Community Invited to Enjoy “Alabaster” for Free!

Sunny 106.5 and The Ranch 104.1 to Sponsor Admission-Free Corporate Day at TMA


(TYLER, TX) October 17, 2011 – The Tyler Museum of Art invites the public to enjoy free admission for the exhibition Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum on Friday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This incredible opportunity to experience the exhibition at no cost has been made possible by TMA Corporate Sponsors, Sunny 106.5 and The Ranch 104.1. The exhibition features 60 beautifully carved alabaster sculptures dating back to medieval era England from the collection of London’s renowned Victoria and Albert Museum.

“As a fine arts institution, one of our foremost goals is to make fine art available to everyone in our community,” said TMA Development Officer, Caroline King Wylie. “By sponsoring this exhibition, sponsors like Sunny 106.5 and The Ranch 104.1 make it possible for everyone to enjoy these amazing alabaster sculptures that have traveled to Tyler all the way from London, England. Stop in anytime from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and see it for free!”

The Tyler Museum of Art is the only scheduled location in the southwestern United States for this touring exhibition, which will be on view through November 13. The 60 alabaster panels and free standing figures in the exhibition are drawn from the world’s largest collection of medieval alabasters, that of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Dramatic, and intricately crafted, these pieces are some of the finest examples of the elegant, yet, neglected art form of alabaster sculpture.

Also on view is Impact: Nona and Richard Barrett and Their Passion for Texas Art, Gifts to the TMA’s Permanent Collection. The exhibition includes works gifted to the Museum from The Museum of Fine Art, Houston and The Dallas Museum of Art in partnership with Dallas art collectors, Nona and Richard Barrett. The exhibit features artworks by 20 contemporary Texas artists.

Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum 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 Victoria & Albert Museum is one of the world's greatest museums of art and design, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It houses more than 3000 years' worth of amazing artifacts from many of the world's richest cultures including ceramics, furniture, fashion, glass, jewelry, metalwork, photographs, sculpture, textiles and paintings.

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