"Art for Humanity's Sake": A Walk Through the Studio and Archives

In 1894, Elisabet Ney wrote and contributed an essay titled "Art for Humanity's Sake" for the first-ever State Council of Women, which would eventually become the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs. She wrote: "Art, when faithful to its highest mission, is the endeavor to embody in sense-given material, the spiritual aspirations, the emotional longings of humanity...It remains with us to bring about this higher, truly vital renaissance." 

Following Ney's death in 1907, her friends preserved the studio and its contents as the Elisabet Ney Museum and established the Texas Fine Arts Association dedicated to her memory. This exhibition strives to bring the experience of walking through the galleries and archives of the Elisabet Ney Museum, featuring the sculptures Ney created while living in Europe and in Texas, as well as other artifacts found in the collections. The exhibition also demonstrates various aspects of Ney's artistic process and iterations of various pieces. 


Mickey Lanning (MSIS), Marga Silvestre (Vista Summer Associate), Sarah Porter (Museum Educator), August Stromberger (Museum Educator)