Free Public Lecture Explores the Davis Wildflower Competition
How Texas Wildflowers Brought Artists from All Over the Nation:
The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to welcome Dr. William E. Reaves, author and educator from Houston, TX. Reaves will give an illustrated lecture titled, Painting the Lone Star Landscape: Influences of the San Antonio Competitive Exhibitions, 1927-1929 on Thursday, January 17 at 5:30 pm in the SAMFA Meeting Room. There is no charge and the public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
In three spectacular art events held 1927-1929 in San Antonio, the Texas art community took center stage in American art circles for the first time. The San Antonio Competitve Exhibitions, or the Davis Competitions, as they came to be known, captivated Texans and the whole of American art by posting extraordinary cash prizes in their attempt to lure artists to try their hand at painting the grandeurs of the Lone Star State on canvas. The prestigious array of contestants succeeded in forging Texas themes into the limelight and set the standard for Texas painting for years to come. Dr. Reaves will relate the intriguing back story of these historic art events and portray prize-winning images that stand today as our state's consummate depictions of Texas in art. Along with his wife, Linda Reaves, William Reaves has been an active student and collector of Texas art for over forty years. He has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Art League Museum and was a founder, Board Chairman and Executive Director of CASETA, the Center for Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art. From 2006 to 2017, he and Linda were owners and principals of William Reaves| Sarah Foltz Fine Art in Houston, one of the state’s foremost purveyors of early, midcentury and contemporary Texas art.
Dr. Reaves has written extensively on Texas art, authoring, co-authoring or editing four books on the subject with Texas A&M University Press—Texas Art and A Wildcatter’s Dream: Edgar B. Davis and the San Antonio Art League (1998), Of Texas Rivers and Texas Art (2016), Sense of Home: The Art of Richard Stout (2017) and A Book Maker’s Art: The Bond of Arts and Letters at Texas A&M University Press (2018). He and Linda are now independent art researchers and currently serve as General Editors of the Joe and Betty Moore Series on Texas Art at the Texas A&M University Press, the state’s oldest endowment devoted exclusively to publishing in the field of Texas art.
Dr. Reaves’ lecture is hosted by the SAMFA Collector’s Society, a group within the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts’ membership, that each year presents a series of discussions and talks on a broad range of issues. This year’s lecture series is sponsored by a grant from the FMH Foundation in Midland, which has allowed SAMFA to bring a variety of important speakers such as Dr. Reaves to our community. All are encouraged to attend. For more information please call the museum at 653-3333.