Dallas Museum of Art Unveils its Complete Exhibition History of Texas Art on the DMA Website

Two-Year Project Supported by the University of Texas at Dallas’ Texas Fund for Curatorial Research

The Dallas Museum of Art today announced that a complete list of titles and dates for exhibitions of Texas art presented at the Museum since 1909 has been added to the Texas Art section of its website. The “Texas Exhibition History” project began two years ago after receiving a University of Texas at Dallas Texas Fund for Curatorial Research grant. The effort grew out of the Museum’s commitment to study the Texas art acquired prior to the merger of the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Art in 1963 and which now resides in its collection.

The “Texas Exhibition History” pages also survey the annual exhibitions of Texas art that were popular in Dallas between 1928 and 1963. First launched in Dallas in 1928 by the Dallas Art Association, these annual events were subsequently held throughout Texas to showcase works by local artists for the community. Jurors were appointed to attend the exhibitions and select the most highly admired works as purchase prizes. Artists received monetary prizes for these works, which then entered the collection of the Museum.

All of this new research can be found in the “Texas Art” section of DallasMuseumofArt.org or at http://www.DallasMuseumofArt.org/View/TexasArtists.

“With this grant from UTD and its Texas Fund for Curatorial Research, the DMA has been able to cultivate a deeper understanding of Texas art acquired and exhibited by the Museum and by the many small artistic institutions that flourished in Dallas during the first part of the 20th century,” said Olivier Meslay, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Dallas Museum of Art. “These new and expanded online resources now provide our iMuseum audience of visitors, researchers, and scholars with enhanced knowledge of the DMA’s great respect for and interest in the art and artists of Texas.”

Coming in spring 2013, the DMA website will add another new section to “Texas Art” detailing the evolution of the Dallas art community after 1963. “Dallasites: Charting Contemporary Art, 1963 to Present,” also funded by the Texas Fund for Curatorial Research, will establish the DMA as the primary archive in North Texas for contemporary art.

In addition, the “Texas Art” section of the DMA website includes a comprehensive collaborative digital collections project to provide access to a wide range of images of works by Texas artists. It is currently composed of more than one thousand digitized objects that are held by three partner institutions: Central University Libraries’ Bywaters Special Collections and Norwick Center for Digital Services (nCDS) at Southern Methodist University; the Dallas Museum of Art; and the Dallas Public Library’s Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division and Fine Books Division.

About the Texas Fund for Curatorial Research
The Texas Fund for Curatorial Research, administered by Richard Brettell, The Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair, Art and Aesthetics, at the UT Dallas–based Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Museums [CISM], was established to promote, support, and sustain advanced curatorial scholarship in North Texas. The fund, which was created by a gift from Nancy B. Hamon and matching research funds from the State of Texas, promotes museum-related scholarship at the highest level by supporting specific projects of locally based curators and art historians (often in conjunction with national and international colleagues). It offers a framework for collaboration among regional museums, universities, and other cultural institutions, and between all those institutions and the larger professional world.

About the Dallas Museum of Art
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 24,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, the Museum welcomes more than half a million visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.