Category: Art Galleries

Hard Times Come Again No More: Depression Era Photographs

Reflecting on Texas in the 1930s and 1940s, master photographs of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, sponsored by the Farm Securities Commission, documents the hardships of individuals in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico and Colorado. Iconic photographs by Arthur Rothstein, Dorothea Lange, Marion Post Wolcott, Russell Lee and others provide context for the origins of Texas Regionalism and Hard Times Come Again No More: Depression Era Photographs

William Lester: True to Form

This rare solo exhibition will highlight the career of William Lester in depth, spanning regionalism (1930s and 40s) through modernist abstractions of the 1980s. The exhibition will include drawings, paintings and prints from private and public collections to examine the artist’s unique and visionary interpretation of his relationship with his environment, often described as more sensory than geographic.

Coreen Mary Spellman: Master Printer

This exhibition will feature fine art prints by Coreen Mary Spellman, an important female Regionalist, from the collection of the Tyler Museum of Art. Spellman’s printmaking skills in lithography, etching, aquatint and mezzotint will be featured in this exhibition showcasing 45 of her prints. Spellman was an influential artist and art educator featured in the upcoming publication Making the Unknown Coreen Mary Spellman: Master Printer

Texas Regionalism Revisited

This group exhibition features artwork by Texas Regionalists from The Grace Museum Art Collection and on loan from private and public collections. The artists selected for this exhibition includes those associated with The Dallas Nine and other Lone Star Regionalists including Jerry Bywaters, Edward Spruce and Charles Taylor Bowling, who were all colleagues of William Lester. The expressive works of Texas Regionalism Revisited

Young Masters Juried Art Exhibition 2024

This annual juried art competition offers every Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art student in Abilene ISD an opportunity to have artwork selected for a museum exhibition and to compete for valuable college scholarships. The exhibition is a collaborative effort by AEF, Abilene ISD, and The Grace Museum.

Youth Art Month 2024

Youth Art Month is a national celebration of the visual arts and art education! Each year, The Grace Museum participates by hosting a one-month art exhibition and partnering with schools throughout the Region 14 district, as well as with homeschool groups. Teachers select their students’ best artwork and submit it to the Museum for display. This year’s Youth Art Month Youth Art Month 2024

The Artistic Legacy of Buck Schiwetz

Lecture | Thursday, June 6, 2024 | 6 pmGuest Speakers: Drs. Linda and Bill Reaves, Curators, Authors, Collectors Artist Edward “Buck” Muegge Schiwetz was born in Cuero, Texas in 1898. He graduated high school in 1916 and following his father’s wishes, began studying engineering at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University). Due to his artistic The Artistic Legacy of Buck Schiwetz

Texas Landscapes from The Grace Museum Permanent Collection

The Grace Museum (originally The Abilene Fine Arts Museum) has a history of collecting important prints, paintings, and drawings focusing on the Texas landscape. This companion exhibition features works of art collected during the last 76 years. Paintings by Edward Eisenlohr, Loren Mozley, Bob Stuth-Wade, and many others will be presented in this group exhibition exploring Texas landscape painting treasures Texas Landscapes from The Grace Museum Permanent Collection

Bill Wright’s Texas: Luminous Landscapes

Artist Reception | Thursday, July 11, 2024 | 6 pm “Texas is renowned for its diverse and expansive landscapes, showcasing a remarkable array of natural features. From Gulf Coast beaches to stunning western mountain ranges, indigenous peoples’ cultural and historical imprints add depth and richness to the region’s story. From ranching to astronomy, the natural environment and the current culture Bill Wright’s Texas: Luminous Landscapes

For Love of the Land: Painting the Texas Landscape

Exhibition Reception | Friday, May 3, 2024 | 5 pmGuest Speaker: Michael Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture, Curator of Cowboy Collections & Western Art at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum One of the first chroniclers of art in Texas was Abilenian France Battaile Fisk, who wrote in her 1928 publication, A History of Texas Artists and Sculptors, For Love of the Land: Painting the Texas Landscape

Recent Acquisitions: Gifts of the Collectors Circle

The generosity and work of the Collectors Circle is the focus of this exhibition that features works of art purchased and conserved by this outstanding group of Grace supporters. On the evening of January 29, 2023, The Grace Museum celebrated its eleventh annual Collectors Circle event. The tradition was established in 2012 by the museum’s Exhibitions and Collections Committee with Recent Acquisitions: Gifts of the Collectors Circle

Best Friends III: the dog as subject in fine art photography

The relationship we have with man’s best friend is a two-way street.  But in art, our canine companions are usually included as an accessory for their owners or as a symbolic reference. Images of dogs can be found in prehistoric cave art and on ancient Egyptian monuments. Today, dogs are so much a part of our lives that they are often Best Friends III: the dog as subject in fine art photography

As I See It: Earlie Hudnall, Jr.

As I See It: Earlie Hudnall, Jr. is a solo exhibition of the photography of Earlie Hudnall, Jr., who has lived for many years in Houston, Texas. He began photographing while in the U.S. Marine Corps in the 1960s and finds inspiration in the beauty and pride in everyday life in Black communities in Texas. A strong sense of community As I See It: Earlie Hudnall, Jr.

Witness: Black Artists in Texas, Then and Now

The Grace Museum presents art exhibitions curated to celebrate the significant contributions of Black artists in Texas, both past and present. The creative process of sharing personal experiences through the visual arts is a testament to the importance of documenting our cultural stories; marking the moment as witness. Each artist in this exhibition brings something authentic, unique, and valuable to Witness: Black Artists in Texas, Then and Now

June Van Cleef: Texas Outback

June Van Cleef is a photographer from a large ranch in West Texas, about 100 miles from the United States and Mexican Border. She founded the photography department at Collin County Community College in Plano, where she taught for many years. In the 1990s, she received a sabbatical to photograph the people and landscapes of Presidio, Brewster, Jeff Davis, and Culbertson June Van Cleef: Texas Outback

Young Masters Juried Art Exhibition 2023

This annual juried art competition offers every Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art student in Abilene ISD an opportunity to have artwork selected for a museum exhibition and to compete for valuable college scholarships. The exhibition is a collaborative effort by AEF, Abilene ISD, and The Grace Museum.