Contact: Jayne Hattaway, Communications Specialist, Texas A&M University Art Galleries


Texas A&M Welcomes Renowned Artist and Art Historian Dr. Katherine Schwab

March 13, 2017 -- Please join the Forsyth Galleries in welcoming exhibiting artist Dr. Katherine A. Schwab on March 23 at 5:30 PM as she discusses her exhibition, An Archaeologist’s Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab.  Dr. Schwab is both an artist and an art historian, and her work explores the very nature of time, preservation, interpretation, and decay in her drawings featuring the Parthenon.  A reception and refreshments in the galleries will conclude the evening. The lecture will be held in MSC 2406, and the reception will take place in the Forsyth Galleries.

Dr. Schwab explores the art and architectural history of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, through an analysis of a vital element of the temple’s symbolic message: the sculpted metopes that decorated the building’s Doric frieze. Although early travelers to Greece sometimes drew the well-preserved figures of Greeks battling centaurs on the south metopes, little attention was paid to the badly damaged sculptures of the east (Gods v. Giants), west (Greeks v. Amazons), or north (Sack of Troy) until the first half of the 20th century. In this lecture, archaeologist, art historian, and artist Schwab will present a contextual analysis of the metopes as part of a carefully designed visual program. The poor preservation of the relief sculptures has presented many challenges for contemporary researchers, and Dr. Schwab will explain how she and others have experimented to find a new approaches to “draw out” new information about the compositions, including current work on color and added metal attachments. The deliberate defacement of the metopes in antiquity can also be compared to recent attempts to destroy ancient art, architecture, and cultural memory at sites such as Bamiyan in Afghanistan and Palmyra in Syria.

Katherine A. Schwab is Professor of Art History in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Her traveling exhibition, An Archaeologist’s Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab is on display until July 23, 2017, in the Forsyth Galleries in the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University. For more information, see

This lecture is sponsored at Texas A&M University by: The Forsyth Galleries; the Montague Scholar’s Program of the Center for Teaching Excellence; the Department of Architecture; the Department of Visualization; the Center for Heritage Conservation; the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research; and the Glasscock Center Working Group in the History of Art, Architecture, and Visual Culture.

October 13, 2016
Contact: Catherine A. Hastedt, 979.845.9501

Stark Galleries Welcome Rodin to Texas A&M University

COLLEGE STATIONThe J. Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A&M University are proud to introduce Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime / Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections, scheduled to open October 13 and run through December 17, 2016. During the course of his career, Rodin employed many mediums and techniques, but he is best known for his bronze sculptures, of which thousands were produced in his lifetime. Rodin is often lauded as the father of modern sculpture, and some of his most well-known portraits are included in the exhibition, like the Heroic Bust of Victor Hugo, Mask of the Man with the Broken Nose, and The Creator, which is considered by many to be a self-portrait. 

The selected works featured in Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime demonstrate Rodin’s deep appreciation for the natural form of the human figure. From his first major sculpture, Rodin’s work was marked by realism, which set him apart from the traditional idealized academic art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Rodin captured the expressiveness and authentic emotion of his subjects in part by using roughly textured bronze surfaces to reflect light, giving the effect of movement. His works were both praised and criticized during his lifetime. Today he is credited with transforming sculpture into a modern art form, and he remains one of the most influential artists of all time.

Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime highlights Rodin’s use of the bronze casting process. This is a complex technique in which multiple originals are made from the sculptor’s first conception in plaster or clay. These bronze casts accurately reflect the delicate nuances of the model.

This exhibition has been organized and made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. Since 1978, the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation has been a force in cultural philanthropy, medical research, and health care. Its vision, as Iris Cantor says, is “to support the body and the soul.” The Cantor Foundation is recognized internationally for its transformative philanthropy and its commitment to truly making a difference. Beginning in 1978, the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation has shared its vast collection of Rodin sculpture with museums throughout the United States and Canada and loaned works to museums in Singapore, Venezuela, Australia, and Japan.

The J. Wayne Stark Galleries are located at the northeast corner of the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M University campus. Gallery hours are Tues. - Fri. 9am - 8pm; Sat. & Sun. 12 - 6pm.  Admission is free. For more information about this exhibition and others at the Stark Galleries, please call (979) 845-6081 or visit our web site at