Last Week to see Object of Devotion

Free Family Day Set for Saturday at TMA


(TYLER, TX) November 8, 2011 – Only a few more days remain to see Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum at the Tyler Museum of Art. The exhibition of 60 alabaster panels and figures is on view through Sunday, November 13, at its only southwestern United States location. Dramatic and intricately crafted, these pieces are some of the finest examples of the elegant, yet, neglected art form of alabaster sculpture and are drawn from the world’s largest collection housed by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

“We have had a tremendous response to the exhibition from visitors who have described it as ‘excellent’ and ‘awe-inspiring.’ The religious images speak to you unequivocally from centuries ago.” said Ken Tomio, TMA Curator. The sculptures, which range in date from 1380 through the 15th century, depict biblical narratives, scenes from the lives of the saints, and other holy images and were used in both public and private devotion. The Reformation of the 1530s ended the alabaster industry in England as part of its wholesale rejection of religious art, while existing sculptures were destroyed. “It is rare to see so many alabaster panels at once in the United States and an opportunity no one should miss!” said Tomio.

Admission to Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum is $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free for TMA Members and children ages 12 and under. Saturday, November 12, the Museum will offer the final free Family Day, sponsored by the Roosth Foundation, reflecting Object of Devotion from 2:00–4:00 p.m. in the classroom. Children will enjoy free art activities and light refreshments during an afternoon of artistic activities and enrichment under the guidance of TMA education staff.

The exhibition is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. This exhibition is supported by a grant from The Samuel H. Kress Foundation. His Excellency Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United States of America, is Honorary Patron of the exhibition. All images provided courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Exhibition support for the presentation in Tyler has been generously provided by Lead Sponsor, Amy and Vernon Faulconer. Underwriter is Dr. Harold and Eleanor Cameron. Patrons are Dorothy and Ben Bridges. Contributor is Mary John Spence. Friends are Rebecca and Gregg Davis, Frances and Tommy Swann, Agnes and Frank Ward, and Caroline King Wylie. Collectors’ Circle Sponsors are Julietta Jarvis Foundation, Inc., Bette King, Robert M. Rogers Foundation and The A.W. Riter Family Foundation. Friend is Shogun. Corporate Member Sponsors are Hibbs-Hallmark & Company, KYTX-CBS 19, Sunny 106.5, The Ranch 104.1, and Greg Strnadel & Wells Fargo Advisors.

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