2018 Symposium Sessions

Symposium Sessions

16th Annual Texas Art Fair and Symposium on Early Texas Art
April 27 – 29, 2018
Prassell and Memorial Auditoriums
The Witte Museum
3801 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78209

All exhibitions at The Witte Museum are open free of charge to Symposium attendees wearing a badge. 
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Witte Museum Exhibitions open to CASETA Symposium Attendees

Friday, April 27, 2018

3:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Symposium Registration 

5:30 p.m.    

Start of 2018 16th CASETA Symposium
Opening Remarks by Sarah Beth Wilson, Chair, CASETA Board of Trustees

5:45 p.m.                                                                       

Introduction of Pacesetter Speaker by Katie Edwards, CASETA board member

Pacesetter Address
Francine Carraro, Ph.D.
Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University  
Wichita Falls, Texas
The Texas Scene is the American Scene
The achievements of artists in locales across the vast state of Texas before World War II communicated universal themes in landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and narratives. Grounded in Texas subjects, themes, and images, artists aspired to express universal concepts. The Texas scene was the American Scene.

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Opening Reception

Texas Art Fair


Saturday, April 28, 2018

9:00 a.m.                 

Texas Art Fair and Symposium Registration Opens

9:30 a.m.                                                                     

Session I
Amy Von Lintel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Art History
Doris Alexander Endowed Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts
Director of the Gender Studies Program
West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX
At Home in Texas: The Young O’Keeffe and American identity in the WWI Era
This paper argues that Georgia O’Keeffe can be considered a Texas artist despite the limited time she lived and worked in the state. It discusses how O’Keeffe found a true “home” in Texas during the very moment that the U.S. shifted from isolationism to engagement in WWI, namely 1916 to 1918. Not only did she produce a significant body of work in these two years in response to Texas landscapes and people, but she also discovered the independence, freedom, and dedication to experimentation in Texas that laid the groundwork for her future art career.



10:30 a.m.                                                                                       

Session II  
Keynote Address
Eleanor J. Harvey, Ph.D.
Senior Curator
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Washington, DC
The View from the Smithsonian: An Inside-the-Beltway Perspective on Texas Art
Artists connected to Texas have been a part of the Smithsonian’s collections from the beginning.  Still, their contributions are displayed in the larger context of American cultural values, rather than spotlighting their regional ties. So, what does it mean to be a Texas artist at the Smithsonian? And what does a ten-year stint at a Texas museum contribute to the strategy used in building and displaying the largest collection of American art?



11:30 a.m.



11:45 a.m.

Lunch Break
(box lunches at Witte Museum)
(included with registration) 

1:00 p.m.                                                                                                  

Session III
Panel Controversial Images in Early Texas Art
Victoria Cummins, Ph.D. Professor of History, Austin College, Sherman, TX;  
Eleanor J. Harvey, Ph.D. Senior Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Raúl A. Ramos, Ph.D. Associate Professor of History, University of Houston, Houston, TX
Moderator – Ron Tyler, Ph.D. Former Director, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX
Panel will consider any and all types of images that have become controversial today like Confederate monuments, Negro scene paintings, Hispanic images though not limited to these.  Discussion will include ethical questions of whether/when/where such images are appropriate in collections and exhibitions, both private and public, and how to deal with them from a collector, dealer, museum professional point of view.


2:00 p.m.

Session IV
Kelly Donahue-Wallace, Ph.D.
Chair, Program Coordinator Professor
Art History College of Visual Arts & Design
University of North Texas, Denton, TX
A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Lot of Luggage: Spanish Colonial Art in Texas
Using wills and inventories, this talk explores the art and visual culture owned by Spanish colonists in eighteenth-century Texas.


3:00 p.m. 



3:15 p.m.  

Session V
Mark Thistlethwaite, Ph.D.
Kay and Velma Kimball Chair of Art History
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX
“All things are abstract”: Reflections on the Art of McKie Trotter
This presentation assesses Trotter’s mid-twentieth-century career by placing it within its Texas and national stylistic
and exhibition contexts. Trotter and Thistlethwaite were colleagues at TCU from 1977 to 1988, and the latter supervised
the exhibition
McKie Trotter III: SCAPES, held at TCU in January-February, 2018.

5:30 p.m. 

Texas Art Fair Closes
Bus leaves for Nau Collection (Bus FILLED)

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 

Ticketed Special Event – The Bobbie and John Nau Collection of Texas Art:
Evening Reception and
Private Viewing at Silver Eagle Distributors-San Antonio
Hosted by John L. Nau, III  
Refreshments ($25 per person/Reservations required)
Saturday evening will offer an opportunity to tour an exhibition of wide-ranging and important artworks from one of the leading collections of early Texas art. The Bobbie and John Nau Collection of Texas Art, established in 2003, includes more than 1,800 works of art made in Texas from the 1840’s to 2017. In its totality, this diverse collection offers a compelling mosaic portrait of the history, cultures, places and people of Texas. Over 70 works of art from the collection, including paintings, prints, drawings, and watercolors will be on view at Silver Eagle Distributors in San Antonio (as well as a fascinating display of Civil War artifacts from the Nau Civil War Collection). These artworks will provide visitors with an excellent sampling of the collection as a whole with a primary focus on 20th century Texas art. Through this selection we can trace the vital art history of Texas from Impressionism to Texas Regionalism to modern abstraction and beyond, taking in artists as diverse as Julian Onderdonk, Robert Preusser, and Luis Jimenez. 




Sunday, April 29, 2018

9:00 a.m. 

Texas Art Fair Opens

9:30 a.m.                                                         

Session VI
Amy Fulkerson
Chief Curator
The Witte Museum
San Antonio, TX
The Legacy of Eleanor Onderdonk: Artist & Curator

Eleanor Onderdonk served as the Curator of Art at the Witte Museum from 1927-1958. During her tenure she worked to promote the work of Texas artists through one-man shows and competitive exhibitions and built a collection of early Texas artists. Learn about her impact on the art community in San Antonio and the state.


10:30 a.m.           

Session VII  

Sarah Beth Wilson
Curator of Exhibitions and Collections
Museum of Southeast Texas
Beaumont, TX
with Richard Stout
Early Texas Artist
Houston, TX    
Sense of Home: A Conversation with Richard Stout
This talk will examine the career of renowned Texas artist, Richard Stout, who recently celebrated his retrospective exhibition at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont which will also travel to two other Texas museums.  Stout will join Wilson in a conversation, highlighting specific periods of his artwork and life from the 1950s through 2016.


 11:30 a.m.

Silent Auction Closes – Kelly Fearing art work

Raffle Drawing – Richard Stout painting and autographed copy of book, A Sense of Home  

Closing Remarks by Howard Taylor
CASETA Executive Director

12:30 p.m.

Texas Art Fair Concludes

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.


Post Symposium
Complimentary Lunch with Special Auction Preview
Vogt Galleries Texas

Vogt Galleries Texas invites you to their auction house for a preview of their May 5th Texas Art auction. Along with viewing beautiful early Texas art works, a complimentary light lunch will be offered. 7233 Blanco Road, San Antonio, TX  78216 www.vogtauction.com/texas