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Medieval Art Symposium March 8 & 9 at the Meadows Museum

The Medieval World in a Spanish Context
Thursday, March 8 –
Friday, March 9

Organized by Amanda W. Dotseth, the Meadows/Mellon/Prado curatorial fellow, this symposium brings together international scholars on the art of the Middle Ages to explore the breadth of objects found within the context of Spanish collections, both medieval and modern. From Islamic textiles and metalwork to North African ivory, manuscripts of varied manufacture, and Scandinavian red deer antler, the materials and production methods found in Spanish contexts reflect the diversity of the medieval world.
FREE; advance registration is required. To register, please call 214.768.8587.

Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium

TOP: Pere Vall (Spanish, active c. 1400-c. 1422), Saints Benedict and Onuphrius (detail), c. 1410. Tempera on softwood panel. Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas. Museum Purchase with funds generously provided by Richard and Luba Barrett, MM.2017.01. Photo by Kevin Todora.

RIGHT: Unknown 14th-century Spanish artist, Catalan Liturgical Cabinet (detail), 1375-1400. Tempera, gilding, and glazed silver leaf on poplar wood. Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas. Museum Purchase, The Meadows Foundation Fund, MM.91.07. Photo by Michael Bodycomb.


Consorting with the Enemy: Islamic Art in the Medieval Treasury of San Isidoro de León
Julian Raby, former Dame Jillian Sackler Director of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art
FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 10:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Membra disjecta: Seville Cathedral Choir Book Leaves in US Collections

Christine Sciacca, Associate Curator of European Art, 300-1400 CE, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

The Removal of the Frescos from San Baudelio de Berlanga: Antiquarians, Heritage Management and Cultural Property Law

Heather Ecker, Visiting Scholar, Art History & Archaeology, Columbia University, New York

Medieval Iberian Textiles: From Treasuries to Museums

Ana Cabrera Lafuente, Marie S. Curie Fellow, Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Amanda W. Dotseth, Meadows/Mellon/Prado Postdoctoral Fellow, Meadows Museum, Dallas

FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2:00-4:30 P.M.

Consolidation as Authority: The Medieval Treasury of San Isidoro and the Development of a National Narrative

Amanda W. Dotseth, Meadows/Mellon/Prado Postdoctoral Fellow, Meadows Museum, Dallas

The Recovery of Historical Identity: Romanesque Art in the National Art Museum of Catalonia, Past and Future

Jordi Camps, Curator of Medieval Art, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona

Art of Medieval Spain in New York: Making Sense of a Fragmented View

Charles T. Little, Curator Emeritus of Medieval Art/The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of
Art, New York


Shannon Wearing, Affiliate, University of California, Los Angeles

Concluding Remarks

Therese Martin, Tenured Scholar, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid

Reception in the Gene and Jerry Jones Great Hall immediately following the symposium

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SMU’s Medieval Studies Department presents a special lecture by Therese Martin at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, Art Making and Code Switching in Medieval Iberia: Queens, Consorts, and Countesses. Lecture will be held at the Meadows Museum.

For more information on this lecture e-mail bwheeler@smu.edu.

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Artsy Kids: Masters of the Renaissance

Celebrating the art of the masters for kids! Join us for 6 weeks, enjoying 3 master artists and over 12 take home projects. We will focus on art appreciation, coupled with art history & skills practice. Teaching studio artist Heather Mac will be leading students through active, hands-on projects to awaken their joy in creating, learning & loving art. Classes are open to children ages 6 to 12 year’s of age. Seating is limited to 8 children per class. Sign-up now to reserve your child’s spot! (Classes DO NOT build on previous week’s lesson, so you can join classes at random, anytime) December to January classes will focus on Masters of the Renaissance: Leonardo Da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, and Albrecht Durer.

Artsy Kids: Masters of the Renaissance
12/18, 12/29, 1/5, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22 Times: 1:00 pm, 4:30 pm
Book for the full 6 weeks at http://www.atg-studio.com/special-events for discounted rates!
6 week class is $60
Individual class $12 per class

Submitted by Andrea Taliaferro-Taylor. Email: againstthegrainartstudio@gmail.com

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Leonardo da Vinci, a new biography by Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson, famed author and biographer, returns to North Texas!

He’s written books about Albert Einstein, Henry Kissinger, Steve Jobs, Ben Franklin and others. 
And now, the veteran Council guest speaker has turned his attention to a genius among geniuses, Leonard Da Vinci (1452-1519), the artist, sculptor, inventor, scientist, architect, etc.

Though he was a complicated polymath, the book is simply titled Leonardo Da Vinci. The eye-catching promotional line reads, “He was history’s most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us?”

Isaacson’s book explores the man who “produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology.” Da Vinci also studied everything from botany and biology to flying machines and optics. More than all that, too.
In the hands of skilled biographer Isaacson, Da Vinci’s life becomes, indeed, “an open book.”

This event will be held at the Fort Worth Club on November 28, 2017 at 11:30 am. For more information,  visit http://dfwworld.org/Walter-Isaacson

Submitted by World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. Email: ksmith@dfwworld.org

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Meadows Lecture Series: Reflecting on Ribera: Art and Culture in Spain and Spanish Naples, 1600-1700


Reflecting on Ribera:
Art and Culture in Spain and Spanish Naples, 1600-1700
Four Fridays, February 3 – March 3, 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Adam Jasienski, assistant professor of art history, SMU

This lecture series investigates the world and work of Spanish-born artist Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652), the subject of the forthcoming exhibition  Between Heaven and Hell: The Drawings of Jusepe de Ribera

meadowslectureseries2(opening March 12). A careful analysis of specific artworks by Ribera and his contemporaries will situate the artist within the broader context of the global Iberian empire, in which his chosen hometown of Naples played an integral role. Some of the themes examined will include Ribera’s confrontation with the legacies of Caravaggio and Domenichino, his penchant for violent scenes of martyrdom and suffering, the appeal of his stark realism, and his creation of images that were both effective religious objects and cutting-edge contemporary artworks. Coffee and pastries served in the Founders Room before each lecture at 10 a.m.


