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Amanda Blake Appointed Director of Education and Library Services at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:50:51 +0000

Release date: 
December 13, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas—The Amon Carter Museum of American Art announces the appointment of Amanda Blake as Director of Education and Library Services. Blake comes to the Amon Carter from the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), where she served for 11 years, most recently as the Interim Director of Education and Head of Family, Access and School Experiences.

Blake will provide the vision, strategic direction and leadership for the development of the Amon Carter’s programs and projects that connect audiences to the museum. She will join the staff at the Amon Carter on January 15.

“Amanda brings more than 13 years of arts education experience with a focus on initiating and creating opportunities that reach various areas of the community,” says Andrew J. Walker, executive director. “She is creative, innovative and passionate about art, and we are delighted to welcome her to the Amon Carter.”

While at the DMA, Blake oversaw a team of 26 educators who served more than 800,000 annual visitors through adult programs; Arts & Letters Live; family, access and school experiences; interpretation; and the Center for Creative Connections. She expanded program opportunities and directed new educational initiatives for community engagement, increasing earned revenue by 90 percent. Her experience also includes education positions at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Nasher Sculpture Center and Wichita Art Museum. Blake has presented at more than 20 regional and national conferences and forums of professional organizations such as American Alliance of Museums and National Art Education Association. She earned her Master of Arts in Art History from the University of North Texas and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History and Studio Art from Oklahoma State University.

“I am honored to join the Amon Carter Museum of American Art serving as the Director of Education and Library Services and to work with a dynamic group of museum leaders,” Blake says.  “I am thrilled to continue the wonderful educational experiences currently offered by the museum, and I am grateful for the opportunity to expand and develop the museum’s community outreach and programming initiatives. Throughout my career, I have focused on developing and implementing programs and creating accessibility for underserved audiences, and I look forward to helping shape the next chapter for the Amon Carter with a group of talented education and library staff.”

The Amon Carter offers a renowned collection of American art housed in a Philip Johnson masterpiece in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District. The museum is open Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12–5 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays. #amoncartermuseum


Amon Carter Museum of American Art Receives $150,000 IMLS Grant to Support Photography Project

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 19:02:53 +0000

Release date:  October 11, 2017 FORT WORTH, Texas—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded the Amon Carter Museum of American Art a $150,000 grant to make the personal archives of eight prominent American photographers of the 20th century available online. The museum acquired the archives of artists Carlotta Corpron, Nell Dorr, Laura Gilpin, Eliot Porter, Helen Post, Clara Sipprell, Erwin E. Smith and Karl Struss between 1979 and 2006. The photographs were previously digitized and now the museum has the support to capture approximately 40,000 unpublished documents and other items, providing researchers the means for deeper understanding of these photographers’ lives and their work. “Our archives document a period when photography was being shaped into an accepted art form,” says Jonathan Frembling, archivist and reference services manager at the museum. “These photographers were in communities that were making great photography—places like New York City in the early 20th century and Taos and Santa Fe in the ‘30s and ‘40s—and they were the colleagues, collaborators and competitors of the big artists, in all media, of their day.” The items will be digitized over a three-year period ending in fall 2019 and will include correspondence, manuscripts and three-dimensional objects such as cameras. The grant has allowed the museum to hire two full-time staff for the duration of the project to photograph and create detailed descriptions of the items. At the end of the project, a new search interface available on the museum’s website will enable scholars and the general public to search across these collections, allowing them to discover connections between documents and related photographs. As an added benefit, digitization also serves a preservation role by reducing the handling of original items. “Stewardship of the archives of photographers who have defined the medium is just as important as adding contemporary works to the collection,” says Andrew J. Walker, executive director. “Sharing their work with the larger community through this support from IMLS is an honor.” The Amon Carter Museum of American Art houses one of this country’s most important collections of American photographs. An integral part of the institution’s program since its opening in 1961, the collection includes over 45,000 exhibition-quality photographs by more than 450 photographers. The holdings span the full history of the photographic medium, from one of the earliest daguerreotypes made in this country to inkjet prints being made today. They reflect photography’s central role in documenting America’s culture and history and convey the medium’s development as a significant and influential art form. This grant helps ensure a wider range of the population will have the opportunity to see these works online and encourage visitors to see the artists’ works in person. About the Photography Collection The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is home to over 45,000 exhibition-quality photographs by more than 450 photographers spanning the history of the medium in the United States. The collection began within months of the museum’s 1961 opening. Since then the holdings have grown to reflect photography’s central role in documenting America’s 19th-century culture and history and the medium’s development as a significant and influential art form in the 20th century to the present. Collection highlights include: • Significant holdings of 19th-century landscape photographs, including works by William Henry Jackson, Timothy O’Sullivan and Carleton Watkins • Key works by many 20th-century masters from Berenice Abbott and Ansel Adams to Edward Weston • More than 1,400 early portraits of Native Americans • One of two complete sets of Richard Avedon’s acclaimed series: In the American West (an Amon Carter Museum of Am[...]

Amon Carter Museum of American Art Presents "Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art"

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:11:43 +0000

Release date:  July 25, 2017 FORT WORTH, Texas—The Amon Carter Museum of American Art will host the first major exhibition in the United States to explore the multifaceted meanings of hunting and fishing in both painting and sculpture from the early 19th century to the mid-20th century. Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art is on view October 7, 2017, through January 7, 2018, and features more than 60 paintings and sculptures that together demonstrate the aesthetic richness and cultural importance of hunting and fishing in America. Admission is free. “Hunting and fishing is a subject that captivated artists throughout the 19th and 20th centuries,” says Amon Carter executive director Andrew J. Walker. “Not mere pictures of wild game and fish, these paintings and sculpture show that the relationship between man and nature defined the American experience for artists as broad reaching as Winslow Homer and Charles M. Russell.” Wild Spaces, Open Seasons includes a wide variety of genre scenes, landscapes, portraits and still lifes, including iconic and rarely seen works by Thomas Cole, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Andrew Wyeth, as well as key pictures by specialists such as Charles Deas, Alfred Jacob Miller, William T. Ranney and Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait. In addition, the show sheds new light on modernist interpretations of these subjects by George Bellows, Stuart Davis and Marsden Hartley. The works illuminate evolving ideas about community, the environment, national identity, place and wildlife, offering compelling insights into socioeconomic issues and cultural concerns. Capturing a communion with nature that was becoming increasingly scarce over the decades, many artists alluded to the country’s burgeoning industrialization and urbanization at the turn of the century. The exhibition is organized into six thematic sections: Leisurely Pursuits, Livelihoods, Perils, Communing in Nature, Myth and Metaphor, and Trophies. Leisurely Pursuits examines representations of hunting and fishing as recreational pastimes, often the province of society’s upper echelons, and the role of art making in navigating the social codes of leisure. Despite its European aristocratic origins, the hunt as an upper-class social ritual with strict codes of etiquette infiltrated but morphed in American democratic society. The portraits in this section display how the European tradition of representing sitters as gentleman-hunters was transformed in the American context, where hunting was central to the rugged exploits of folk heroes like Daniel Boone and later became legitimatized as a popular, hyper-masculine sport in the era of Theodore Roosevelt. Livelihoods features images of commercial enterprise, necessity and sustenance involving different social strata. Many people—guides, frontiersmen, trappers—depended on the bounty of the forest and waterways for their well-being. While America’s expanding agricultural prosperity made hunting for sustenance less of an imperative, the fur trade and commercial fishing still generated income. The paintings in this section explore the ways in which hunting and fishing became a means of financial reward. Suspense-filled and often sublime depictions of close calls, tights spots and struggles to the death fill the Perils section. Such artworks enjoyed great popularity in America during the second half of the 19th century. Whether for commerce, sport or sustenance, hunting is fraught with a host of potential perils, including harsh weather, human error, rugged terrain, territorial disputes and wild animals. These works served as both spectacles intended to excite viewers, as well as visual metaphors for man’s attempts to tame the wilderness. As the country moved toward modernity, many Americans romanticized a past that celebrated the danger brave hunters fac[...]

Amon Carter Museum of American Art Presents Third Annual Party on the Porch on September 23

