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Otis Dozier & Texas Artists from the Jesuit Dallas Museum Collection

Historical Library

The exhibition, Otis Dozier & Texas Artists features the acquisition of six works on paper by noted Texas artist Otis Dozier. The works have been acquired through a gift from the Estate of Denni Washburn, the niece of Otis Dozier.

Otis Dozier (1904 -1987) was raised on a cotton farm between Forney and Mesquite, TX and developed a love for art and nature at a young age. His family moved to Dallas in 1920 and he received training from well-known instructor Vivian Aunspaugh. He graduated from Forest High School in 1925 and continued his art studies with Olin Travis and Tom Snell. His family also traveled throughout the American West and this inspired him in his works.

He was also included in the 1932 exhibition of Young Dallas Painters and was represented in the Texas Centennial Exposition’s art during the summer of 1936. In the summer of 1938, he won a scholarship to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, one of the most renowned art schools in the 1930’s. He was a noted member of the Texas regionalist artists known as the Dallas Nine. Dozier’s style was characterized by brilliant colors and strong forms and focused on the plight of farmers during the Great Depression.

 “Early in 1932 the work of a group of artists, none of them yet 30 years old, made up an exhibition at the Fair Park Dallas Public Art Museum, titled “Nine Young Dallas Artists.” A review of this show in New York’s Art Digest called attention to the vitality and verve of the Dallas art scene and fixed the number as an identifying point of departure for a whole community of artists who had gathered-and were gathering-then to work in Dallas. The artists in this show were Jerry Bywaters, John Douglass, Otis Dozier, Lloyd Goff, William Lester, Perry Nichols, Everett Spruce, Charles L. McCann and Buck Winn.” These artists depict a particular time, place and the period in which they created their art during and after the Great Depression and the aftermath of World War II.

In addition to Otis Dozier, featured Texas artists include David Bates, JD. Miller, Michael Tole, and Bob Stuth - Wade’71. David Bates was a student of Otis Dozier and he was influenced by other artists of the Dallas Nine and Texas Regionalist painters such as Jerry Bywaters and Otis Dozier, artists who painted vernacular landscapes of the Southwest.  Bob Stuth-Wade was a student of Perry Brooks Nichols and also influenced by the Dallas Nine.

David Bates - Man with the Gold Tooth
Bob Stuth-Wade - Old Croppings

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.