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Appreciating American & Texas History through the Arts: The American West

October 19, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

UpdateThanks to a generous grant from one of our supporters this is event is now free for teachers! When you check out, just enter write “Teacher” in the discount code box and your registration fee will be waived!

Why is the “American West” such an important part of our nation’s history and culture? Who are some of the most famous artists of the American West and Texas history? How does art reflect the mythology of a people? How do we interpret the images of the American West in light of historic fact? What role do politics and geography play in art and understanding of the West?

Join us at HBU as we explore the connections between art and history with a focus on Texas and the American West. The seminar is open to the public, school teachers, art students, historians, and anyone with an interest in understanding more about Texas and American history through the arts.

Teachers registering and staying for the morning and afternoon sessions will receive a certificate documenting 5 hours of professional development credit awarded through our School of Education.

9:30am – 12:00pm Morning Presentations

Ron Tyler – The West as America.

Ron Tyler, PhD is one of the world’s leading experts on art and the American West. He is the vice-president of the Summerlee Foundation in Dallas and the retired director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. For many years, he served as a professor of history and as the director of the Texas Historical Association and the Center for Studies in Texas History at the University of Texas at Austin. He has written or edited numerous books and articles and continues to write, research, and make presentations on art and history.

Kaylin H.Weber – The Peale Family and American Art.

Kaylin H. Weber, PhD is Assistant Curator of American painting and sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. She is responsible for the acquisition and exhibition of American art from the mid-18th century through the early 20th century and has made contributions to exhibitions and catalogues, including the notable American Adversaries: Benjamin West and John Singleton Copley in a Transatlantic World.

Judge Ken Wise – William Ranney and American Identity.

Justice Ken Wise serves on the Texas 14th Court of Civil Appeals. A graduate of Texas A&M and the University of Houston Law Center, he is a popular speaker on Texas history. His podcast, Wise About Texas (wiseabouttexas.com), is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn more about the history of Texas.

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch and Museum Tour (Included with Registration)

1:00pm-3:30pm Afternoon Presentations

William Reaves – Interpreting Texas History through Texas Art.

William Reaves is the co-owner of William Reaves/Sarah Foltz Gallery of Fine Art, a gallery of historic Texas art in Houston. He has been active in the early Texas art community for more than three decades. He was a founder and former Chairman of the Board of the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA).

James Harkins – Mapping Texas: From the Frontier to the Lone Star State.

James Harkins is the Manager of Public Services for the Texas General Land Office – History and Archives and also the manager of the Save Texas History program at the General Land Office. He was a major contributor to the recent exhibition of historical Texas maps at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Ron Tyler – “Men with the Bark On: Frederic Remington’s Denouement.”

Concluding Thoughts

3:30pm-5:00pm Museum Tour (included with Registration; for those who want more time or didn’t go earlier)

7:30pm-8:30pm Optional Evening Session: The evening session is in Belin Chapel on the HBU campus from 7:30-8:30pm. Mr. Steven Edenbo, one of the nation’s premier Thomas Jefferson interpreters, will tell the story of the American West, discuss the importance of the American West to the American Identity, and take questions from the audience. This session is open and free to those who register for the full day program.

We hope you will join us for this special day of exploring the connection between Art and History.

All proceeds from registration fees go to underwrite travel for HBU undergraduates to historic cities like Philadelphia, Boston, and Williamsburg as part of their study in the humanities and fine arts.



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October 19, 2017
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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