Allie Victoria Tennant and the Visual Arts in Dallas

Allie Victoria Tennant and the Visual Arts in Dallas

by Light Townsend Cummins

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Winner, 2016 Liz Carpenter Award for the Research in the History of Women, presented at the Texas State Historical Association Annual Meeting

At Fair Park in Dallas, a sculpture of a Native American figure, bronze with gilded gold leaf, strains a bow before sending an arrow into flight. Tejas Warrior has welcomed thousands of visitors since the Texas Centennial Exposition opened in the 1930s. The iconic piece is instantly recognizable, yet few people know about its creator: Allie Victoria Tennant, one of a notable group of Texas artists who actively advanced regionalist art in the decades before World War II.

Light Townsend Cummins follows Tennant’s public career from the 1920s to the 1960s, both as an artist and as a culture-bearer, as she advanced cultural endeavors, including the arts. A true pathfinder, she helped to create and nurture art institutions that still exist today, most especially the Dallas Museum of Art, on whose board of trustees she sat for almost thirty years. Tennant also worked on behalf of other civic institutions, including the public schools, art academies, and the State Fair of Texas, where she helped create the Women’s Building. Allie Victoria Tennant and the Visual Arts in Dallas sheds new light on an often overlooked artist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623493295
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 09/18/2015
Series: Women in Texas History Series, sponsored by the Ruthe Winegarten Memorial Foundation
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 19 MB
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About the Author

LIGHT TOWNSEND CUMMINS is the Guy M. Bryan Jr. Professor of American History at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, including Emily Austin of Texas, 1795–1851. From 2009 to 2012, he served as the State Historian of Texas.


Table of Contents

Foreword Nancy Baker Jones Cynthia Beeman ix

Preface - Onward from Electra xi

Introduction Allie Tennant, Culture-Bearer 1

Chapter 1 Starting a Career 7

Chapter 2 Becoming a Sculptor 29

Chapter 3 Becoming Active Civically 50

Chapter 4 Rise of Regionalism 71

Chapter 5 In the Dallas Arts Community 89

Chapter 6 Tejas Warrior and a New Museum 107

Chapter 7 A Public Artist for Texas 130

Chapter 8 Advancing Dallas Art 146

Chapter 9 New Paradigms in Texas Art 169

Chapter 10 Civic Work and the Woman's Club 185

Chapter 11 Twilight Years 199

Notes 211

Bibliography 263

Index 283


Sherman, TX

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