The following is from the Nov. 26, 2007, edition of The Dallas Morning News

Meadows Museum director wants venue to be top-notch cultural gem

Special Contributor

Mark Roglán

For more than 40 years, the Meadows Museum has been a hidden gem, buried deep in the leafy confines of the Southern Methodist University campus. But its director, Dr. Mark Roglán, aims to make the Meadows one of Dallas' crown jewels.

Dr. Roglán says he wants to provide Meadows' visitors with an intimate, intense cultural experience – to make the museum a cultural destination for everyone who is hungry for art.

To turn his vision into reality, he plans to continue adding new Spanish art to a collection that many think is already outstanding. And he aims to bring new exhibitions to the Meadows and to conduct symposia that will draw international attention.

"Remember, our collection has already brought a king to Dallas," Dr. Roglán says, referring to the 2001 visit by the Spanish king, Juan Carlos, to celebrate the Meadows' move from a gloomy, cramped corner in the Meadows School of the Arts to its new building.

With an impressive building and a Meadows Foundation grant of $25 million, Dr. Roglán sees a bright future, and others agree.

Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez (1599-1660)
Female Figure (Sibyl with Tabula Rasa), ca. 1648
Mujer (Sibila con tábula rasa)
*oil on canvas*
Algur H. Meadows Collection

"Because Mark is at the museum, we have confidence that the money will be used wisely," says Linda Evans, chief executive of the Meadows Foundation.

"At first, some people were concerned about Mark's youth – he is 36 – but that hasn't been a problem."

As part of its educational mission, the Meadows will host a symposium in conjunction with an exhibition that opens Friday. The show will feature American works from the 1850s to the 1950s, and the symposium is designed to explain the connections between Spanish and American art by using Spanish paintings in the Meadows collection.

John Singer Sargent and Joaquin Sorolla exhibited together and were good friends, as were Alexander Calder and Joan Miró, Dr. Roglán says. Works by Sargent and Calder will be part of the show. He especially wants American art experts who normally wouldn't frequent a Spanish museum to come to learn about the collection.

"Sometimes you see shows with big-name artists, but they only have the artist's second-rate pieces," says Kevin Vogel, owner of the Valley House Gallery and an occasional adviser who has donated paintings to the Meadows. "Mark's show has big-name artists with their A and A+ paintings."

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