Advance registration required. $50 for the 4-part series; free for Museum members, SMU staff, faculty and students. To register, please call 214.768.8587.

Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium

This program is made possible by gifts from The Fannie and Stephen Kahn Charitable Foundation and The Eugene McDermott Foundation.

TOP: Jusepe de Ribera (Spanish, 1591-1652), Apollo and Marsyas, 1637. Oil on canvas. Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples. Quintavalle, 511. ABOVE LEFT: Jusepe de Ribera (Spanish, 1591-1652), Study for Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, c. 1626. Red chalk on paper. William Lowe Bryan Memorial, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University, 57.7. Photo by Kevin Montague.

 Meadows Museum at SMU, 5900 Bishop Blvd., Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 75205

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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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Dictionary of Texas Artists, 1800 -1945

CASETA, Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art, is pleased to share with early Texas art researchers, scholars and enthusiasts the text version of the

Dictionary of Texas Artists,
1800 – 1945 
compiled by Paula L. Grauer and Michael R. Grauer, Texas A&M University Press.
CASETA wants to thank the Texas A&M University Press for their willingness to share this excellent resource.
Text version of the book is free and can be found on our website herein the “Search Artists & Artworks” page & in our “History & Reference” page here.
If you have any questions about the organization or use of this resource contact caseta@samfa.org or 325.212.4872.
–from the January 2017 CASETA News – subscribe at http://www.caseta.org/

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Brett Dyer on “The Family Legacy of Art” on Monday, April 18


North Lake College Professor Brett Dyer will present “The Family Legacy of Art” on Monday, April 18, at the National Scouting Museum, 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane in Irving at 7pm.  As part of the 9th Annual Celebrating Irving:  The City and The Man and the recent visit of folk artist Will Moses, great grandson of the legendary folk artist Grandma Moses, Professor Dyer will share information of legacies in all genres of art, how legacies are formed and different ways one can create a legacy.

The program is free to attend and guests may take a complimentary tour of the National Scouting Museum including the Norman Rockwell Gallery prior to the program.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact the Irving Heritage Society at 972-252-3838 or visit www.irvingheritage.com

For more about the art collection at the museum see http://www.bsamuseum.org/FineArt


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CAC – Sign up today! Classes begin next week, plus upcoming workshops

The last session of the year 
is almost here! Classes begin MondayOctober 26th.
There’s still time to take that
 art class you’ve been meaning 
to sign up for all year! 

Too busy to take a class? Check out these upcoming workshops…

Splash: A Wet Media Exploration – Cynthia Padilla
Saturday, October 31st 1 pm – 5 pm (1 day)


Brass Cuffs – Craig Vandeman
Sunday, November 1st 10 am – 4 pm (1 day)

Fuji Images & Emulsion Transfers – Sheila Cunningham

Sunday, November 1st  11 a

m – 5 pm (1 day)


Sculpting the Head – Art Wells
Sunday, November 1st 10 am – 6 pm (1 day)
Interactive Art History – Robert Moore
Monday, November 2nd 6:30 pm – 9:30pm (1 day)
For more information on these and other classes and workshops

or to register online, click here



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Oil & Cotton October Classes for Adults

Lumen Prints with Rachel Rushing
Saturday, October 3, 1-3pmLumen printing is a fully analogue contact printing process that pushes the boundaries of what we think of as photography. Using organic materials such as flowers and various plants, we’ll explore a variety of darkroom papers to create truly luscious prints.


Building Online Portfolios with Ryan Rushing

Sunday, October 4, 3-6pm
Small business owners, creatives and freelancers, you have been asking for this class. Join this intensive and learn to build an online portfolio, blog and shop!!! Learn about useful applications and easy tools that will make your online presence SPARKLE!!!

Aluminum Plate Lithography with Adrienne Lichliter
Tuesdays, October 6-November 10, 6-9pm
Lithography is a traditional printmaking process using the principals of oil and water resistance to create a repeated image. The class will teach students the lithographic process on aluminum plates in place of stones, using tusche wash, litho crayon and image transfer. Students will leave with 3 editioned prints and a solid foundation of lithography printing

Oct 9-30 Art History for Adults
October 10 Thurmanite: Recycled Paper Jewelry
October 11 Adult Sewing Basics: The Wiksten Tank

Oct 11 Tapestry Weaving on a Frame Loom

October 16-30 Calligraphy: Introduction to Pen and Ink

October 17 Portrait Watercolor

Oct 18 – Nov 8 Intro to Screen Printing

October 18 Cyanotype with Natural Dyes
Oct 22 Oil Painting the Still Life
October 24 Organic Indigo
Oct 28 – Nov 18 Woodcut Relief


 Check the website for new listings.


817 W. Davis St. #110
Dallas, TX 75208

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FREE Art Pubs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art



MetPublications is a portal to the Met’s comprehensive publishing program with 1,500 titles, including books, online publications, and Bulletins and Journals from the last five decades. Over 422 items are free to download, read or search for FREE. Other titles may be purchased through the interface.

For the Met’s Bulletin, all but the most recent issue can be downloaded as a PDF. For the Met’sJournal, all individual articles and entire volumes can be downloaded as a PDF.

For an article about the free service:


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