2017 University of Dallas Regional Juried Ceramic Competition

The University of Dallas is proud to host the 2017 University of Dallas Regional Juried Ceramic Competition. The exhibition will gather contemporary ceramic artworks, both functional and sculptural, from 45 artists of the Southwest region. These featured works have been selected by this year’s juror, internationally acclaimed ceramic artist and professor, Virginia Marsh, who is also currently an artist-in-residence at the university. The opening reception is Monday, February 13, at 6:30pm–9:00pm, with a lecture presentation by Virginia Marsh, followed by the presentation of two “Best of Show” awards. The exhibition is free and open to the public from January 18 until March 13, 2017.

The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery will host the 2017 University of Dallas Regional Juried Ceramics Competition from Wednesday, Jan. 18, to Monday, March 13.  Marsh will also present a lecture detailing the featured works selected for the exhibit on Monday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Art History Auditorium. A reception and awards presentation will follow from 7 to 9 p.m.

Now in its 10th year, the regional ceramic exhibit has become one of the premier competitions for both new and established ceramicists — 45 separate artists will be featured in this year’s exhibit, which provides visitors an overview of contemporary ceramic art from throughout the Southwest.

Before coming to the University of Dallas, Marsh taught ceramics for 20 years at the University of Louisville, served as editorial adviser to Chilton Book Company and published numerous articles and photos of her own work.

The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is located in the Art History Building at the corner of Gorman Drive and Haggar Circle on the University of Dallas campus at 1845 E. Northgate Drive in Irving. The gallery, which is part of the Haggerty Art Village, is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Saturday noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday12:30 to 5 p.m. For more gallery information, visit www.udallas.edu/gallery or call 972-721-5087.

Brookhaven College Presents Jana Perez

Jana Perez, Objectified, collage, 43 x 43.

Jana Perez, Objectified, collage, 43 x 43.

Brookhaven College   School of the Arts   Art Department   Studio Gallery

Jana Perez

1.9 – 2.3.2017   M – F  9 – 5

reception 1.27.20176-8 pm


Exhibitions, gallery lectures, and receptions are free and open to the public.

Brookhaven College is located at 3939 Valley View Lane, between Midway Road and Marsh Lane in Farmers Branch.

The Forum Gallery is located in Building F, Room F101, open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Park in the P4 or P5 parking lot.

For more information about  exhibitions, contact David Newman, gallery director, at 972-860-4101 or at dNewman@dcccd.edu.

3939 Valley View Lane     Farmers Branch, TX 75244-4997    V 972.860.4101    F 972.860.4385

Fine Silver: Looking at Silver through the eye of an Auction Specialist

Join Karen Rigdon, M.A., Director, Decorative Arts & Design/Silver & Vertu, at Heritage Auctions for a daylong seminar examining 19th and 20th century silver.  This seminar will cover important aspects of Silver Collecting & Connoisseurship, using the Heritage Archives and pieces from the April Fine Silver & Vertu auction, to guide the discussion.

  • Highlights from the Heritage Archive
  • Collecting trends: Then and Now
  • How to look at silver: identify construction techniques, judge quality, establish origin
  • Examination of work by the finest 19th and 20th centuries silversmiths
  • Handling session

When: Monday, February 6, 2017, 9:00 – 5:00

Where:  Heritage Auction Galleries, 1518 Slocum St., Dallas,

Cost: $125.00 for ISA members; $150.00 for non-members

To register: Send a check to PO Box 600935   Dallas, Texas   OR

Contact Susan Sturdivant, PhD., ISA CAPP   214/522-0460; HPAppraiser@aol.com

Internship Opportunity at galerie frank elbaz

Intern responsibilities may include correspondence, assisting at openings and gallery events, research, press communication, speaking with visitors, gallery upkeep, and other miscellaneous tasks tailored to intern’s particular interests. Candidates should have completed a BA or be in the process of completing a MA in Art History or a related field with a particular interest in contemporary art, possess strong computer and communication skills and be willing to commit to two to three full days per week over the Spring Semester. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and proficiency in other languages are a plus. Intern must notify gallery of planned absences at the start of internship. Intern may choose to be compensated or earn course credit. Candidates may send a letter of interest and current CV to elizabeth@galeriefrankelbaz.com with the subject line ‘Spring Internship 2017.’
galerie frank elbaz opened in 2002 in the district of Le Marais in Paris. The gallery promotes French creation by presenting work by Davide Balula, Rainier Lericolais, Bernard Piffaretti and more. Simultaneously, it offers a foresight into the American scene, showing works of artists such as Sheila Hicks, Kaz Oshiro, Mungo Thomson or Blair Thurman. Over the years, the gallery has focused on rediscovering historical artists such as Wallace Berman and Jay DeFeo, as well as artists from the Zagreb conceptual scene, such as the Gorgona Group (Julije Knifer, Mangelos, Josip Vanista, etc.) or Tomislav Gotovac and Mladen Stilinovic. The gallery regularly invites curators or artists to propose exhibitions projects. It participates in many international art fairs such as Frieze Art Fair (New York), Fiac (Paris), Art Basel (Basel) and Art Basel Miami Beach (Miami). In 2016, galerie frank elbaz opened a second space in Dallas, Texas.

Exhibition Highlight: Mason Bryant at The Reading Room

pigment extracted from Yves Klein's "Table Bleu" impregnated as tracing

pigment extracted from Yves Klein’s “Table Bleu” impregnated as tracing

Mordants, by Mason Bryant

January 14 – February 11

Mordants, an exhibition by Fort Worth artist Mason Bryant will open Saturday, January 14 from 6 to 8 pm at The Reading Room. A mordant is a dye fixative, a chemical substance that combines with a dye or stain to permanently adhere it to a fabric or tissue. Bryant appropriates and recontextualizes gestures, texts and images of artists from the past to conjure new forms.It is a kind of alchemy.The exhibit continues through February 11, 2017.

