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Recent Acquisitions

Pamela Nelson, Mixed Buffet

Three 19th century British portraits were acquired by a gift from Walter & Karen Levy.     

Pam Nelson stated, “I began the body of work, DINING ROOM, at a dear friend’s home in Montana, summer of 2019. My temporary studio was her dining table. I responded by thinking of the friendships and many shared meals, hosting and guesting; and how important it is to getting to know each other better. A year later, with Covid-19 in 2020, I could not imagine how much we would all miss each other.

The dining table is a blank canvas for hospitality. Our stories and relationships can be found in our food. Food, like art, stimulates the mind and the senses. One first eats with her eyes. The colors and textures are endless. I also enjoy exploring surface design in table settings, placemats, centerpieces, ceramics, and glass. In 2020, hospitality, welcoming the stranger, is essential in the desert, with its challenges and difficulties. Nourishing our neighbors is sharing more than a meal. We are together at the banquet table. Company is the main ingredient. “

Pamela Nelson is a Dallas artist who is known for her love of color, composition and embellishment. She grew up in Midland, Texas and graduated from SMU in 1974. She paints, makes collages and mosaics. In 2000, she was appointed to a four-year position on the US Commission of Fine Arts, Washington D.C. She was the recipient of the Dallas Visual Arts Center 2000 Legend award. Public artworks by Nelson include four Dallas Area Rapid Transit stations, a circular floor mosaic medallion at DFW Airport’s Terminal D Departure Level Concourse, and Color Equations 2007 at North Park Center. Nelson recently installed a painting at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Texas, titled To Everything Turn. Nelson has exhibited in over 100 national venues, including the Dallas Museum of Art, Austin Museum of Art, Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, Beaumont Museum of Art.


Otis Dozier

Six works on paper by noted Texas artist Otis Dozier were 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.