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Collection Spotlight: Perry Nichols art work and papers

Perry Nichols (1911 – 1992), a Dallas native, was initially associated with the Texas regionalist artists of the 1930s and 1940s, and was also multitalented in many areas of art. Taught by local Dallas artists, Nichols entered the art world at an early age and worked in various art mediums throughout his life, including painting, particularly the technique called “trompe l’oeil” (“trick the eye”) mural painting, printmaking, and woodworking. The collection includes artwork, clippings, correspondence documents, ephemera, photographs, publicity, published works, and scrapbooks.

The Nichols collection consists of 11 works of art on paper and archival materials that include clippings, correspondence, documents, ephemera, photographs, publicity, and published works. The Nichols scrapbook contained artwork and archival material relating to the artist’s life and career. The items were removed for preservation purposes and placed in archival folders and boxes. A digitized copy of the scrapbook is available for viewing in Bywaters Special Collections. The archival material reflects Nichols’s diverse and multifaceted art career which included painting, printmaking, woodworking, and teaching. Supporting material consists of invitations to gallery openings, photographs of his family and friends, including some from his military days in San Antonio, and images of his paintings, murals, and “trompe l’oeil” work.

Please take a look at the detailed finding aid available through Texas Archival Resources Online.

Image: Courtesy of Perry Nichols Collection, Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University

Collection Spotlight: Maria Ascarra papers

Maria Ascarra was an actress who performed in multiple productions around the United States. The principal material in this collection was collected during her prime performing years in New York City and elsewhere. The collection includes clippings, correspondence, ephemera, documents, programs, publicity, published works, scripts and 3 dimensional objects (primarily theatre props) relating to theatre, dance and classical music. Most of the material originates from Dallas, Texas, but there is also material from New York City and other states and cities.

The Maria Ascarra Collection includes a variety of materials such as artwork, clippings, correspondence, documents, ephemera, programs, publicity, published works, scrapbooks, scripts, photographs, costumes and three-dimensional objects.

Please take a look at the detailed finding aid available through Texas Archival Resources.

Image: Courtesy of Maria Ascarra papers, Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University.

Collection Spotlight: Mary Frances Doyle art work and papers

Mary Doyle (1904 – 2000), a Texas native, devoted her adult life to the art education of Dallas children and to the printmaking profession. She participated in many of the exhibitions organized by the women’s printmaking group the Texas Printmakers, formerly the Printmakers Guild, and remained active in art education organizations and other art groups: the Arlington [Texas] Art Association, the Dallas Art Education Club, the Dallas Museum of [Fine] Arts, the Dallas Print Society, and the Texas Fine Arts Association. The collection includes artwork, clippings, correspondence, documents, photographs, publicity, and published works related to her teaching and art career. The artwork consists of works by Doyle and her contemporaries. Continue reading “Collection Spotlight: Mary Frances Doyle art work and papers”

Carlotta Corpron: Photography and Light

Artist and educator, Carlotta Corpron (1901-1988) is the subject of one of the current exhibitions at the Meadows Museum.  Process and Innovation:  Carlotta Corpron and Janet Turner, on view through June 5, 2016, presents the art of two women who worked as both artists and professors at separate Texan universities during the twentieth century.   Highly experimental, both artists would come into their maturity of style in their respective media of photography and printmaking while teaching in Texas. Continue reading “Carlotta Corpron: Photography and Light”

Collection Spotlight: Greer Garson Collection

Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson (1904 – 1996) was one of the most honored actresses in the history of film, receiving seven nominations from the Motion Picture Academy for “Best Actress” (six in the 1940s) and winning the award in 1942. This collection includes correspondence, photographs, slides, film and theater scripts, newspaper and magazine articles, and programs, awards, and scrapbooks. These materials chronicle Greer Garson’s acting career from London’s West End through her Hollywood years and her many philanthropic activities and comprise the most extensive gathering of primary materials documenting her life and career. Continue reading “Collection Spotlight: Greer Garson Collection”

Janet Turner: Texas Printmaker

The current exhibition at Meadows Museum at SMU, Process and Innovation: Carlotta Corpron and Janet Turner, is a welcome reminder of earlier showings of Janet Turner’s prints in Dallas and elsewhere in Texas.  Don’t miss Turner’s remarkable prints now on loan from Hamon’s Bywaters Special Collections, along with other private lenders, including Jack and Beverly Wilgus -donors who have generously pledged their historic photographic collection to DeGolyer Library. Images by Beverly Wilgus, a former student of Corpron, will also be on view.

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Collection Spotlight: Ann Cushing Gantz papers

Ann Cushing Gantz (1933 – 2012), a Dallas native, achieved distinction as artist, gallery owner, and art instructor. Her gallery, known as “Cushing Galleries,” served as a location for both gallery exhibitions and art classes. Gantz has taken an active role in many Texas and Dallas art organizations including the Texas Printmakers, a women’s printmaking organization, and the Dallas Print and Drawing Society, serving as president of both organizations. The collection includes artwork, clippings, correspondence, documents, ephemera, gallery files, guest books, photographs, publicity, published works, and scrapbooks. Continue reading “Collection Spotlight: Ann Cushing Gantz papers”

Collection Spotlight: Little Theatre of Dallas collection

The Little Theatre of Dallas was founded in Dallas in 1920 to provide the city with quality theatre performed by non-professional actors from the community and reflects the many facets and stages of the organization from its inception to its final demise in the late 1950s. Continue reading “Collection Spotlight: Little Theatre of Dallas collection”

Collection Spotlight: Octavio Medellin Art Work and Papers

Octavio Medellin was an artist and teacher who was active in Texas from the 1920s until his death in 1999. He is primarily known as a sculptor but also did work in ceramics, glass, and mosaics. Born in Mexico, Medellin was heavily motivated by pre-Columbian art, mainly of Mayan origin, and he is associated with the Texas Regionalists movement of the 1930s and 1940s. The collection reflects his distinguished art career and includes art work, clippings, correspondence, documents, ephemera, negatives/slides, photographs, publicity, published works, scrapbooks, and three-dimensional objects.

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