Bryant lives and works in Fort Worth. He received an MFA from Texas Christian University and a BA from University of Texas at Arlington. His work has been shown at Conduit Gallery, Black Lodge Gallery and Fort Worth Contemporary Arts.

http://thereadingroom-dallas.blogspot.com, Karen Weiner 214 952 4109

Report of the Director

Richard Brettell - AH - Margaret M. McDermott Distinguished Chair in Aesthetic Studies - Art History

Dr. Richard R. Brettell

The fall semester of 2016 has been almost volcanic with activity at the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History. We have welcomed a new visiting scholar from the University of Victoria, Professor Allan Antliff, who is in Dallas for the 2016-2017 academic year to work on a new book dealing with contemporary art and anarchist philosophy. Allan and I became friends through our mutual study of Camille Pissarro, whose anarchism is well known, and my students and I have learned a great deal from his imaginative and morally bracing kind of art history. His presence at UT Dallas will result not only in a major book but also in a long-term collaboration with the superb art history faculty at the University of Victoria, a collaboration which will be enriched by the presence on campus of Dr. Melia Belli-Bose of the University of Victoria in the spring term of 2017.

Most recently we co-organized with the Ackerman Center a symposium on the School of London, the post-WWII painters of Britain that included Freud, Bacon, Kossoff, Auerbach, Andrews, and Kitaj. The symposium coincided with a major exhibition of the group at the Getty. We have also planned a symposium with our colleagues at the Crow Collection of Asian Art devoted to the global ceramics trade centered in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Puebla, Mexico. The markets of Puebla linked the Islamic ceramic tradition via Spain with the Chinese tradition via the Mexican-ruled Phillipines and the Manila galleons.

Our goal of making our DMA headquarters a “Living Room” for art historians in Dallas-Fort Worth continues to advance, and later this month we will welcome as many of our metroplex colleagues as possible to meet the DMA’s new director, Agustín Arteaga. Our schedule of workshops masterminded by Lauren LaRocca continues apace, involving O’Donnell Institute scholars and fellows as well as distinguished guests.

This fall, we have also had a good many distinguished visitors to the Institute’s UT Dallas home, including Mr. and Mrs. O’Donnell, UT Dallas’s new President, Dr. Richard Benson, and the French Ambassador, Gérard Araud.

French Ambassador Gérard Araud (middle) and Consul General of France Sujiro Seam (right) visit EODIAH

French Ambassador Gérard Araud (middle) and Consul General of France Sujiro Seam (right) visit EODIAH


For me, the semester is filled with preparations for the lectures in what might well be the largest course in UT Dallas’s history, Introduction to the Visual Arts, taught to an eager group of almost 350 undergraduates in the lecture hall of the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology building. Using works of art in Dallas-Fort Worth museums as portals onto other places and other times, I endeavor to excite UT Dallas’s supremely intelligent undergraduates, the vast majority of whom major in sciences, technology, management, or social sciences, to pause and think about human history and its artistic and architectural heritage.

We have also progressed this term in our partnerships with the Wildenstein Institute in Paris, the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, the Swiss Institute of Art History in Zurich, the University of Victoria, and, soon, a new Institute for the Study of American Art at the University of Nanjing in China.

Not bad for a little more than two years.


Richard R. Brettell, Ph.D.

Founding Director, The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History and the Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair

Greetings from the Assistant Director

As we welcome the arrival of autumn in Texas, the O’Donnell Institute is already hard at work bringing together two major symposia for the spring semester. 

The first is presented in collaboration with the Crow Collection of Asian Art on the occasion of the exhibition Clay Between Two Seas: From the Abbasid Court to Puebla de Los Angeles. The exhibition traces the journey of ceramic technology from China to the Islamic world to the Americas, and the development of Talavera pottery in baroque Puebla. The symposium will bring together important scholars of Asian, Islamic, and New World ceramics for a day of lectures and gallery conversations. Save the date: Saturday, January 14, 2017. 


Jar with Chinese double curved handles, Puebla de los Angeles, New Spain, 17th century, tin glaze earthenware with cobalt blue on white glaze, Museo Franz Mayer

Jar with Chinese double curved handles, Puebla de los Angeles, New Spain, 17th century, tin glaze earthenware with cobalt blue on white glaze, Museo Franz Mayer


In February, with the participation of the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center, we will present Artists’ Writings on Materials and Techniques. The symposium brings together art historians, curators, and conservators to explore a broad range of artists’ writings on working practices and to address the complicated relationship between artists’ visual and textual work. In lectures and roundtable conversations, participants will also discuss how these writings inform our own work as scholars, curators, and conservators. Two keynotes will be given by our distinguished guests Dr. James Meyer (DIA) and Dr. Michael Cole (Columbia), and we are also honored to welcome Carol Mancusi-Ungaro (The Whitney) as a contributor to a roundtable conversation. Save the date: Friday-Saturday, February 24-25, 2017, and RSVP via our Programs page here.

On the horizon: we are in the very early stages of planning our next major symposium for fall 2017 or spring 2018 on the topic of The Artists Workshop as a Site of Collaboration 1300-1700. More details to follow soon! In the meantime, we look forward to welcoming you at our upcoming workshop talks and gatherings.

Michelangelo Buonarotti, Manuscript of Sonnet 5 with self-portrait, c. 1509–1510, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence

Michelangelo Buonarotti, Manuscript of Sonnet 5 with self-portrait, c. 1509–1510, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence


Dr. Sarah K. Kozlowski

Assistant Director

The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History

Become a Friend

More than three years ago, the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History was founded with a $17 million gift from Mrs. O’Donnell, one of the largest single donations in the history of UT Dallas. With her largesse and under the leadership and vision of Dr. Richard Brettell, an exciting future is ahead for the Institute.

To expand the Institute’s work, a new Master’s in Art History will be launched in Fall 2018. This new initiative for the University will prepare a select and highly qualified group of students for careers in art research, education, museums and conservation. With the Institute’s headquarters in the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building at UT Dallas and the Dallas Museum of Art, future scholars will be inspired and motivated to learn about art in museum settings, taking advantage of an abundance of resources in our regional collections.

Other initiatives include an innovative international research partnership with the Museo di Capodimonte in Naples led by Dr. Sarah Kozlowski, Assistant Director, and a major art conservation initiative led by Dr. David McPhail, Distinguished Chair of Conservation Science. Both are the genesis of new collaborations with museums throughout the world.

We thank the following donors for their support of the O’Donnell Institute.  We invite you to join us as a “Friend” and be a part of Dr. Brettell’s vision to make EODIAH one of the world’s great art institutes and one of the greatest assets to UT Dallas and the cultural life of Texas.

