First Friday Art Tour

Revealing a Lost Art

May 5, 2010

TYLER, TX (May 5, 2010) – On Friday, May 7, the Tyler Museum of Art will offer a free First Friday Art Tour featuring its two latest exhibitions, Cherokee Beadwork: Finding A Lost Art, and The American Indian through the Eyes of Edward S. Curtis. The tour will lead visitors through both exhibitions, which are located in the Museum’s Bell Gallery, with a focus on Cherokee Beadwork, which features a stunning collection of contemporary Cherokee beadwork made by several artists, most of whom are of Cherokee descent. The American Indian through the Eyes of Edward S. Curtis features a selection of photogravures by Curtis, images that were originally captured for his twenty-volume oeuvre, The North American Indian in the early twentieth century. Both exhibitions are organized by the Tyler Museum of Art and will be on view through August 15.

After the tour, visitors are encouraged to enjoy lunch at the Museum Café. On the first Friday of every month, the Museum Café prepares a special menu selection in addition to its daily sampling of homemade soups, sandwiches and salads. This Friday, Chef Lourdes Unzueta will serve homemade Black-Eyed Pea Cornbread with fresh green salad.

Collectors’ Circle Member Sponsor for Cherokee Beadwork: Finding a Lost Art is Hibbs-Hallmark Company. Corporate Member Sponsor for The American Indian through the Eyes of Edward S. Curtis is the Jean and Graham Devoe Williford Charitable Trust. The Tyler Museum of Art is supported by its members, Tyler Junior College, and the City of Tyler.

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