Collectors Society

 Each year the Museum's Collectors Society sponsors a Lecture Series that is both stimulating and informative. Our guest speakers ---- experts in areas that are relevant to our exhibits and the greater community --- come to San Angelo and make a public presentation. Afterwards members of the Collectors Society join the invited speaker for an enjoyable meal in a fine area restaurant, which is a wonderful opportunity to meet and converse with our distinguished guests on a more informal basis.

CLICK HERE for Collectors Society Membership Form

Dues for membership in the Collectors Society are $100 per person, per year. These dues assist the museum in purchasing works of art for its permanent collection. In addition members pay for the cost of their personal meal if they join us for dinner. Everyone is welcome to join the Collectors Society and help the Museum's collection grow.

2018-2019 Lecture Series (sponsored by the FMH Foundation, Midland)

The Lectures are FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.


November 15, 2018 @5:30 pm in the Meeting Room of the Art Museum

Lecture by: Ann Hobing and Ann Haub
President and Lead Archivist (respectively)
National WASP WWII Museum, Sweetwater, TX

Lecture topic: Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) during the Second World War

December 6, 2018 @5:30 pm in the Meeting Room of the Art Museum

Lecture by: Tamra L. Walter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Archaeology
Texas Tech University

Lecture topic: The Presido San Saba archaeological project

January 17, 2019 @5:30 pm in the Meeting Room of the Art Museum

Lecture by: William Reaves, Ed.D.
Author, Educator, Founder of William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art
Houston, TX

Lecture topic: The Davis Wildflower Competition

 Thursday, March 7, 2019 @ 5:30 pm in the Meeting Room of the Art Museum

Special SAMFA Collectors Society Lecture
Co-hosted by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts 
and CASETA-Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art

Program title: The Intertwined Artistic Destinies of Texas and Mexico: The Greater Texas and Panamerican Exposition of 1937 in Dallas

Rex Koontz, Ph.D., Professor, Art History Program
University of Houston, Houston, TX

In the depths of the Depression, Texas art was on the cusp of something big in 1936-7. The 1936 Texas Centennial at Fair Park, Dallas set the bar for large and important celebrations of Texas art and culture. Not to be outdone, the organizers of the following year’s (1937) exposition planned an even larger art exhibition to go with that year’s Fair. The roster of Texas artists exhibited in the 1937 exhibitions included Jerry Bywaters and Everett Spruce, as well as Alexander Hogue, Toni LaSelle, Robert Preusser, and many other key figures in the Texas art scene of the late 1930’s. While the artists were familiar to cognoscenti both then and now, the framing concept of the exhibition was groundbreaking: the 1937 Greater Texas and Pan-American exhibition proposed that Texas artists were profoundly linked to artists in Latin America, and especially to their colleagues in Mexico. Texas artists and historians rallied around the idea of a profound link between the art of Texas and Mexico. We will explore why, in 1937, some of the most respected artists, critics, and historians in Texas would look to Mexico for artistic and cultural kinship and roots.
Picture Credit: Catalog cover from the 1937 exhibition at Fair Park/Dallas Museum of Art.

Additional lectures TBA

2017-2018 Lecture Series (sponsored by the FMH Foundation, Midland)

 Friday, August 3, 2018 @ 5:30 pm in the Meeting Room of the Art Museum

Program title: Early West Texas: Waypoint and Home

Kevin Burns, Curatorial Associate, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX 

Exhibition curator, Kevin Burns, discusses early art from the border region and how printmakers, draftsmen, and painters contributed to the rich artistic legacy of West Texas as they lived in and traveled through El Paso.  Early West Texas: Waypoint and Home is currently on view at the El Paso Museum of Art and will continue on exhibit through November 4, 2018.

 Thursday, September 28, 2017 @5:30 pm 
in the Meeting Room of the Art Museum

Program title: The Wines of Dotson-Cervantes

Alphonse Dotson (ret. NFL defensive tackle) and Martha Cervantes,
An award-winning husband-and-wife winemaking team from Voca, TX

This program is presented in cooperation with Eggemeyer’s General Store, Downtown San Angelo, and Fort Concho National Historic Landmark


 Collectors Society members only: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @7 pm in the Meeting Room of the Art Museum

An En Plein Air Evening with Nancy Tankersley, Easton, MD







Peter BishopThursday, November 16, 2017 @5:30 pm in the Meeting Room of the Art Museum

Program Title: Don't Let the Future Get ahead of You!