Edith O’Donnell

The State of Texas
Mrs. Eugene McDermott
The Hamon Charitable Foundation

The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation

Salle Stemmons

Mr. Harlan Crow
Communities Foundation of Texas
Carolyn and Bob Dickson
Mr. and Mrs. John Ridings Lee
Legett Foundation

Ms. Ruth Mutch
George A. and and Nancy P. Shutt Foundation

The Dallas Foundation – Mr. and Mrs. William T. Solomon, Sr.
Mrs. Nancy M. Dedman
Ms. Patricia Patterson

Winifred and Ivan Phillips
Mr. Peter Rathbone and the Estate of Perry Rathbone
Eve Reid
Roger S. Horchow
Mrs. I.D. “Nash”  Flores III

You may make a gift at www.utdallas.edu/arthistory.

Please call me at (972) 883-2472 or email me at lucy.buchanan@utdallas.edu. I look forward to discussing the many significant ways you can help support the Institute and become a part of our exciting future.


Lucy M. Buchanan
Director of Development
The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History

EODIAH Launches Art and Medicine Resources Website

Distinguished Scholar in Residence at UT Dallas Bonnie Pitman’s major advances in the field of Art Museum and Medical School Partnerships has led to the establishment of the new Art and Medicine resource site hosted by The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History: www.utdallas.edu/arthistory/medicine.

The Art Museum and Medical School Partnerships initiative centers on the advancement of medical students, interns, residents and fellows being taught to look at works of art and in turn relating that to their professional practices. By doing so, they develop observation, interpretative, empathic and collaborative skills in order to enhance their clinical diagnosis and practices.

With the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Pitman organized a landmark gathering called The Art of Examination: Art Museums and Medical School Partnerships that brought together more than 135 leading art museum and medical school professionals at a two-day convening on June 8 and 9, 2016, held at MoMA.

The Forum was designed to share information about programs and partnerships between the art community and the medical community and was the largest gathering of professionals dedicated to work in this area and the first time that many had an opportunity to exchange information and ideas about these programs.

Research conducted during the development of The Art of Examination: Art Museums and Medical School Partnerships Forum led to the compilation of critical resource materials for art museum and medical school partnerships including a Bibliography of research articles, studies, and books relating to the field; a list of Program Descriptions of 70 partnered programs; and a selection of course Syllabi.

The new site also serves as documentation of The Art of Examination Forum. Pitman’s Report on the Forum summarizes the gathering and describes next steps in moving the field forward. A Summary showcases highlights from the Forum with photographs. The Forum’s Program with list of speakers, Roster of attendance, PowerPoint Presentations of plenary and Idea Exchange sessions, and video Recordings of the main sessions bring to life the important ideas brought forth and collaborations formed from the Forum.

As the number, variety and purpose of collaborative art museum and medical education programs are expanding, networks for research, evaluation and future convenings are advancing. The Edith O’Donnell Institute for Art History will continue to provide access to resources on the Art and Medicine website at www.utdallas.edu/arthistory/medicine.

The Art of Examination Forum held teaching demonstrations in the MoMA galleries. Photo: Manuel Martagon.

The Art of Examination Forum held teaching demonstrations in the MoMA galleries. Photo: Manuel Martagon.



Press of the Forum has been overwhelmingly positive including a feature in The New York Times.


Read the article from The New York Times here:

How an Aesthete’s Eye Can Help a Doctor’s Hand


Read the full press release from UTDallas here:

O’Donnell Art History Institute Launches New Online Resource


Read the article from the American Association of Museum Directors here:

Bonnie Pitman’s Commitment to Art and Medicine

Dallas Becomes a Major Center for Islamic Art

Dr. Sabiha Al Khemir Distinguished Scholar of Islamic Art at UTD and Senior Advisor for Islamic art at the DMA

Dr. Sabiha Al Khemir Distinguished Scholar of Islamic Art at UTD and Senior Advisor for Islamic Art at the DMA

Four years ago, when I was appointed the Dallas Museum of Art’s Senior Advisor for Islamic Art, a caring colleague in Europe remarked: ‘But there is no Islamic art in Dallas!’ Thanks to the visionary institutional leadership in Dallas that reality has changed with impressive speed, and is growing ripples.

Dr. Brettell saw the significance of introducing the teaching of Islamic art at the O’Donnell Institute, and the first graduate course took place last year. This teaching experience was made all the more rewarding for me thanks to a very inspired and sharp group of students. The course brought an emphasis to the importance of cultural context and examined our ways of looking. It provided an in-depth introduction to the subject of Islamic art, highlighting its unity and diversity from Spain to South East Asia. Last year we discussed some of the main aspects of Islamic art, such as calligraphy and figural representation. The next Spring semester of 2017, the course will concentrate on distinctive styles and iconic representations of Islamic art, highlighting new topics such as technical innovations and cross cultural influences.

The course focuses on the art of the object, examining works in different mediums, produced over many centuries, especially during the Medieval period. It makes extensive use of the Keir Collection at the DMA. The Keir Collection constitutes a major resource of the material culture of the Islamic world, spanning three continents and thirteen centuries. It is a considerable benefit for the course as it enables students to examine physical objects of art. The Keir Collection, assembled over the course of five decades, is one of the most geographically and historically comprehensive of its kind, encompassing almost two thousand works—from works on paper to rock crystal, to ceramics, metalwork, carpets and textiles. The arrival of the Keir Collection at the DMA transforms Dallas into the third largest repository of Islamic art in the United States.

Next term we welcome Dr. Melia Belli-Bose, visiting from the University of Victoria. She will teach here at UT Dallas and I am excited that she will contribute to the graduate course, bringing her extensive research experience and fresh insights.

A library of Islamic art – which belonged to the scholar Dr. Oliver Watson, the IM Pei Professor of Islamic art and architecture at Oxford University – has been acquired by the EODIAH and is on its way from the United Kingdom to Dallas. It will be housed in the O’Donnell Institute space at the DMA. The library holds eleven hundred volumes and includes standard reference books as well as rare runs of journals, and a number of substantial works especially on ceramics, architecture and painting. The library will be a significant foundation for research, supporting the Keir Collection and the study of Islamic art.

Next April, the first space dedicated to Islamic art will be inaugurated at the DMA. The Keir Collection will be presented in a new purpose-designed gallery space off the Museum’s Concourse. The new long term installation will present over a hundred pieces from the collection, many of which were never shown before, while retaining some of the masterworks from last year’s exhibition Spirit and Matter, such as the celebrated Fatimid rock crystal ewer, one of only seven in the world of its caliber and the only one of its type in the United States. Over the years, the gallery will offer a rotation of pieces, especially works on paper and textiles.

