Contemporary Texas; 30 selections from the permanent collection

Published on Thursday, 31 July 2014 23:05 - Written by Jon Perry Special Contributor

Since the Tyler Museum of Art opened in 1971, Texas art has been a critical component in its exhibition programming. As a result, TMA has played a vital role in the contemporary Texas art scene over four decades.

The next exhibition highlights the museum’s milestones in building its permanent collection and celebrates achievements in cultivating the talents and reputations of noteworthy artists of the modern era.

“Contemporary Texas: Selections from the Permanent Collection” opens to the public Sunday and continues through Nov. 30 in the North Gallery. Admission is free.

Organized by Caleb Bell, TMA marketing and special events coordinator, the exhibition highlights nearly 30 of the most notable works the museum has acquired since the 1970s. The art represents a cross-section of artists across a broad range of media who have made an impact on the contemporary Texas art scene. Many of the artists have been featured in previous TMA exhibitions.

“This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to view some of the most celebrated works from the TMA’s Permanent Collection together in a single exhibition, offering a glimpse into the Museum’s rich history and its indelible place in the Texas art scene over the past few decades,” Bell said.

Artists represented in “Contemporary Texas” include photographer Skeet McAuley (focus of the 1980 TMA exhibition Barriers), painter William B. Montgomery (the subject of TMA shows in 1988 and 2009), multi-media artist Lance Letscher (2005) and sculptor James Surls, who held his first solo museum exhibition at the TMA in 1974.

Vernon Fisher, MANUAL (collaborative artists Ed Hill and Suzanne Bloom), Sam Gummelt and Al Souza are just a few of the additional Texas luminaries in the spotlight for this exhibition.

Fall Lecture Series

Several artists whose works are in “Contemporary Texas” will be the focus of the Fall Lecture Series that coincides with the exhibition. The lectures are:

Sept. 14: MANUAL (Ed Hill and Suzanne Bloom);

Oct. 19: Martin Delabano;

Nov. 16: William B. Montgomery;

Lectures begin at 2 p.m. at TMA. Admission is free, but seating is limited. For reservations, call 903-595-1001.

Sponsorship for Contemporary Texas is provided by The Byars Foundation, Collectors’ Circle Platinum; and Sheryl Rogers Palmer, Collectors’ Circle Gold.

Jon Perry is communications coordinator at Tyler Museum of Art.