“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
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.
Art exhibitions at The Grace Museum focus on historic and contemporary American art and artists with Texas connections. Group and solo exhibitions are curated by the chief curator and occasionally include significant traveling exhibitions that inform the exhibition focus. Three exhibitions of fine art photography are presented annually in the Alice and Bill Wright Photography Gallery on the third floor. First and second floor art galleries change every few months to accommodate 10 to 12 unique art exhibitions each year.
The 3rd floor history gallery is dedicated to displaying exhibitions of historically significant objects that tell the story of the evolving cultural and social history of Abilene and West Texas between 1880 and 1950. Period parlor and kitchen room displays from 1910, 1928, and 1948 bring the bygone eras to life. The Mallouf Boot Shop presents a recreation of the 1940s-era workshop of longtime Brownwood boot-maker Albert Mallouf. The history gallery also presents changing exhibitions of artifacts curated from The Grace Museum history collection.