Stark Museum of Art Welcomes Dr. Dewey Mosby

Stark Museum of Art Welcomes Dr. Dewey Mosby

Dr. Dewey Mosby, a renowned art historian and native of Orange, will give an illustrated lecture about artist Henry Ossawa Tanner on April 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lutcher Theater, 707 W. Main Avenue.  Mosby’s talk, Henry O. Tanner: African American Painter of Religious Images, will survey Tanner’s career with a concentration on the relationship between his race and his approach to religious paintings. Following the presentation will be a reception at the Stark Museum of Art, 712 Green Avenue. This event is free to the public, and refreshments will be served.

 “We at the Stark Museum are delighted to sponsor the talk  by Dr. Dewey Mosby. The Golden Triangle welcomes this native Southeast Texan back to the area, and we are honored to have a scholar of Mosby’s stature present an informative lecture in Orange. He has done ground-breaking research in the history of art and we invite the community to enjoy his talk and then meet him during a reception at the Museum,” said Museum Director Sarah Boehme.

A graduate of Lamar University, Mosby specializes in French art of the 18th and 19th centuries. During his studies, he came upon the work of Henry O. Tanner, an African American who spent much of his life in France.  Mosby’s books on Tanner include Henry Ossawa Tanner and Across Continents and Cultures: The Life and Works of Henry Ossawa Tanner 1859-1937.

Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937) was one of the best-known painters in America and France at the turn of the 20th century and was the leading African American artist of the period. Tanner, the son of a minister, devoted much of his career to painting scenes inspired by Biblical themes.  He traveled to Palestine and Egypt to experience the setting of the sacred stories he sought to portray.

In addition to Tanner and his religious works, Mosby’s presentation will also include references to works of art by African American artists Edmonia Lewis and Grafton Tyler Brown, which are in the collections of the Stark Museum of Art.

Dr. Mosby is a renowned art historian and Director Emeritus of The Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. Mosby earned his B.S. in Studio Art from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.  He went on to earn an M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Art History from Harvard University.  He has won many awards, including both Chevalier (Knight) and Officier (Officer) of the Order of Arts and Letters of France.

Located at 712 Green Avenue, the Stark Museum of Art is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours are available by appointment. For more information call (409) 886.ARTS (2787) or visit