Annual “Day of the Dead Art Show” Opens Friday

See Works by Tyler Middle School Students


See over one hundred original artworks by Tyler middle school students created in celebration of El Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) on display at the Tyler Museum of Art Saturday, October 30 through November 5. The “Day of the Dead Art Show” is an annual event hosted by the TMA. Each year, middle school art students from Tyler ISD and other local private schools are invited to submit works that are joined thematically by the Mexican holiday aimed at honoring deceased relatives and loved ones.

Participating teachers choose the media their students will use, and so the show is filled with a variety of different styles and types of artworks. This year’s works include drawings, mixed media, and even sculptural works. Day of the Dead celebrations focus on gatherings of family and friends to remember and pray for those who have died. Observances occur the first and second of November in connection with the Catholic holiday of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. Traditional related activities include building private altars, or ofrendas, honoring the deceased; others use sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and place these items at the gravesides of passed loved ones as gifts.

In addition to the students’ works, a focus exhibition of pieces selected from The Laura and Dan Boeckman Collection of Mexican Folk Art is on display in the TMA Lobby. This exhibition shows examples of works created for the Day of the Dead holiday including sugar skulls, which are often included in ofrendas and also given to living recipients to be enjoyed as treats.

Each year, the Tyler Museum of Art hosts a variety of events such as this to promote multiculturalism and to serve the large and vibrant Hispanic community in Tyler and East Texas. The “Day of the Dead Art Show” is organized by the TMA education department and is a component of its middle school program.

Participating teachers include: Lisa Browning of Dogan Middle School; Daniel Killian of Moore Middle School; Kimberly Taylor of Hubbard Middle School, and Linda Wheat of All Saints Episcopal School.

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 Museum hours. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit