University of Texas Arlington

Arlington Art Association Records:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Arlington Art Association (Tex.)
Title: Arlington Art Association Records
Dates: 1939-1992
Abstract: The Arlington Art Association formed March 12, 1953. Records include those of its parent organization, the Shakespeare Club. The Association was created to encourage the support and appreciation of art in the Arlington community. It was closely associated with Arlington State College, and later the University of Texas at Arlington, during its first 20 years. Records trace the efforts of the Association, including the acquisition of a building for the Arlington Museum of Art, which they achieved in 1987. The Association was integrated into the Arlington Museum of Art.
Identification: AR403
Extent: 7 boxes (2.25 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Historical Note

In November 1950, the first city-wide art show which featured local talent was held in Arlington, Texas. The show was sponsored by the Shakespeare Club in observance of American Art Week. In November 1952, when the third art show sponsored by the Shakespeare Club was held, Mrs. Mattie Lewis proposed the organization of a permanent civic art association; an organizational meeting was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard W. Joyner that same month. Its purpose: the instruction, practice, and appreciation of art. The resulting Arlington Art Association was chartered on March 12, 1953; meeting in Preston Hall on the Arlington State College campus, the organization began with 112 charter members. The first officers of the Association were as follows:

  • President Howard W. Joyner
  • First Vice-President C.C. Myers
  • Second Vice-President Willard Reavis
  • Third Vice-President Mrs. Ruth Stoddard
  • Recording Secretary Mrs. Dann (Jean) Lowe
  • Corresponding Secretary Emory Gregory
  • Parliamentarian Melvin Kiehn
  • Treasurer George Shupee

For the first twenty years, monthly meetings continued to be held on the college campus. Meetings included lectures, demonstrations, group participations, and exhibits. The Arlington Art Association also sponsored classes in art history, art appreciation, and painting in association with the college, as well as sidewalk shows, paintouts, and parties.

From its inception, the Arlington Art Association encouraged the support and appreciation of art throughout the community. Its goals included the acquisition of a museum and art center, the collection of works of art, the provision of venues for exhibitions, and the inspiration of excellence in art. Toward that end, the Arlington Art Association sponsors an annual distinguished national juried exhibition in Tarrant County and attracts artists from throughout the United States, provides art scholarships for outstanding seniors at each of the high schools in Arlington, and supports an annual all-member show. The Association has managed to acquire its own permanent collection. The Association presents annual Certificates of Merit to all students who participate in Youth Art Month and it hosts an annual reception for participating students, their parents, and guests. In addition, the Arlington Art Association sponsors an annual International Children's Art Show and reception honoring participating Arlington students.

A successful four-year run of art auctions provided the seed money which was set aside for the purpose of acquiring a Museum Art Center. Combined with monies from a very successful four-month Capital Fund Drive enabled the Arlington Art Association to acquire a 21,000 square foot building in downtown Arlington in late 1987. Ten years later, the Arlington Museum of Art Center could be described as an all-inclusive entity that encompassed the former role of the Arlington Art Association. Joan Davidow served as the Director of the Arlington Museum of Art Center and helped oversee the integration of the Association and the Arlington Museum of Art.

Source:

Arlington Art Association Records, AR403, Box 2, Folder 5, Special Collections Division, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.


Scope and Contents

The materials contained in this collection trace the development of the Arlington Art Association from its unsuccessful attempt to create an art association in 1939 to the realization of its members' dream for an Art Museum and Center in 1987. Howard Joyner, first president of the Association, compiled the collection, therefore, many of the items contain his notes or comments. Included are numerous letters to and from Howard Joyner which also relate to the Association.

The Arlington Art Association Records offer the researcher a comprehensive view of the growth and development of the organization in the City of Arlington. The collection outlines the struggle to bring the arts to a prominent position in Arlington, culminating in the purchase of the JC Penney Building and the opening of the Arlington Museum of Art Center. The collection also provides information on the pivotal and influential role that Howard and Arista Joyner played in the development and progress of the organization.


