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Alice Leese is a Texan artist that lives & works on the YT Ranch, Winkler County. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Abilene Christian University and was awarded the Juanita Tittle Pollard scholarship for 2 years. In 2018, Leese was the National Parks Arts Foundation Fort Union National Monument Artist in Residence. Leese also illustrated and published the children's book “Tumbleweeds”.
Alice Leese, Witcher, 2018, oil on canvas, on loan from artist
Kat Truth (Kat Bunker) was selected by Juror Christine (Tina) Fuentes as the Best in Show Winner for the 61st Annual Permian Basin Juries Art Exhibition. Truth received her Master’s in Sculpture from Texas Tech University and has taught at Angelo State University for the past decade. Truth was able to overcome an initial resistance to depicting animals as a subject matter, and show concerns over topics such as extinction and ethical issues. She uses similes and metaphors to represent problems facing both animals and man. Through subconscious examinations of dreams, trauma and circumstances of others, she hopes to present psychological insight between humans and animals.
Kat Truth, Poorly Played, 2018, mixed media
May 28 - Aug 9
This year marks the 62nd Annual Permian Basin Juried Art Exhibition, which aims to highlight the talent of artists in and around the West Texas region. For this year’s exhibition artists are encouraged to explore the theme 20/20 INSIGHT.
Winners are announced and exhibition opens digital and on May 28 at 6pm on our website. The exhibition can be seen in person starting May 29 during Museum hours. Works with the most likes on the Museum’s Facebook page by Aug 9 at 5pm will receive People’s Choice Awards.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE DIGITAL EXHIBITION
The McKnight Gallery is used to display works from the Museum’s permanent collection. The artwork in this gallery is changed once a year in the fall to showcase the over 900 objects in its holding. Also displayed in this gallery is Stampede by El Paso artist Tom Lea. This gallery has direct access to the George and Milly Rhodus Sculpture & Sensory Garden which has been used as a gallery space for outdoor art works, events and community art days.
Margarete Bagshaw, Color of Oil, 2013, oil on canvas
In 1940, El Paso Artist Tom Lea drove to Odessa, Texas to install his freshly painted mural intitled “Stampede”. Lea had been awarded the contract by the United States government to paint a mural as part of the New Deal. The painting, which measures 7 feet high and 17 feet long, was originally glued to the wall above the door to Postmaster W.T. Henderson’s office. In 1970, it was framed and moved across the street to the new post office where it hung until 2013. As part of a pilot program with the United States Postal Service, the Museum and Odessa Arts (formally known as the Odessa Council for the Arts & Humanities) were asked if they could restore and house the mural in a protected environment. After an extensive restoration process, the painting now hangs in the Permanent Collections gallery of the Museum as part of a 25 year renewable loan.
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