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Episode 17: Maggie Adler

“What we do as curators at museums is a form of teaching for students we may never meet”

 

Maggie Adler is Curator at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, where she organizes exhibitions that explore the breadth of American art that exists within and outside of the museum’s collection. A native of rural New York, she received her higher education at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts where she obtained a BA in classical languages and art history and a Masters in art history. Prior to the Amon Carter, Maggie held positions at Williams College Museum of Art and the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, as well as a fellowship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In addition to her curatorial duties, she also serves as co-chair for the Association for the Historians of American Art. Though her research focuses on nineteenth-century art, she is also passionate about collaborating with contemporary artists to create large-scale commissions and has worked with Jenny Holzer, Pepon Osorio, and Gabriel Dawe on site-specific installations. She is currently planning a major commission with artist Mark Dion and collaborating on a traveling exhibition pairing Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington.

I recently sat down with Maggie in the main gallery of the Amon Carter where we discussed her attraction to Williams College, her love of Winslow Homer, the color theory of Michel Eugène Chevreul, her winding career path, what makes the Amon Carter unique, and finding contemporary work that fits within the museum’s narrative.

Website: cartermuseum.org

Instagram: @theamoncarter

 

Homer’s copy of “Chevreul On Colours”

Sketch of Winslow Homer’s brother Charles from his annotated copy of “Chevreul On Colours”

Annotated pages from Winslow Homer’s copy of “Chevreul On Colours”

William Wegman speaking with high school students from Lawrence, MA at the Williams College Museum of Art (2007).

Thomas Hart Benton, Poker Night (from A Street Car Named Desire), 1948, Whitney Museum of American Art

Winslow Homer, Undertow, 1886, oil on canvas, The Clark

Frederic Remington, The Fall of the Cowboy, 1895, oil on canvas, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Plexus No. 34 by Gabriel Dawe, site-specific installation at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Jasper Cropsey, The Narrows from Staten Island, 1868, Oil on canvas, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Dornith Doherty in the incline gallery at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Episode 14: Nancy Lamb

Nancy Lamb is a long-admired artist that has been a fixture in the Fort Worth art and social scene for decades. A native of Fort Worth, she chose to stay close to home by studying art at Texas Christian University. Nancy first gained recognition in her hometown through a series of art classes that she taught at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History which included her production of 3D work. But Nancy is probably best known for her large-scale oil paintings of candid Fort Worth society scenes. These paintings can be found in exhibitions at home and worldwide, such as the Florence Biennale, as well as being a popular choice in private and corporate collections. Nancy is represented in Fort Worth by Artspace 111.

I recently sat down with Nancy at her home studio where we discussed growing up in Fort Worth, the disappearance of small town Texas culture, the upkeep of her four acres, going to parties, experiencing loss and what to do with thirty years of photographs.

Website: nancy-lamb.com

Instagram: @nancylamb1956

 

Episode 8: Timothy Harding

Timothy Harding is a Fort Worth-based artist who uses line, color, pattern and repetition to create depth and space in paintings, reliefs and sculptural installations. A native Texan, Timothy received his BFA from Texas Woman’s University and his MFA from Texas Christian University. He’s been the recipient of both a Nasher Sculpture Center Artist Microgrant, as well as a Kimbrough Fund Grant from the Dallas Museum of Art, where he is currently completing a residency in the museum’s Center for Creative Connections. He is represented in Dallas by Cris Worley Fine Art.

I recently sat down with Timothy at his Fort Worth studio where we discussed his residency at the Vermont Studio Center, life in college towns, grids, Xacto knives and students who wear chaps.

Website: timothyevanharding.com

Instagram: @timothy.harding

 

Episode 5: Mary Vernon

Mary Vernon is a Dallas-based artist and former educator. Mary spent nearly 50 years at Southern Methodist University where she taught art history, painting and drawing, as well as SMU’s noted color theory course. Originally from New Mexico, she completed her undergraduate degree at Cal Berkeley and her MFA at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Mary’s paintings reflect the color theories she so famously taught at SMU. One of her most recent works (“Albers’ House”) is a 36-foot-long oil painting on yupo which was featured in a retrospective at the Grace Museum in Abiliene. Mary’s work can be found in notable local collections, such as The Belo Foundation, The George W. Bush Presidential Library, Meadows Museum, Dallas Country Club, and the U.T. Southwestern Medical Center. Mary is represented in Dallas by Valley House Gallery.

I recently sat down with Mary at her Dallas studio where we discussed early inspirations, Berkeley in the ‘60s, her love of art history, the evolution of the Meadows collection, her impact on generations of art students, her love of yupo and a run-in with Georgia O’Keefe.

Website: maryvernon.com

  

   

Episode 4: Sedrick Huckaby

Sedrick Huckaby is a Fort Worth-based artist known for his large-scale, impasto paintings that reflect his faith, his family history and his community. A native of Fort Worth, Sedrick studied art initially at Texas Weslyan before obtaining his BFA from Boston University and his MFA from Yale. He has gained notoriety nationwide for his large-scale portraits of family and community members, as well as large-scale paintings of family quilts which serve as allegory for themes of family and faith. Widely exhibited and collected, Sedrick’s work resides in the permanent collections of a variety of private and public institutions, including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts – Boston, SFMOMA, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Sedrick is represented in Dallas by Valley House Gallery.

I recently sat down with Sedrick at his grandmother’s former residence in Fort Worth which he has converted into an artist studio where we discussed growing up in Fort Worth, the work of Henry O. Tanner, authenticity, faith, family, heritage and “The Pit.”

Website: huckabystudios.com

Episode 3: Alison Jardine

Alison Jardine is a British artist and author who lives and works in Dallas. A native of Yorkshire, Alison received an undergraduate degree from the University of London and her MFA from the University of North Texas. Her work spans a broad range of disciplines, including electronic media, sculpture and painting. Her most recent work (Objects From a Future Past) uses concrete cast in sagging, found materials to create reliefs that comment on the notion of the modern landscape. Alison has had video installations featured in Dallas’s Aurora Festival, as well as being named a Finalist for the 2016 Hunting Art Prize for Painting & Drawing. She is a Fellow of the Hambidge Center of Arts & Science, as well as the founder of the Dallas Arboretum Artist in Residence program. She is also author of the book Make Great Art on the iPad which is available through all major book retailers. Alison is represented in Dallas by Erin Cluley Gallery.

I recently sat down with Alison at her studio space within a converted cotton gin in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas where we discussed her life in the UK, her decision to become an artist, her art-making process and making room for experimentation.

Website: alisonjardine.com

Instagram: @alisonjardinestudio

Episode 2: Pamela Nelson

Pamela Nelson is a Dallas-based artist who uses pattern, rhythm and repetition to make brightly colored pieces that draw inspiration from textiles from around the world. A native Texan, Pamela completed her BFA at Southern Methodist University. In addition to exhibitions in more than 100 venues, her commissions can be seen at some of Dallas’ highest trafficked destinations, including DFW International Airport, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and NorthPark Center. Pamela has a long history of service to the arts, including co-founding the Stewpot Open Art Program for the homeless in Dallas and ten years of service as Vice-Chair of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, the agency that reviews proposed designs for memorials in our nation’s capitol. Among her many recognitions, Pamela received the Legends Award from the Dallas Contemporary in 2000. She is currently represented by Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas.

I recently sat down with Pamela at her studio in a converted apartment off of Turtle Creek where we discussed her childhood in Dallas, her grandmother’s influence, the challenges of commissions, the universal language of art, the importance of family and the menagerie of places where she has tried to set up a studio.

Website: pamelahnelson.com

Instagram: @pamelanlsn