Archives: Exhibitions

Invaluable: Collection Treasures from Past Exhibitions

In the 85 years following the founding of the Abilene Fine Arts Museum (AFAM), with the stated goal of creating an important art collection “for the good of the citizens of Abilene,” the art collection has grown to include more than 2,500 invaluable works of art. Dating from the 13th to the 21st centuries, important paintings, sculptures, works on paper, Invaluable: Collection Treasures from Past Exhibitions

Terry Cockerham: Big Bend

From the curator, Judy Tedford Deaton Photographer Terry Cockerham laments the fact that many Texas residents have never experienced the majestic beauty of the Big Bend area of Texas. He is so adamant about the value of this part of the state that he has spent more than a decade documenting exactly why the Big Bend should be on everyone’s Terry Cockerham: Big Bend

Paul Manes: Odyssey

From the curator, Judy Tedford Deaton Paul Manes is a painter’s painter. The artwork selected for this solo exhibition is the ultimate statement of that fact. Surfaces and subjects morph into singular stunning testaments to Manes’ mastery of oil painting on canvases larger than life. Complex and solitary imagery up close and at a distance shares a haunting immediacy driven Paul Manes: Odyssey

Fine Art Limited Edition Artist Books from the Permanent Collection

William Shakespeare, King Lear, with original lithographs by Oskar Kokoschka, Published by Ganymed Original Editions Limited, London, 1963. Collection of The Grace Museum, Gift of Mr. Donald Thai Oskar Kokoschka, King Lear, 1963, lithograph, Collection of The Grace Museum, Gift of Mr. Donald Thal

Historic Period Rooms

Evidence remained of the life of the homesteader, but Abilene was beginning to urbanize. An electric streetcar system had just begun service. The state-run Epileptic Colony was celebrating its seventh birthday and was the city’s largest employer. Following drought-breaking rains, the city’s water supply seemed secure. Although electricity was appearing in some houses, gas was still in dominant use for Historic Period Rooms

Cara Barer: Obsolescence

Houston based artist, Cara Barer blurs the line between object, sculpture, and photography. She salvages discarded or obsolete books and transforms the books into sculpture by using water, clamps, string, staples, and glue. She then photographs the sculpted books, capturing the extraordinary grace and beauty of their altered forms. Barer’s sculptures and their accompanying photographs are a lament for eras Cara Barer: Obsolescence

A Larger View: Historic Panoramic Photographs

Large panoramic photographs of landscapes or groups have been around since the invention of photography. Unlike today and the ease of taking a “pano” on a cell phone, panoramic photographs were taken on special cameras beginning in the 1840s. Capturing these large-scale photographs was a very involved and complex process. By the late 1890s and early 1900s, mass-produced panoramic cameras A Larger View: Historic Panoramic Photographs

Anna Mavromatis: Material Culture

In this exhibition, Houston-based artist Anna Mavromatis displays her mastery of printmaking, book arts, and fashion design to stitch together stories and reflections of her Greek heritage and family history. Narrated through the colors of her homeland, she shares personal memories, vintage photographs and mementos in her personal collection, and masterfully expands the artist book definition to include a wide Anna Mavromatis: Material Culture

Ruscha & Roth: The 1960s Artist Book Revolution

In the 1960s, as a new generation of artists challenged long standing definitions of fine art, elegant, traditional, deluxe livres d’artistes were considered no longer relevant. Two very different artists working independently, Dieter Roth in Europe and Ed Ruscha in Los Angeles, created radically innovative forms of self-produced artist books. Focusing on commonplace material and inexpensive production, Roth focused on Ruscha & Roth: The 1960s Artist Book Revolution

Creating a Community: The State Epileptic Colony in Abilene

In 1904, the State Epileptic Colony in Abilene was founded to help individuals with epilepsy through research, care, and isolation. More importantly, it offered a place for these individuals to work, live, and thrive. The institution, hospital, and complex was a state-of-the-art facility and consisted of an administration building, a power plant, a women’s and men’s hospital, four cottages, and Creating a Community: The State Epileptic Colony in Abilene

Cultural Heritage Exhibition – Independence Day

The Grace Museum is collaborating with Abilene Christian University’s Introduction to Public History: Interpreting American Pasts course to create monthly exhibitions that coincide with different cultural heritage months throughout the year. These exhibitions highlight the narratives of various cultural groups that are integral to Abilene’s history while weaving these stores into the broader historical fabric of the United States. The Cultural Heritage Exhibition – Independence Day

Spark

Spark your imagination at The Grace Museum! Our new space for children & families includes 30+ interactive learning stations designed to inspire creativity, play and exploration. Visiting Spark Admission to Spark is included with your general admission to The Grace Museum.Museum Members get in FREE year-round! Spark is located on the second floor and is open during regular museum hours,Tuesdays-Saturdays Spark

Cooling Off with Style: Hand Fans From the Collection

This exhibition will feature several hand fans from The Grace Museum’s permanent collection. Fans were not only a functional accessory to keep the wearer cool on the hottest of days, they were also an important style piece in a woman’s wardrobe. Hand fans have a long-storied history going back thousands of years into biblical and ancient Chinese and Japanese times. Cooling Off with Style: Hand Fans From the Collection

Simeen Farhat: Scripted

For more than a decade, language has been the focus for Simeen Farhat’s sculpture. Her Inspiration first began with the prophetic words of poets of various Arabic languages. Later, she adopted the alphabet of Germanic and Romance languages, including English. As the subject matter moved from profound to text message jargon, the artist continued to stylize the elegant fonts in Simeen Farhat: Scripted

Cultural Heritage Exhibition – Asian And Pacific Islander Month

The Grace Museum is collaborating with Abilene Christian University’s Introduction to Public History: Interpreting American Pasts course to create monthly exhibitions that coincide with different cultural heritage months throughout the year. These exhibitions highlight the narratives of various cultural groups that are integral to Abilene’s history while weaving these stores into the broader historical fabric of the United States. May Cultural Heritage Exhibition – Asian And Pacific Islander Month

Terry Hays: Cosmic Garden

“In the history of symbols the cosmic tree is described as the way of life itself, a growing into that which eternally is and does not change; which springs from the union of opposites and, by its eternal presence, also makes that union possible. It seems as if it were only through an experience of symbolic reality that man, vainly Terry Hays: Cosmic Garden