In Focus

Texas Art—Women artists

The histories of art have largely been written by and emphasized men. But as several decades of scholarship have shown, women have always made significant contributions to art and, indeed, have traditionally been not only makers but vitally important promoters and sustainers of culture as well. This is particularly true in the case of Texas art, where the first professionally trained resident artists (Elisabet Ney and Louisa Weuste) were women. Some of the earliest art schools in San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston were established by women. And women founded the state's nascent museums, including the Dallas Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The Barrett Collection adds important works by Texas women artists by the additions of Eleanor Onderdonk, an early Texas miniature painter and tastemaker of the San Antonio art world; Florence McClung, a prizewinning painter, printmaker, and teacher; and Clara Williamson, a self-taught artist whose "memory pictures" of her Iredell, Texas, childhood brought national acclaim and comparisons with Grandma Moses.

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William Keyse Rudolph, DMA exhibition label copy, 2007.