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Sarah Ball: An Unlikely Likeness - Can portraiture be more than just a likeness?

  • The Grace Museum 102 Cypress Street Abilene, TX, 79601 United States (map)

SPEAKER: Judy Tedford Deaton

*This talk is FREE and open to the public.

Sarah Ball in her Cornwall studio.

Sarah Ball in her Cornwall studio.

Why and how does contemporary British artist Sarah Ball create paintings that are monumental (though miniature), so original (though derived from photographs), so candid (though highly formalized) and so heartbreaking (though deceptively calm)? Look closer at Sarah Ball's art and inspiration as we explore the rich and limitless options portraiture offers for new means of creative expression.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Judy Tedford Deaton, photo by Teresa Rafidi

Judy Tedford Deaton, photo by Teresa Rafidi

Judy Tedford Deaton, Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions and Collections, has been curating exhibitions and overseeing the art and history collections at The Grace Museum since 2006. She is responsible for concept development, installation and interpretation of twelve art exhibitions annually. Before joining The Grace staff, Deaton was an associate professor of art history and gallery director at McMurry University (1995-2006). She earned a BA from the University of Texas Austin and an MFA in art history from Southern Methodist University where she was a recipient of the SMU Meadows Artistic Scholarship Graduate Award in Art History.

She is an author, art historian, frequent guest speaker, art consultant, art juror and panelist at museums and conferences including the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), Texas Association of Museums (TAM), Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas (CADD), Mountain Plains Museum Association (MPMA), and the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA). Deaton is currently a member for the CASETA board of directors and served on the 2015 Arts Create Grant Panel for the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) and was recently featured in the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities publication article on the exhibition Spanish Texas, Legend & Legacy curated in 2016. She is also the recipient of CASETA awards for outstanding publications and exhibitions in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and the MPMA 2009 award for art exhibition publications. Monographs and solo exhibitions on Seymour Fogel, Loren Mozley, Kelly Fearing, Janet Turner and Michael Frary are among recent early Texas art projects.


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