Contact: Victoria Winkelman or Kami Duncan
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-3785 or (214) 768-2788

March 18, 2003


DALLAS (SMU) -- Dr. Edmund Pillsbury, CEO of Pillsbury & Peters Fine Art in Dallas, will give a gallery talk titled "James Surls in Context" on Friday, April 4, at 12:15 p.m. at the Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Dr. Pillsbury will lead visitors through the museum's special exhibition, "In the Meadows: Recent Sculpture, Drawings and Prints of James Surls," examining Surls' work in a historical and artistic context and highlighting the artist's contributions to the genre of modern sculpture. Cost of exhibition admission, which includes the lecture, is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors 60 and older and children 3-12, and free for Meadows Museum members. For more information, please call 214.768.2516.

Dr. Pillsbury is part of a newly formed partnership that operates the former Gerald Peters Gallery, a premier showcase for the region's best contemporary art, including the works of James Surls. Before joining Gerald Peters, Dr. Pillsbury served as the consultative director of the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art in Las Vegas and was director of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth from 1980 to 1998, where he oversaw one of the nation's most ambitious acquisition and exhibition programs. In 1991, New York Times art critic John Russell described him as "one of the most gifted men in the American museum profession." Dr. Pillsbury is a graduate of Yale University and the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London. He is a specialist in Italian Renaissance art, as well as an avid collector of contemporary art, and has lectured at universities and museums worldwide, from The Frick Collection in New York to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. to the Louvre. He serves as a member of the International Advisory Board of the State Hermitage Museum and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

"In the Meadows" showcases more than 60 works executed within the past several years by James Surls, an internationally renowned Texas artist best known for his dramatic large-scale sculptures of wood and steel. Eighteen such pieces, ranging from 4 to 30 feet high, are among the works featured, most of them created especially for the Meadows Museum exhibition. Surls' works incorporate images of flowers, needles, houses, diamonds, knives and eyes, and symbolize the many forces of nature -- male and female, vertical and horizontal, open and closed, rough and smooth, active and passive. The exhibition opened January 24 and closes April 20. Museum hours are 10-5 Mon., Tues., Fri. and Sat.; 10-8 Thurs.; and 1-5 Sun. The museum is closed Wednesdays and holidays.

Pillsbury & Peters, located at 2913 Fairmount in Dallas, is currently displaying eight important early works by James Surls, through April 19. The gallery phone number is 214.969.9410.