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:15:57 +0000

Release date:  July 19, 2017 FORT WORTH, Texas—Party on the Porch returns to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art for the third year on Saturday, September 23 from 6–10 p.m. with more sound, more food and more Fort Worth! The community is invited to attend this free event with art, live music, food trucks and cash bars. Outside on the plaza, partygoers can listen to three exciting bands with local roots—Green River Ordinance, Matt Tedder Trio and Summer Dean—dive in to Fort Worth’s delicious food-truck fare, and purchase beer and wine. Guests may also preorder Central Market Picnic Packs by calling 817.377.9307; the food baskets will be at Central Market’s onsite store for pick up, as well as an assortment of food and beverages for purchase. The porch will light up throughout the evening with special effects provided by Inside Image Design. Pan Ector is back by popular demand with their Fort Worth-themed T-shirts that are screenprinted onsite. The live music kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with the self-styled “AmeriTonk” sound of the soulful country artist Summer Dean. She is followed by the Matt Tedder Trio, whose music blends classic rock, blues and modern folk. Headlining Party on the Porch is Green River Ordinance with their grounded sound of country, rock, pop and folk. Last year the band released their third studio album Fifteen. “The first two years of Party on the Porch were so much fun, and we could not be happier to be back again with this event for Fort Worth on September 23,” says Andrew Walker, executive director of the Amon Carter. “The combination of live music, food, art and community can’t be beat.” Extended gallery and Museum Store hours (until 9 p.m.) allow guests to enjoy the artwork inside and have time to shop. Docents will be on hand giving tours for those who prefer a guided art experience; artmaking will also be offered. Free parking is available at the UNT Health Science Center lot and east garage on Clifton Street (north of the museum). For more information about Party on the Porch, parking and accessibility, call 817.989.5030 or email Visit the museum’s website and follow Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates. The Amon Carter will close at 5 p.m. and reopen for Party on the Porch at 6 p.m. Will Rogers Road will be closed between Lancaster Avenue and Camp Bowie Boulevard from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the day of the event. Please no pets or outside food or drink. Presenting sponsors are: Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center–Fort Worth, Central Market and Meador Auto Group. Media sponsor is Fort Worth Weekly. End About Green River Ordinance In 2016, Green River Ordinance released its third studio album, Fifteen, an 11-track collection with a simple message—hold fast to the things that are true. Since coming together 15 years ago as teenagers in Fort Worth, the band—Josh Jenkins (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Jamey Ice (guitars, banjo, mandolin), Joshua Wilkerson (guitars, vocals, mandolin, piano), Geoff Ice (bass, vocals, harmonica) and Denton Hunker (drums, percussion)—has been about the core value of “finding something more,” rather than simply selling records, and the idea of a deeper meaning has remained their central focus ever since. “Throughout the entirety of Fifteen, Green River Ordinance’s harmonies are spot on whether it’s the gritty and rollicking ‘Maybe It’s Time (Gravity)’ or the sweeping ‘Simple Life’ alongside soaring pedal steel and piano accompaniment,” writes Annie Reuter with Sounds Like Nashville. “The album showcases Green River Ordinance’s pop sensibilities and rock influences alongside vivid country storytelling.” Source: Shore Fire Media About Matt Tedder Trio Matt Tedder was born and raised in Fort Worth. From a young age he had his hands on a guitar, an[...]

Amon Carter Museum of American Art Presents "Dornith Doherty: Archiving Eden"

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:21:59 +0000

Release date:  July 10, 2017 FORT WORTH, Texas—The Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents Dornith Doherty: Archiving Eden on view August 12, 2017, through January 14, 2018. The exhibition of photographs by North Texas artist Dornith Doherty intertwines science and art, showcasing the planet’s botanical diversity through 15 images from seed banks across the world. Admission is free. For nearly 10 years, Doherty traveled the world from Australia to Russia photographing seed banks, which are designed to preserve the world’s crops and plants against species loss brought by blight, development, global warming, pests, unexpected change and war. Long interested in how humans shape the land, Doherty took it upon herself to explore seed vaults and the activities of their research scientists. Starting with a stop at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, she visited key facilities across five continents, including the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, just south of the North Pole on the Norwegian Island of Spitsbergen. Svalbard is one of more than 1,700 seed banks across the globe, but it is special because it houses duplicate seeds from other vaults to serve as a backup in case of a natural or manmade disaster. Because of its location, Svalbard is better positioned to withstand the potential aftermath of global warming or other manmade global disasters. Besides documenting the appearance of these vaults, the artist created X-rays of a wide array of plant seeds with the assistance of scientists. Doherty then transformed the X-ray images into poetic odes to protecting the world’s botanical diversity. “The artist used a variety of photographic approaches to create these remarkable images that symbolize biodiversity loss,” says John Rohrbach, senior curator of photographs. “A 7-foot-high lenticular construction showing X-rays of 1,400 ash tree seeds collected by the National Center for Genetic Resource Preservation in Fort Collins, Colo., reflects the ongoing decimation of ash trees across North America by the ash tree borer. Her array of five banana-seedling clones illustrates scientists’ race to develop a new banana strain to replace our standard grocery store version, which may soon be lost to blight.” Rohrbach says some ecologists suggest that earth is losing more than 10 animal and plant species each day, and he hopes visitors will ponder the plight of plants across the globe and in their own backyards. “The exhibition asks us to consider the ongoing work of scientists and volunteers who work, far behind the noise of our daily newsfeeds, to protect earth’s botanical diversity,” Rohrbach says. “It is a call to reflect on the beauty, variety, and most of all, the fragility of our world’s plant life.” Dornith Doherty: Archiving Eden was organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. A book of the same name accompanies the exhibition and will be sold in the Museum Store. The artist will present a free lecture and book signing at the museum on November 4 at 10:30 a.m. This program on American art, culture and society is made possible by a generous gift from the late Anne Burnett Tandy. A 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Doherty was born in Houston, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Rice University and received a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Yale University. She currently resides in Southlake, Texas, and is a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of North Texas, where she has been on the faculty since 1996. In addition to the Guggenheim Fellowship, she has also received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, Houston Center for Photography, Indiana Arts Commission, Japan Foundation, United States Department of the Interior and University of North Texas. In 2016, the Texas Legislature named her a Te[...]