A taste of what’s to come in the gallery will be revealed at the beginning of the Spring semester when we display a number of works from the Keir Collection in the EODIAH vitrine at the DMA. The theme will be luster-painting on ceramics, which is an important innovation of the Islamic world. The complex technique of luster and its alchemy (where metal oxides produce the effect of iridescence) illustrates the connection between science and art, and the transfer of knowledge from East to West.


Large bowl, ceramic, with luster-painted decoration, Iraq or Egypt, 10th century. The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.220

Large bowl, ceramic, with luster-painted decoration, Iraq or Egypt, 10th century.
The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.220


I love the vitrine itself – ingeniously designed by Buchanan Architecture to physically connect the DMA and the Institute space: one can look at the display from the inside and from the outside. The vitrine physically and conceptually reflects institutional collaboration. In a way, it mirrors the dynamic of art history’s perspective: our very imperative in the Islamic art course, to look from within and from without, to look at the object, at the world within it, at the cultural context that produced it and its way of seeing the world.

The Islamic art initiative is an exciting venture with many ripples to come. The momentum for Islamic art in Dallas at present is a window into a historical step in the trajectory of Islamic art, which, in itself, is no less than a leap in the canon of art history and of fostering cross-cultural understanding.

Dr. Sabiha Al Khemir

Distinguished Scholar of Islamic Art at UT Dallas and Senior Advisor for Islamic Art at the DMA

Conservation Science Makes Discoveries with New Tool

The conservation science research group recently took delivery of a scanning micro-X-Ray fluorescence (XRF) instrument (the Bruker M6 Jetstream XRF) that determines the chemical elements in and beneath the surfaces of paintings and other objects.

Read more about the instrument here.

This is an exciting new approach to the chemical analysis of works of art, and it is only the third instrument of its type in America (the Getty and the Metropolitan Museum of Art being the other two). Armed with the chemical information from the M6 XRF it is possible to deduce the pigments that the artist used. Also because the instrument can measure beneath the surface it is possible to see hidden images, for example earlier compositions that have been painted over (canvases were expensive and were often re-used).

The first image on an important piece of work is shown below. It is a still life composition Still Life with Apples, Pears and Pomegranates by Gustave Courbet from the Dallas of Museum of Art collection and it was brought to the university for analysis by Nicole Myers and Laura Hartman.


David S. McPhail

Distinguished Chair of Conservation Science, The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History


Conservation Science spectrometer

Conservation Science Spectrometer Analyzes a Cezanne

Conservation Science Analysis of a Cezanne



Dr. Charissa Terranova, Associate Professor of Aesthetic Studies

Dr. Charissa N. Terranova will co-chair with Oliver AI Botar a panel, The Politics of Biocentrism: How Creativity Masks, Transforms, or Enhances the Politics of the Ecological Movement, at the annual meeting of the Society of Literature, Science, and the Arts [SLSA] November 3-6 in Atlanta. She is presenting the paper “The Cell State: Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Organismal Biology, and the Führer Principle,” which interrogates the right-wing politics of Bertalanffy during WWII and his seminal role in systems art during the 1960s.

Hans Haacke, Chickens Hatching (1969), an example of systems art

Hans Haacke, Chickens Hatching (1969), an example of systems art


Shilyh Warren, Assistant Professor of Aesthetic and Film Studies

ShilyhWarrenShilyh Warren is assistant professor of Aesthetics and Film Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is currently writing a book about the history of women’s documentary filmmaking with a special focus on the 1970s. Her essays on documentary and feminist filmmaking have appeared in Camera Obscura, South Atlantic Quarterly, Signs, Jump Cut, and Mediascape. She is also the co-editor of a special feature on feminist pedagogy and cinematic violence for Films for the Feminist Classroom.

On October 31st, Shilyh curated a series of films from the 1970s at the Segal Theater Center at The Graduate Center at CUNY in New York. Beginning at 11:00am, an all‐day screening, “Shorts from the Feminist Seventies” showcased a selection of 16mm feminist documentary shorts made by women on topics ranging from marriage, sex, and reproductive health to labor, identity, and memory—all borrowed from the New York Public Library’s Reserve Film and Video Collection. Q&A sessions throughout the day included filmmakers Mirra Bank, Abigail Child, Amalie Rothschild, Claudia Weill, and archivist Elena Rossi-Snook from the New York Public Library’s Reserve Film and Video Collection.

“Women’s documentary filmmaking of the 1970s gave voice to the complex concerns of feminist activism, including gender, class, race, religion, sexuality and ethnicity,” said Warren.

“This day-long screening offers an unprecedented opportunity to see the films in their original 16mm format and speak directly with the influential pioneers of women’s documentary filmmaking.”

Read more about the event here.

Joseph R. Hartman, EODIAH Research Fellow

EODIAH Research Fellow Joseph R. Hartman was funded by the Santander Bank and the Meadows School of Arts to present at “Arte, Arquitectura, y Política en América Latina,” a conference held at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú in Lima, Perú (September 28-30). Presented in Spanish, his talk considered the visual history of the Isle of Pines, a small island off Cuba’s southern coast once occupied by pirates, U.S. entrepreneurs, and then a maximum security penitentiary run by the Cuban State. The program was part of an academic exchange between doctoral colleagues in Perú and Texas. Spearheaded by SMU Chair and Professor of Art History, Adam Herring, activities outside the conference included a visit to Cuzco, the Nazca Lines, and Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

October 13-16, Hartman co-organized the panel “Looking and Working in the Spanish Caribbean City,” with his colleagues Paul Niell and Asiel Sepúlveda, for the Eighth Biennial Urban History Association Conference held at Loyola University in Chicago, IL. Hartman presented his work “Testimonies in Stone and Light: Photography, Urbanization, and Labor in Modern Cuba.” His talk considered Depression-era narratives of industrial positivism in photographs of “men at work” in Havana produced by U.S. photographer Walker Evans and the Cuban State.

These talks came out of Hartman’s dissertation, entitled Modern Dreams: Building Machado’s Cuba, 1925-1933. Hartman’s doctoral work focuses on the U.S.-funded public works campaign of the Cuban Dictator Gerardo Machado. Hartman will submit his dissertation for the fulfillment of his PhD in Art History at SMU this December. He will then return to Cuba with his family on a brief research trip for his book project on state-sponsored Cuban art and architecture.

Programs at EODIAH

Please visit our website for the latest events, lectures, and programs.




