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Research in the archives: Texas Made Modern

Since it opened in 1961, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art has always had a commitment to exploring the breadth and complexity of American creativity through its collections and exhibitions. Evaluating Texas art’s importance in relation to the museum’s… Continue Reading →

Collection spotlight: Everett Spruce Collection

The staff of Bywaters Special Collections is excited about the upcoming exhibition, Texas Made Modern: The Art of Everett Spruce, at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth. This exhibition, showcasing the work of the Texas regionalist… Continue Reading →

Footage Found – SMU student collaborative project between Meadows and Jones Film and Video Collection

Footage Found was a collaborative project between students in the Video Art course (ASPH 3315) in the Meadows Division of Art and the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection at SMU. The students were provided footage from the WFAA… Continue Reading →

Octavio Medellin and the St. Bernard Church of Clairvaux mural project

“The art of this church has been the largest and most important commission given to me in the 30 years that I have been pioneering art in Texas.”    On December 7, 1958, the Dallas Morning News published the above quote… Continue Reading →

Remembering Dan Wingren 

I met Dan Wingren in 1980. That’s when I began modeling for his and other classes at the Meadows School of the Arts. I was also attending a Dallas community college, knocking off prerequisites for some sort of humanities degree. In 1986,… Continue Reading →

South•Western Arts Magazine

Jerry Bywaters made major art and journalistic contributions to the Dallas and Southwest art scene beginning in the 1920s.  He was considered an unofficial art critic for SMU’s literary journal, the Southwest Review, by reporting on artists and art events…. Continue Reading →

The Brinkerhoff Lodge and Potter Art Iron Studios Collection at Hamon Arts Library

What do a historic log lodge in Wyoming and the Bywaters Special Collection at the Hamon Arts Library have in common? As it turns out, both house unique collections related to a Dallas art studio, the Potter Art Iron Studios…. Continue Reading →

Hawn Gallery presents: ARK: Featuring New Experimental 35 MM Film by Mike Morris

The Hawn Gallery presents  ARK Featuring a New Experimental Film by Mike Morris   On view: August 20 – November 4, 2018 at the Hawn Gallery, located in the Hamon Arts Library at SMU Public Opening Reception Friday, September 14,… Continue Reading →

Bywaters Special Collections Artist Profile: Mary Frances Doyle

Featured in the exhibition Texas Women Artists: Selections from Bywaters Special Collections, on the 2nd floor of Hamon Arts Library. Mary Frances Doyle (1904 – 2000) was known as both a dedicated art teacher and an outstanding printmaker, particularly with… Continue Reading →

State Fair of Texas – a look back from the G. Williams Jones Film and Video Collection

[wpvideo r8iZIKXM] In celebration of this year’s State Fair of Texas, the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection put together this compilation of clips.  Taken from several months of the archive’s 16mm WFAA Newsfilm Collection, this twenty-three minute piece… Continue Reading →

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