Octavio Medellin makes the news!

This post was written by Bywaters Special Collections curator Ellen Buie Niewyk. I just finished processing the Octavio Medellin papers in Bywaters Special Collections.  I was thrilled when WFAA [Channel 8] featured a story about Medellin in its evening news on March 31.  Medellin designed four stained glass windows for the Trinity Lutheran Church in Dallas in…Continue Reading Octavio Medellin makes the news!

Focus on research: Bywaters Special Collections

The Bywaters Special Collections at Hamon is an excellent resource for those interested in Texas visual and performing arts. In addition to photographs, sketchbooks, and works of art on paper, Bywaters holds smaller treasures that offer an historical glimpse into Dallas’ art and business communities….Continue Reading Focus on research: Bywaters Special Collections

The Blood of Jesus at Texas Theatre: 2/19 @ 7:30pm

Still from The Blood of Jesus. G. William Jones Film & Video Collection, Hamon Arts Library.

This week Oak Cliff’s historic Texas Theatre will be hosting three nights of black cinema. On Thursday, February 19th at 7:30pm, the theatre will be screening Spencer Williams’ The Blood of Jesus (1941), a film from SMU’s Tyler, Texas Film Collection. Following its screening of The Blood of Jesus, on Friday, February 20th at 8pm and Saturday, February…Continue Reading The Blood of Jesus at Texas Theatre: 2/19 @ 7:30pm

Film Review: Mr. Turner

We thank library patron George de Verges for submitting this film review. Mr. Turner, the movie by Michael Leigh with Timothy Spall as the bluff and enigmatic painter, features seascapes and vistas known to anyone who has studied a catalog of his work. To confirm the biographical details of his life as found in the…Continue Reading Film Review: Mr. Turner

12 from Texas: A Portfolio of Lithographs

The Bywaters Special Collection staff just installed the 12 From Texas portfolio on the second floor of the Hamon Arts Library. In 1952, Southern Methodist University Press decided to, according to its press release for 12 From Texas, “make available at a reasonable price the work of outstanding regional artists.” The subject matter of these…Continue Reading 12 from Texas: A Portfolio of Lithographs

Graphic Novels at Hamon

Hamon and Fondren hold diverse collections of graphic novels that cover a range of subjects such as cultural identity, illness, politics, and history. Graphic novels are usually longer than comic books and tell a single story within one volume. Graphic novels tell stories in a way that regular novels do not, with a certain level of abstraction, artistic…Continue Reading Graphic Novels at Hamon

Emil Nolde: Christ Among the Children

Thank you to LaGail Davis for contributing this commentary on Emil Nolde’s painting, Christ Among the Children, excerpted from a class essay. As quoted by Pois, Nolde declares, “I had to be artistically free, not to have God before me as a steel-hard Assyrian ruler, but God in me, hot and holy as the love of…Continue Reading Emil Nolde: Christ Among the Children


Welcome to the Hamon Arts Library’s new blog! In addition to library news and highlights, we are expanding our focus to include events and people around Meadows and Dallas. With this goal in mind, we invite community members to submit content to our blog about library findings and events in the community that may be…Continue Reading Welcome