Ansel Adams: Early Works


The iconic work of one of the giants in the field of landscape photography is the focus of the Tyler Museum of Art’s next major exhibition, Ansel Adams: Early Works. The show opens to the public Sunday, Oct. 11 and continues through Jan. 3, 2016 at the TMA, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus.

TMA members and special guests are invited for a first look at the exhibition during the Preview Reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Museum. To RSVP or for information on becoming a TMA member, call (903) 595-1001 or visit

Adams (1902-1984) – an accomplished musician, naturalist, explorer, critic and teacher in addition to his photographic prowess – represented the end of a movement in American art focused on capturing the beauty in the pristine Western landscape. Yet most audiences only are familiar with the heroic, high-contrast prints on high-gloss paper stock Adams manufactured to order in the 1970s and ’80s. “Much less familiar are the intimate prints, rich in middle tones, which Adams crafted earlier in his career. That’s the primary focus of this exhibition,” TMA Executive Director Chris Leahy said.

The more than 30 works in Early Works, drawn from the private collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, highlight the small-scale prints Adams produced from the 1920s into the 1950s. “This exhibition guides you through an evolution in printing styles that complements the scenic grandeur of his natural subjects – revealing Adams as a true ‘poet of light,’ both in the field and in the darkroom,” Leahy said.

Ansel Adams: Early Works was organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions, LLC. Local support for the exhibition is provided by Collectors’ Circle Platinum Sponsor The Robert M. Rogers Foundation, and Collectors’ Circle Gold Sponsors Sheryl Rogers Palmer and Agnes and Frank Ward.

General exhibition admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. TMA members, students, children 12 and under, TJC faculty and staff, and City of Tyler employees are admitted free.


Ansel Adams: Early Works will be the focus of two programs in this year’s Fall Lecture Series: “Ansel Adams: An Introduction to Advocacy” by Dr. David Coleman of Texas State University on Sunday, Oct. 25; and “Through the Lens with Ansel Adams” by Robert Langham, local photographer and former student of Adams, on Sunday, Nov. 15. Both programs begin at 2 p.m. at the TMA, and are open to the public at no charge.

Additional special events include First Friday Art Tours at 11 a.m. Nov. 6 and Dec. 4, and Family Days from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12.

The Tyler Museum of Art is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and a participant in the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM), which allows TMA members to receive free or discount admission at hundreds of additional museums throughout the U.S. and Canada. For a complete list of participating NARM institutions, visit Regular TMA 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 most major holidays. The Museum is supported by its Members, Tyler Junior College and the City of Tyler. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit