2016 CASETA Award Winners
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 CASETA Awards:
The Bill and Mary Cheek Patron Award - Bill and Cynthia Gayden
The Lifetime Achievement Award - Bill Reaves
The Publication Awards - Light T. Cummins, A&M University Press; Peter Mears, University of Texas Press; The Grace Museum
The Exhibition Awards - The Grace Museum, Abilene; Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas
2015 CASETA Award Winners
The Bill and Mary Cheek Patron Award - Bobbie and John Nau
The Lifetime Achievement Award - J. P. Bryan, Holly Thurston Cox, Sanford Cox, Jr.
The Distinguished Service Award - Francine Carraro
The Publication Awards - Katie Robinson Edwards, The University of Texas Press
The Exhibition Awards - University of Houston-Downtown, The Grace Museum, Abilene
Awards were funded through the 2014-2015 CASETA Matching Grant and additional gifts from CASETA supporters
2015 - 2016 The Nancy and Ted Paup
CASETA RESEARCH AWARD RECIPIENT
Congratulations to the CASETA 2015-2016 Research Award recipient
Linda East, Denton, Texas
2016 MA, University of North Texas
Ms. East’s thesis focuses on Texas architect O’Neil Ford (1905-1982) and Texas artist Thomas M. Stell, Jr. (1898-1981) and the work they completed for Texas Instruments in Dallas. The thesis is entitled, “Semiconductors and Symbolism: Thomas Stell’s Ceramic Murals and the Story of Texas Instruments.”
2014 - 2015 CASETA RESEARCH AWARDS
Congratulations to the CASETA 2015 award recipients!
Carmen M. Champion, Houston, Texas
2015 MA, University of Houston
Thesis: The Greater Texas and Pan American Exposition: An Early Staging of Texana Identity
Thesis examines the Catalogue of the Exhibition of Art of the Americas: Pre-Columbian and Contemporary, which stems from the Greater Texas and Pan-American Exposition held in Dallas, Texas in 1937.
Susannah Aquilina, El Paso, Texas
PhD Candidate in History, 2016
The University of Texas at El Paso
Dissertation: Biography of Manuel Gregorio Acosta
Dissertation examines the iconic El Paso artist, whose prolific career began in the1940s and included paintings, drawings and sculptures depicting people on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Hannah Joan Wilson, Denton, Texas
Junior, Honors College
University of North Texas, Denton
Research project examining the State of Texas Building within Fair Park as a functioning monumental object in hopes of illustrating Texas identity through visual analysis and historical memory.
About the CASETA Awards:
CASETA annually gives awards to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement and study of early Texas art. The awards and the criteria used making the awards are as follows:
Bill and Mary Cheek Patron Award - to be presented to an individual or couple who has distinguished himself, herself or themselves by providing substantial leadership, resources, and inspiration in advancing our understanding and appreciation of the rich visual arts heritage in the state of Texas.
Criteria: Must be a patron collector who has provided longtime leadership and resources in collecting and promoting
early Texas art.
- Lifetime Achievement Award - to be presented to an individual (or group of individuals) who has distinguished himself, herself or themselves with a lifetime involvement with Texas art as an artist, a patron, collector or scholar of early Texas art.
Criteria: Must be an artist, patron collector, scholar or group that has had a lifetime of involvement with early Texas art. Must be retired or near the end of their career.
- Distinguished Service Award - to be presented to an individual who has given long-time and distinguished service to CASETA and the promotion of early Texas art.
Criteria: Must have given long-time and distinguished service to CASETA and the promotion, preservation, study, and appreciation of early Texas art either within or outside the organization. Activities may include board service, committee work, educational work, fundraising or other activities such as collecting, writing,or speaking about CASETA when such activities promoted CASETA and/or the preservation, study and appreciation of early Texas art.
- Publication Award - to be presented to an individual or individuals who have made the most important contribution to the published literature on early Texas art during the previous calendar year. The publication may be in the form of a journal article, an exhibition catalogue, a monograph, or a book.
Criteria: Must be a publication about the preservation, study or appreciation of early Texas art that was published in the calendar prior to the award. Must be a published work by a recognized press or organization; no self-published materials will be considered. Must demonstrate a high quality writing that is engaging and accurate.
- Exhibition Award - to be presented to an institution that has organized and presented the most outstanding exhibition on early Texas art during the previous calendar year.
Criteria: Must be an exhibition of work by early Texas artists that was opened to the public in the calendar year immediately preceding the award. Must be in a recognized, not-for-profit venue such as a museum or art center. Exhibitions in commercial venues will not be considered.
- CASETA Research Award - to be presented to an eligible upper level undergraduate or graduate student in History, Art History, Education, or other related fields to pursue original academic research related to the history of early Texas art and artists. This award carries a monetary award.
In the fall semester of the academic year a detailed proposal is sent from CASETA to art departments at Texas universities. Submissions are due from students by November 15 and are reviewed by the CASETA Research Awards Review Committee. Students are notified before the end of the calendar year if they have been chosen for an award. Monetary awards are mailed at that time. Award winners also receive a complimentary CASETA membership and registration to the next CASETA Symposium.
Criteria: Promote and reward original research on early Texas art and artists by young and emerging scholarship in public and private institutions of higher learning in Texas. Promote the development of curriculum materials related to early Texas art and artists for use in public schools throughout the State of Texas. Contribute to the literature on early Texas art and artists.
2016 CASETA Award Nominations (except CASETA Research Award) may be submitted either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail by March 1, 2017
Att: Award Nominations, CASETA, PO Box 3726, San Angelo, TX 76902
Process for Making Nominations for all Awards, except the CASETA Research Award
All nominations must be made in writing (electronic nominations are acceptable) and should indicate what it is about the person, the event or the publication that in their opinion warrants consideration for a CASETA Award.
All written nominations must be received by the Chair of the CASETA Awards Committee by March 15th.
All nominations for individuals must be accompanied by an electronic copy of the individual's CV or Bio statement.
All nominations for exhibitions must be accompanies by any catalogues or other material produced in relation to the exhibition. The material will be returned if a pre-addressed postage paid envelope is included.
All nominations for publications must be accompanied by three copies of the publication. The material will be returned if a pre-addressed postage paid envelope is included.
All nominations for the research award must be accompanied by three copies of the research project; electronic submissions are acceptable. The material submitted will be returned if a pre-addressed postage paid envelope is included.
Prior to January 1, the Chair of the CASETA Board will appoint a three member Selection Committee, chaired by a member of the CASETA Awards Committee, to review all materials and prepare recommendations to the CASETA Board.
The Board will review the recommendations of the Selection Committee in advance of its March meeting and make the final selections at that meeting.