The West Library recently launched archives.txwes.edu, the new digital collections site uniting the University institutional repository and digital archives into one website. Two digital exhibits are currently available.
The Texas Wesleyan permanent collection is small but diverse. American, European, early Texas, former faculty and student artists are represented within the collection which has developed over the years — primarily through donations.
Currently, artworks belonging to Texas Wesleyan are on display in various offices and public spaces across campus or safely stored in the Special Collections & University Archives.
The exhibit features pieces in the University permanent art collection that were part of the 2020 virtual alumni event, TXWES Behind the Scenes: The Permanent Art Collection. A wide variety of mediums and styles were selected to highlight the collection’s range. The use of texture, color, and/or the lack thereof convey the artistic expression and imagery that is unique to each artist.
The exhibit features a variety of color and black and white prints created through the artist’s lifetime.
“Mary was creative, sensitive and loving of all creatures, great and small. She was a true perceiver, finding joy in all people and things and having many friends and students from all walks of life," said Associate Dean of Freshmen and Professor of Theatre Arts & Communication Joe Brown. "She had a uniqueness about her and often was described as a 'Bohemihippie' by her colleagues during her time at Texas Wesleyan. Mary’s artwork displays her love for fairies, lizards, animals and a sense of down-to-earth freedom through the female form. This exhibit honors a very special and wonderful person in the history of Texas Wesleyan and its fine arts program."
While the prints for this exhibit are currently on display in the Bernice Coulter Templeton Art Studio & Gallery, this digital exhibit exists for those unable to view in person.
For questions about the digital archive, please email Caitlin Rookey.