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In This Issue
Chair's Comments
Executive Director's Comments
13th Symposium a Success
CASETA Regional Events
Board Member Profile
CASETA Regional Events
Memorials and Membership
New Office Space for CASETA
CASETA Social Media
ETA Exhibitions & Events & Items of Interest
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CASETA Membership
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 &
2015 CASETA 
 Award Winners
13th Annual Symposium &
Texas Art Fair
2015 Texas Art Fair Participants
CASETA Membership as of June, 2015
JUNE 2015
                           CHAIR'S COMMENTS
Tam Kiehnhoff 



Dear Friends,


First, I want to thank all of our participants: exhibitors, speakers, underwriters, board and committee members, special event hosts, staff and attendees for all that you did to make this year's Houston symposium a great success. We enjoyed record attendance and underwriting, saw old friends and new faces, heard groundbreaking presentations with new research on old topics as well as brand new speakers and brand new subjects. Despite some unexpected challenges (a major street-closing charity walk thrown into the mix), we had a great turnout for the main events, art fair and, for the first time ever, had to close the sign up for a special event because we had reached capacity. I place over-full special events squarely in the category of good problems to have.


As we plan for next year (and we have already begun to do that), we are grateful for the lessons learned each year and for the suggestions we receive in our on-site and online surveys. Because the symposium is both our most important early Texas art event of the year as well as our major annual fundraiser, we will always walk the fine line between perfect event conditions and the best venue for maintaining the financial health of the organization to sustain all of our activities during the year. We know that this year's success will allow us to continue such important work as outreach events around the state, newsletter circulation, website improvement and research support for emerging scholars in early Texas art.


If you have not yet sent in a survey, please feel free to do so. Beyond the surveys, let us hear from you if new ideas, suggestions, or early Texas art discoveries come to your attention. In the meantime, I wish you all a safe, happy, exciting (or quiet, depending on your tastes) summer and I look forward to our continued engagement in the upcoming year.


With Warm Regards,


Tam Kiehnhoff



Howard Taylor
Howard Taylor  


In our last newsletter, I wrote with great enthusiasm and optimism that I anticipated this would be the most exciting and productive year in CASETA's history. The basis of this is because of a challenge grant and matching support from our membership at the 2014 Symposium that helped fund a wide range of new programs across the state throughout the year since we met in Austin. This has clearly happened as has been reported on our social media sites and in an article in this newsletter.


One significant and unchanged fact remains at the core of this organization and it is that our annual symposium is our great rallying point and eagerly looked forward to by our members. The 2015 Symposium that was held in Houston this past April once again gave us the perfect opportunity to meet old friends, make new friends and talk with leading art dealers, curators, museum professionals, scholars collectors, and in many cases people who just love and want to learn more about early Texas art. Your board of directors and the planning committee focus on making the annual event bigger and better and that was certainly the case this year. With input from the membership on program interests they seek out knowledgeable and engaging speakers who bring a greater depth of inquiry to some subjects that are already well known and in other cases introduce new artists or realms of knowledge of our state's visual arts heritage that have not been examined closely previously. Our 2015 speakers challenged us and entertained us. The social side of the event is also given great attention. The wonderful events hosted by Heritage Auctions, Bobbie and John Nau and at Bayou Bend gave us an opportunity to both learn and engage in comradery past the formal sessions and true of all good CASETA members we took full advantage of it. All aspects of the symposium -- even those behind the scenes such as meals and refreshments, exhibit hall layout, program design and printing and many others - received much thought and attention so that the overall experience of symposium attendees was enjoyable. We do want to thank everyone that took the time to fill out the survey that was in your symposium packet or respond to the online survey that was sent out in early May. Be assured that your responses were read and will guide us as we go forward. There were significant and helpful insights in everyone's responses.  


In the year ahead CASETA will continue to broaden its programming and statewide outreach so that even if you cannot attend the symposium you will still be able to experience and benefit from this wonderful organization that is truly devoted to the study and advancement of early Texas art. The symposium may be the heartbeat, but the impact of CASETA ranges far and wide throughout the state all year long. Following the symposium we will be undertaking an intensive effort to greatly enhance the internet presence of CASETA and new and significant resources will be available to you and increase in value all year long.  



Howard Taylor

Executive Director  




San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts


      13th CASETA Symposium and Texas Art Fair
 a Success!

