr. Jack Davis, of the University of North Texas, Denton. In 1936, Texas mounted a six-month long Centennial at the newly-refurbished Fair Park to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the state's independence from Mexico. As part of this much-heralded event, The Dallas Museum of Fine Arts held an exhibition of work by Texas Artists. Of the 166 pieces exhibited, 60% were done by Texas women; yet the women were not mentioned in publicity for the exhibition, and many of their works were largely sent to the basement galleries of the museum! Dr. Jack Davis, retired Dean of the School of Visual Arts at the University of North Texas, has set out to put the record straight on researching female Texas painters, and their work to give them the recognition that they deserve.