The work of one of the most prolific scenery and costume designers in U.S. history – and an icon of the Texas Rose Festival – is the spotlight of the Tyler Museum of Art’s latest exhibition, Winn Morton: Festivals, Pageants & Follies. Organized by the TMA with Guest Curator Bob Cook, the exhibition continues through Dec. 1 at the Museum, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College campus. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Festivals, Pageants & Follies will be the spotlight of the TMA’s next First Friday Tour on Friday, Nov. 1. The docent-guided tour, open to the public with free admission, begins at 11 a.m.
The exhibition features more than 250 sketches, paintings, costumes and accessories from a cross-section of Morton’s diverse, six-decade career in theater, TV, expositions, circuses, trade shows and social events. The client list for the 84-year-old native of Lancaster, Texas includes Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the 1964 World’s Fair, the State Fair of Texas, New York’s Roxy Theatre, early live TV programs such as The Arthur Godfrey Show and The Ed Sullivan Show, numerous Broadway stage productions – and the Rose Festival, which began its 32-year association with Morton in 1982.
Visitors age 65 and older are invited to view the exhibit during a special Seniors Day Monday, Nov. 18. The Museum, regularly closed on Mondays, will open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for this free special viewing including guided gallery tours at 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. For information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit www.tylermuseum.org