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Great Texas Curatorial Wander series by CASETA:
A Special Tour of the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum
in Canyon, Texas.

On Saturday, November 7, 2021 - CASETA (The Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art) presented its fifth installment of the Great Texas Curatorial Wander series with a special tour of the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas.
Tour and commentary by Michael Grauer, who served as the Curator of Art and Western Heritage at Panhandle Plains, and worked 31 total years at the Museum. You will be virtually guided through the Panhandle Plains Museum's Frank Reaugh Gallery, the H.D. Bugbee Gallery, the Gayden Family Texas Art Gallery, and more! Introduction by Stephanie Price, Marketing Director at the Panhandle Plains Museum. Michael Grauer is now the McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.


You can now watch the CASETA 2021 Virtual Fall Forum Session Videos

The 2021 Virtual Fall Forum was a free program
presented by CASETA celebrating Early Texas Art through lectures, tours, conversations and more
Recorded on October 1 & 2, 2021 over Zoom Webinar.
Click here to view the Speaker Session Descriptions and Speaker bios

 Click here to view more CASETA Video content!

Carmen Champion presents: The Artist as Citizen: Frank Freed's Lessons on the Importance of Social Commentary Introduced by Randy Tibbits
by HETAG: The Houston Earlier Texas Art Group on Sunday, June 13, 2021

Carmen Champion says: "Houston based artist Frank Freed took to painting late in life executing mostly representational works of art documenting his life experiences. Although the diversity of subject matter and range of execution is evident, he has generally been dismissed as a "Sunday painter." This presentation will attempt to defy that suggestion by arguing the importance of Freed's work in revealing critical social tensions and anxieties during some of the most tumultuous times in history."

Bio: Carmen Champion holds a full-time faculty position as Professor of Art History and Gallery Director at San Jacinto College Central Campus. She earned an MA in Art History from the University of Houston where her art historical focus centered on Early Texas Art and Culture. She has worked in the curatorial departments of major academic and public museums and is an Associate member of the Appraisers Association of America. 


CASETA is proud to congratulate Rebecca J. Martin, recipient of the 2020 Nancy and Ted Paup CASETA Research Initiative Award 

Rebecca J. Martin was awarded the Nancy and Ted Paup CASETA Research Initiative Award, for the research to prepare an expanded biography on Harold Arthur Roney (1899-1986).

Untitled. Harold A. Roney. n.d. Currin Family Estate.
Rebecca's paper Loving the Land: Early Texas Artist Harold A. Roney and the Legacy of the Leon Springs Art Colony tells the story of Harold Arthur Roneywho "had a significant place in the early Texas art movement and his affiliation with the Leon Springs Art Colony between 1929 –1931 contributes to understanding his commitment to en plein air practice."

Click here to read award winner Rebecca Martin's paper Loving the Land: Early Texas Artist Harold A. Roney and the Legacy of the Leon Springs Art Colony

Click here to learn more about the Nancy and Ted Paup CASETA Research Initiative Award

 What is CASETA?

The Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art works to promote the preservation, study, and appreciation of early Texas visual art and its history. 

For over a decade CASETA has held annual symposiums that have brought together leading collectors, scholars, art dealers, museum people, and educators. Working with the University of North Texas, we have developed a program exploring the artistic heritage of our state. It has become a significant resource for educators that engages students in Texas history tied to state curriculum requirements. 
CASETA has played a significant role in encouraging research, publications and exhibitions regarding our visual arts heritage. We have presented programs in various regions of the state and have searched out and recognized living artists of our earlier heritage and encouraged the collecting of their archives and art. Your support is vital in allowing us to continue our efforts to protect our artistic legacy.

In recent years, Texas has gained recognition for its extraordinarily rich artistic and cultural environment. From the earliest days of settlement, artistic activity has been pivotal to Texas cultural life. Increasingly, a vast range of art centers, major museums, local arts organizations, and community centers recognize the invaluable artistic contributions made within the state. Museum catalogs, academic scholarship, and media attention continue to raise the profile of Texas art. CASETA and its passionate supporters research, preserve, and advance awareness of this extraordinary legacy. Please join us as we explore Texas art from its earliest incarnations through the mid-twentieth century.



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Julian Onderdonk
Sun Lit Birches
Oil on Canvas
25" x 30"
Courtesy of the Nancy and Ted Paup Collection