Browse Exhibits (4 total)



October 15–December 5, 2004

From October 15 through December 5, the Mildred Hawn Gallery in SMU’s Hamon Arts Library exhibited thirty of Dozier’s sketchbooks, on loan from the Dallas Museum of Art. This sampling furnished insights into the research and execution of his depictions of landscapes, flora, and fauna of the American West as well as sketches resulting from the couple’s international travels. In addition to the sketchbooks displayed, a computer kiosk enabled visitors to “leaf through” a virtual representation of one of the sketchbooks, as well as selections from three others.

The Hawn Gallery exhibition was a companion show to one at Dallas’s McKinney Avenue Contemporary, November 6-December 10. This exhibition included several dozen of Dozier’s paintings, along with works on paper, photographs, and selected archival materials from the Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Collection. The curator for both exhibitions was Sam Ratcliffe, Head of the Jerry Bywaters Special Collections Wing in the Hamon Arts Library, the repository for the Dozier Collection.

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Philip Van Keuren Early Collages, 1970-1974


March 15 - May 15, 2004

This exhibit brought together for the first time a selection of the early art works of Philip Van Keuren. Then an Associate Professor of Art in the Division of Art at Southern Methodist University, Van Keuren made many of these works prior to any formal university study. Self-taught to a large degree, the artist collected discarded blotters from his night job at the City of Dallas print shop to create small scale studies influenced by poetry, direct observations of the world, and folk art – specifically 19th century and early 20th Century American quiltwork. Painstakingly pieced together, the earliest works (on the wall to the right) not only reflect his patient and careful nature but perhaps more importantly a young artist's first artistic thoughts as he responds to his immediate world. Later works shown here (along the back and right-hand walls) served as studies for large-scale paintings done during his BFA studies at SMU between 1972 and 1974 before departing in January 1975 for New York City to attend the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. Van Keuren returned to SMU at the conclusion of his Whitney studies earning his MFA in 1977. Acceptance to the prestigious McDowell Artist Colony and a lack of studio/storage space in 1978 necessitated the destruction of all the large paintings from that 72-74 period. While Van Keuren has worked in many media over his thirty-five year long artistic career, the early works remain important, (even critical,) to him and are central to understanding his work to date.


The Art of Conserving a Legacy: Greer Garson's "Auntie Mame" Scrapbook


January 23 - March 7, 2004

From January 23 through March 7, the Mildred Hawn Gallery in SMU's Jake and Nancy Hamon Arts Library was the venue for "The Art of Conserving a Legacy: Greer Garson's 'Auntie Mame' Scrapbook." This Exhibit highlights the efforts to conserve and protect over 120 scrapbooks donated to the Hamon Arts Library by Ms. Greer Garson in 1992. Nominated seven times for an Academy Award, Greer Garson received the Best Actress award in 1942 for her role in "Mrs. Miniver." Treatment of the scrapbook included making a complete microfilm and photographic record of the contents, dismantling it, de-acidifying the contents, and re-housing them in an acid-free environment. The scrapbooks, photographs, correspondence, and other papers in the Greer Garson Collection are housed in Bywaters Special Collections.

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The Legacy of Lucy Shoe Meritt: Texas Contributions to Etruscan Archaeology


November 22, 1999 - February 4, 2000

In this exhibition, we saw just a few examples of Etruscan research with ties to scholars and students in Texas, all of whom acknowledge their great debt to Lucy Shoe Meritt's guidance and friendship.