Michael Frary

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Michael  Frary Dorothy Lutz
Dorothy Lutz, 1941
oil on canvas
16 x 20 in
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Michael  Frary Model Saugatuck
Model Saugatuck, 1941
oil on canvas
24 x 20 in
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Michael  Frary Untitled (Portrait of a Woman)
Untitled (Portrait of a Woman), no date
mixed media
16 x 12 in
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Michael  Frary

Michael Frary

Michael Frary Description

MICHAEL FRARY (1918-2005)

Born in Santa Monica, California, Michael Frary originally intended to work in architecture but his fascination for art overtook him and he remained at the University of Southern California to earn his MFA in painting. He continued his education at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris.

Frary served in the Navy and then worked as an assistant art director for Goldwyn Studios, Paramount, and Universal. He began his career of teaching art in California and then accepted a position as artist-in-residence and faculty chairman for the San Antonio Art Institute, followed by a move to a faculty position at the University of Texas at Austin.

Selected Biographical and Career Highlights

  • 1918 Born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1940, 1941 BA, MFA University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
  • 1941-45 U.S. Navy
  • 1949 Artist in Residence and Faculty Chairman, McNay, San Antonio, Texas
  • 1952-86 Professor, University of Texas at Austin, Texas
  • Authored:
    • Impressions of the Big Thicket. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1973.
    • Impressions of the Texas Panhandle. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1977.
    • Watercolors of the Rio Grande. College Station, Texas A&M University Press, 1984.
  • 2005 Died in Los Angeles, California

Selected Prizes, Awards

·       Texas General/Annual: Cash Prize 1952, 1955

  • 1952 Cash Prize, Apartment House, oil
  • 1955 Cash Prize, Oil Rig, oil

·       Texas Watercolor Society: Purchase Prize 1952 (2 works), 1961

  • 1952 Purchase Prize, Construction, watercolor
  • 1952 Purchase Prize, Deauville, watercolor
  • 1961 Purchase Prize, Heliopolis, watercolor

·       Southwestern Prints and Drawings: Purchase Prize 1957; Cash Prize 1959

  • 1957 Purchase Prize, Still Life, ink
  • 1959 Cash Prize, Cave of the Swifts, ink & charcoal

·       Other Exhibitions: Purchase Prize 1956 Gulf-Caribbean; Merit Award 1956 DD Feldman

  • 1956 Purchase Prize, Provincetown, oil, Gulf-Caribbean Exhibition
  • 1956 Merit Award, Transfigured Nights, DD Feldman

Selected Exhibitions

·       1947 55 Works of Modern Art Owned in Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1951 13th Annual Exhibition of Texas Painting and Sculpture 1951-1952, circulated: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas

·       1952 Texas Watercolor Society 3rd Annual Exhibition, Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (purchase prize, each of 2 works)

·       1952 14th Annual Exhibition of Texas Painting and Sculpture 1952, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (cash prize)

·       1952 Texas Contemporary Artists, M. Knoedler & Company, New York, New York; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1952 Young Collections 1952, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

·       1953 Texas Watercolor Society 4th Annual Exhibition, Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas, selection circulated: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Texas A&M University, College Station; Texas A&I College, Kingsville; Centennial Museum, Corpus Christi, Texas

·       1954 16th Annual Exhibition of Texas Painting and Sculpture 1954, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas

·       1954 Texas Watercolor Society 5th Annual Exhibition, Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

·       1954 Young Collections 1954—Holiday Show, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

·       1955 Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Oil Paintings, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts

·       1955 17th Annual Exhibition of Texas Painting and Sculpture 1955-1956, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin, Texas (cash prize)

·       1956 D. D. Feldman Collection of Contemporary Texas Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (merit award)

·       1956 18th Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1956-1957, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin; Museum, Texas Tech, Lubbock, Texas

·       1956 D. D. Feldman Collection of Contemporary Texas Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1956 Gulf-Caribbean Art Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, traveled to: Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg; Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado (catalogue) (purchase prize)

·       1957 Survey of Painting in Texas, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas, circulated by American Federation of Arts (catalogue)

·       1957 7th Southwestern Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas (purchase prize)

·       1958 Texas Oil ’58, A Salute to the Oil Industry of the State by Texas Painters, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, traveled to: Bank of the Southwest, Houston; Dallas Public Library, Dallas; Republic National Bank of Dallas, Texas (catalogue)

·       1958 8th Southwestern Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

·       1959 Texas Watercolor Society 10th Annual Exhibition, Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

·       1959 21st Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1959-1960, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont; Museum, Texas Tech, Lubbock; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1959 Young Collections 1959, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

·       1959 Made in Texas by Texans, Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art, Sheraton-Dallas Hotel, Dallas, Texas (catalogue)

·       1959 9th Southwestern Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas (cash prize)

·       1961 Texas Watercolor Society 12th Annual Exhibition, Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas, included on 1961 circuit: Junior League, Galveston; Texas A&M University, College Station; Public Library, Dallas; A&I College, Kingsville; Gates Gallery, Port Arthur; Art Association, Wichita Falls; Art Forum, Waco; Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin; Texas Western College, El Paso, Texas (purchase prize)

·       1961 23rd Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1961-1962, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont; Museum, Texas Tech, Lubbock, Texas

·       1962 The Southwest: Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1962 24th Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1962-1963, circulated: Witte Museum, San Antonio; Centennial Art Museum, Corpus Christi; Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

·       1963 University of Texas Art Faculty—Past and Present, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1963 25th Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1963-1964, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Centennial Art Museum, Corpus Christi; Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso; Witte Museum, San Antonio; University of Texas at Austin, Texas

·       1966 Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1966, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

·       1971–72 Texas Painting and Sculpture: The 20th Century, Pollack Galleries, Owen Arts Center, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, traveled to: Witte Confluence Museum, HemisFair Plaza, San Antonio; University Art Museum, University of Texas at Austin; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth; The Museum, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas (catalogue)

·       1983 Images of Texas, Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas at Austin, Texas, traveled to: Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi and Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, Texas (catalogue)

·       1998–99 Oil Patch Dreams: Images of the Petroleum Industry in American Art, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas, traveled to: Museum of the Southwest, Midland; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso; Austin Museum of Art, Austin; Wichita Falls Museum and Art Center, Wichita Falls (catalogue)

·       2003–04 Neighbors: Texas Artists in New Mexico, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas, traveled (selection of work) to Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas

·       2007 Texas Modern: The Rediscovery of Early Texas Abstraction (1935-1965), Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University, Waco, Texas (catalogue)

·       2007-08 Urban Texas: Changing Images of an Evolving State, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas

·       2009 Painting West Texas: 35 Artists/100 Years, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       2009 Texas Paper: Watercolors, Pastels and Drawings from the Lone Star State, 1938-2008, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2010 Water Rites: Rivers, Lakes, and Streams in Texas Art, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2010 Michael Frary: In Sight, Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas

·       2011 Breakthrough: Sixty Years of Texas Abstraction, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2013 Restless Heart: The Collectors’ Quest to Find Texas in Art, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas (catalogue)

·       2013 Rhythms of Modernism, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2013 Summer Encore Exhibition, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2014 A New Visual Vocabulary: Developments in Texas Modernism 1935-1965, One Allen Center, Lobby Gallery, Houston, Texas

Selected Public Collections

  • Bocour Collection, New York, New York
  • Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
  • Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas
  • Grumbacher Collection, New York, New York
  • Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, California
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
  • National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Virginia Museum of Art, Richmond, Virginia
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
  • Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio, Texas

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