The 13th Annual Symposium took place in the Student Center South at the University of Houston on April 24 - 26 2015 with 201 registered and over 40 sponsors. The Texas Art Fair was a busy venue throughout the week-end with much early Texas art and publications offered by eleven art dealers and two book sellers. The event started Friday evening, April 24, with a wonderful keynote speech by Mr. J.P. Bryan, founder of The Bryan Museum in Galveston. Mr. Bryan gave those attending insight into the journey of starting a museum and of the extensive collection that will be housed at the museum when it opens this summer. The evening continued with the opening reception of the Texas Art Fair hosted by Heritage Auctions where both a wide array of art and delicious refreshments were offered.  Saturday, April 25, offered a full day of engaging presentations by five speakers on wealth of topics including the early Texas art collection at the Dallas Museum of Art, artist and architectural designer Ruth Young McGonigal's work in Brownsville, gay and lesbian artists in 1930s Houston and early Texas sculpture before 1975. The last Saturday session was the annual meeting with CASETA Awards being given out to several deserving persons and institutions which you can read about in more detail here.    


Saturday evening Bobbie and John Nau opened their beautiful and extensive collection of early Texas art on display at the Silver Eagle Distributors corporate headquarters. The third and final day on Sunday, April 26, started with two final presentations -- one on mid-century Texas artists and the other on artist, Jose Arpa -- followed with the drawing for a raffle winner, and a last opportunity to make a purchase at the Texas Art Fair. Our final special event then took place at Bayou Bend with a delightful presentation on the William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive and an opportunity to tour the mansion and grounds.  Click here for details about speakers, sessions and special events.    


CASETA thanks everyone who supported, organized, participated and attended the 13th Symposium and Texas Art Fair. Your efforts made this event possible and support CASETA's ongoing efforts to further the advancement and study of early Texas art across the state and beyond. Everyone from collectors, to art dealers to museum professionals and students took the opportunity to gain knowledge about early Texas art, re-acquaint with old friends, and meet new friends who share in the passion of early Texas art. We look forward to the 2016 Symposium and Texas Art Fair in Dallas and will send out details at a later date.


Attendees on the opening evening of the Texas Art Fair share their passion of early Texas art.  


Jack and Gail Davis visit with Kathy Rosenthal during the TAF opening while Bonnie and Hampton Beesley consider one of the paintings for sale.





Sue Canterbury, Curator of the Dallas Museum of Art, tells attendees about the DMA's early Texas art collection.  Other speakers featured during the Symposium were J.P. Bryan, Stephen A. Fox, Randy Tibbits, Katie Edwards, Michael Grauer and Mark White. Read more details.

Attendees took advantage of opportunities to peruse art offered by eleven galleries represented at the Texas Art Fair during the week-end including Altermann Galleries & Auctioneers, Balcony House Gallery, Beuhler Fine Art, Charles Morin's Vintage Texas Paintings, Cliff Logan  Art & Antiques, David Dike Fine Art, Heritage Auctions, Rainone Galleries, Ind, William Reaves Fine Art, Robert E. Alker Fine Art, and Russell Tether Fine Art.  See more details.  
Texas A&M University Press, Jon St. Clair, book dealer, and CASETA offered a wide variety of art books at the Texas Art Fair.

CASETA presented 9 awards during the annual members meeting including Lifetime Achievement Awards to Holly Thurston Cox and Sanford Cox, Jr. shown here.  Other honorees were J.P. Bryan, Bobbie and John Nau, Francine Carraro, Katie Edwards, University of Texas Press, University of Houston-Downtown, and The Grace Museum.  Read in more detail.   
Virginia McNeely was the delighted raffle winner of a Kelly Fearing work entitled, Insect and Tree Trunk. Our thanks to the Estate of Kelly Fearing for donating for the 2nd year a work to help raise funds for CASETA.
Along with the raffle, a silent auction was held for a copy of the book, Texas Abstract: Modern/Contemporary by Michael Paglia and Jim Edwards with original autographs by many of the Houston-area artists included in the book.  Congratulations to CASETA member Dan Green for the winning bid and thanks to CASETA chair, Tam Kiehnhoff, for donating this one-of-a-kind volume.

