Seniors’ Day at TMA

Enjoy Three Exhibitions for Free!


TYLER, TX (July 29, 2010) – The Tyler Museum of Art invites seniors age 65 and up to experience Babar’s Museum of Art for free during Seniors’ Day, set for Monday, August 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event is open only to visitors age 65 and up, who are invited to drop by any time during Museum hours and enjoy all three current exhibitions at no charge. The TMA will also offer senior visitors complimentary refreshments throughout the duration of the event.

“We are proud to offer three unique exhibitions to our senior visitors,” said Ken Tomio, TMA Head of Education. “There is a wide variety of interesting works on view at the TMA right now, ranging from examples of Cherokee beadwork and photogravures by Edward Curtis, to whimsical watercolor art works starring the eponymous Babar.” Babar’s Museum Of Art includes over 50 original watercolors and studies by Laurent de Brunhoff, author and illustrator of the book by the same title. The story of Babar was originated in 1931 by de Brunhoff’s father, Jean and has become a classic narrative in children’s literature. In both the book and exhibition, Babar’s Museum of Art, Babar and his fellow elephants become central figures in classical works by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, and Georges Seurat.

Cherokee Beadwork: Finding a Lost Art features a selection of contemporary works created by artists such as Martha Berry. These artworks are physical representations of the revival of a traditional art form that was all but lost until the second half of the twentieth century. Berry has been instrumental in uncovering the Cherokee history as well as techniques used to create traditional objects such as the bandolier bag that were created and worn by Cherokee people. Visitors will see a variety of objects ranging from bandolier bags, moccasins, and photographs.

The American Indian Through the Eyes of Edward S. Curtis shows a selection of photogravures originally taken by Curtis as a part of his attempt to produce a comprehensive recording of the life of the Native Americans. Shot beginning in the 1890s, the images were published in the twenty volume series called The North American Indian, a leather-bound collection of lavishly produced images that by all accounts not only shaped the image of the American Indian in the public conscience, but also left an indelible mark on the American culture. In addition to the photogravures, the first two volumes of The North American Indian are on display, the first of which bares the signature of Theodore Roosevelt. The photogravures and the volumes are from the collection of Tyler Junior College.

Seniors’ Days are offered as a part of the TMA’s adult education program and are held six times each year. “Our senior visitors find that this event is not only a unique opportunity to experience the world of fine arts, but also a chance to socialize with other seniors and enjoy an afternoon at the Museum,” said Tomio.

For more information, please call the Tyler Museum of Art at 903-595-1001. Information is also available through the TMA website, Babar’s Museum of Art is organized by Mary Ryan Gallery, NYC. Major Sponsor is Anonymous. Supporting Sponsor is the Julietta Jarvis Foundation, Inc. Sponsored in part by Kay Arms. Collectors Circle Sponsors are the Byars Foundation, Mrs. Jack King Sr., Margaret and Jim Perkins, Myrtis D. Smith and Betty and Dick Summers. Corporate Member Sponsors are Austin Bank, Southside Bank and Texas Oncology – Tyler. Media Sponsors are BSCENE Magazine, CBS 19-KYTX, East Texas Radio Group, KLTV Channel 7, and Piney Woods Live.

The American Indian through the Eyes of Edward S. Curtis is organized by the Tyler Museum of Art and is sponsored by the Jean and Graham Devoe Williford Charitable Trust. Cherokee Beadwork: Finding a Lost Art is organized by the TMA, guest-curated by Martha Berry and sponsored by Hibbs-Hallmark Company. The Tyler Museum of Art is supported by its members, Tyler Junior College, and the City of Tyler.

The Tyler Museum of Art, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. (The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.) Lunch is available in the Museum Café from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and the TMA Gift Shop is open during exhibition hours. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit