The history of Texas as a unique blend of Spanish, Native American, Mexican and Anglo-American traditions will be the focus of five related exhibitions on all three floors of The Grace Museum tracing early Spanish exploration and colonization of Texas, Spanish missions and presidios, the vaquero tradition as well as Mexican, Native American and Anglo-European lasting contributions to Texas culture.
Youth Art Month is a National event celebrating the great artistic talent of the youth in our communities. For many years the Grace has displayed artwork from all over the region. Students from Sweetwater, Jim Ned, Anson, Merkel, Wylie, Clyde, Abilene public and private schools as well as homeschool students participate each year.
Identifiable subjects are only part of the enduring allure of realism. Each generation of realist artists brings new subjects, new media, and new viewpoints to the genre. The AS IS: rural realism exhibitions feature the art of contemporary realists who focus on off-road subjects to create unique ways of seeing just how significant the seemingly insignificant can be. Following the lead of earlier American realists who shunned romanticized views of their world, artists Randy Bacon, Daniel Blagg, Julie Bozzi, Lloyd Brown, Brian Cobble, Pat Gabriel, Woody Gwyn, Katie Maratta, and Sarah Williams draw on personal experience to capture current rural landscape AS IS.