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art as a part of their exhibitions pro-
grams, making great examples of the
state's art available to their patrons and
collectors. As of this writing, for exam-
ple, significant Texas shows are under-
way in Corpus Christi (a retrospective
on the works of Alexandre Hogue) and
Beaumont (a survey of artists from the
Southeast Texas region, seepage 15).
While Texas art has received increased
attention in museums across the state, a
triumvirate of institutions has embraced
regional art as a core mission. They are
rapidly emerging as the premiere Texas
art centers within the state today. Not
only are their doors open for some of the
most compelling exhibitions of early
Texas materials, they are actively culti-
vating exemplary permanent collections
of regional work, often devoting special-
ized gallery space for standing exhibi-
tions of their Texas holdings.
The Panhandle-Plains Historical
Museum in Canyon has been a leading
force in the Texas art renaissance. This
venue maintains perhaps the most com-
prehensive collection of early Texas art in
the state, and it is shown regularly. PPHM
has three permanent galleries devoted to
Texas art-the Texas Gallery, displaying
rotating exhibitions of the museum's per-
manent collection; the Reaugh Gallery,
featuring the works of Texas icon Frank
Reaugh; and the Bugbee Gallery, exhibit-
ing paintings by Clarendon artist, Harold
Bugbee. Visitors can also view the Bugbee
studio (on permanent display), as well as
experience grand Texas murals by Bugbee
and Ben Carlton Mead.
If there is a "cradle" of early Texas art,
it must be San Antonio's Witte Museum.
It possesses one of the foremost collec-
tions of pioneer Texas painters including
Hermann Lungkwitz, Richard Petri, and
Theodore Gentilz, as well as works by
San Antonio impressionists such as
Robert and Julian Onderdonk, Jos6 Arpa,
and Harry Anthony DeYoung. A long-
standing leader in the field, the Witte is
redoubling its commitment to the Texas
art legacy through a dynamic capital
expansion that includes technologically
advanced collections research facilities
as well as dramatic
renovations to its
Pioneer Hall. When
completed in 2012,
the hall will include
tion space for the 0
Witte art collection.
Museum has trans-
formed itself into _ __.
one of the vital new
forces on the Texas
art scene. Leaders at
this West Texas mu-
seum aim for it to be
among the foremost centers of Texas art in
the 21st century, exhibiting and collecting
the best of historical and contemporary
Texas work. With its aggressive exhibition
schedule, The Grace is establishing a repu-
tation for excellence in programming and
devotion to the cause of Texas art. The
museum shows Lone Star works from a
wide range of periods and styles. While
The Grace does not devote permanent
galleries exclusively to Lone Star works,
aficionados will encounter great Texas
materials among its rotating exhibitions.
Through the efforts of these and other
fine museums throughout the state, art in
Texas is well served. In preserving and con-
veying the history and achievement of the
arts of our state, Texas museums do much
more for all of us than meets the eye!
William E. Reaves is founder and president
of the Houston art gallery bearing his name.
OTHER ART MUSEUMS WORTH SEEING:
* Haley Memorial Library, Midland, haleylibrary.com
* Stark Museum of Art, Orange, starkmuseum.org
* Texas State Capitol, Austin, tspb.state.tx.us/spb/
* El Paso Museum of Art, elpasoartmuseum.org
* The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, theoldjoailartcenter.org
* Austin Museum of Art, amoa.org
* Dallas Museum of Art, dm-art.org
* Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, mfah.org
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