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October 1, 2021: Friday evening opening program
October 2, 2021: Saturday sessions throughout the day featuring exciting presenters, and discussions. 
More information to come!

Watch: "Houston/Dallas Modernism(s) in the 1930s: So Close, and Yet so Differentpresented by Randy Tibbits on Sunday, May 23, 2021 for TACO: Texas Art Collectors Organization

"In both Houston and Dallas during the 1930s, Modernism became the central focus for two small groups of local artists, made up mostly of youngsters, along with their forward-looking mentors: in Houston, the Cherry-McNeill Group; and the Dallas Nine (plus) up north. Though not even 250 miles apart, the approaches to Modernism of the two groups in the two cities were markedly different, and were in some respects a microcosm of the different paths to Modernism on the national level.."
Watch the video above to learn more about Modernism in Houston and Dallas in the 1930s!

 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

The Great Texas Curatorial Wander Series by CASETA:
A Private Studio Tour of Sculptor Charles Umlauf

The second program in CASETA's Curatorial Wander series presents a private look inside the studio of sculptor Charles Umlauf (1910 - 1997) presented by Katie Robinson Edwards, Interim Director and Curator of the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum in Austin, Texas. 
Program also features an informative sculpture tour of some of Charles Umlauf's most important early Texas art works, presented by Umlauf Docent Tom Haider.

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 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