Peter Bishop, Houston, TX

The future is already here and all around us.  Social and technological changes are happening at lightning speed. No one can truly predict the future, but there are those who thoughtfully study potential future developments, their implications, and ways in which we may be able bring about positive or desired outcomes. Peter Bishop, one of the world’s leading futurists, will help us learn how to effectively navigate a world in which change is coming at us at a faster pace every day. He will also talk about the program he has developed for school-age children about “teaching the future”--a skill set that will be absolutely essential in the generations to come.



Thursday, November 30, 2017 @5:30 pm in the Meeting Room of the Art Museum

Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights:  Science or Non-Science?

Historians have variously interpreted Bosch's wild imagery as the hallucinations of a madman or the secret language of a heretical sect.  Laurinda Dixon argues, however, that to understand and appreciate Bosch's art, we must see him as an artist of his times, conversant with the contemporary wisdom of his day.  She draws on popular culture, medicine, astrology, astronomy and alchemy to investigate the meaning of Bosch's art.  She demonstrates that, in the Renaissance, scientific imagery was often just as strange as the fruits of Bosch's fertile imagination. 

Dr. Laurinda Dixon, Cincinnati, OH

Prof. Emerita, Syracuse University

Thursday, December 14, 2017 @5:30 pm in the Meeting Room of the Art Museum

Program Title: A Craftsman's Legacy
Eric Gorges, Detroit, MI

Eric Gorges is host and creator/producer of “A Craftsman’s Legacy,” seen nationally on PBS stations and the Create channel (check local listings).  He is also the owner of custom motorcycle shop Voodoo Choppers in Detroit.  


Charles CooperThursday, February 22, 2018 @5:30 pm in the Meeting Room of the Art Museum

Program Title: A Presentation on Traditional Blacksmithing
followed by a weekend workshop

Charles Cooper, master blacksmith and owner of Cooper's Forge, San Antonio, TX




 March 9, 2018 @ 4 pm
the Meeting Room of the Art Museum

Roundtable discussion with Levi Landis

President and Executive Director of GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA

Each day, our lives are filled with innumerable places.  Yet so few public places imprint a lasting impression or add substantive value for their respective communities.  What makes a great place? Award-winning arts administrator, artist and educator Levi Landis explores those that successfully impact our lives, from formal institutions funded through large capital contributions to "pop-up" places designed by DIY cooperatives.  Landis will explore research from experts in the field and anecdotes from his work developing places as an executive with venerable organizations like the Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Center for Art in Wood, and GoggleWorks Center for the Arts.  Attendees will examine common characteristics of great places and explore practical possibilities for improving visitor experiences at a host of public places: museums, art centers, libraries, work places, gardens, schools, churches, alleyways, backyards and beyond.


 Thursday, March 15, 2018 @5:30 pm in the Meeting Room of the Art Museum

Program Title:

Silver, Steel, and the Story of the West Told in Bits and Spurs

Preceded by a 3-day workshop for ages 14 and up. Click here for more information.

Wilson Capron, bit and spur maker, Christoval, TX








Thursday, April 19, 2018 @5:00 pm

Ceramics Party! for Collectors Society Members
An invitation-only event honoring the accepted artists, the sponsors, the Juror, and the Invited Artist of the 22nd San Angelo National Ceramic Competition. Collectors Society Members, mark your calendars!

If you would like to become a Collectors Society member, click here!



laPrelleThursday, May 24, 2018 @5:30 pm in the SAMFA Meeting Room

Program Title: Building the Premiere Railroad Museum in the Southwest

by Bob LaPrelle
President & CEO
Museum of the American Railroad, Frisco, TX

 Bob LaPrelle has served as chief executive of the Museum of the American Railroad for 30 years. Under his leadership, the museum has transitioned from a quint collection of trains at the annual State Fair of Texas, to a year-round cultural tourism destination and educational resource for local schools.

