The Texas Scene Is the American Scene

Friday, January 5, 2018: 10:50 AM
Virginia Suite C (Marriott Wardman Park)
Francine Carraro, Midwestern State University
Texas Regional artist Otis Dozier ( (1904 - 1987) explained his mission and goal as a painter, "You have to start from where you are, and hope to get to the universal." The recently coined term "glocal" was originally an ecological term meant to urge the improvement of global environmental issues by dealing effectively with problems locally. Dozier and his artistic colleagues of the 1930s, including Jerry Bywaters and Alexandre Hogue, understood the "glocal" significance of art. Artists in Texas focused on elevating the status and quality of art and eliminating provincialism, and they were successful in their endeavors to shape the art world in Texas and to attract national recognition to the art of the region. The achievements of artists in locales across the vast state of Texas before World War II communicated universal themes in landscapes, still–lifes, portraits, and narratives. Grounded in Texas subjects, themes, and images, artists aspired to express universal concepts. The Texas scene was the American Scene.