 CASETA Regional Events Provide Opportunity to Learn More About CASETA and ETA

Since the first CASETA regional event funded through the

Dr. Katie Edwards speaking on "Modern Dialogues in Art" at The MAC in Dallas 

2014-2015 matching grant on October 12, 2014 co-hosted with the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) in Dallas which featured a presentation and book-signing by Dr. Katie Robinson Edwards.  There have been several more outreach events co-hosted with institutions around the state and funded in part by CASETA to provide an opportunity to learn more about early Texas art and CASETA.


On Saturday, January 31, 2015 the Art Museum of South Texas (AMST) in Corpus Christi hosted a Panel Discussion entitled, "Art and Commerce: Perspectives on all Sides: the Artist, the Dealer and the Collector" in conjunction with the exhibit, Bayou City Chic: Progressive Steams of Modern Art in Houston, 1950-1980. Moderated by AMSET curator, Deborah Fullerton, panelists, Richard Stout, Bill Reaves, Noe Perez, and David Ellis discussed their particular perspective on Texas art. CASETA board member, Noe Perez, also gave a brief overview of CASETA's work to promote the preservation, appreciation and study of early Texas art to the thirty-eight in attendance.      


Dr. Light Cummins talks about Allie Tennant Mural at post office in Electra, Texas 

The Wichita Falls Museum of Art (WFMA) got everyone moving and on the afternoon of Friday, April 3rd hosted a bus tour to view Allie Tennant's 1930s New Deal mural at the Electra, Texas, post office. Again, CASETA co-hosted the outreach event and the sixteen on the tour were treated to a lecture on the post office art by Dr. Light Cummins, Professor of History at Austin College in Sherman. During refreshments on the return trip Dr. Francine Carraro, former CASETA board member and Director of the Wichita Falls Museum of Art, gave an overview of CASETA and membership opportunities.    


The next opportunity to attend a CASETA outreach event is on
Will-Amelia Sterns Price
The Gorge, 1983
Collection of Gregg A. Price
Saturday, August 15, 2015, at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) in Beaumont.  Funded by CASETA and Humanities Texas AMSET will hold a Panel Discussion beginning at 6:30 pm entitled, "Mike's Road to Taos" in conjunction with the exhibit, Will-Amelia Sterns Price: Mike's Road to Taos which is currently on exhibit. Moderated by museum curator, Sarah Beth Wilson, panelists Michael Grauer, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs/Curator of Art and Western Heritage at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon; Art Museum of Southeast Texas Executive Director, Lynn Castle, and Stanley K. Price, grandson of the artist, will discuss the artist's work and her place in early Texas art. Those attending will also have the opportunity to learn about CASETA.      


Dr. Ron Tyler speaks on early Texas images at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts 

 Also in conjunction with the CASETA outreach events the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, which houses the CASETA office, presented three public programs on early Texas art as part of their Community Lecture Series. On November 13, 2014, Henry Crawford, Curator of History at the Museum of Texas Tech University presented

"Documentation and Inspiration: Using Genre Paintings as Living History Resources through Texas, American and World Perspectives." Dr. Ron Tyler, Former Director, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth gave an illustrated lecture on "The Image of Early Texas" on December 18, 2014 and on March 15, 2015, Margaret Blagg, Former Director of the Old Jail Museum in Albany spoke on "The Work of Texas Artist Cynthia Brants." At all three lectures the CASTA staff gave a brief talk on CASETA membership and programs.


Keep watching for more CASETA outreach events in the future!


Board Member Jill Cochran Always Learning
About Early Texas Art

This is the second in our series of articles profiling four individuals who joined the CASETA board in June   

  Jill Cochran 

2014. Jill Cochran is a native Texan, and lives in Dallas, but was not a serious early Texas art (ETA) collector until she and her husband, Jim, attended a David Dike auction in early 2013 and as she says, "started our collecting adventure." At the same auction Jill met CASETA board member, Mark Kever, who introduced her to our organization.   


Since that initial auction both Jill and Jim are enjoying researching early Texas artists, meeting art dealers and of course collecting early Texas art! The 2014 CASETA Symposium in Austin gave the Cochrans an opportunity to meet more early Texas art enthusiasts and Jill accepted an invitation to join the board later that year. Jill is a willing learner and shares that, "as an ETA collector, and a relatively new one at that, I have learned so much from other CASETA board members as well as members of the Texas Art Collectors Organization (TACO) in Dallas. I feel fortunate to be a part of such an interesting group of people and lucky to be around so many scholars of ETA."     


