Category: Exhibition

Hispanic Heritage Month – Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2024

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures, traditions, and many contributions of those individuals of Latinx and Hispanic ancestry in the United States. The establishment of Hispanic Heritage Month was the first Cultural Heritage Month in the United States. The month allows for Hispanics to feel recognized, accepted, and proud to be a Hispanic living in the United States. Today, Hispanic Heritage Month – Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2024

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

Independence Day – Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2024

Independence Day in the United States is celebrated every July 4th to commemorate the Declaration of Independence in 1776 with fireworks, parades, and parties. Throughout Abilene’s history, Independence Day has meant a day off work and celebrating the holiday with friends, family, and the entire city. Families gathered to watch parades, and sometimes even participate, with young boys following the Independence Day – Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2024

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

Immigrant Heritage Month – Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2024

Immigrant Heritage Month honors immigrants and their positive impact on communities across the country, including those who have greatly contributed to the success of Abilene. This exhibition recognizes two such individuals who have demonstrated strong dedication to our community through their volunteer efforts on several local nonprofit boards and committees, especially here at The Grace Museum.  The Grace Museum is Immigrant Heritage Month – Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2024

Asian American and Pacific Islander Month – Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2024

The story of Japanese Internment during World War II is integral to the understanding of American sentiment of otherwise innocent Japanese people during the war. Learn about the untold story of Japanese Americans that either escaped internment on the west coast or served in the military during the war.

Full Steam Ahead: The Texas & Pacific Railway

The Texas & Pacific Railway Company (T&P Railway) began plans to build a railroad line from Shreveport, Louisiana all the way to San Diego, California, creating a southern route that would help with winter climate complications. The T&P Railway began construction in 1872 and the first service between Longview and Dallas opened in July 1873. As construction moved west, talks Full Steam Ahead: The Texas & Pacific Railway

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.

Earth Month – Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2024

Earth Month is dedicated to educating the community about environmental issues, offering climate solutions, and promoting our Earth’s care and sustainability. This exhibition highlights Texas history related to environmental improvements, as well as local efforts spearheaded by groups like Keep Abilene Beautiful and Master Gardeners of Abilene.

Women’s History Month – Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2024

From Women’s History Day in 1978 to Women’s History Week in the early 1980s, this month was formally established by Congress in 1987. This exhibition highlights some of the early efforts by women in Texas and Abilene in particular with the right to vote, involvement in war efforts, establishing roots in business, and participation in women’s clubs. 

Black History Month – Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2024

February’s cultural heritage exhibition celebrates Black History Month. The exhibition will discuss various issues that Blacks have faced within the Abilene community such as segregation and desegregation, constant hardships, black leaders who have persevered, and the push for success within their own community.

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

International Holocaust Remembrance Day – Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2024

International Holocaust Remembrance Day takes place each year on January 27th, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. This exhibition highlights the history of the Holocaust, displacement and mass murder of Jewish people, the role Texans played as liberators, and the history of Abilene’s Jewish community.

Universal Human Rights Month – Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2023

December is Universal Human Rights Month Universal Human Rights Month celebrates the landmark document that “enshrines the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.” This month strives to promote this declaration and the continuing struggles Universal Human Rights Month – Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2023