O’Donnell Institute/Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies Symposium

The School of London: Diaspora and Pictorial Trauma in Auerbach, Bacon, Freud, Kitaj, and Kossoff
O’Donnell Institute/Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies Symposium
At the O’Donnell Institute, UT Dallas and the Research Center at the DMA
Open to the public


Workshop Talk: Dr. Jacqueline Chao, Curator of Asian Art, Crow Collection of Asian Art

Chen Rong’s Nine Dragons scroll and the history of Chinese ink dragon painting
At the O’Donnell Institute Research Center at the DMA
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


Area Art History Faculty Reception

At the O’Donnell Institute, UT Dallas and the Research Center at the DMA
By invitation


Dr. Julian Henderson, Professor and Chair of Archaeology, University of Nottingham

The glories of Islamic glass – new insights into production, trade and specialization along the Middle Eastern Silk Road
At the O’Donnell Institute Research Center at the DMA
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


Workshop Talk: Dr. Davide Gasparotto, Senior Curator of Paintings, J. Paul Getty Museum

Giovanni di Paolo. The 20th Century Rediscovery of a Sienese Renaissance Painter
At the O’Donnell Institute Research Center at the DMA
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


Workshop Talk: Dr. David McPhail, O’Donnell Institute Distinguished Chair of Conservation Science

Using surface science and surface analysis to understand (and hopefully ameliorate) ultra-slow corrosion processes in works of art
At UT Dallas, BSB 13.685
By invitation


O’Donnell Institute Symposium

Artists’ Writings on Materials and Techniques
Open to the public



The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at the Dallas Museum of Art

The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at the Dallas Museum of Art

Reports from the Dallas Museum of Art



Image credit: © Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. Photo Bryan Conley

© Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. Photo Bryan Conley

Curatorial Growth

This January, the DMA will welcome Dr. Anna Katherine Brodbeck as the new Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. Brodeck will join the Museum from the Carnegie Museum of Art, in Pittsburgh, PA, where she has worked since 2013 as an Associate Curator, serving as the coordinator between the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Whitney Museum of American Art on the organization of the first comprehensive US retrospective of the influential Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica. A Ph.D. in art history, Brodbeck brings to the DMA an extensive knowledge of modern and contemporary art and will work closely with Gavin Delahunty, the Museum’s Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art on the Concentrations series, focused on international emerging artists and also on strengthening relationships with local artists.


DMA ALL Rothschild © Harry Cory Wright

© Harry Cory Wright

Open Book

The DMA is quickly wrapping up their 25th anniversary season of the Museum’s literary and performing art series, Arts & Letters Live. On November 15, Dr. Nicole R. Myers, The Lillian and James H. Clark Curator of Painting and Sculpture, DMA, will lead a tour of the Museum’s 18th-Century French art tied to author Hannah Rothschild’s appearance that same evening. The first woman chair of the National Gallery in London and a trustee of the Tate Gallery, Hannah Rothschild has been part of the art world for her entire life. Her family has an extensive collection, and she made several films about the art world, among other subjects, during a long career as a documentary filmmaker with the BBC. She will be discussing her debut novel, The Improbability of Love, which takes the reader behind the scenes of a London auction house, into the secret operations of a powerful art dealer, to a flamboyant 18th-century-style dinner party, and more.


Martini glass, c. 2001, Valeri Timofeev, designer, silver gilt, plique-à-jour enamel, enamel, unidentified hardstone, Dallas Museum of Art, Discretionary Decorative Arts Fund, 2014.21

Martini glass, c. 2001, Valeri Timofeev, designer, silver gilt, plique-à-jour enamel, enamel, unidentified hardstone, Dallas Museum of Art, Discretionary Decorative Arts Fund, 2014.21

Toast of the Town

November marks the opening of the DMA’s focus exhibition Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail. The exhibition features nearly sixty works predominantly from the DMA’s extensive design holdings, many of which are on view for the first time, and explores the culture of cocktails and the wares in which they were prepared and served. The exhibition follows the development of the modern cocktail from the late 19th century to the present day, tracing the stylistic reflections of the rituals of the cocktail’s concoction, presentation, and consumption through metalware, glassware, and ceramics. Featuring a range of objects, many of which are on view for the first time, Shaken, Stirred, Styled includes 19th-century punch bowls, early 20th-century liquor decanters and glasses, Prohibition-era cocktail shakers, and Art Deco and modern barware.

Image credit: Martini glass, c. 2001, Valeri Timofeev, designer, silver gilt, plique-à-jour enamel, enamel, unidentified hardstone, Dallas Museum of Art, Discretionary Decorative Arts Fund, 2014.21


On View, Lectures, and Other Events at the DMA This Fall/Winter

Special Event: Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style

Thursday, November 3, 7:00 p.m.

Join April Calahan, fashion historian and Special Collections Associate at Fashion Institute of Technology, for a closer look at her book Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style. Calahan will discuss the evolution of men’s and women’s styles through the art of the fashion plate–lavish, hand-colored illustrations created to promote the latest modes.



Brettell Lecture: Variation, Seriation, Decoration: Van Gogh’s “Sheaves of Wheat”

Thursday, November 10, 7:00 p.m.

Join Dr. Nicole R. Myers, The Lillian and James H. Clark Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, for an in-depth exploration of Vincent van Gogh’s Sheaves of Wheat. 



Nicolas Party: Pathway

Through 2/5/17


Swiss artist Nicolas Party will create a site-specific commissioned mural in the DMA’s Concourse Gallery. For this installation, the first solo US museum presentation for the artist, Party will make an all-over mural on the walls and ceiling of the Museum’s main central corridor.



Concentrations 60: Lucie Stahl

9/16/16 to 3/12/17

Hoffman Galleries

For Concentrations 60: Lucie Stahl, the artist’s first U.S. solo museum show, Stahl will present both old and new work in an immersive installation that will feature a number of her “Prayer Wheels”.



Waxed: Batik from Java

9/25/16 to 9/10/17

Level 3

Drawn from the DMA’s collection, Waxed: Batik from Java presents a selection of Javanese batik made in the West and Central regions, the main batik production was centered during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Batik is a wax-resist process for dye-decorating cloth. In Indonesia, batik is especially associated with the island of Java.

DMA-organized; exclusively at the DMA.



Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt

10/9/16 to 1/8/17

Chilton I Gallery

Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt features cats and lions in ancient Egyptian mythology, kingship, and everyday life through diverse representations from the world-famous holdings of the Brooklyn Museum.



