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DeForrest Judd

Untitled from the Caddo Sketchbook ca. 1950s-1970s, by DeForrest Judd, Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library., a global cooperative of academic and public libraries, selected the Texas Artists: Paintings, Sculpture, and Works on Paper digital collection as one of its CONTENTdm featured collections in November.

Each month highlights several collections chosen from thousands of projects that use CONTENTdm digital collection management software. Texas Artists contains 1,804 digitized works of art and deploys CONTENTdm to display files and related metadata.

Charles Bowling Artwork

Windy Day, 1940, by Charles Bowling, Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library

First published in 2010, Texas Artists brought together holdings from SMU’s Jerry Bywaters Special Collections, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Dallas Public Library’s Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division and Fine Books Division. Since then, the Meadows Museum and the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin have joined the collaboration.

The digital collection has been used in SMU art history classes, as well as by scholars throughout the country.

From 2009 to 2011, the Texas Artists project was supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) as part of TSLAC’s Train to Share program, which fosters development of cooperative, regional digital collections focusing on Texas.