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Arie Van Selm | January - May 2023

Historical Library

He was born in the Netherlands. Arie Van Selm has developed strong roots in Dallas, living and working both continents for over forty years. The artist’s forthright style is characterized by bold, vibrant colors and limited subject matter. He explores these subjects for many years, challenging himself to execute their dynamics in an ever intriguing, evolutionary manner. Arie was first influenced by his father Willem Witsen (1860-1923, a Dutch Impressionist. He was educated in Amsterdam and continued his studies in Europe. Journeys to the south of France, Zihuatanejo, Mexico and Kyoto, Japan particularly influenced his style. His work is found among international collections and he continues to work and exhibit in Dallas, New York, Amsterdam and Berlin. A common denominator of all of Aries’ art may lie in his temperamental, dynamic, yet also sensitive and sometimes slightly humoristic approach to our human reality. His work has been widely exhibited in America, Europe and South America and can be found in the possession of many of the most esteemed private and corporate collectors.

WPA Artists in the Jesuit Dallas Museum Collection

Outside of the Melsheimer Family Theater

To liaison with the Fine Arts Department and the production of John Steinbeck’s play Of Mice & Men, the Jesuit Dallas Museum created the exhibition, WPA (Works Progress Administration) Artists from the Jesuit Dallas Museum Collection. The exhibition brings together the work of artists who were part of the WPA program during the 1930’s – 1940’s. Artists included are:  Will Barnet, Herbert Bayer, Edward Hagedorn, Riva Helfond, Chet LaMore, Russell Limbach, and Beatrice Mandelman. As part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal during the Great Depression, the government-funded Federal Art Project (1935 -43) of the WPA(Works Progress Administration) hired as many as 10,000 artists to create murals, paintings, sculpture, graphic art, posters, photography, theatre scenic design, and arts and crafts.


The Builders, the Great Human Race, John L. Doyle (1939-2010)

Hall of Honors

The purpose of The Builders is to show how man’s ideas and concepts relate to the structures of The Great Human Race and this reflects his fascination with the human condition. The artist described himself as an “image maker,” a person devoted to producing visual conceptions. Many of his works have a historical or architectural perspective that derives from careful observation and research.