In celebration of 50 years of graduate studies at the University of Dallas, the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery presents “View from the Art Village: 50-Year Retrospective,” an exhibition that features more than 40 alumni artists of the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts. Promising exciting work from stalwart artists such as Bob Nunn, Linnea Glatt, Roberto Munguia, and Ann Stautberg, among many more, this exhibition features some of North Texas’ most prominent artists, whose works have been featured in museums, galleries, churches and convents around the world.
The exhibition’s curator, Nancy Cohen Israel, will give remarks during the opening reception on Friday, March 24, from 6-9 p.m., and provide a curator-guided gallery tour on Sunday, April 2 from 1-3 p.m. The exhibit will remain open through Saturday, April 29. The Haggerty Gallery will be closed Friday, April 14, and Sunday, April 16, in observance of the Easter holiday.
Spanning half a century, “View from the Art Village: 50-Year Retrospective” provides visitors with a survey of contemporary artists who spent their formative years in the University of Dallas’ Haggerty Art Village. While selecting the exhibition’s featured artists, Israel found the caliber of University of Dallas artists revelatory because “so many have been especially vital to North Texas’ art scene.”
Early art graduates Jack Mims, George Green and Jim Roche, make up three-fourths of the famous “Oak Cliff Four,” who pioneered Texas Funk — an art movement that blended cultural Texas idioms with psychedelic, pop art — in the early ’70s. Sister Maria Liebeck, member of the religious community Daughters of Charity, has used art to connect prayer and faith, devoting her art ministry to serving the poor.
In Dallas alone, many University of Dallas art alumni have recently exhibited their works, including Roberto Munguia and his large retrospective, “Buscador/Descubridor,” displayed at the Latino Cultural Center; Lucas Martell, with a solo exhibition at Circuit 12; Rachel Muldez, with a solo exhibition at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center; and multimedia artist and writer Laray Polk, and her Trinity River Project collaboration presented by the Liliana Bloch Gallery. Other significant artists include Christine Bisetto, former Haggerty Gallery director, and Professor Emeritus Juergen Strunck, who headed the university’s printmaking program for decades.
A Dallas-based art historian, art educator and writer, Israel is the owner of Art à la Carte, which brings together art enthusiasts for classes on art history, tours and special programs. For 15 years, she has coordinated local, regional and international tours with the popular series “Second Saturdays,” visiting artists’ studios, private collections and other unique art spaces. Her familiarity with the Dallas/Fort Worth art scene made her the perfect candidate to curate this 50-year retrospective exhibition.
“Beyond the boundless talent that has emerged from the University of Dallas graduate art program, the school is unique for its leadership in other ways. From being the first integrated school in Texas to offering the first coed art program at a Catholic university, this dynamic of always moving forward continues to create trailblazing artists who will, no doubt, continue to push the boundaries of contemporary art,” said Exhibition Curator Nancy Cohen Israel.
Artists on view are Carol Beesley, Christine Bisetto, Gabriel Brubacher, Kate Colin, Donald Copeland, Carol Cook, Annie Chrietzberg, Mark Epstein, Nancy Ferro, Linnea Glatt, Linda G. Gossett, Maurice Gray, George Green, Mirka Hokkanen, Mary Hood, Robyn Jorde, Sr. Maria Liebeck (DC), Lucas Martell, Rachel McClung, Jack Mims, David Morris, Rachel Muldez, Roberto Munguia, Andrew Myers, Trish Nickell, Bob Nunn, Michael Obranovich, Rick Parsons, John Pavlicek, Laray Polk, Nancy Rebal, Socorro Rico, Jim Roche, Humberto Saenz, Albert T. Scherbarth, Donna Stallard, Ann Stautberg, Jonathan Stewart, Juergen Strunck, Lance Timco, Terri Thornton, Jeff Vaughn and Tony Veronese.
The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is located in the Art History Building at the corner of Gorman Drive and Haggar Circle on the University of Dallas campus at 1845 E. Northgate Drive in Irving. The gallery, which is part of the universities Haggerty Art Village, is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more gallery information, visit udallas.edu/gallery or call 972-721-5087.