Arts History Update for very late January 2013

18 Jan

Arts History Update for very late January 2013 by David Cummins


Not too early to plan for book festivals in the Lone Star State or nearby.


Texas Book Festival and Austin Film Festival are October 26-27, 2013


San Antonio Public Library Foundation Book Festival is April 13


West Texas Book Festival in Abilene is September 2013


Highland Park Literary Festival in Dallas is February 21-22, 2013.


North Texas Book Festival at Argyle is April 12, 2013


11th Annual Literary Lubbock benefit dinner with several authors of recently published books by Texas Tech University Press, will occur Thursday May 2, 2013 at McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center on campus. reception at 5:30 p.m. and visiting with seven authors, seated dinner by Top Tier Catering, after which Andy Wilkinson is master of ceremonies and each author provides an insight into his/her book …. followed by purchases if you’re inclined and book-signing by authors. $60 per person reservations open January 16. Authors are Kay Goldman, Peter LaSalle, Estelle Glaser Laughlin, Bonnie Reynolds McKinney, Peter R. Rose, Dean Smith, and Robert V. Smith. The University Press’s 2013 Spring and Summer Catalogue is down-loadable at


Southwest Book Fiesta will be held May 10-12, 2013 at Albuquerque Convention Center.






Clay on the Wall Invitational is an annual exhibit at the Landmark Art Gallery at Texas Tech University School of Art January 26 – February 24 co-curated by Juan Granados, professor of ceramics at TTU, and Glen R. Brown, professor of art history at Kansas State University in Manhattan. A reception in the School of Art building foyer will occur January 26 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. This is the twentieth year of Clay on the Wall exhibitions.





Maya Lin is the now mature but then very young architect who designed the Vietnam War Memorial built in 1982. Her career is one of many segments in the PBS Series MAKERS: Women Who Make America. The first episode will be broadcast Tuesday February 26, 2013 Look for it on KTTZ-TV channel 5.




Helpful books on understanding art, include:


Eleanor Heartney, Art & Today (Phaidon Press 2008) hardcover ABE Books in fine condition $46.45 incl s&h or $90 new at Phaidon


Jean Robertson & Craig McDaniel, Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art After 1980 (Oxford University Press 2005) paperback ABE Books very good condition $14.20 incl s&h


Sylvan Barnet, A Short Guide to Writing About Art (Pearson/Longman 2005) Texas Tech Library N7476.B37


Debra J. DeWitte et al., Gateways to Art: Understanding the Visual Arts (W.W. Norton & Co 2011) paperback ABE Books like new condition $100.52 incl s&h


Marita Sturken & Lisa Cartwright, Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture (Oxford University Press 2001) ABE Books in good condition $9.14 incl s&h




The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami Florida includes a Sculpture Park at which there is a current exhibit American Sculpture in the Tropics through May 20. FIU is west of Miami on U.S. Highway 41 as it leads into the Everglades.





Hite Art Institute at University of Louisville, Kentucky is the site for a female sculptor exhibit by the ENID Group that looks interesting January 11 – February 9 at Cressman Center for Visual Arts.



Cap*Rock Winery is said by Lubbock Arts Alliance to be planning an Art Show event in February. Stay tuned. We do know its tasting room hours Thursday – Saturday 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. and it’s re-started Sunday afternoon music and wine events, no cover charge. January 20 Alma Quartet and January 27 Gary Nix Trio at 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. A Valentine’s Day Dinner at 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Thursday February 14 is $70 per person or $130 per couple, lamb or steak for a main entree, chef Leah Yancey is at play for a special re-paste. Contact her for any special culinary needs




A Strategies Conference for Arts Organizations will be held January 31 and February 1, 2013 at Sheraton Austin Hotel in Austin Texas sponsored by Texas Commission on the Arts, Texas Cultural Trust, and Texans for the Arts Foundation. Registration is $75 for a two day conference. Patty Bryant of Amarillo is Chair of the Texas Commission on the Arts board of directors.


Texas Cultural Trust makes annual Texas Medal of Arts awards, this year on Tuesday March 5 at Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin Texas.


Texans for the Arts website is and you can donate to be a member or donate to the Foundation.




The annual Lubbock Arts Festival is scheduled for April 12-14, 2013 at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. A special treat this year is a display of fifty paintings on velvet from the collection of Velveteria: The Museum of Velvet Paintings, formerly in Portland Oregon but now closed and looking for new quarters. The Arts Festival website is Thirty thousand people attended the 2012 Festival. It’s a not to be missed event in Lubbock.




If you haven’t yet seen Willie Nelson “up close and personal” then take advantage of his current nationwide tour that lands at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino on the Mescalero Apache Reservation at 287 Carrizo Canyon Road, Mescalero New Mexico [near Ruidoso] on Sunday March 3, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for Willie Nelson and Family in Concert are available at Ticketmaster $120 Golden Circle, $85, $75 and $65 floor seating, and $40 standing room only.


The vigor of this late septuagenarian almost makes one consider taking up smoking of joints as a health measure. He is unique and what you see is what you get and what there is. The previous day he will have performed at the Bluewater Amphitheater at Bluewater Resort & Casino in Parker Arizona on the Colorado River reservation for the Colorado River Indian Tribes so he probably just trundles into that huge touring van, relaxes, sleeps overnight, and wakes up in southeast New Mexico at Inn of the Mountain Gods. What a life!




Dr. Lori will provide free appraisals of antiques and collectibles at Texas Tech Museum Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court on Saturday February 2, 2013, one appraisal per person, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Bring your piece. She will also make a presentation, likely about her role on Discovery Channel television show Auction Kings. Dr. Lori is Lori Verderarne. She’s a friend of the curator of education at the Museum, Dr. Jill Hoffman. Here is her website




Portrait of Wally (documentary film 2012) by Andrew Shea, professor in Department of Radio-Television-Film in the College of Communication at University of Texas at Austin, is the story of a painting by Egon Schiele in 1912 of his girlfriend muse and model Walburga “Wally” Neuzil. It was seized by Nazis from the private collection of a Jewish woman in Vienna in 1938 and the story of its repatriation is the subject of the documentary film. Internet Movie DataBase that involved nations, double-dealing in the art world, holocaust rupture of families, claims to heritage and claims to millions of dollars, not to mention the interests of museums in several countries and a specific lending museum in Austria and a borrowing museum in the United States, the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.


Shea’s website is













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