Marty Ray Reveals Diversity of Influences in the Dallas Art Community

Marty Ray Talks About Her Teachers

This short video featuring artist, ceramist and teacher Marty Ray reveals the diversity of influences in the Dallas art community. Here she speaks about some of her teachers including Mexican-born and self-taught sculpture artist Octavio Medellin, German-born abstract painter Dr. Paul Kelpe (founder of American Abstract Artists) and a native Texan trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Chapman Kelley.

We heard recently there is to be an upcoming exhibit featuring Octavio Medellin’s work.

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About Art After X

With the death of President Kennedy in 1963, America changed. As hard as it is to minimize that sentiment, the effect of Dallas was even greater. The same year saw the merging of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, which had been central to the art scene, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Douglas MacAgy, then the director of DMCA, not only opposed the merger, but also declined to directorship of the combined museum. The regionalist movement which had been strong for decades, was giving way to more of an interest in what was going on nationally, and internationally. Like it or not, Dallas was on the national stage.

When the Kennedy’s arrived in Fort Worth, local collectors had decorated a hotel room with internationally-renowned works. While the president and his wife learned a great deal about the ability of Texans to collect major art, there was little they could glean about the local scene in this era-defining city.

With this in mind, we have begun a project to look not back at the art scene in Dallas, but foreword from 1963. We are interviewing gallery owners, curators and others involved in the art scene then, but this will be a story told mostly through interviews with artists active in the city from that point into the 1980s.

The result will be a book with a video component.

We hope you will join us in our journey. The hashtag for the project is #artafterx and the url will point to the latest updates on this weblog.

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