The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

First, I thank the artists. They wrote by far the greater part of this book. They took a collective leap of faith, submitting written interviews to a person unknown to almost all of them—a person with a vision, but no promise of, a book. Most invited me into their homes or studios, and for that I must thank their significant others as well. Many suggested other artists to consider, and some led me through their exhibitions or invited me to their presentations. Some gave me catalogues or other books. It has been a pleasure getting to know each of them and their work better.

As difficult as it is not to single out each of them for their unique contributions, I will limit myself to a few. Lance Letscher, on his own initiative, wrote in generous support of my still-fledgling project. James Michael Starr, Karin Broker, and Edward Lane McCartney were my first interviewees in 2010. They set a high standard for subsequent efforts and provided some of the sample interviews I sent to the H. W. Wilson Foundation Research Award Committees and others. I thank them for their inspiration and patience.

In 2011 and again in 2012 the Wilson awards, from the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), significantly defrayed expenses for my travel to artists’ studios, galleries, and museums around Texas. I thank the H. W. Wilson Foundation and the ARLIS/NA H. W. Wilson Award Committees, chaired by Amy Ballmer and Melanie Emerson in 2011 and Kathy Edwards and Cara List in 2012. I thank them not only for their funding, but also for their confidence in the value, both in and beyond Texas, of a book of interviews with Texas artists. For agreeing to serve as references for this award, I thank Jon Evans, Laura Schwartz, and James Michael Starr (who also provided a wonderful letter of support) in 2011; and Marilyn Lanfear, Lance Letscher, and Ward Sanders in 2012.

In April 2014, I was a participant in the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art’s Artist Interview Workshop at the Dallas Museum of Art. While the interviews had long been completed, the presenters and discussions provided much food for thought during editing and revision.

Two award notices arrived on consecutive days in February 2015. One was the 2015 Cecilia Steinfeldt Fellowship for Research in the Arts and Material Culture, for which I thank the Texas State Historical Association. The other was my third H. W. Wilson Foundation Research Award, for which I once again thank ARLIS/NA. Karyn Hinkle and Hillary Veeder chaired the latter committee. In both cases the awards offset costs for obtaining images and, in a small number of cases, the rights to reproduce them—as well as other book production costs. A tremendous thanks to the many photographers, collectors, galleries, museums, and others—the vast majority—who provided images free of charge.

Many thanks to the River Pierce Foundation, Michael Tracy, Christopher Rincón, and Henry Villa for stimulating conversation about art, for food and hospitality during an overnight stay in San Ygnacio, and for the return of my lost eyeglasses afterwards. As further evidence of my absent-mindedness, I thank Julie Speed for driving me from her home in Marfa, to which I had just driven in a rental car without the keys—an event it hadn’t occurred to me was possible—back to Hotel Paisano to retrieve them.

Thanks to the Houston Heights Foundation, whose generous grant provided materials and stipends to Patrick

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Margaret Adie 9
  • Helen Altman 12
  • Celia Álvarez Muñoz 14
  • The Art Guys- Michael Galbreth 17
  • Jack Massing 19
  • Frances Bagley 22
  • Karin Broker 25
  • Maureen Brouillette 28
  • Steve Brudniak 31
  • Margarita Cabrera 35
  • Eugene W. R. Campbell Jr 38
  • Danville Chadbourne 40
  • Claire Cusack 46
  • Robert Dampier 48
  • Roberto del Rio 51
  • Martin Delabano 54
  • Vernon Fisher 58
  • Trenton Doyle Hancock 60
  • Vincent Hannemann 62
  • Ann Harithas 66
  • Dana Harper 69
  • Joseph Havel 71
  • Tracy Hicks 73
  • Paul Horn 77
  • Otis Huband 79
  • Christopher Hynes 81
  • Barbara Irwin 83
  • Joy Jenkins 85
  • Norman Kary 89
  • Mimi Kato 93
  • Sharon Kopriva 96
  • Laura Jean Lacy 98
  • Marilyn Lanfear 101
  • Lance Letscher 104
  • Ken Little 106
  • Bert L. Long Jr 111
  • Jesse Lott 115
  • Edward Lane McCartney 117
  • Mary McCleary 121
  • Leila McConnell 124
  • Kelly O’Connor 127
  • Mari Omori 129
  • Kathleen Packlick 131
  • Angelica Paez 134
  • Kevin Parmer 136
  • Forrest Prince 139
  • Russell Prince 142
  • Dario Robleto 144
  • Aaron Roe 147
  • Jonathan Rosenstein 149
  • John Mark Sager 151
  • Joel Sampson 154
  • Ward Sanders 156
  • Luke Savisky 158
  • Kelly Sears 163
  • Al Souza 165
  • Julie Speed 167
  • James Michael Starr 169
  • Henry Stein 173
  • Gary Sweeney 175
  • Cecil Touchon 177
  • Patrick Turk 181
  • Janet L. Waldrop 184
  • Debbie Wetmore 186
  • Steve Wiman 188
  • Sources and Further Reading 191
  • Index 199
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