Category: Exhibition

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

Hispanic Heritage Month – Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2023

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 2023

Abilene in the 1920s

When one thinks of the 1920s, images of flappers, jazz, and speakeasies immediately come to mind. While that is relatively true, for Abilene, the 1920s was an era of major change and growth, just like it was throughout the United States. The population of Abilene nearly doubled throughout the decade with the increase in businesses, buildings, railway usage, and updated Abilene in the 1920s

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

Native American Heritage Month – Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2023

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. November Native American Heritage Month – Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2023

Immigrant Heritage Month – Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2023

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 2023

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

Earth Month – Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2023

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.

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

Independence Day – Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2023

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 2023

Asian American and Pacific Islander Month – Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2023

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.