The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2015 with special exhibitions of art works never seen in the U.S., as well as a wide variety of offerings from its distinguished permanent collection.
The Meadows Museum announces the acquisition of a life-size portrait by the modern Spanish master Ignacio de Zuloaga y Zabaleta as part of its ongoing initiative to expand and enhance its collection and further strengthen its role as a leading center for the study and presentation of Spanish art.
The Meadows Museum has announced that Darryl Lauster has won the 2014 Moss/Chumley Artist Award. The award is given annually to an outstanding North Texas artist who has exhibited professionally for at least ten years and has a proven track record as a community advocate for the visual arts. Lauster received the award on December 10th at the Meadows Museum’s Holiday Party.
The Board of Trustees and Maxwell L. Anderson, The Eugene McDermott Director, are pleased to formally acknowledge Edith O’Donnell, longtime patron of arts and education, for her multiyear $9 million gift made in November 2013.
The National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) at Southern Methodist University unveiled its second major report that examines the financial, operating, engagement and staffing health of the nonprofit arts industry. The report is available online at smu.edu/artsresearch.
Samuel S. Holland, an internationally renowned music educator and outstanding arts administrator, has been named dean of Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. He also will hold the school’s Algur H. Meadows Chair. Holland has provided strong leadership to the Meadows School in both teaching and administrative roles for more than 20 years.
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art received a Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for $150,000.
Thursday, September 18, 2014, was North Texas Giving Day. More than 98,000 generous Texans donated $26,339,253 to North Texas non-profits, which includes some museums and galleries. The 18-hour event surpassed the 2013 tally by more than $1 million and 23,000 donors. Art museums did not do nearly as well as the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which raised $115,324. (See list in post)
The first Dallas Photo Walk, in conjunction with 500px Global Photo Walk, will be this Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Over two dozen photographers have signed-up via Facebook to attend the journey around Dallas Fair Park and West End. Photographers Mark D. and Mr. Holga will be walking and taking pictures with both local and out-of-town photographers. All photographers (pro, amateur, novice) and cameras (film, digital, instant) are welcome.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza will feature former exotic dancer Nancy Myers for their September Living History Program. Ms. Myers danced at Jack Ruby’s Carousel Club under the stage name Tammi True. Myers was one of Ruby’s girls during President Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963. Myers will discuss the shock of seeing her boss, Jack Ruby, shoot Lee Harvey Oswald on national television. Myers will be at The Sixth Floor Museum on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Barry Whistler Gallery announces their mid-year show, Summer Fall 2014: A Rotating Exhibition. On display are works by David Bates, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Orr, Susan Williams and more (see below). The exhibition runs through September 27, 2014. Barry Whistler Gallery is open by appointment in August and will resume regular hours in September 2014.
PDNB Gallery’s latest exhibition, The Most Important Photograph Ever Made, includes the earliest surviving photograph since Nicéphore Niépce first created photography. This is a rare opportunity to see a print of this historic magnitude outside the permanent collection of the University of Texas, Austin. The exhibition opens with a reception on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Nasher Sculpture Center announced their 2014-2015 exhibition schedule. Artists on display in the coming season include Thomas Heatherwick, Anna-Bella Papp, Melvin Edwards, Phyllida Barlow and Giuseppe Penone.
In a series of social media posts, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum appears to be righting a wrong. Apparently, a mother breastfeeding her infant was told by a security guard to take her activity to the restroom. We’re not sure if the mother complained or if the museum realized their error. Either way, we’re please with the out come. After all, museums are full of naked people.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza will present award-winning folksinger Christine Lavin as part of their monthly Living History Program. Lavin will appear twice for the museum on Friday, August 8 at 11:30 a.m. and again on Saturday, August 9 at 2 p.m. This special event is free with paid admission or $5 for just the Lavin event without museum access. For more information visit www.jfk.org