Bywaters Special Collections Artists Profile: The Lady Blacksmiths – Velma Davis Dozier & Esther Webb Houseman

Featured in the exhibition Texas Women Artists: Selections from Bywaters Special Collections, on the 2nd floor of Hamon Arts Library.

Velma Davis Dozier and Esther Webb Houseman met while taking a metalworking class from Thetis Lemon, a talented artist herself, at the College of Industrial Arts (now Texas Woman’s University) in the early 1930s.  While driving back and forth together from Dallas to Denton the two would talk about having their own studio and gallery space where they could do their own work at their own pace and without the disruption of a class bell. In 1933, they opened the Dallas School of Creative Arts located at 2714 Greenville Avenue in a building owned by Velma’s father. With the help of Lynn Ford, brother of Texas architect O’Neil Ford, they learned to make their own furniture for the reception area. The first year of operation did not show much profit, but Esther and Velma were determined to make their new school a success. Excellent instruction, a well-equipped classroom, and creative advertisement soon gained the attention of the Dallas community. In 1934 the Dallas Times Herald reported: “Miss Velma Davis and Miss Esther Webb are two young Dallas women who have established the Dallas School of Creative Arts on Greenville Avenue, and have equipped it with one of the finest laboratories in the Southwest for the practical making of jewelry, textile designs and all sorts of hand-wrought articles in silver, copper, pewter and other metals.”

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Hawn Gallery presents: Clear, Deep, Dark – Works by Julie Morel

The Hawn Gallery presents

CLEAR, DEEP, DARK
Works by Julie Morel

On view: January 26 – March 11, 2018

 Opening Reception: Friday, January 26th, 5 – 7pm
at the Hawn Gallery, located in the Hamon Arts Library at SMU

Artist Julie Morel will conduct a gallery talk at 5:45 p.m.

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Bywaters Special Collections Artist Profile: Janet Elizabeth Turner

Artist featured in the exhibition Texas Women Artists: Selections from Bywaters Special Collections, on the 2nd floor of Hamon Arts Library.

Janet Turner was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1914.  Attending nature camps during the 1920s, she developed an early awareness of the outdoors and the beauty nature had to offer.  Turner’s interest in the environment continued into her college years where at Stanford University she first studied botany but switched to the history of the Far East in her junior year.  In 1936 she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Far Eastern History.  In the same year she traveled to China, Japan, Korea, Manchuria, and the Philippines where she became enthralled with Eastern printmaking.  Upon her return to the states Turner enrolled at the Kansas City Art Institute where she studied painting under Thomas Hart Benton and lithography under John de Martelly.  After completing the course work in 1941, Turner attended classes at Claremont College in California where she studied painting with Millard Sheets and Henry McFee; in 1947 she received her Master of Fine Arts.

Turner’s professional teaching career started in 1948 at Stephen F. Austin State College in Nacogdoches, Texas where she remained until 1956.  During her tenure in Texas, Turner’s art career flourished.  She had solo exhibitions at the Kansas City Art Institute (Missouri), Santa Barbara Museum of Art (California), and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Texas) and was an active member of the Texas Printmakers.  Turner’s work was included in the 1950 exhibition American Painting Today at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.  In 1952 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship to experiment with printmaking techniques for making prints of Gulf Coast flora and fauna.  Turner received national recognition in 1953 when she was elected an Associate of the National Academy of Design. In 1974, she was a full academician.

During the summer of 1954 Turner returned to Japan where she met Japanese artist, Kiyoshi Saito, a well-known Sōsaku-hanga (‘creative prints’) printmaker. He arranged for Turner to have a one-person exhibition of her prints at the Yoseido Gallery, a venue in Tokyo that specialized in contemporary Japanese prints.

In 1956 Turner left Texas to pursue a doctorate in art education at Teachers’ College, Columbia University. In 1959 she accepted a teaching position at Chico State College in Chico, California.  There she founded the school’s printmaking program.  Turner continued to teach there until her retirement in 1981.  Throughout her professional career Turner collected prints from all over the world in order to introduce students to a wide range of printmaking techniques. Late in life, she left her collection to her college.  Her personal collection became the core of the campus museum that bears her name – the Janet Turner Print Museum.

Janet Turner died in California on June 28, 1988.


Image: Iguana I, Relief etching and serigraph, 1976, original dimensions (image):  11 5/8” (H) x 17 5/8” (W) [http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/tar/id/148/rec/3 ]

Courtesy of Janet Turner Collection, Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University

Screening and Q & A of The Dying of the Light

Please join the G. William Jones Film & Video Collection’s moving image curator, Jeremy Spracklen, on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the Texas Theater for a screening of Peter Flynn’s 2015 documentary, The Dying of the Light. Following the screening, Flynn, the director of this documentary will be available for a Q & A hosted by Spracklen.  The subject of this documentary explores “the history and craft of motion picture presentation through the lives and stories of the last generation of career projectionists. By turns humorous and melancholic, their candid reflections on life in the booth reveal a world that has largely gone unnoticed. The result is a loving tribute to the art and romance of the movies—and to the unseen people who brought the light to our screens.”* 

Tickets and information about the event can be found here: https://thetexastheatre.com/movies/dying-light-filmmaker-q/.

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