The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to announce the opening of two new exhibits:
Spanish Colonial Treasures and Umlauf and His Influence. These two exhibits will open on
Friday evening, December 9, and the reception is free and open to the public. The opening
reception will last from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and live music and refreshments will be provided.
Spanish Colonial Treasures showcases a large cross-section of SAMFA’s Spanish Colonial and
Latin American collection, including the newest gifts from some exceptional private collections.
These works were created between 1600 and 1900, from the time of Spanish rule to after
Mexican independence. Some of the works were created by academically trained masters
schooled in European traditions, and others by humble self-taught artisans. Some of the objects
adorned magnificent monasteries and churches, and others were created for devotional use in
private homes. All of the art in SAMFA’s Spanish Colonial and Latin American collection
represents the unique character and importance of the Catholic faith in Latin America, and the
deep devotion of its followers. These works have made their home here in San Angelo thanks to
the generosity of six major donors: Fred Pottinger, The Art and Eva Camuñez Tucker
Foundation, Hamp and Bonnie Beesley, Richard Parkman, Thomas Duckworth, and Charlotte
and Stephanie March, daughters of Laura Derby.
Umlauf and His Influence places works by legendary Texas artist Charles Umlauf (1911 –
1994) from the Dale Huggins-Jonathon Todd Collection, side-by-side with works by two of his
most brilliant University of Texas students, Maurice Schmidt (b. 1936) and Margaret Stites
(1910 – 2003).
Charles Umlauf taught at the University of Texas, Austin, from 1941 to 1981. During his long
career, he inspired countless students, some of whom, such as Farrah Fawcett, went on to other
careers, and others who became world-famous sculptors, such as Luis Jiménez and Bob “Daddy-
O” Wade. Alongside the exceptional Huggins-Todd collection of Umlauf’s works, this exhibit
highlights two of Umlauf’s students who aren’t internationally known, because they chose to
focus their careers on inspiring students in the way Umlauf inspired them. Margaret Stites and
Maurice Schmidt helped establish the art programs at small rural colleges in Texas, Stites at
Angelo State University and Schmidt at Texas A&M, Kingsville. Their extraordinary art has not
often been seen outside of their communities.
The museum is supported by generous contributions from both individuals and businesses. This
project is made possible in part by the San Angelo Cultural Affairs Council and the Texas
Commission on the Arts. SAMFA’s hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm, and
Sunday, 1 pm to 4 pm. Admission is currently free.
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