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Hamon Arts Library

Hamon Arts Library

Bywaters Special Collections

Visual Arts Collection

Individual Collections: Visual Arts

Vivian Aunspaugh Art Club Collection

Vivian Aunspaugh Art School, ca. early 1900s, Dallas

Consists of scrapbooks and a few photographs collected by former students of Vivian Aunspaugh, who began teaching art in Dallas in the early twentieth century.

Online: Finding Aid

Charles T. Bowling Collection

Charles T. Bowling Collection

Consists of twenty-six lithographs executed by this Dallas painter and lithographer. Bowling completed most of these works in the 1930s and 1940s, the heyday of the loosely affiliated group of Dallas artists since dubbed the "Lone Star Regionalists." An engineer for Texas Power and Light Company, he did not take up the study of art until the age of thirty-five and grew to artistic maturity with younger members of the Dallas art community. Bowling studied with prominent local instructors such as Alexandre Hogue, Frank Klepper, and Olin Travis and developed close friendships with many artists of his day; during the Depression, he assisted in obtaining drafting jobs for Otis Dozier and William Lester. A charter member and president of the Lone Star Printmakers group, Bowling owned one of the few lithographic presses in Dallas during the 1940s, on which he printed his own work as well as that of other area artists. He exhibited his work throughout the United States and is represented in the University Art Collection of Southern Methodist University, the Blanton Museum at the University of Texas at Austin, the Witte Museum (San Antonio), the Museums of Abilene, and the Dallas Museum of Art.

Online: Digital Collection

Jerry Bywaters Collection on Art of the Southwest

Jerry Bywaters Collection on Art of the Southwest

Includes catalogs, clipping files, correspondence, photographs, mural studies, slides, and works of art on paper related to Jerry Bywaters' career as artist, director of the Dallas Museum of Art, and long-time SMU faculty member as well as to the work of many of his artistic contemporaries in the region.

Online: Digital Collection | Exhibitions

Mary Doyle Collection

Mary Doyle Collection

Includes clipping files, correspondence, photographs, and works of art on paper related to the career of this charter member of the Texas Printmakers, formed in the early 1940s by several women artists.

Online: Finding Aid

Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Collection

Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Collection

Includes catalogs, clipping files, correspondence, photographs, mural studies, slides, and works of art on paper related to this Dallas couple's artistic careers throughout the American West. Further information on Dozier's career is available at the Hawn Gallery Exhibit Archives website.

Online: Digital Collection

E.G. Eisenlohr Collection

E.G. Eisenlohr Collection

Includes clipping files, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and works of art on paper related to the career of this early Dallas artist and art instructor.

Online: Finding aid | Digital Collection

Ann Cushing Gantz Collection

Ann Cushing Gantz Collection

Documents all aspects of the operation of the Cushing Gallery and chronicles the activities of such arts organizations as the Dallas Print and Drawing Society. Its approximately five feet of archival material, primarily correspondence, scrapbooks, and clipping files, were donated by Ann Cushing Gantz, a long-time Dallas painter, printmaker, gallery owner, and art instructor.

Online: Finding Aid

DeForrest Judd Collection

DeForrest Judd Collection

Includes clipping files, correspondence, small enamelings, photographs, sketchbooks, works of art on paper, and a few small wood sculptures related to the career of this Texas artist and long-time SMU faculty member.

Online: Finding Aid | Digital Collection

William Lester Collection

William Lester Collection

Includes clipping files, correspondence, photographs, and sketchbooks related to the career of this art professor at the University of Texas, who was a member of the loosely defined “Dallas Nine” artists group early in his career, along with Bywaters and Dozier.

Online: Finding Aid

Octavio Medellin Collection

Octavio Medellin Collection

Includes catalogs, clipping files, correspondence, small examples of fused glass experiments, photographs, and slides related to the career of this Mexican sculptor who lived in the Dallas area for many years and whose work is represented in museums and private collections throughout the United States.

Online: Digital Collection

Perry Nichols Collection

Perry Nichols Collection

Includes artwork, clippings, correspondence documents, ephemera, photographs, publicity, published works, and scrapbooks chronicling the career of this Dallas artist, who was initially associated with the Texas regionalist artists of the 1930s and 1940s. Nichols worked in various art media throughout his life, including painting, particularly the technique known as "trompe l’oeil" ("trick the eye"), printmaking, and woodworking. He also executed numerous murals in public and private buildings in the Southwest as well as designed sets and costumes for the Dallas Little Theatre and other local venues.

Online: Finding Aid

Mary Nye Collection

Mary Nye Collection

Consists of archival material chronicling the history of Nye Galleries (1956-1963) as well as works on paper by artists Otis Dozier, E. G. Eisenlohr, John Guerin, Frank Reaugh, and Hiram Williams. After closing her gallery, Mary Beasley Nye (1916-1998) continued to represent Texas artists until 1983. In addition to the above artists, she exhibited work by Henri Bartscht, Ed Bearden, Ethel Brodnax, Cecil Casebier, Ben Culwell, Wilfred Higgins, DeForrest Judd, Octavio Medellin, Fred Mitcham, Herb Rogalla, Stephen Rascoe, Olin Travis, Dorothy Poulos, Ruth Tears, Broar Utter, and Betty Winn. Her husband, Hermes, was a well-known Dallas attorney, writer, and folk singer.

Henry Potter Collection

Henry Potter Collection

Consists of several hundred shop sketches and accompanying invoices from Potter Metal Studios in Dallas, which fashioned lighting fixtures, furniture, and other items, primarily in iron, for North Texas businesses, private residences, and institutions (e.g., Dallas Little Theatre, SMU, Highland Park Shopping Village, Highland Park United Methodist Church, and Highland Park Presbyterian Church), from the 1930s through the 1960s.

Evaline Sellors Collection

Evaline Sellors Collection

Consists of a bound portfolio of photographs documenting the career of this Texas sculptor as well as two drawings depicting scenes from the ruins of Chichen-Itza by Octavio Medellin.

Everett Spruce Collection

Everett Spruce Collection

Consists of approximately two and-a-half feet of archival material, three of the artist’s sketchbooks, and forty-four additional works on paper. A native of rural Arkansas, Spruce studied under Olin Travis and Tom Stell at the Dallas Art Institute and taught in the department of studio art at the University of Texas at Austin from 1940 to 1974.

Online: Finding Aid | Exhibition

Olin Travis Collection

Olin Travis Collection

Includes catalogs, clipping files, correspondence, photographs, and other archival materials related to the career of this art instructor who taught in Dallas and Arkansas from the 1920s through the 1950s.

Janet Turner Collection

Janet Turner Collection

Contains prints as well as etching plates and linoleum blocks related to these works by this member of the Texas Printmakers who served on the art faculties of universities in Texas and California.

Online: Digital Collection

The Esther Webb Houseman Collection

The Esther Webb Houseman Collection

Includes archival materials, primarily clippings and a scrapbook, on the Dallas School of Creative Arts (now the Craft Guild of Dallas). It was founded by Esther Houseman and Velma Davis Dozier, who began their careers as metalsmiths in Dallas in the 1920s and were known as the "Lady Blacksmiths." .

Online: Finding Aid

Dan Wingren Collection

Dan Wingren Collection

Consists of twenty-three charcoal drawings and a sketchbook of thirty-three additional charcoal drawings executed during a 1956 stay in Cannes, France by this long-time faculty member of SMU's Division of Art, who was described by Jerry Bywaters as "a versatile performer of distinction in many areas."

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