Texas Art in a National Context

Topic:          Texas Art in National Context

Date:            Aug 9, 2014

Location:   Fort Worth Community Arts Center

Panelists

  • Andrew Walker (moderator), Director of Amon Carter Museum of American Art
  • Benito Huerta, Artist, professor and director of UTA Gallery
  • Shirley Reece-Hughes, Curator of Amon Carter Museum of American Art
  • Atlee Phillips, Director of Texas Art at Heritage Auction Galleries
  • Randy Tibbits, Art historian and independent curator

WALKER: We’re here today to discuss Texas art, a broad topic, a topic that I think everyone inthis room and on this weekend has a deep appreciation and association with. I know when I arrived in Texas a little over three years ago now, it became very important in my leadership at the Amon Carter to think about where we were as a relationship to what we were doing. Certainly in the realm of the display and the collecting of art, being in Texas took on a particular focus. We have done that both in a historic sense and increasingly with living artists, working today in the region. So that’s the framework of our discussion today. We have, of the four panelists, four different points of view. First, Benito Huerta who is being celebrated right now in an installation – both of his work and of his mind at the Amon Carter Museum. Benito is a professor of art at the University of Texas in Arlington. Benito, welcome.

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