 Jill served on the planning committee for the 2015 CASETA Symposium in Houston and, "thinks it will be fun working on the symposium committee when the symposium is in Dallas!" In addition to the symposium Jill appreciates that "CASETA supports the Texas art community in several ways - through educational programs, catalogues, interesting speakers, and great social opportunities!" 


In addition to CASETA Jill is an advocate of several Dallas-area and national organizations and is currently a member of the North Texas Board for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, serves on the advisory committee for the Master of Liberal Studies program at Southern Methodist University, and works with her daughter on her non-profit Miracle Players Foundation.


Jill has been an asset to the CASETA board this past year and we look forward to her enthusiasm and support for the advancement and study of early Texas art.    


Three Students Receive 2014-2015 Research Awards

The 2014-2015 Matching Grant funded many worthy projects including the 2014-2015 Research Award. The original intent as outlined by the CASETA Board was one $1500 award to be presented to an eligible upper level undergraduate, or graduate student in History, Art History, Education or other related fields to pursue original academic research related to the history of early Texas art and artists.


The goal of the Award was

  • to promote and reward original research on early Texas art and artists by young and emerging scholarship in public and private institutions of higher learning in Texas
  • to promote the development of curriculum materials related to early Texas art and artists for use in public schools throughout the State of Texas
  • to contribute to the literature on early Texas art and artists

In September, 2014, a detailed proposal was sent to art departments at Texas universities. CASETA was pleased to receive three excellent submissions by the November 15 deadline and all were thoughtfully considered by the Research Awards Review Committee.


The committee unanimously agreed to recommend the $1500 Award be presented to  Carmen M. Champion, MA Candidate, 2015 at the University of Houston. Carmen's project examines the Catalogue of the Exhibition of Art of the Americas: Pre-Columbian and Contemporary, which stems from the "Greater Texas and Pan-American Exposition "held in Dallas, Texas in 1937.


At the same time the committee agreed that all of the proposals had merit and the other two proposals should receive some funding, if possible. Bill and Linda Reaves; Howard and Becca Taylor; Randy Tibbits and Rick Bebermeyer; and Tom and Tam Kiehnhoff generously donated gifts specifically for the research awards.  


With the additional funds a $1,000 Award was given to Susannah Aquilina, PhD Candidate in History, 2016 at The University of Texas at El Paso whose dissertation is a biography of Manuel Gregorio Acosta, an iconic El Paso artist.  His prolific career began in the 1940s and included paintings, drawings and sculptures depicting people on the U.S.-Mexico border. A $250 Award was given to Hannah Joan Wilson, Junior at the Honors College at the University of North Texas, Denton. Hannah's research project examines the State of Texas Building within Fair Park as a functioning monumental object in hopes of illustrating Texas identity through visual analysis and historical memory.


All three students also received complimentary CASETA memberships and registrations to the 2015 Symposium in Houston. Carmen Champion joined us at the Symposium and we look forward to her coming back in the future to share her research findings with us. The CASETA board thanks Dr. Jack Davis for his assistance in crafting the Research Award proposal along with providing a list of contacts at the art departments in Texas universities. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the 2014-2015 matching grant which made the award possible along with those individuals who contributed additional gifts to support the proposals. Congratulations to Carmen, Susannah, and Hannah for their efforts and original research on early Texas art!


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 Nancy and Ted Paup


In memory of Melanie Larkin

by Randy Tibbits and Rick Bebermeyer 




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

New Office Space for CASETA at SAMFA

Gallery Verde building in front of San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts
The CASETA office has a new home at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts (SAMFA) and is now located in the Gallery Verde building which is on the street immediately in front of SAMFA. The transition has taken several months and the space provides a larger area for the 2 person office, archives and storage space. The front part of Gallery Verde is used by SAMFA for temporary exhibitions and for educational programs throughout the year.  

CASETA intern Hailey Gondrez organizes files in new office space.  
The move was a team effort with
SAMFA's building fa
cility crew making improvements and getting the space ready.  Kudos to CASETA intern Hailey Gondrez for setting up the office and organizing files. The physical address of CASETA's office is now 417 S. Oakes, however please note that CASETA's mailing address of P.O. Box 3726, San Angelo, TX, 76902 and phone number, 325.212.4872, remain the same. The CASETA staff welcomes everyone to come visit us in San Angelo!     
CASETA's new office in Gallery Verde  

Images Needed for CASETA's Social Media Sites



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.