Figurine of a Standing Lion-Headed Goddess, Faience, Brooklyn Museum. Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.943E

Figurine of a Standing Lion-Headed Goddess, Faience, Brooklyn Museum. Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.943E


Walter De Maria: Counterpoint

10/19/16 to 1/22/17

Barrel Vault and Hanley, Lamont, Rachofsky, and Stoffel Galleries

Walter De Maria: Counterpoint is the first presentation in three decades of Walter De Maria’s 1986 work Large Rod Series: Circle/Rectangle, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13.



Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail

November 18, 2016-November 12, 2017

Focus II

DMA Organized; Exclusively at the DMA


Art and Nature in the Middle Ages

December 4, 2016-March 19, 2017

Chilton II

U.S. Exclusive Venue


The Wittgenstein Vitrine

Through 5/28/17

Conservation Gallery

Modern Opulence in Vienna: The Wittgenstein Vitrine reveals the results of an intensive research and conservation program by exploring the conservation effort and charting the context and history of this masterwork’s design and fabrication, iconography, and provenance. The exhibition also presents new perspectives on designer Carl Otto Czeschka, his work for the Wiener Werkstätte, and the important patronage of the Wittgenstein family.



Passages in Modern Art: 1946 – 1996

3/13/16 to 5/28/17

Barrel Vault and Hanley, Lamont, Rachofsky, and Stoffel Galleries

Passages in Modern Art: 1946–1996 brings together objects from the DMA’s acclaimed contemporary collection, including recent acquisitions, rarely seen works, and newly conserved paintings and sculpture.


SMU and The Meadows Museum Exhibitions, Events, Lectures



Juan de Valdés Leal (Spanish, 1622-1690), The Triumph of Saint Ferdinand, 1671. Etching. Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas. Museum Purchase, MM.70.02. Photo by Michael Bodycomb

Juan de Valdés Leal (Spanish, 1622-1690), The Triumph of Saint Ferdinand, 1671. Etching. Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas. Museum Purchase, MM.70.02. Photo by Michael Bodycomb

Modern Spanish Art from the Asociación Colección Arte Contemporáneo
October 9, 2016-January 29, 2017

Modern Spanish Art from the Asociación Colección Arte Contemporáneo is the first exhibition in America to present a comprehensive survey of modern art in Spain during the first half of the twentieth century. The rich and diverse art created by Spanish artists during this period is largely unknown in the US due in part to the turmoil that took place in Spain at this time. Displaying highlights from the extensive modern art collection of the Asociación Colección Arte Contemporáneo (ACAC) with works from the Meadows Museum, this exhibition brings together more than 90 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper to demonstrate the most important aspects of modern Spanish art and shed light on the global connection between Spanish art and other international modern art movements.


The Festival Book for San Fernando: Celebrating Sainthood in Baroque Seville
October 9, 2016-January 29, 2017

Rarely-seen etchings by Juan de Valdés Leal (1622-1690) and other Spanish Baroque masters from the lavishly illustrated festival book Fiestas de la Santa Iglesia Metropolitana y Patriarcal de Sevilla al nuevo culto del Señor Rey San Fernando el tercero de Castilla y de León (Seville: Viuda de Nicolás Rodríguez, 1671) provide a fascinating look at the extravagant 5-day festival in 1671 Seville that was held for the cult of King Ferdinand III of Castile, or San Fernando (r. 1217-1252).



INsights and OUTlooks
Nov. 12, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Meadows Museum



Gallery Talk: Sainthood and Festival in Baroque Seville

Nov. 4, 12:15 pm

Rebecca Quinn Teresi

Meadows Museum


Lecture: From Galas to Gutters: Maruja Mallo in Madrid

Nov. 17, 6:00 pm

Anna Wieck

Meadows Museum


Lecture: Modeling Maternity

Dec. 1, 6:00 pm

Maite Barragán

Meadows Museum


Gallery Talk: Spanish Surrealism from Dalí to Domínguez

Dec. 9, 12:15 pm

Josh Rose

Meadows Museum


SMU Lecture 2016

UNT Art Historian Jennifer Way: Scholar Report

Jennifer Way (UNT) is presentingPhotography and Vietnamese Resettlement: Narrating Refugees for Americans” in the session called A Rightful Home? State-Sponsored Migrations and US Empire (sponsored by the Immigration and Ethnic History Society) at the American Studies Association annual conference, Denver. She served as guest editor for “Collections and Questions of Belonging,” a special issue of Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals (12 no. 3 summer 2016) with Elizabeth Weinfield. The issue considers how archives and museums understand belonging, possession and dispossession in terms of acquisition, relationships with local communities, and collecting practices, and how these institutions participate in discourses of national identity.

Scheduled across the fall and spring, Way’s and UNT colleague Lauren Cross’s Conversations: Art, Politics and North Texas series consists of five discussions featuring DFW artists and scholars who will speak about their socially engaged work as it relates to urban contexts, civic institutions, culture and history within various cities in North Texas. During the fall, the series brought Christopher Blay and Lauren Woods to UNT.

Way’s spring seminar, Politics of Exhibitions, explores the exercise and distribution of power in relation to curation, installation formats, narratives, circulations and uses of exhibitions. Her undergraduate and graduate course, Questions of Race and American Art Since 1945, explores relationships between contemporary art world activity and changing ideas about and lived realities of race in America.

Crow Collection of Asian Art Exhibitions and Events



Abhidnya Ghuge: Flight of the Canyon

July 16-November 27, 2016


Clay Between Two Seas: From the Abbasid Court to Puebla de Los Angeles

September 17, 2016 – February 12, 2017


Divine Pathways: South and Southeast Asian Art

October 22, 2016 – March 5, 2017




Educator Workshop with Abhidnya Ghuge

November 3, 6:00-9:00 pm


Adult Workshop with Abhidnya Ghuge

November 6, 2:00–5:00 pm

Interact with our newest installation and local contemporary artist Abhidnya “Abhi” Ghuge by using different materials and methods to create your own sculptural landscape inspired by Abhi’s work. Participants will explore the exhibition, Abhidnya Ghuge: Flight of the Canyon, a site-responsive installation created with thousands of woodblock printed paper plates.

Pricing: $40 Friends of the Crow Collection, $50 Public

Crow Collection of Art Workshops

Kimbell Art Museum Exhibitions and Lectures

Monet, Green Wave, c. 1866–67, Oil on canvas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, H. O. Havemeyer Collection; Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.111)

Monet, Green Wave, c. 1866–67, Oil on canvas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, H. O. Havemeyer Collection; Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.111)


October 16, 2016 to January 29, 2017

This groundbreaking exhibition is the first ever devoted to the young genius of Claude Monet. Monet: The Early Years will feature approximately 60 paintings from the first phase of the artist’s career, from his Normandy debut in 1858 until 1872, when he settled in Argenteuil, on the River Seine near Paris.