The museum created a new and ambitious vision in 2006, followed by major governance changes and development of a strategic plan that led to its relocation and construction of new facilities in Frisco. What followed was an unprecedented move of its entire holdings, including 42 locomotives & rail cars along with two landmark structures, and ongoing construction of a 15-acre rail museum campus.

Mr. LaPrelle will narrate a fascinating PowerPoint presentation chronicling the museum’s past, present, and future activities as it builds the premiere museum of rail history and technology in the Southwest.



Thursday, May 31, 2018 @5:30 pm in the SAMFA Meeting Room

Behind the Seams: Bringing Fashion Exhibitions to Life

by Tae Smith

Costume and Textiles Expert, Textile Conservator
New York, NY

Please join Tae Smith, a costume and textile expert who specializes in installing fashion exhibitions, for a discussion on how these exhibitions come to fruition. Creating a fashion exhibition takes time, resources and a dedicated staff of people with a diverse set of skills. Ms. Smith will talk about her role in this collaborative process and the challenges that are specific to clothing and textiles. She will also discuss other experiences, such as being the costume and production researcher for the 2009 movie “The Great Gatsby” and the upcoming film “Oceans 8”. Ms. Smith’s clients include: the Costume Institute (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Museum of Modern Art, Louis Vuitton, The Menil Collection, and Christian Dior.


 Thursday, June 7, 2018 @5:30 pm in the SAMFA Meeting Room

Potters For Peace: Clay-Based Solutions to Global Problems

by Jennifer Mally

Executive Director, Potters for Peace
Dodgeville, WI

Please join Jennifer Mally for a presentation about Potters for Peace, a non-profit social justice organization, helping solve both global health and social problems such as poverty and oppression through clay-based solutions. 

Potters for Peace has a two part mission: to support rural, Nicaragua pottery communities through sustainable business practices, education and marketing, and to apply ceramic technologies to promote the production of ceramic pot water filters in areas around the world without clean drinking water. Please join Jennifer for a slide presentation, a display of indigenous pottery, and a discussion about the work of Potters for Peace.


Last Year's Lecture Series (sponsored by the FMH Foundation, Midland)

Michael Grauer
Canyon, Texas
Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs/Curator of Art and Western Heritage - Pan handle Plains Historical Museum
Program Title: Rounded Up in Glory: Frank Reaugh, Texas Renaissance Man

Lisa L. Jones
Washington, D.C (San Angelo native)
Independent fashion expert
Program Title: Politics, Patriotism and Protest Movements:An Evolving Relationship between Women and Their Undergarments

Dr. Aimeé Froom
Houston, Texas
Curator, Art of the Islamic Worlds - Museum of Fine Arts
Program Title: Art Treasures from Islamic lands in Texas Collections

William T. Harris
Houston, Texas
President and C.E.O., Space Center Houston
Program Title: Mission and Programs of Space Center Houston and What the Future May Include for Space Exploration

Phillip E. Collins
Dallas, TX
Retired Chief Curator, African American Museum
Program Title: Carroll Harris Simms: Earth, Water & Fire

Dr. Gary Morgan
Lubbock, Texas
Executive Director, Museum of Texas Tech University
Program Title: The multidisciplinary university museum – unique opportunities in connecting campus and community

Dr. Todd Caldwell
Austin, Texas
Dr. Caldwell is a hydrologist and geoscientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin.
Program Title: Drought, flood and everywhere in between:  A hydrologic view of Texas from satellite and sensors

William Gudenrath
Corning, New York
The resident advisor of The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass
Program Title: The Amazing World of Venetian Glass

H. Kristina Haugland
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Le Vine Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles and Supervising Curator for the Study Room - Philadelphia Museum of Art
Program Title: Revealing Garments: A Brief History of Women’s Underwear

Dr. Michaele Thurgood Haynes
Cultural Anthropologist
San Antonio, TX
Program Title: The Bustle: What in the World Were They Thinking?


2016 purchases with funds from the SAMFA Collectors Society:
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