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Jones Film Archive Update – June 2018

In the Media

 
  • Dallas Morning News’ Robert Wilonsky wrote a great piece on the work that we are doing with our social media push.  That article can be found here.
  • WFAA’s Chris Sadeghi aired a story on Grand Prairie as part of a long term collaboration with the Jones Collection.  That story can be found here. here.
  • The Fort Worth Star Telegram ran a story on MayFest using footage from the Jones Collection, which can be found here.

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Bywaters Special Collections Artist Profile: Cecilia Neuheisel Steinfeldt

Featured in the exhibition Texas Women Artists: Selections from Bywaters Special Collections, on the 2nd floor of Hamon Arts Library.

Cecilia Neuheisel Steinfeldt (1915 – 2013), referred to as the ‘First Lady of Texas Art’ for her work as both an artist and a Texas art historian, was born in Montello, Wisconsin and moved to San Antonio with her family in 1923.   Her aptitude for drawing and painting developed during childhood and she soon began art classes at the Witte Memorial Museum.  In 1932, she graduated from high school and then enrolled in art school in Mexico City where she studied with artist Carlos Mérida.  Upon returning to San Antonio, she joined the Witte museum staff in 1936 where she served as an art instructor.  She continued to work at the Witte Museum until her retirement at the age of 80.  Along with her husband Eric Steinfeld, she traveled throughout Texas and wrote numerous books about its history and artists including The Onderdonks: A Family of Texas Painters (1975), Art for History’s Sake (1993), and S. Seymour Thomas: A Texas Genius Rediscovered (2005).

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Interview with Lauren King, 2018 recipient of Larrie and Bobbi Weil Undergraduate Research Award

Congratulations go to Meadows art history student, Lauren King, who is the 2018 recipient of the Larrie and Bobbi Weil Undergraduate Research Award for her paper, An Alternative View on the Roll-Brimmed Hat. The Weil Award is given annually for excellence in undergraduate research, and the recipient is an SMU student nominated by their faculty for outstanding research and writing of a term paper. This year, Dr. Stephanie Langin-Hooper, Assistant Professor and Karl Kilinski II Endowed Chair of Hellenic Visual Culture, nominated Lauren for her paper.

Lauren, could you please briefly tell blog readers about the topic of your paper?

The goal of my paper is to re-examine how we think about the roll-brimmed hat worn by Gudea in his diorite statues. If you’ve taken any ancient Near East art history class, or even an introductory survey of western Art History, you’ve probably heard of the diorite statues of Gudea. The hat he wears, called a roll-brimmed hat, is usually taught as a symbol of humility. My paper questions this interpretation, and proposes that the hat is actually a symbol of power and masculinity.

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In Honor of Margaret McDermott

When I read the sad news of Mrs. McDermott’s death I was reminded yet again of the profound debt of gratitude both I and SMU owe her.  Mrs. McDermott’s influence in my professional career began in the spring of 1978 when I saw a flyer for the McDermott Internship at the Dallas Museum of [Fine] Arts in the hallway at the Meadows School of the Arts.  I was just completing my Master of Fine Arts Degree and taking Jerry Bywaters’s popular art history class, “The Arts of North America.”  Bywaters wrote a letter of recommendation, and I was honored to receive the first-ever long-term McDermott Internship for the 1978-1979 year.  It was at the Museum, then located at Fair Park, that I learned how a museum worked from the ground up.  This was to prove a critical formative experience.

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Curatorial Discussion #1 Psychology and Color in Constance Lowe’s Work

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Manifold Projection 1, 2012
archival inkjet print on watercolor paper #1 of 3
24 x 19 inches

This following post is first in a series of blog posts about the Hawn Gallery’s exhibition Chromarray, with works by Constance Lowe. Throughout the exhibition, Emily Rueggeberg, the Hawn Gallery Curatorial Fellow, will post about the artwork and themes present in the exhibition. This post focuses on the significance of abstraction and psychology in Lowe’s series, Fabcom/Chromarray and Garden City (Air to Ground).

