2021 Virtual Fall Forum Videos
The 2021 CASETA Virtual Fall Forum was a free virtual program
celebrating Early Texas Art through lectures, tours, conversations and more.
Recorded over Zoom webinar on October 1-2.
- African American Artists in Texas: Selections from the John L. Nau III Collection of Texas Art, a Virtual Walkthrough by Christopher Beer (Nau Collection Curator) with Danielle Burns Wilson (Project Row Houses Curator and Art Director; former Curator and Manager at The African American Library at the Gregory School)
DESCRIPTION: Danielle Burns Wilson introduces participants to the African American Library at the historic Gregory School in Houston, Texas, part of the Houston Public Library system. Christopher Beer explores the exhibition that is now open through March 12, 2022 at the Gregory School, sharing discoveries and insights on the included artists and their work, which collectively span six decades of Texas-based cultural production. Immediately following the program, the conversation will open to attendees, providing opportunity for participants to share their thoughts and ask questions about the Gregory School and the exhibition.
- Jerry Bywaters: Then…and Now
by Francine Carraro, Ph.D. (retired director of the Wichita Falls Museum of Art) and Ellen Buie Niewyk (retired curator of Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University); introduced by Sarah Beth Wilson.
DESCRIPTION: Francine Carraro, Ph.D., and Ellen Buie Niewyk will give a joint presentation on the life and work of Texas artist Jerry Bywaters (1906 – 1989). Niewyk will concentrate on his early years with supporting archival material that illuminates his interest and development in Texas art. Carraro will focus on Bywaters’ influence and how his body of work is currently viewed in the overall development of Texas art.
- ‘A Magnanimous Gift to Man’: The Life and Sculpture of Octavio Medellín
by Dr. Mark A. Castro (Jorge Baldor Curator of Latin American Art, Dallas Museum of Art);
introduced by Scott Chase
DESCRIPTION: In February 2022, the Dallas Museum of Art will present a retrospective of the sculptor Octavio Medellín. Engaging with modernist trends in both his native Mexico and the United States, Medellín’s work as a sculptor and teacher helped shape Texas Art for nearly six decades. Dr. Mark A. Castro, the exhibition’s curator, will present an overview of Medellín’s life and work informed by new research and offer some previews of the upcoming show.
- Lunch Hour Chats about Texas Art
featuring collector Stephen Alton, museum director Lynn Castle, and artist Noe Perez; introduced by Sarah Beth Wilson
DESCRIPTION: During the lunch break, CASETA offers three Texas Art chats by: Stephen Alton, Early Texas Art Collector; Lynn Castle, Executive Director, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont; and Noe Perez, Texas Artist. Each chat host discusses a work of Texas art followed by Q&A.
- Finding Texas Art: A Spotlight on Dealers, Galleries and Auction Houses
CASETA’s annual spring symposium plays host to a Texas Art Fair featuring the state’s leading purveyors of fine Early Texas Art. To recognize their support over the years, CASETA presents an assemblage of short videos showcasing our devoted Texas Art Fair participants.
- The Coming, Going, and Staying of Early Galveston Artists
by Pat Jakobi (Author, Early Galveston Artists and Photographers: Recovering a Legacy)
DESCRIPTION: With its thriving mercantile and immigration port, many early Texas artists arrived in Galveston over the last half of the 19th century. However, a small island offered few opportunities to make a living and most eventually moved on. By 1900 that began to change, with some artists, such as Paul R. Schumann and Boyer Gonzales, calling the city their home. But even they chose to periodically leave both to study and to seek new vistas.