Early Texas Art Exhibitions across Texas (CASETA)


CASETA is the Center for Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art.

The mission of CASETA is to promote the preservation, study and appreciation of Texas visual arts and its history.

–List is reprinted from the January 2017 CASETA News – subscribe at http://www.caseta.org/. For updates to the calendar, go to http://www.caseta.org/events/index.


Early Texas Art Exhibitions across Texas


2503 4th Avenue
Canyon, TX 79015
When Georgia Was Here
August 27, 2016 – February 24, 2018   

During the centennial anniversary of Georgia O’Keeffe’s time at West Texas State Normal College, now West Texas A&M University, this exhibition features art (primarily paintings & drawings) produced by American artists contemporaneous with her time at WTAMU (August 27, 2016-February 24, 2018). The goal is to inform museum visitors about what American art looked like “When Georgia Was Here.” Objects will be on a rotating basis of 3-6 months per object. The exhibition will be drawn from the PPHM’s own stellar art collection and from public and private collections nationwide.

[from the PPHM website]
DeVitt Mallet Museum
3121 Fourth Street
Lubbock, Texas 79409
Frank Reaugh: View from the Easel
Ongoing Exhibit
Frank Reaugh (1860-1945) was an artist who had early success and lived long enough to see himself referred to as the “Dean of Texas Artists.” He devoted his career to the visual documentation in pastel and paint of the Great Plains and the American Southwest.
[from the NRHC website]


3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Abstract Texas: Midcentury Modern Painting

October 1, 2016-October 8, 2017
This exhibition presents the work of some of Texas’s most significant contributors to mid-twentieth century modernism-Jack Boynton, Ben L. Culwell, Seymour Fogel, Michael Frary, George Grammer, Robert O. Preusser, and Donald Weismann. Although geographically isolated from the progressive cultural environments of New York City and Los Angeles, these artists pioneered their own abstract styles that reflect their independent ambitions within the Lone Star State.
[from ACM website]
3801 Broadway St.
San Antonio, TX 78209
Texas Art of Early Days to Now: the Witte Collection
October 6, 2016 – May 29, 2017
The Witte Museum’s renowned Texas Art Collection has been shaped by the visionary leadership of curators such as Eleanor Onderdonk, Martha Utterback, and Cecilia Steinfeldt. Each curator helped define Texas Art for the museum, the state, and the nation. In honor of the Witte Museum’s 90th anniversary and the legacy created by Alfred Witte and the Witte Picture Fund, this exhibition explores how these remarkable women shaped the collection through strategic purchases.

Learn more about the Witte Museum’s renowned Texas Art Collection as you explore works from 19th and 20th century painters, folk artists and native artists that have been purchased for the permanent collection. Together these works provide a cross-section of the Texas Art Collection and also represent the powerful choices that continue to shape the collection today.

[from the Witte website]
Rudolf Staffel: Gathering Light
October 6, 2016 – May 29, 2017
Journey into Rudolf Staffel’s world in the Laura and Sam Dawson Gallery with Rudolf Staffel: Gathering Light and experience a special debut of selected works by Staffel that the Witte acquired in 2014.
Staffel began his artistic career in San Antonio and took classes under artist José Arpa and Xavier Gonzalez, Arpa’s nephew. In 1944 Staffel studied with abstract artist Hans Hoffman where he learned a new way of contracting and expanding planes with the “push-pull” effect. His exploration of the push-pull, light and dark, would influence his work for the rest of his life. Discover his paintings, drawings and pottery in this amazing exhibition.
[from the Witte website]
1030 East Lavaca St.

Beaumont, TX 77705

Beaumont Collects: Works of Art from Southeast Texas Collectors
Jan. 6 – March 3, 2017
Reception: Jan. 20, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
[from the DM website]
1200 Smith Street

Houston, TX 77702

On My Journey Now: The Legacy of John Biggers

January 11 – April 3, 2017

The legacy of artist John Biggers can be found not only on the walls of Texas Southern University, but in the works of many of his students who are now veterans of Houston’s art scene. On My Journey Now – The Legacy of John Biggers will highlight early works of Dr. Biggers accompanied by works of his accomplished and respected students, who were taught by him during his 34 years as a professor in the art department he founded at Texas Southern University. Curated by Sally Reynolds.

OPENING RECEPTION January 18 | 5 – 6:30 PM

[from the ABat2AC website]


200 West Jones Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78215
Julian Onderdonk and the Texan Landscape
January 20 – April 23, 2017
Every Texan knows, there is something special about Texas landscapes. What many may not know is how important Julian Onderdonk (1882-1922) was to Texas art and to the depictions of Texas landscapes.