Do you have a piece of Early Texas Art that you would like to showcase to other CASETA members?


CASETA is currently seeking images of Early Texas Art to be showcased on our social media pages! If interested, please email a photo of the piece with a brief description of the work if available. Once received, a consent form will be mailed or emailed to the owner. We will not post anything without the owner's permission. Help us spread the word about Early Texas Art and CASETA on the web!


Please email your jpeg images to with the Subject Line: Image for CASETA Social Media.

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!  



Texas Panhandle




2503 4th Ave, Canyon, TX 79015


Gems of the Plains

March 1, 2014 through Fall 2015


Women of the West necessarily stand out from the stereotypical feminine figure in many ways.  Shaped in part by the western environment, these women often stepped out of traditional roles and exceeded even their own imaginations, breaking down barriers and creating new roles and definitions of what it meant to be a woman in the west.  As part of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum's series of exhibitions on Women of the West, Gems of the Plains will be an introspective look at women who helped shape the character of the Panhandle-Plains.  From the pioneer homemaker who worked in equal partnership with her husband, enduring difficult conditions to build a new life in a harsh land to the widows and daughters who stepped fearlessly into new roles as writers, doctors and entrepreneurs, to the Amarillo girl who overcame a bout with polio to become an actress and dancer with a $5 million insurance policy on her legs, this exhibition will focus on archetypical models to showcase Panhandle-Plains women at different stages of time, life and destiny.



George Catlin's American Buffalo

May 30, 2015 through August 30, 2015


Foran Family Galleries


When George Catlin traveled up the Missouri River to the

George Caitlin, Buffalo Bull
George Caitlin, Buffalo Bull

northern Great Plains in 1832, he was the first artist to paint for any length of time in the Trans-Mississippi West.  Two years later, when he traveled to western Arkansas Territory, he was again the first to do so.  Catlin hoped to document in paint native peoples in the American West before they changed drastically due to the effects of Euro-American settlement and the Indian Removal Act of 1830.Although devoted to being the chronicler of the "American aborigine," Catlin also painted "American buffalo" (bison) and this animal's relationship and importance to Great Plains Indian lifeway's.  Catlin also dreamed of turning the entire Great Plains, from Montana to Texas, into a giant nature park in which wildlife and native peoples could live relatively undisturbed.  Drawn entirely from and organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, with a book on the subject written by Adam Duncan Harris, Petersen Curator of Art and Research at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, "George Catlin's American Buffalo" will present a selection of Catlin's paintings created from 1832 to 1839. Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum is the only Texas venue in the nation-wide tour of the exhibition which has already been seen in Wyoming, Kansas, Florida, North Carolina, California, and Montana.  The exhibition is particularly appropriate for PPHM as it is part of West Texas A&M University, whose mascot is the Buffalo.


"George Catlin's American Buffalo" is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in collaboration with the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Generous support for the exhibition has been provided by Mary Anne and Richard W. Cree, and Lynn and Foster Friess. Additional support for the exhibition and the publication was provided by William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment Fund and the Smithsonian Council for American Art. Support for Treasures to Go, the Museum's traveling exhibition program, comes from The C.F. Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia.


North Texas


Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University

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


The Meadows Collects: 50 Years of Spanish Art in Texas

  April 18 through August 2, 2015


By 1952, the Dallas-based General American Oil Company had begun searching for oil in Spain. After having discovered vast gas reserves in Canada, the company's founder, Algur Hurtle Meadows (1899-1978) hoped to meet with similar luck across the Atlantic.

General American was ultimately forced to declare defeat; oil and gas were never discovered in sufficient quantities for a moneymaking venture. While commercially unsuccessful, the company's foray into Spain afforded Meadows the opportunity to spend extended periods of time in the country. Living in Madrid's Ritz Hotel, just steps from the Museo del Prado, he was able to spend hours wandering its galleries and developing a passion for Spanish art.