Friday Evening Lectures

Monet at the First Impressionist Exhibition

Friday, November 11, 2016 –

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM


Friday Evening Lectures

Between Past and Future: Monet’s Bridges

Friday, January 13, 2017 –

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM


Friday Evening Lectures

Rembrandt, the Jews, and “That Portrait” at the Kimbell

Friday, February 10, 2017 –

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Amon Carter Museum of American Art Exhibitions and Events


October 15, 2016–December 31, 2016

Border Cantos Richard Misrach | Guillermo Galindo


This multidimensional collaboration between heralded photographer Richard Misrach and innovative artist-musician Guillermo Galindo examines the border between the United States and Mexico through a revelatory, humanistic lens. Border Cantos brings together Misrach’s often large-scale photographs with musical instruments that Galindo has created out of artifacts like clothing, shotgun shells, drag tires, and toys found along the border fence. These items, together with the… Read more


Guillermo Galindo Playing The Angel Exterminador (Exterminating Angel) Section of border wall, Border Patrol drag chain, wood blocking used in construction of border wall © Guillermo Galindo, courtesy of the artist

Guillermo Galindo Playing The Angel Exterminador (Exterminating Angel)
Section of border wall, Border Patrol drag chain, wood blocking used in construction of border wall
© Guillermo Galindo, courtesy of the artist


November 5, 2016 10:30am12:30pm
Artist Lecture and Performance

Explore the combination of photography and sound during this artist lecture and performance inspired by the special exhibition Border Cantos: Richard Misrach | Guillermo Galindo. Photographer Richard Misrach will discuss his process, influence, and experiences when creating the large-scale photographs of the border between the U.S and Mexico featured in the exhibition. Then, artist-musician Guillermo Galindo will play musical instruments (also on display in the exhibition) that he created out of artifacts found along the border, and will be accompanied by performer Amy X Neuburg.

Following the program, both Misrach and Galindo will be available to sign the project publication, Border Cantos, for sale at the Museum Store.

This program on American art, culture, and society is made possible by a generous gift from the late Anne Burnett Tandy.


October 1, 2016–October 8, 2017

Abstract Texas: Midcentury Modern Painting

This exhibition presents the work of some of Texas’s most significant contributors to mid-twentieth century modernism—Jack Boynton, Ben L. Culwell, Seymour Fogel, Michael Frary, George Grammer, Robert O. Preusser, and Donald Weismann. Although geographically isolated from the progressive cultural environments of New York City and Los Angeles, these artists pioneered their own abstract styles that reflect their independent ambitions within the Lone Star State.

In the early 1940s, when abstract expressionists in New York City were revolutionizing the art world by painting… Read more


August 20, 2016–February 12, 2017

American Photographs, 1845 to Now

American Photographs, 1845 to Now brings together more than 70 photographs drawn from the Amon Carter’s permanent collection. Spanning the history of the medium, the works reflect the diversity of photographic practices in the United States that grew along with the country’s industrial development beginning in the mid-nineteenth century. Covering 170 years of photography’s history, from unique daguerreotype portraits to large-scale contemporary works, the exhibition provides a glance at photography’s central role in recording the people, places, and events that have come to define… Read more


August 16, 2016–September 2, 2018

Gabriel Dawe: Plexus no. 34

The Amon Carter has commissioned a large-scale, site-specific installation of more than eighty miles of multicolored thread by internationally celebrated Mexican-born, Dallas-based artist Gabriel Dawe.

Words cannot do justice to the transformative power of Dawe’s sculptural marvels, which he weaves from thousands of thin strands. They look like frozen light and Technicolor vaporous mist, drawing attention to the majestic architecture and natural light of the museum’s Atrium, designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson. The Amon Carter will be the home of Plexus no. 34 Read more


August 3, 2016–February 5, 2017

Sam Francis: Prints

An avid printmaker, Sam Francis (1923–1994) combined loose strokes and splatters to create vibrant lithographs that pop with color and pulse with energy.

An injury during a World War II test flight resulted in Francis’s hospitalization for several years. It was during his recovery that he began making art. Later he would become a world traveler, visiting France, Indonesia, Japan, and Thailand, among other locales. His artistic models ranged from Abstract Expressionism to Surrealism, while literature, science, Eastern philosophy and religion, and the psychoanalytic theories of Carl… Read more

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Exhibitions and Events




Oct 20, 2016 – Jan 22, 2017


KAWS, CHUM (KCA6), CHUM (KCC3), CHUM (KCB4)KAWS CHUM (KCA6), CHUM (KCC3), CHUM (KCB4), 2012 Acrylic on canvas over panel 84 x 68 x 1 3/4 in. Private Collection Image copyright: Rights & Reproductions

CHUM (KCA6), CHUM (KCC3), CHUM (KCB4), 2012
Acrylic on canvas over panel, 84 x 68 x 1 3/4 in.
Private Collection.  Image copyright: Rights & Reproductions


FOCUS: Lorna Simpson

Nov 19, 2016 – Jan 15, 2017

Since the beginning of her career in the mid-1980s, Lorna Simpson has been well known for her conceptual photographs and videos that challenge historical and preconceived views of racial and sexual identity. FOCUS: Lorna Simpson will be the first museum exhibition to feature the artist’s large-scale acrylic, ink, and silkscreened paintings.



FOCUS: Stanley Whitney

Jan 21, 2017 – Apr 02, 2017

Stanley Whitney investigates the intricate possibilities of color and form in the realm of abstract painting. Since the mid-1970s, Whitney has been known for his multicolored, irregular grids on square canvases. Taking the essentialist grid of minimalism as his cue, his configurations are loose, uneven geometric lattices comprised of vibrant stacked color blocks that vary in hue, shape, and the handling of the paint. Whitney also utilizes color as subject, and his paintings often refer to literature, music, places, and other artists, connections that are bolstered in his titles.



Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings

Feb 19, 2017 – Apr 23, 2017

Artist Donald Sultan’s career began with his first solo exhibition in 1977 in New York City, when he was just 26 years old, and he rose to prominence in the 1980s. A painter, sculptor, and printmaker, Sultan is regarded for his ongoing large-scale painted still lifes featuring structural renderings of fruit, flowers, and other everyday objects, often abstracted and set against a rich, black background; but he is also noted for his significant industrial landscape series that began in the early 1980s entitled the Disaster Paintings, on which the artist worked for nearly a decade.