Storytime begins June 7 at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:38:01 +0000

Release date: 
April 12, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas—The Amon Carter Museum of American Art invites families with young children to participate in this summer’s free Storytime series, held every Wednesday, June 7 through July 26, from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Storytime presents children’s books and connects them with artworks. The theme for 2017 is Summer Vacation: June 7—Vacation? Staycation!; June 14—Pack It Up!; June 21—Are We There Yet?; June 28—Busy in the City; July 5—Unwind in the Wilderness; July 12—Places to Be, People to See!; July 19—Adventures Await You!; July 26—Eat and Explore!.

“We have eight fun installments of Storytime, so make plans to come once or every Wednesday,” says Jessica Kennedy, public programs manager. “During each Storytime, parents may register their children to win that week’s featured books and a drawing will be held at the end of each program.” Those chosen need not be present to win.

Storytime is sponsored by Joan Trew, Williams Trew Real Estate, and is best for families with children ages 3–8 and their grown-ups. A snack will be provided by GoGo squeeZ. Parents are encouraged to call 817.989.5013 or email for parking tips. Please tag your photos #amoncartermuseum.

The Amon Carter offers a customized experience for summer school and day care groups on different days. Please call 817.989.5036 or email to learn more. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12–5 p.m. Admission is always free. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @theamoncarter.


Amon Carter Museum of American Art Presents "The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology"

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:03:17 +0000

Release date:  March 20, 2017 FORT WORTH, Texas—The Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology, a sweeping overview of the Polaroid phenomenon featuring the work of more than 100 artist-photographers along with examples of the tools and artifacts that helped make Polaroid a household name. The exhibition, which makes its U.S. debut at the Amon Carter, highlights the wide-ranging and often surprising uses of Polaroid materials through more than 150 images, including works by such heralded artists as Ellen Carey (b. 1952), Chuck Close (b. 1940), Marie Cosindas (b. 1925), Barbara Crane (b. 1928), David Hockney (b. 1937), Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) and Andy Warhol (1928–1987). The exhibition is on view June 3 through September 3, 2017; admission is free. “Polaroid was the epitome of instant imaging long before the digital age,” says Joy Jeehye Kim, Assistant Curator of Photographs. “This show reveals the energy of artists who embraced the technology as a novel medium of experimentation.” Visitors to the exhibition will see how artists experimented in black-and-white and color and produced images ranging widely in size and shape from modest 3” x 4” portraits to large dream-like mosaics built from 20” x 24” prints. Pervading all is an atmosphere of constant experimentation and energetic play as artists interrogate and reimagine the very purpose of photography. The Polaroid Project reveals the Polaroid Corporation’s technical and marketing roots, but it also showcases the company’s unusually strong and extensive commitment to art, starting with founder Edwin Land’s (1901–1991) close friendship with the great landscape photographer Ansel Adams (1902–1984), who often tested the Corporation’s new cameras and films in the mid-1950s and was an avid promoter of its achievements. The Polaroid Corporation stood proudly at the forefront of photographic image-making in a world that had come to believe that easier and faster meant better. The company’s invention and production of finely designed, high-quality, yet easy-to-use cameras and films brought virtual immediacy to a medium that previously lived by the notion of “shoot and wait.” Land was a proud, ever-pushing genius who never hesitated to sound messianic in his pronouncements about Polaroid’s technical achievements. Like the romantic scientists of a hundred years earlier with whom he identified, Land believed his invention would not merely serve mankind in myriad ways, at work and in leisure, in the arts and the sciences, but even advance democracy. During Polaroid’s prime, its cameras and films were purchased by millions of amateurs and countless professionals. While families recorded their anniversaries and graduation parties, filmmakers and fashion photographers made test shots, scientists recorded their observations, and police documented crime scenes, artists embraced the new medium as a grand new tool for image-making and experimentation. At the heart of it all was instantaneity—no longer did photographers have to send films to a lab, and wait for days or weeks, or even go into a darkroom for a laborious chemical process. With Polaroid’s instant range, photographer and subject could watch together as the image took form before their eyes. Polaroid not only transformed photography, it set the foundation for the expectation of immediate results we are so accustomed to today. Supplementing the exhibition’s artworks are rare artifacts from the Polaroid Corporation archives that trace the development of the technology from Land’s early work with 3D photographs in military service during World War II and his initial development of instant cameras and film to the c[...]

