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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 →

Collection Spotlight: Edward Gustav Eisenlohr art work and papers

Edward Gustav Eisenlohr was born in Ohio to a family of German immigrants. When he was two years old the family relocated to Dallas, where his father established Eisenlohr Drug Store. As a young boy living in Dallas, E. G…. Continue Reading →

Collection Spotlight: Vivian L. Aunspaugh Art Club records

The Vivian L. Aunspaugh Art Club was organized in 1945 by former and current students of Miss Vivian Louise Aunspaugh and others interested in studying art in Dallas. Miss Aunspaugh, a native of Virginia, studied art in New York and… Continue Reading →

GCI online exhibition – Octavio Medellin: Maya-Toltec Temples and Carvings

The Bywaters Special Collections staff are happy to announce that SMU’s Central University Libraries is now a part of the Google Cultural Institute. BSC staff, Ellen Buie Niewyk, curated the first GCI exhibition with archivist, Emily George Grubbs. Octavio Medellin: Maya-Toltec Temples and Carvings,… Continue Reading →

Collection Spotlight: G. J. Signaigo collection of theater materials

George Joseph Signaigo was a prominent Dallas businessman who co-owned the Brannon-Signaigo Cigar Company of Texas. The majority of the material in this collection consists of theater programs that were collected over the course of Signaigo’s life. The collection includes… Continue Reading →

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