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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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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.

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.


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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Curatorial Discussion #2: Julie Morel’s Reloaded (2017)

The following is the final curatorial discussion in a series of blog posts on the Hawn Gallery exhibition, Clear, Deep, Dark. This week’s piece explores Julie Morel’s print Reloaded (2017).

In the exhibition, Clear, Deep, Dark, when one enters the gallery your eyes meet illuminated pieces mounted onto each of the four walls. The pinpoints of light appear randomly scattered across the paper’s surface. The lights embedded in the matte black paper of the IP and GPS series appear to be coming from a distance, such as the light we see from stars, reaching us only years later. The pieces on the back wall referencing Darknet acronyms are also lit. They differ in that the LEDs surrounding the letters overwhelm and consume their host with blinding white light, making them difficult to look at directly. Once you approach the works in each series, subtler symbols, numbers, and letters become clear. The IP series contains silk-screened IP addresses using conductive ink, referencing places where Julie Morel has placed files of artwork on private computers, printed in blocky letters reminiscent of computer circuits. The GPS series is also composed of silk screen printed numbers and letters using conductive ink. These figures refer to GPS coordinates where Morel has placed physical objects of her own, locatable through satellite imagery, but inaccessible due to their remote or private locations.[1]

Installation view of Clear, Deep, Dark with Morel’s Reloaded (2017) and IP series

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Jones Collection March Update

In The Media:


On February 6, 2018, WFAA aired a piece on the Jones Collection, highlighting not only our recent work restoring and digitizing their news footage, but also focusing on the overall historical and cultural importance the Collection offers to SMU and the city of Dallas.  (Here)

KERA wrote this piece on the Jones Collection, highlighting recently discovered footage of their first day of operations.

The Fort Worth Star Telegram supplemented their story of the infamous Lake Worth Monster with footage from the Collection.  (Here.)

Ed Bark over at Uncle Barky wrote this piece about Texas Stadium’s groundbreaking ceremony, using footage unearthed by the Collection.

Martin Luther King, Jr. in Dallas

Not seen since it aired on WFAA in 1963, the Jones Collection discovered a rare interview with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Dallas, Texas. In this short piece of newsfilm, Dr. King gives his views on everything from the integration efforts in Dallas, to the governor of Mississippi, and even his thoughts on President Kennedy.  That footage can be found here.

Off Campus:

Ed Asner At The Sedona International Film Festival

Curator Jeremy Spracklen represented the Jones Collection as a projectionist for the
Sedona International Film Festival this year.  Guests for the festival included Ed Asner, Richard Dreyfuss, Cybill Shepherd, James Brolin and Elliott Gould.

Jeremy also worked with the University de Guadalajara, Permanencia Voluntaria and The Cinema Preservation Alliance on the digitization of a 16mm print of the film Carita De Cielo.  This restoration had its world premiere this week at the Festival Internacional de Cine en Gaudalajara.

Upcoming Public Screenings of Jones Collection Material:

Catskill Honeymoon Excerpt – March 11th at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene in New York City.

beyond the fog aka tower of evil ad mat9a.jpgTower of Evil (AKA: Beyond the Fog) on 35mm – March 18th time TBA at the Texas Theatre.

Remixing The News – March 24th at 5:00 PM at the Deep in The Heart Festival in Waco.

Remixing The News – April 12th time TBA  at the Experiments in Cinema Festival in Alberqueque, NM.



Social Media Stats for February:

We had 14,401 views totalling 314 hours of viewing time throughout February.  Our most watched videos were:

  1.  A story on the Lake Worth Monster from July 1969.

    2.  The opening of the Big Bend rollercoaster in June of 1971.

    3.  A report from Verne Lundquist about the opening day of the first Rangers season…that didn’t happen.

WFAA Project Update:

The multi-year WFAA digitization project keeps coming along and we just completed digitizing our 2,500th roll!  We have also started to make more of these available online via our YouTube page and our Reel-To-Web series.  The Reel-To-Web series takes the roll from that day 50 years ago that day and presents it completely unedited for viewing.