While Meadows initially conceived of his collection as a private one, this would soon change. In 1961, shortly after the death of his first wife, Virginia, Meadows announced that he would donate their art collection to Southern Methodist University and provide $1 million to found a museum to house the collection. Designed by Dallas architect George Dahl, the Virginia Meadows Museum was dedicated four years later, on April 3, 1965.

On April 3, 2015, fifty years will have passed since Algur Meadows first realized his dream of creating a "small Prado in Texas." How has the Museum developed from 1965 to 2015? How did it withstand early scandals involving crooked art dealers and forgeries to become one of the leading institutions of Spanish art outside of Spain? On view from April 18 until August 2, The Meadows Collects: 50 Years of Spanish Art in Texas, will answer these questions through a display highlighting defining moments in the Museum's history.

This event has been organized by the Meadows Museum. It is part of the Museum's Golden Anniversary, which is sponsored by The Meadows Foundation, The Moody Foundation, the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District and the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau. Media sponsorship has been provided by The Dallas Morning News.



The McKinney Avenue Contemporary

3120 McKinney Ave, #100, Dallas, TX 75204


DeForrest Judd: Paintings

De Forrest Judd, Lotus, Caddo Lake, 1954

June 16, 2015 through June 27th, 2015


DeForrest Judd (American, 1916 - 1992), was best known for his depiction of nature: mountains, lakes, flowers, rocks, cactus, the Texas Gulf Coast, scenes of everyday life that were painted or drawn in a semi-abstract form. A skillfull landscape artist, Judd was renowned for his abstract depictions of natural bodies painted in an simplistic, economical style, and characterized by bold use of colors and a deft handling of geometric forms. 


As a result of his considerable success, in 1976 Judd was selected as an Honorary Life Member of the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Fine Arts Association, now the Texas Visual Arts Association. Judd's works have been exhibited widely, including: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Knoedler Gallery, New York City, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, Ohio and the Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Dallas, Texas. 


Born April 4, 1916, in Hartsgrove, Ohio, he graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1939. He earned a three-year scholarship at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center with advanced work under Boardman Robinson and Otis Dozier. Judd's connection with Dozier may have led him to move to Dallas where he began teaching at the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University in Dallas until 1981. He was also instructor in painting and drawing at the Dallas Museum of Fine Art from 1958 to 1964. Judd continued his art career after he retired until his death in 1992.

Central Texas  



300 W 21st St.
Austin, Texas 78712


Frank Reaugh: Landscape and the American West   
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.



South Texas 

Art Museum of Southeast Texas

500 Main Street

Beaumont, TX  77701 


Will-Amelia Sterns Price: Mike's Road to Taos 

April 25 - September 6, 2015


Born in Denison, Texas in 1907, Will-Amelia Sterns Price was a major figure in the development of Beaumont's art scene. This exhibition includes paintings and drawings by Sterns Price focusing on her time in Taos, New Mexico.  Sterns Price assisted in the founding of the Beaumont Art Museum where she taught anatomy and life-painting classes. She studied under numerous influential art teachers and critics most notably Frank von der Lacken at the University of Tulsa, Jacob Getlar Smith and Dimitri Romanovsky in New York, and Walter Ufer in Taos, New Mexico in 1934.  She also attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.  

 Abstraction:  Selections from the Permanent Collection 

 This exhibition highlights the strength and diversity of the museum's permanent collection with a focus on abstract works donated to and acquired by the museum over the years. From Texas modernists, such as Arthur Turner and Dorothy Hood, to abstract works by contemporary artists, such as Beili Liu, AMSET strives to collect and exhibit significant works showcasing the breadth and originality of Texas art.   


2143 Westheimer

Houston, TX 77098

DISCOVERY! : Three One-Woman Shows-Rita Blasser, Constance Forsyth & Karen Lastre

July 10 - August 8, 2015


DISCOVERY! shines long over-due light on the works of Constance Forsyth (1903-1987), UT Art Department's Grande Dame of printmaking; Rita Blasser (1826-2014), the long-time Dallas designer/teacher/print-maker; and Karen Lastre, the luminous abstractionist who remains quietly at work within our own midst right here in the Bayou City. The exhibition celebrates these women and their work, and returns their material to the gallery scene after prolonged hiatuses, positioning the work for fresh examination. Making for some of the city's most interesting summer viewing, Discovery!'s three-in-one format is certain to include works which will appeal to all, and qualifies as "required summer viewing" for all avid Texas art patrons.