Modern Connections Conversation Presents Stephen Lapthisophon

Modern Connections

November 10, 2016 – 7:00pm


Lorna Simpson

Tuesday Evenings at the Modern

November 15, 2016 – 7:00pm


Special Lecture with Artist KAWS

November 30, 2016 – 7:00pm

Nasher Sculpture Center Exhibitions and Events

Kathryn Andrews, “Bozo”™ “The World’s Most Famous Clown” Bop Bag with Occasional Performance (Blue Variation), 2014, Aluminum, vinyl, polyurethane, chrome-plated steel, and performance, 92 x 36 x 36 in. (233.7 x 91.4 x 91.4 cm) Hesta Collection, Switzerland

Kathryn Andrews, “Bozo”™ “The World’s Most Famous Clown” Bop Bag with Occasional Performance (Blue Variation), 2014, Aluminum, vinyl, polyurethane, chrome-plated steel, and performance, 92 x 36 x 36 in. (233.7 x 91.4 x 91.4 cm). Hesta Collection, Switzerland

Kathryn Andrews: Run for President

September 10, 2016 – January 8, 2017


Sightings: Michael Dean

October 22, 2016 – February 5, 2017


Nasher Prize

Saturday, November 12 / 2 pm
Rachel Rose, Artist




Exhibition Highlight: Darren Jones at The Reading Room


Where to Live After Death: Test for Self Portrait as a Gargoyle (Castle Glume), photograph, 2016

Where to Live After Death: Test for Self Portrait as a Gargoyle (Castle Glume), photograph, 2016

The Reading Room presents Nine Inch Will Please a Lady: Romance and Ribaldry in the Literary Vernacular of Scotland, a text installation by Darren Jones from November 5 to December 10. It will include language that is bawdy, romantic, hilarious and mystical along with related objects/images.

There will be an opening reception for the artist on November 5 from 6 to 8 pm.

Jones is an art critic, artist and curator. His work has appeared at Walsh Gallery/Seton Hall University, Index Art Center, Deep Space New York, Cuchifritos Gallery and as part of Phenomena Project, as well as in Norway, Sweden, Scotland, Russia and Argentina.  His writing has been published in Artcritical, Artslant, Artforum and The Brooklyn Rail.  His book with David Carrier The Contemporary Art Gallery: Display, Power and Privilege was just released. Jones is hosted by CentralTrak Artist Residency. 

http://thereadingroom-dallas.blogspot.com, Karen Weiner

Islamic Art Revival Series Program and Events

Islamic Art Revival Series

We believe that art is a Universal Language. We are passionate about Islamic art as a translator and connector across generations and cultures. From heart to heart, through time. Founded in 2011 by a cross-cultural coalition of business and nonprofit leaders, students, educators, artists and small business owners, the Islamic Art Revival Series (IARS) is a signature program of Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, and includes a diverse group of women and men. We are passionate about sharing the rich cultural relevance of Islamic Art as a means of building awareness and exposure to the art itself and enhancing cross-cultural understanding among people from all walks of life. Through our Islamic Art events we promote education in the arts of the Islamic world and encourage vibrant cross-cultural exchange amongst all faiths and cultures. In doing so, we build cultural bridges between the Islamic cultures and rest of the world. IARS has focused on organizing and hosting events to bring Islamic Art to the public, and include film screenings, international art exhibits, symposiums, performances and art workshops which serve as a vehicle for people of all ages and backgrounds to interact in an enjoyable, educational environment.

Women’s Invitational Exhibition at the Eiesmann Center of Performing and Visual Arts in Richardson, Texas from March 1st to March 27th, 2017 curated by Shafaq Ahmad who is also the Art Director for IARS. An artists forum will be presented at the Crow Collection of Asian Art moderated by Jaqueline Chao, Curator of Asian Arts on March 4th.

5th Annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art curated by Shafaq Ahmad will be held at The Irving Arts Center from September 17th to November 13th, 2016. Our Juror this year is Dr. Maryam Ekhtiar, Associate Curator of Islamic Art, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.  Louise Mackie, Curator or Islamic Art and Textiles at the Cleveland Museum of Art is the guest speaker at the opening on September 17th. Bahman Panahi, a French/Iranian artist, master calligrapher and musician will present Musicality of Calligraphy research and musical performance on October 1st.

Jason Moriyama, Senior Partner at Moriyama and Teshima Architects in Toronto, Canada will give a talk on Interfaith Spaces: Towards an Architecture of Understanding on October 22nd.  We are also offering workshops by artist Matt Anzak and Samia Khan, artist and IARS Program Director on October 8th and gallery tours conducted by Irving Arts Center Executive Director Todd Hawkins, and Director of Exhibitions and Educational Programs, Marcie Inman, during the eight week exhibition period.

Past Events

2015 4th Annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art at the LuminArte Fine Art Gallery, Juror, Salma Tuqan, Curator of Contemporary Art from the Middle East, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. Artists from around the world were selected by the Juror. IARS also offered lectures, workshop on painting on silk and gallery tours by art experts. Curated by IARS Art Director Shafaq Ahmad and Director Jamie Labar. We had keynote speakers including Dr. Aimee Froom from MFAH, Jeff Spurr previously from at Harvard University, Dr. Steven Naifeh, Pulitzer Prize winning author and also one of the participating artists.

2015 IARS Experience; a one day event offering multi-sensory and art-related experiences at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, including but not limited to workshops by international artists, including Richard Henry, Adam Williamson and Lateefa Spiker from the Prince’s School of Art and Design in London on sacred geometry and carpet weaving by artist Samia Khan, musical performances by internationally recognised artists like Malek Jandali and Baraka Blue, fashion show, art presentations, short film screenings and poetry reading etc.

We also collaborated with the Memnosyne Institute to offer workshops, lectures and round table discussions on Sacred Geometry at in collaboration with, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, University of Texas in Dallas, Southern Methodist University, The Boniuk Institute at Rice University, The Museum of Biblical Art, Ismaili community and the Thanks Giving Square.

We also collaborated with Dallas Museum of Art with calligraphy demonstrations during the opening of the Nur Exhibit, curated by Dr. Sabiha Al Khemir.

Visit our website for more information.