“Julian Onderdonk’s work still influences the way visitors revere-and artists paint-the Texas landscape,” said William Keyse Rudolph, PhD. the Marie and Hugh Halff Curator of American Art and Mellon Chief Curator. “It is exciting to share these works-many from private collections-with our visitors.” The San Antonio native and American impressionist is best known for his signature bluebonnets and of the Texas countryside; however, he spent his formative years training in New York under American artist William Merritt Chase (a fine example of Chase’s work is represented in the Museum’s collection, Mrs. Chase and Child, circa 1889). It is only after returning to Texas in 1909, that Onderdonk portrayed the distinctive surroundings of his state at different times of day and became admired by collectors. Julian Onderdonk and the Texan Landscape presents a select group of more than 25 Onderdonk’s paintings, from views of the Long Island landscape to sweeping impressions of the iconic Texas bluebonnet, bringing Texas history to light. The exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and coincides with the publication of Julian Onderdonk: A Catalogue Raisonné

by Harry A. Halff and Elizabeth Halff, who spent twenty years tracking down the works.

[from the SAMA website]
500 Main St.

Beaumont, TX

Jose Arpa: A Spanish Impressionist in Texas
March 11 – May 28, 2017
Jose Arpa y Perea (1858-1952) opened a studio in San Antonio around 1901 and became an important part of the San Antonio school. Born in Carmona, the son of a cobbler, Arpa began studying part-time at the Academia des Bellas Artes (Academy of Fine Arts) in Seville, Spain, in 1868. He became a full-time student by 1876 and from 1882 to 1886 painted in Rome. Returning to Spain in 1886, Arpa sent paintings as part of the Spanish contingent for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, where Impressionism was all the rage. He traveled to San Antonio, Texas, in 1899, and exhibited in the San Antonio International Fair in 1900. Arpa met Robert and Julian Onderdonk and divided his time between Mexico, Spain, and San Antonio until 1923, when he founded a painting school in San Antonio. Arpa continued to exhibit frequently at museums and galleries throughout Texas as well as New York and Spain. He won the “Texas Prize” at the Texas Wildflower Exhibition in 1927, and exhibited in the remaining two “Davis Competitions” in 1928 and 1929. Arpa permanently returned to Spain in 1931. This exhibition will be the first major Arpa exhibition since 1998, and is organized by the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas. A full color catalogue published by the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum will be available for sale in the AMSET gift shop.
[from the AMSET website]
1705 W. Missouri Ave.
Midland, TX 79701
New Permanent Collections

The new permanent collections galleries showcase some of the Museum’s best portraits and landscapes; this pop-up exhibition examines a different genre of art: the still life. Although they represent a small part of the Museum collection, these works of art give viewers an insight into some prominent objects in Southwestern art. Featuring works from the Taos Society of Artists, the Texas Regionalists and many others, this exhibition explores the world of fruit, flowers and other objects that are the focus of artists’ study. Still Lifesalso incorporates educational activities, including the opportunity to sketch in the gallery.

[from the MSW website]
One Arts Festival Plaza
El Paso, TX 79901
Eldridge Hardie: Art of a Life in Sport
October 23, 2016 – March 5, 2017

Hardie is a Texas-born artist who grew up hunting and fishing in the El Paso area. As a young man, Hardie moved to St. Louis to study painting at the Washington University School of Fine Art and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1964. After college Hardie met Tom Lea, who arranged several portrait commissions. Since 1966 Hardie has lived and worked in Denver, CO. Hardie has exhibited at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Gilcrease Museum, the C. M. Russell Museum, and the American Museum of Flyfishing. Hardie’s 2001 painting In Rough Country 
won the Texas Quail Stamp Award in 2002.
[from the EPMA website]

One Love Street
San Angelo, TX 76903
Jose Arpa: Spanish Painter in Texas
December 9, 2016 – February 5, 2017

This major exhibition showcases Arpa as one of the artists who brought Impressionism to the Lone Star state. Organized by the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.

[from the SAMFA website]
201 S. 2nd Street
Albany, TX 76430
TEXAS MODERNS: Sallie Gillespie, Wade Jolly, Blanche McVeigh, and Evaline Sellors
September 17, 2016 – February 11, 2017
The exhibit marks the first time in more than eighty years that works by these four influential Texas teachers who taught at the Fort Worth School of Fine Arts in the 1930s have been shown in a group exhibition. These four people and their school enabled a network of aspiring artists, several of whom bonded in the 1940s into the progressive group known as the Fort Worth Circle.
[from the OJAC website]
102 Cypress Street
Abilene, TX 79601
Spanish Texas: Legend and Legacy
September 24, 2016 – March 11, 2017
The history of Texas as a unique blend of Spanish, Native American, Mexican and Anglo-American traditions will be the focus of five related exhibitions on all three floors of The Grace Museum tracing early Spanish exploration and colonization of Texas, Spanish missions and presidios, the vaquero tradition as well as Mexican, Native American and Anglo-European lasting contributions to Texas culture.
[from TGM website]

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