West Texas


The Grace Museum

102 Cypress St, Abilene, TX 79601


Seymour Fogel: On the Wall and Beyond

May 28 - August 12, 2015

 Seymour Fogel (1911-1984) was an important American painter, muralist and sculptor. Fogel was born in New York and came to Texas in 1946 to join the art faculty at the University of Texas at Austin. He is considered an important early modernist painter whose hard-edged style and mastery of color was greatly admired in his time. This solo exhibition will be an opportunity to reexamine the development of his unique style of modernism.


The Abstract Impulse: Texas Modernists

May 28 - October 24, 2015


Over twenty-five important Texas artists who created personalized visions of the modernist aesthetic will be featured in this group exhibition. Important modernist artwork by Ben Culwell, Michael Frary, Donald Weismann, Ralph White, Ward Lockwood, David Brownlow, Jack Boynton, Robert Preusser, Bror Utter, William Lester, Loren Mozley, Everett Spruce, McKie Trotter and others will be selected from private and public collections.  



Midcentury Modern Design

May 28 - October 24, 2015


Throughout the 1940s and 1960s, artists, architects and designers blurred the lines of their professions to create the total modernist experience for domestic and commercial interiors. Hallmark decorative arts from the period will be featured from private collections. 


Research Request

Looking for Works Early Galveston Art League Artists  


Pat Jakobi of Galveston, Texas, is writing a history of the Galveston Art League since its inception in 1914. There is a specific criteria of which artists are being included in the publication along with photo of at least one of their works.  


Pat writes that artists including Boyer Gonzales, Paul Schumann and Angela McDonnell and other better-known artists from the early years of the 20th century have works in the Rosenberg Library and she has received permission to print those images.


Pat is asking for help with finding images for works by lesser known Galveston artists associated with the Galveston Art League and specifically permission to print an image of their work. She does have a long list of artists she hopes to include in the publication.


If you own any works by early 20th century Galveston League artists or have any additional information you think would be helpful please contact:


Pat Jakobi

Jakobi Photography  

Thank you!  


Research Request

Seeking Elizabeth Keefer Boatright Etching

"Singing in the Moonlight (Taos)"  


Carol and David Farmer are co-curating a multi-venue set of exhibitions titled, Pressing Through Time -- 150 Years of Printmaking in Taos, opening in the autumn of 2015. They are hoping to locate an etching by Elizabeth Keefer Boatright titled "Singing in the Moonlight (Taos)".


The exhibitions will include a number of Texas artists who spent time out here and created some beautiful prints relating to Taos --people like Alexandre Hogue, Veronica Helfensteller, Blanche McVey, Florence McClung, Ed Bearden, and others. The earlier prints will be exhibited at the Harwood Museum of Art and the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House. For complete information about the exhibitions go to  


If you have information on the Boatright etching, "Singing in the Moonlight (Taos)" please contact:

Carol and David Farmer  


Thank you!



Passing of Galveston Artist  


Galveston artist and former museum curator at the Rosenberg Library, Elisabeth Fontaine Darst, passed away in late 2014 according to Michael Grauer of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, which has works by Darst in its permanent collection.


Her obituary reads in part, "throughout the 1960's and 1970's she pursued a career as an artist with exhibitions not only locally and in Houston, but throughout the state and region, as well as New York City and England. While her work depicted many of the old houses that lined the streets of Galveston in the 1960's, she also was known for still life and abstract work in oil. A very accomplished watercolorist, her work was included recently in a retrospective of Texas Women Artists that was shown in Dallas. Her work is also in the permanent collection of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, whose art collection is known for the documentation of Texas art." Read full obituary.

Documentary on Frank Reaugh Shown at Private Screening


Many early Texas art lovers have supported and followed the progress of the documentary Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains. Recently producer/director Marla Fields proudly announced that over a 175 people attended the private screening of the documentary ...on June 7th, at the Historic Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. The screening was a small thank you to all of the contributors, both monetary and in-kind, who helped produce this film! "


In addition to the June 7 event Marla also introduced a screening of the film at William Reaves Fine Arts in Houston on April 26 in a post-CASETA Symposium reception that featured an exhibition of work by artist Jeri Salter with remarks by Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum curator, Michael Grauer. More details on both the June 7 and April 26 events along with the most up-to-date information on this project can be found at the website.