Spanish Legacy in Abilene

Spanish Legacy in Abilene

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The growth of Mexicans/Mexican-Americans/Hispanics in Abilene can be attributed to the need for workers for the growing town of Abilene. Today, Hispanics are a very important group in Abilene and contribute greatly to the community as business owners and educators, as professionals in the public and private sectors, and as active members in other arenas such as involvement in churches, volunteer and charitable organizations, and the arts.

Children's Museum

Children's Museum

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The Children's Museum at The Grace is a fully interactive space focusing on Art and Science Concepts through hands-on play.  There is also a special area just for small children under 4 years old.  

As Is Rural Realism

As Is Rural Realism

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.  

Texas Noir: Photography by Ashton Thornhill

Texas Noir: Photography by Ashton Thornhill

The Grace Museum - Wright Photography Gallery (map)

Ashton Thornhill is a fine art photographer currently working on the Llano Estacado of Texas. He spent several years working as a photojournalist before he returned to him alma mater, Texas Tech University, to share his love of the medium and teach photography. 

horizonscapes

horizonscapes

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The small scale of Katie Maratta’s vast miniature vistas demands closer examination. Only then are you rewarded with the impeccable detail of her horizontal narratives of the vast Texas landscape.

Allison V. Smith PLAIN VIEW

Allison V. Smith PLAIN VIEW

The Grace Museum - Wright Photography Gallery (map)

“In 2004, I quit my day job as a staff photographer at the Dallas Morning News to pursue freelance and fine art photography. Day one of being self- employed, I drove to Marfa with my future husband, our two dogs and my red Hasselblad and a bunch of film.  I took the opportunity to slow down, wait for the light and make photography. I have continued photographing Marfa and surrounding West Texas towns over the years as an ongoing study of the landscape and light. I love trying to capture the slow desert pace and the mythical light.” -  Allison V. Smith

Mary Vernon: Painting is Drawing

Mary Vernon: Painting is Drawing

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The Grace Museum is pleased to present a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Mary Vernon, artist and art educator with a fifty year track record of success as a professional artist and a valued mentor and teacher of artists and art connoisseurs of all ages.  

Josef Albers: Homage to the Square

Josef Albers: Homage to the Square

The Grace Museum - 2nd Floor Gallery (map)

Josef Albers (1888-1976) was an American-German artist best known for his iconic color square series, Homage to the Square, which he began in 1949 and major contributions to color theory.  In 1981 Mr. and Mrs. Tony Andress gifted this set of ten lithographs from Albers’ 1965 series Homage to the Square, Soft Edge - Hard Edge to the Abilene Fine Arts Museum.  This is the first time the full set of prints has been exhibited at the museum.