The Texas Artists: Paintings, Sculpture, and Works on Paper (“Texas Artists”) digital collection was recently featured the global library collaborative OCLC’s website. Texas Artists is one of Central University Libraries’ (CUL) 48 digital collections, available on the CUL Digital Collections website. CUL Digital Collections contain some 50,000 digitized images of works of art, manuscripts, imprints, and audio-visual materials from CUL’s special collections. OCLC.org, a global library cooperative of academic and public libraries, selected Texas Artists as one of its CONTENTdm Featured Collections for November.

Flower
Flower, 1980, by James Surls, Dallas Museum of Art.

Texas Artists, first published in 2010, is a digital collection containing 1,786 digitized works of art that uses the CONTENTdm software to display the files and their related metadata. The holdings include paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by some of the most well-known Texas Regionalists, such as Charles Bowling, Jerry Bywaters, Edward Eisenlohr, Alexandre Hogue, DeForrest Judd, Everett Spruce, and more.

Wild Horse Peaks
Wild Horse Peaks, no date, by Florence McClung, Dallas Museum of Art.

From 2009-2011, the Texas Artists project was supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) as part of TSLAC’s Train to Share program, which fostered development of cooperative, regional digital collections focusing on Texas. Texas Artists first brought together holdings from SMU’s Bywaters Special Collections, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Dallas Public Library’s Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division and Fine Books Division. Since then, The University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center and SMU’s Meadows Museum have joined the collaborative. Texas Artists has also received support from the Texas Art Collectors Organization. The digital collection has been used in courses by the SMU’s Art History department, as well as by scholars in Texas and throughout the country.

For more information on Texas Artists, contact ncds@smu.edu.


Thanks to Cindy Boeke, Digital Collections Developer, Norwick Center for Digital Services, for this guest blog!

Images:

Southern Import, 1954, by Janet Turner, Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University.

Flower, 1980, by James Surls, Dallas Museum of Art.

Wild Horse Peaks, no date, by Florence McClung, Dallas Museum of Art.

Pine Tree and Rocks, ca. 1937, by Everett Spruce, Dallas Public Library.

The Challenge, 1936, by Frank Reaugh, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin.

Yucca and Prickly Pear, 1941, by William Lester, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University.

Mason County Landscape, 1938, by Charles T. Bowling, Dallas Museum of Art.

Untitled, ca. 1950s-1960s, by DeForrest Judd, Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University.