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Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
May in the Galleries




The Art Center is pleased to announce the acquisition of three significant works by San Antonio sculptor, Danville Chadbourne. The unveiling of these new works will take place at a public reception Saturday, May 14. A gallery talk with the artist and a solo exhibition begin at 4:30 PM. The exhibition runs through June 11.


The acquisitions process started in 2015 in consultation with the artist, Art Center staff, and the family of James A. Smallenberger, whose contribution made this acquisition possible. 

The three large-scale, high-fired ceramic works complement both the building and the seaside setting of the Center’s growing collection of outdoor works by important Texas sculptors such as James Surls, Kent Ullberg, and Rockport’s own Jesús Moroles.


Three of Chadbourne’s signature large-scale ceramic works form an almost ritual grouping outside the Art Center, emphasizing the artist’s interest in natural materials,bold use of color, and evocative forms.  

Entitled The Inevitable Question, The Lure of Simple Inclinations, and The False Shadow of Transformation, the sculptures for Rockport are representative of the artist’s artistic vision.  The largest work is over 8 feet tall, the other two pieces measure over 6 feet.


The dedication of these new works will be accompanied by a full exhibition of Chadbourne’s artwork in the Main and Garden Galleries.  

Sculptures and Paintings will feature recently completed works in range of materials including both large and small-scale sculptures in wood and clay, suspended works, reliefs, paintings, and drawings on paper and wood panels.


Known for his craftsmanship and use of primal materials such as wood and clay, Chadbourne often likens his work to a body of cultural artifacts. The visual and ritual impact of these beautiful objects is made more complex by their provocative,poetic and often paradoxical titles.  

“They are, in essence,” he says, “monuments to irrational ideas and human impulses.”


Born in Bryan, Texas in 1949, Chadbourne received a BFA in 1971 from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas and an MFA in 1973 from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. After many years teaching studio art and art history at the college level, Chadbourne quit in 1989 to devote himself full-time to his art. He has exhibited extensively, including more than 100 one-person exhibitions, and his work is included in numerous private and public collections. He resides in San Antonio with his wife Diana Roberts, art historian,curator, and arts writer.


Chadbourne’s work is part of important corporate collections, including

American Airlines, the San Antonio Museum of Art, Coastal Bend College, Gallaudet University in Washington D.C., and the University of Houston to name just a few.