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Bywaters Special Collections Artist Profile: Evaline Clarke Sellors

Featured in the exhibition Texas Women Artists: Selections from Bywaters Special Collections, on the 2nd floor of Hamon Arts Library.

Evaline Clarke Sellors was born in Fort Worth, Texas on August 30, 1903.  She began taking art classes at age eight with Christina MacLean, artist and former instructor at Fort Worth University, and later enrolled in the prep school for girls at Texas Women’s College Academy (now Texas Wesleyan College) where she studied with Samuel Ziegler, a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  When she was only 17, her work, Still Life, was accepted into the exhibition The Eleventh Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by Texas Artists at the Fort Work Museum of Art (now the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth).  Sellors continued her studies at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts at Washington University from 1921 to 1923. There she first enrolled in an illustration class but changed to a modeling class taught by Victor Holm. Her work was exhibited at the St. Louis Museum of Fine Arts in 1921 (most likely the exhibition Work by Students of the St. Louis School of Fine Arts, March, 1921).  She later enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where she twice won the William Emlen Cresson scholarship (1929 and 1930) to study sculpture in Europe.  Her professors at the academy included the sculptors Charles Allan Grafly, Jr. and Albert Laessle.  For several years Sellors exhibited her sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts – 1928 (Bobby), 1929 (Head), 1931 (Mountain Goat), and 1932 (William).

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April 2018 Jones Collection Update

In the Media

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THE HAWN GALLERY PRESENTS: CHROMARRAY

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CHROMARRAY

Works by Constance Lowe

On view: April 6 – May 27, 2018 

Opening Reception: Friday, April 6th, 5-7pm

at the Hawn Gallery, located in the Hamon Arts Library at SMU

Artist Connie Lowe will conduct a gallery talk at 5:45 p.m.

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Softissue 2, 2008 Hand-sewn wool felt 98.5 x 62 x 6 inches

 

The Hawn Gallery presents Chromarray, works by Constance Lowe, featuring pieces from Lowe’s Garden City (Air to Ground), FabCom and Chromarray series.

Lowe’s work examines the intersection between nature and humans’ built environments, with a special focus on biology, mathematics, psychology and agriculture. The title of the show comes from a term created by Lowe – Chromarray. It stems from telescopic research being conducted by Lowe’s friend at the time of the series’ creation. Lowe describes how, across the United States, there are an array of telescopes picking up satellite imagery and radio waves from space. Lowe combined the word chrome, relating to color, with array, and arrangement of objects, to create chromarray.

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Bywaters Special Collections Artist Profile: Ann Cushing Gantz

Featured in the exhibition Texas Women Artists: Selections from Bywaters Special Collections, on the 2nd floor of Hamon Arts Library.

Born in Dallas on August 27, 1933, Ann Cushing moved with her parents, Maurice and Margaret Cushing, to Memphis, Tennessee in 1940 due to her father’s work with the Missouri Pacific Railroad.  Interested in art as a young girl, Ann studied at the Memphis Academy of Art during the summers beginning in 1947 through 1952.  In 1953 and 1954, she took summer classes at Southwestern at Memphis, now Rhodes College, and continued her art studies at Sophie Newcomb College, Tulane University, in New Orleans, where in 1955 she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.  While at Newcomb College, Ann Cushing studied oil painting with Patrick [Pat] Trivigno, professor of drawing and painting from 1947 – 1987.  After she graduated from college, Ann moved back to Dallas with her parents, where she immersed herself in the city’s art scene as artist, art juror and judge, gallery owner, and teacher.

In 1955, Ann Cushing was asked to have her first solo exhibition at the popular Black Tulip Gallery, located at Inwood Village in Dallas, by the gallery owner Everett Rassiga.  There she met her future husband, Everett Ellis Gantz, Jr., an aeronautical engineer and also a silent partner in the gallery.  On September 20, 1958, Ann and Everett married in Dallas.  They had two daughters – Elaine [born 1961] and Melissa [born 1963].

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