Browse Exhibits (8 total)

Romantic Visions of the American Southwest: Works on Paper and Paintings by Edward G. Eisenlohr


March 17 - May 16, 2014

Drawn primarily from the holdings of Jerry Bywaters Special Collections in the Hamon Arts Library, this exhibition of lithographs, drawings, archival materials, and a few paintings documents the career of one of Dallas’ most prominent artists from the first half of the 20th century. Edward Gustav Eisenlohr (1872-1961) was born in Ohio to a family of German immigrants, who moved to Dallas when he was two years old. He showed a strong aptitude for art at an early age, winning a prize in the art competition section of the newly established State Fair of Texas and studying for two years at The Concordia in Zurich as a teenager. In 1903, Eisenlohr was instrumental in establishing the Dallas Art Association, forerunner of the Dallas Museum of Art. He studied art with Texas artists Robert J. Onderdonk and Frank Reaugh as well as at the Art Students’ League summer school in Woodstock, New York; he later took additional art training in Germany before returning to Texas. Eisenlohr drew inspiration for art subjects from the Oak Cliff area of Dallas and his travels to New Mexico, the Texas Hill Country, and the western areas of his adopted state. Eisenlohr exhibited both in the U.S., including at the Art Institute of Chicago, Corcoran Gallery, New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, and the National Academy of Design, and in Europe, at the Paris International Exhibition (1932) and the Venice Biennial (1940).

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Drawn from Nature: Sketchbooks by Scott Winterrowd


February 20- May 13, 2012

From February 20 through May 13, the Mildred Hawn Gallery of Southern Methodist University's Hamon Arts Library hosted "Drawn from Nature: Sketchbooks by Scott Winterrowd." For the previous fifteen years, Dallas artist and museum educator Scott Winterrowd had sketched a wide variety of the landscapes in the American West, including California, New Mexico, Colorado, and the Big Bend region of Texas, working primarily in watercolor. The work of 19th Century American artist explorers, particularly Thomas Moran and Frederic Church, and their photographic contemporaries, Carleton Watkins, and Edweard Muybridge, along with that of contemporary photographers working in the Rephotographic Survey Project, sparked Winterrowd's interest in visiting sites documented over a century ago and considering their history and change in his own work. His interest in distilling the essence of the forms of the overwhelming scenery of the Big Bend was prompted by exposure to the artistic legacy of 20th century Dallas painters Jerry Bywaters and Otis Dozier, and Alexander Hogue.

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David Dreyer: Southwestern Landscapes


April 13 - May 31, 2009

The Hawn Gallery of the Hamon Arts Library exhibit “David Dreyer: Landscapes from the American Southwest,” paintings and works on paper by David Dreyer, technical advisor and adjunct professor in SMU’s Division of Studio Art. Most of these works focus on Chimney Rock, Colorado and the surrounding area; the remaining works depict sites in West Texas and New Mexico. While forging his own artistic vision, Dreyer has drawn inspiration from earlier Dallas artists such as Jerry Bywaters, Otis Dozier, Josephine Oliver and Olin Travis as well as from his SMU instructors John Alexander, David Bates, and Stephen Wilder.

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Everett Spruce (1908-2002) ~ Works on Paper


October 27, 2008 - January 9, 2009

This exhibition displayed prints, drawings, and archival materials documenting the career of Everett Spruce, a member of the loosely affiliated group of artists known in the 1930s and 1940s as the “Dallas Nine.” The exhibition was drawn from Spruce’s papers, which comprise part of the holdings of the Hamon’s Jerry Bywaters Special Collections Wing, along with those of fellow “Dallas Nine” artists Jerry Bywaters, Otis Dozier, and William Lester.

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Printing in Color


October 1, 2007 - December 16, 2007

In the fall of 2007, Hawn gallery visitors were treated to a special exhibit designed to support the Meadows Art History Curriculum. The gallery was set up to display original color prints from the Bywaters Special Collection along side the original carved blocks or matrices used to create them. The students of ARHS 3364: History and Theory of Prints had assignments coordinated to the exhibit which highlighted some of the techniques and developments of this art form. The featured prints were selected by Dr. Lisa Pon with the assistance of Sam Ratcliffe and Ellen Niewyk, curators of the Bywaters collection.

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“On Location: Sketches of the film Giant by Ed Bearden”


January 27-April 28, 2006

The fiftieth anniversary of the release of what has been termed “the national film of Texas” is the occasion for this exhibition of a selection of these works. All but four of the sketches, as well as photographs documenting the Beardens’ and Rosenfields’ visit, have been loaned by Fran Bearden; Dallas collector Forest Felvey has loaned the remaining sketches. One of the sketches is a study for a landscape painting owned by Dallas collectors Don and Dian Malouf, which also is included in the exhibition. In addition, the exhibition includes items from SMU’s DeGolyer Library, such as transcripts of interviews with members of the film’s cast, Rock Hudson, Jane Withers, and Earl Holliman. These interviews were conducted by SMU history professor Dr. Ron Davis for DeGolyer Library’s Oral History Collection on the Performing Arts, now named in Davis’ honor.

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Shaped by Water: Landscape Photographs by Carol and David Farmer


September 30 - November 17, 2005

This exhibition of large format black & white landscape photographs ranges from grand views in the American West to quiet, intimate scenes along streams in the Texas Hill Country, all of the images are of landscapes carved and scoured by water.  They remind us that in the west water, our most critical natural resource, has profoundly shaped our environment for millions of years.

Carol studied photography with Charlie DeBus at SMU after retiring from a career in international consulting, while David turned to large format black & white images after retiring as director of DeGolyer Library at SMU and taking 35mm. photographs most of his life. The Farmers have also studied with John Sexton.

“Large format photography has opened a new way life for us, a life imbued with passion for a process that repeatedly leads us back to the real world we love,” the Farmers said. “We walk quietly into landscapes that inspire us to make photographs and allow us to experience the natural world more deeply and intensely than ever before. We wait for the gift of light, and when it comes, we make images. In sharing our work we hope to communicate the beauty of a land too often judged insufficiently ‘useful’ by those who champion its ‘development.”

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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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