Deep in the Art of Texas: DMA Adds Texas Art and Artist Pages to Website-Archives Back to 1909

by Bill Davenport October 8, 2012

The Dallas Museum of Art has added a complete listing of its Texas Art Exhibitions to its website, creating a mine of information on regional art back when it was spelled with a capital R. The list includes titles and dates for all exhibitions of Texas art presented at the Museum since 1909.

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.

The “Texas Art” section of the DMA website also includes links to digital collections at SMU’s Central University Libraries’ Bywaters Special Collections and Norwick Center for Digital Services (nCDS); the Dallas Museum of Art; and the Dallas Public Library’s Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division.

The two year project was supported by a grant from the University of Texas at Dallas’ Texas Fund for Curatorial Research.

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