Bywaters Special Collections Artist Profile: Mary Beasley Nye

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

Mary Beasley Nye was born in 1918 in Texarkana, Texas, but she was brought to Dallas as a young child. A 1933 graduate of Highland Park High School, she attended Southern Methodist University. She later studied art at the University of Texas, Austin and the University of Colorado. Her early art training included several years of study with Dallas artist Otis Dozier and later with Martha Simkins, a portrait painter whose career fluctuated between Dallas and New York City.  During these early years, Nye enjoyed drawing and painting scenes around Dallas neighborhoods and the Texas Hill Country.

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February 2018 Jones Film Archive Update



The Jones Collection received a makeover!  New signage and an updated lobby area which features several pieces of antique film projection equipment from the vault.  

On Sunday, January 14, 2018, Curator Jeremy Spracklen hosted a Q&A at the Texas Theatre with director Peter Flynn, following Flynn’s documentary on film exhibition, The Dying of the Light.  More information about that event can be found here

The Collection has partnered with several other libraries and archives on campus for Black History Month.  Our contribution to this initiative is screening four 35mm prints from the Tyler Black Film Collection every Thursday in February at 4:30 p.m.  Each screening will be introduced by a speaker to discuss both the film and its cultural context.  More information about the screenings can be found here



The Collection received a donation of over 100 35mm prints from a local collector.  These films predominantly range from the 1970s and 1980s and include such classics as Heaven Can Wait, On Golden Pond, and Yellow Submarine, as well as a few not-so-classics, including Chill Factor, Nine Months, and Born to Be Wild.  This eclectic donation is the largest gift of 35mm films the Collection has received in over twenty years. 

In researching materials that were previously thought destroyed, the archive potentially discovered several films that have been deemed “lost.”  More information to come as this story develops!

ruby.jpeg IN THE MEDIA

As a result of the Jones Collection’s social media efforts, a follower on Facebook discovered the Jack Ruby in what was seemingly innocuous parade footage the Collection released in December.  The story of this unseen footage was picked up by Paula Bosse at Flashback Dallas (here) and later by D Magazine (here).

Robert Wilonsky over at Dallas Morning News used Jones Collection footage in his story on the Sex Pistols’ performance in Dallas.  That story can be found here.

On January 12, 2018, local sports radio station KTCK 1310 The Ticket discussed the collection during two different on-air shows, specifically WFAA footage featuring the Dallas Chaparrals.  

The Jones Collection’s social media presence continues to grow, with Twitter followers from several local media outlets, as well as a few national followers, including media personality Keith Olbermann.  The Collection’s recently created YouTube channel has almost 20,000 views and a total of 282 hours of viewing time.  If you’d like to see what we’re working on, please follow us on Twitter @SMUJones Film ( and on Facebook (  Spread the word! 


February 1 – Screening Room – Greer Garson 3531
The Blood of Jesus on 35mm

February 6 – The Texas Theatre
Inframan on 35mm

February 8 – Screening Room – Greer Garson 3531
Tyler Film Collection – Short Film Excerpts on 35mm

February 11 – The South Dallas Cultural Center
The Blood of Jesus on Video

February 15 – Screening Room – Greer Garson 3531
Miracle in Harlem on 35mm

February 22 – Screening Room – Greer Garson 3531
Juke Joint on 35mm


The WFAA Project continued to be the primary focus of the Collection over these winter months. This past month alone we have digitized more than 100 reels which accounts for about 50 hours of runtime.  We now have accumulated over 650 hours worth of film that can be used for research and documentary use.


The Jones Collection relies on outside donations for all of our equipment and supplies.  In order to help our mission of digitizing and preserving films here at SMU, please consider giving here.




Curatorial discussion #1: Clear, Deep, Dark

This curatorial discussion on the Hawn Gallery exhibition, Clear, Deep, Dark, focuses on its artist, Julie Morel. Every two weeks during the exhibition’s run, Curatorial Fellow, Emily Rueggeberg, will post a new article highlighting one or more of Morel’s pieces from the exhibition to provide insight into the artist’s creative and theoretical processes.

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