Special Exhibits

Eyes of Texas:
A Century of Artistic Visions

Preston Road Farm, Florence Elliot McClung
Preston Road Farm, Florence Elliot McClung (1940)

The Bryan Collection holds hundreds of paintings relating to Texas. Each was selected per a basic criterion: the artist had to understand Texas through lived experience.

According to J.P. Bryan, founder of the Bryan Museum, "[each artist] actually participated in the events of the settlement of Texas ... those who saw it at its fullest expression or, at the very least, while the dust was still settling on that unique chapter of United States history."

"Eyes of Texas" provides the chance to see the evolving artistic visions that helped to shape Texas. By focusing on the years between 1850 and 1950, these works highlight the artistic search for a regional identity. Each painting serves as both a window and a mirror—a window to view the past and a mirror to reflect on personal experience.

On display starting: October 12, 2017