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Paintings from Bobbie and John Nau’s private collection on view at The Grace

In just seven years, the Texas art collection of Houstonians Bobbie and John Nau has grown to include more than 700 paintings and works on paper, representing a broad spectrum of styles and artists. Tuesday, The Grace Museum will open an exhibition of selected works from the collection titled Drawing on the Past: Selections from the Bobbie and John Nau Collection of Texas Art.

Texas Museums Offer Free Admission to Military Personnel and Their Immediate Family

The United States of America is giving military personnel and their immediate family another perk for their service. Through the Blue Star Museums partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, forty-two museums in Texas are offering free admission to military personnel and their immediate family. Free admission starts this Memorial Day, May 31, 2010, through Labor Day, September 6, 2010.

TEDxSMU Issued a 2010 Call for Artists for a Temporary Art Installation

Starting Now! TEDxSMU is issuing a Request for Proposals for artists/artist teams interested in being a creative catalyst at TEDxSMU 2010. Open to artists, architects and designers of all types, we invite you to send us your ideas for a performance, installation or interactive-based project that will open our imaginations and create a dialogue between our two signature events: TEDxKids @SMU on Oct. 15, 2010 and TEDxSMU on Oct. 16, 2010.

Tyler Museum of Art Offers Free Admission to Military Personnel and Their Families this Summer

Today Tyler Museum of Art announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 600 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2010. Families can visit www.tylermuseum.org for museum hours. The complete list of participating Blue Star Museums is available at www.arts.gov.

Dallas Museum of Art Receives Transport Security Administration Certification to Ship Works of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art has been named by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as a certified cargo screening facility (CCSF), a federal designation that makes the process of shipping artwork by air much easier for the Museum. This makes the DMA one of very few museums in the country, and the second museum in Texas, to achieve this clearance level; others include the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art. The certification process, a year-and-a-half in the making, was overseen by the DMA’s Gabriela Truly, Director of Collections Management. The first certified shipment from the Museum is scheduled to take place with the closing of the touring exhibition The Lens of Impressionism.

Silver Seduction at the Museum of International Folk Art in New Mexico

In the mountain town of Taxco in Mexico’s state of Guerrero, large-scale mining can be dated to the sixteenth century, and silver is a way of life. In the years following the Mexican Revolution (1910-20), jewelry and other silver objects were crafted there with an entirely innovative approach, informed by modernism and the creation of a new Mexican national identity. Antonio Pineda was a member of the Taxco School and is recognized as a world-class designer. He lived a long and creative life, passing away at the age of 90 on December 14, 2009.

SMU Meadows Summer Art Academy

SMU’s Summer Art Academy offers a unique experience for high school students who intend to study art at the university level. Hosted by the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, the Academy welcomes high school artists to work in studios alongside SMU art students, in courses taught by SMU’s art faculty with additional support from MFA students. Small class size and spacious studio facilities ensure each student receives personal attention and freedom to grow as an artist.

The North Texas Food Bank Invites Dallas to Meet the Real Faces of Hunger

The face of hunger is often unseen in North Texas and so often we lose touch with the stories of individuals and families who are unsure where they’ll find their next meal. To bring those faces to light, internationally acclaimed photographer and San Antonio-native Michael Nye documented the voices, stories and portraits of the food insecure for an exhibition entitled Table of Contents: Stories of Hunger and Resilience.

Dallas and Fort Worth's New Attractions Pass Now on Sale

There’s a new way to save money in Dallas and Fort Worth. It’s call the Attractions Pass and it will save you money on general admission to the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Zoo, The Fort Worth Historic Stockyards Experience, International Bowling Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, The Sixth Floor Museum, Southfork Ranch and more. A 2-day Attractions Pass costs $49 for adults and $24 for children (3-12 years). A 3-day pass is $10 more for adults and $5 more for children.

The Blanton Museum of Art Announces 2010-2011 Exhibit Schedule

The Blanton Museum of Art has announced their 2010-2011 exhibit schedule, which includes special exhibits and their permanent collection. The special exhibit is Turner to Monet: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum opening in October 2010. Other special exhibits include Recovering Beauty: The 1990s in Buenos Aires and Repartee: 19th-Century Prints and Drawings from The Blanton Collection opening in February 2011 and August 2010, respectively.

First-Ever Retrospective of Charles M. Russell at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Masterworks of Charles M. Russell: A Retrospective of Painting and Sculpture will travel to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in June 2010, presenting more than 60 major works in oil, bronze, and mixed media by the renowned “cowboy artist” Charles M. Russell (1864-1926), as well as a selection of personal objects that portray the artist in his own words and images. Virtually self-taught, Russell began to paint early in his career as a cowboy, after he left his privileged St. Louis family at sixteen to work as a night wrangler on a ranch in the Montana Territory. Later on, his iconic images would help define the American West in the popular imagination. With first-hand knowledge of cowboys and outlaws, Native Americans, trappers and hunters, and Western wildlife and wilderness, Russell presented an unparalleled view of a bygone American culture, rich in authentic detail and infused with personal passion. By the time of his death, in 1926, Russell had seen the western culture that he loved radically change. Through his animated artworks, however, he became a western legend in his own right and provided endless inspiration to Hollywood’s first filmmakers. Despite being one of the best-known names in American art, this exhibition is the first major retrospective featuring both Russell’s painting and sculptural work.