Texas Art Roundup Symposium

A Friendly Encounter by Fred Darge. The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. McKee III

Frank Reaugh by Fred Darge. The John L. Nau III Collection of Texas Art

Texas Art Roundup Symposium
Saturday, April 23, starting at 11:00AM-3:00PM

At the Museum of the Big Bend on the Sul Ross State University campus. Entrance fee is $5.00/person. Free to children 12 and under, SRSU students, faculty, staff with current ID cards and free to Members of the Museum of the Big Bend. Click here to learn about becoming a member.

Texas Art Roundup Symposium is underwritten by the Still Water Foundation.

11:00-11:45am – Keeping the Tradition: Contemporary Western artists Wayne Baize, Mike Capron and Alice Leese will speak about their backgrounds in ranching and how those experiences inform their art. They will also discuss artists who have influenced their work.

12:00-12:45pm – J.P. Bryan: The collection of The Bryan Museum in Galveston, its paintings, artifacts, documents, saddles and firearms, began with a purchase made by a ten year-old boy spending his hard earned money. J.P. Bryan talks about his collection journey, his lifetime commitment to telling the story of the settlement of Texas and the Southwest, how the museum came to be, and where it is going.

1:00-1:45pm – Bonnie M. and Robert E. McKee III and David Dike: The McKee’s will discuss their journey from collecting Fred Darge to the publishing of the ebook Fred Darge Paints the Big Bend and Beyond. Mr. Dike will join the McKees to discuss how a gallery can help collectors, both beginning and seasoned, create the collection that resonates with them.

2:00-2:45pm – Michael Grauer: Why are there no Cowboys in Early Texas Art? The zeal to collect “early Texas art” which began in the mid-1980s focused primarily on the wildflower painters and the “Lone Star Regionalists,” and still does. However, a significant genre under the aegis of “early Texas art” has been consciously ignored by most collectors and museums over these past 35 years in exhibitions and public presentations: cowboys and ranching, the very life’s blood of early Texas history. Michael will examine and reveal this unfortunate myopia in early Texas art studies and collecting, hoping to secure depictions of cowboys their rightful place in the early Texas art pantheon, including the work of Fred Darge.

All information is subject to change without notice.