Amon Carter Museum of American Art Presents “Craftology” on April 8

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:43:45 +0000

Release date: 
March 14, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas—The Amon Carter Museum of American Art invites the community to Craftology on Saturday, April 8, from 6–10 p.m. This free event for adults features crafts, drinks, art and music.

Craftology guests may choose from a variety of papers to create a journal or sketchbook throughout the evening. Specialty workshops by local artisans—air plant terrariums with Ephemera!, calligraphy with Lauren Essl from Blue Eye Brown Eye and silk marbling with Oil and Cotton—are first come, first served; supplies are free but limited.

Extended gallery hours will allow guests to visit their favorite artworks or join Amon Carter docents for special tours at 6:15, 7:15 and 8:15 p.m. The Avedon in Texas exhibition on the second floor will include a selfie station. Food trucks will be onsite, weather permitting; Cuppa Craft coffee from Coffee : Experience, beer, wine and Alchemy Pops will also be available for purchase.

Free parking is available in the Amon Carter’s Camp Bowie Boulevard lot and in the UNT Health Science Center’s Clifton Street surface lot or east garage. Cyclists can find the nearest Fort Worth Bcycle station located at 1400 Gendy Street near the museum’s Lancaster entrance. For more event details please visit the museum’s website, and follow @theamoncarter on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for Craftology updates.

The Amon Carter offers a renowned collection of American art housed in Philip Johnson’s masterpiece in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursdays until 8 p.m., and Sunday from 12–5 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Free admission.


Libby Tilley Appointed Head of Museum Advancement at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:51:14 +0000

Release date: 
February 21, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas—The Amon Carter Museum of American Art announces the appointment of Libby Tilley as the Head of Museum Advancement. In this role she will help guide the museum’s annual fundraising strategy including the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors. Overseeing the Membership Manager and the Corporate Relations and Events Manager are also among Tilley’s responsibilities in this new position.

Tilley brings two decades of experience spanning the areas of public relations, marketing, event planning and fundraising. Most recently she served as Development Director for Susan G. Komen in Austin. Prior to joining the Amon Carter, Tilley worked in development and external affairs for The Contemporary Austin and Artpace San Antonio, and in public relations with Clear Channel Exhibitions and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

“Libby is a key addition to the Amon Carter,” says Guy C. Vanderpool, Director of Development and Communications. “She has extensive experience in fundraising and corporate relations, and she will have an important role in broadening the museum’s financial support.”

Tilley holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College in New Orleans and a graduate degree in Fine and Decorative Arts and Design: American Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

The Amon Carter offers a renowned collection of American art housed in Philip Johnson’s masterpiece in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursdays until 8 p.m., and Sunday from 12–5 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays. @theamoncarter


Amon Carter Museum of American Art Offers Free Spring Break Fun Week for 5th–10th Graders

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 22:09:32 +0000

Release date: 
February 6, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas—The Amon Carter Museum of American Art announces the return of Fun Week but with a new twist for 2017. This free program for children and their families is held during the week of Tuesday, March 14–Friday, March 17, from 1¬–3 p.m. and is geared this year toward middle-school and early high-school students.

Gallery games, creativity challenges, printmaking and an art project have been designed for older children to create, compete and consider American art in a new way. Parents and caregivers should plan on staying at the museum with kids younger than 16 during Fun Week hours.

Please contact the museum at 817.989.5013 or for more information and parking tips. Tag your Fun Week photos on social media with #amoncartermuseum.

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is open Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday until 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon–5 p.m. Free admission.