Arrangement

The Arlington Art Association Records are contained in 3 manuscript boxes and 4 oversize boxes totaling 2.25 linear feet. There are three series consisting of 49 folders and 8 scrapbooks.
Series I. Records.
Records consist of material collected by Howard Joyner related to the Arlington Art Association and the operation of the organization. The series includes meeting and event announcements, minutes, agendas, financial statements, constitutions and by-laws, calendars of events, newspaper clippings, letters and other items related to the Association. The series also includes undated material related the Association.
Series II. Arlington Art Advisory Committee Records.
Records consist of items related to the Arlington Art Advisory Committee and its selection of art for various city buildings. The series includes a resolution, list of committee members, letters, meeting announcements, minutes, memorandum, list of art work, sketches, invitation, flyers on Arlington City Hall and Municipal Building, agenda, newspaper clipping, speeches, brochure on the art of Ronald Thomason and magazine clippings on sculptures.
Series III. Scrapbooks.
Materials consist of 8 scrapbooks containing photos, newspaper clippings and other items produced by or pertaining to the AAA. The scrapbooks are in good condition and only a few of the items have come loose.
The original order of the collection was a rough chronological arrangement. The items related to the Association were separated out and rearranged in correct chronological order and the files were relabeled. The undated material of the Association was placed at the end of the chronological files for the Association. The items related to the Art Advisory Committee for the City of Arlington were also placed in their own series. The scrapbooks were kept intact in their original arrangement, except the latest scrapbook which was incomplete. The contents of this scrapbook were placed in a folder to save space.

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Organizations
Arlington Art Association (Tex.)--Records and correspondence.
Arlington Museum of Art (Tex.)--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
Art--Texas--Arlington--History--Sources.
Places
Arlington (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Administrative Information

Citation

Arlington Art Association Records, AR403, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections Division, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift of Howard W. Joyner, 1993.


Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.


Container List

Records, 1939-1992.
Extent (45 folders)

Arranged chronologically. Material includes various items related to the Arlington Art Association (AAA) and its operation as an organization. The series includes such items as meeting and event announcements, minutes, agendas, financial statements, constitutions and by-laws, calendars of events, letters and newspaper clippings.
Box Folder
1 1 January 1939-May 1958
Contains letters and other material from the early years of the Arlington Art Association. Items such as a member recruitment letter and prospective member list are included. Early AAA meeting records, constitution/by-laws, membership roster, charter membership application, officer list and calendar of events are included.
2 September 1959-July 1969
Contains a calendar of events, announcements for meetings and events, membership list, revised and updated constitution and by-laws, officer list, board of directors slate.
3 May 1971-March 1979
Contains letters, meeting agendas, event and meeting announcements, calendar of events, minutes, officer and board of director list, newsletter, revised and updated constitutions and by-laws, membership list.
4 February 1980-December 1981
Contains event and meeting announcements, letters, membership list, list of past presidents, minutes, and a budget report.
5 January-December 1982
Contains list of needs for the AAA, proposal, minutes, calendar of events, memorandum, letters, newspaper clippings, membership list, financial statements, event and meeting announcements and officer list.
6 January-December 1983
Contains a short history of the AAA written by Howard Joyner, memoranda, newspaper clippings, event and meeting announcements, programs, list of past presidents of the AAA, newsletter, news release, agenda, brochure draft, auction announcement and schedule, auction list, invitation and projected budget.
7 January-December 1984
Contains list of suggested board members, revised constitution, event announcement, newsletter, calendar of events, invitation, programs, copy of a donation, financial reports, letters, newspaper clippings and officer list.
8 January-September 1985
Contains newsletter, quarterly report, event announcements, poll results, biography of Howard Joyner, letters, material on proposed purchase of museum site, program, minutes and invitations.
9 October-December 1985
Contains minutes, event and meeting announcements, newsletter, agenda, newspaper clipping, financial report, board of director's list, letters, officer list, ballot and a history of the AAA.
10 January-May 1986
Contains minutes, proposal for the facilitation of the Arlington Museum of Art and other items related to the purchase of the JC Penney building and financial statement.
11 June-October 1986
Contains letters, meeting and event announcements, information on the purchase of the JC Penney building, minutes, newsletter, newspaper clippings, programs, proclamation, agenda, flyers and budget statement.
12 November-December 1986
Contains newspaper clippings, newsletter, program, invitation, sheet containing facts on AAA, notes and letters, meeting announcement, minutes, financial report, proposal for an Art Museum, ballot, list of board members, membership list and a list of the members of the steering committee for an Art Museum.
13 1987
Contains newspaper clippings, event announcement, membership list, letters, job description, agenda, policies of the AAA, nomination for an award, ballot, timeline for museum's future and funding worksheets, report on the JC Penney building and personal interview outline.
14 January-February 1987
Contains a quote by Howard Joyner, meeting and event announcements, minutes, agendas, report on JC Penney building, proposal on Arlington Museum of Art (AMA), event program and a letter.
15 March-April 1987
Contains invitations, agendas, event announcements, meeting announcements, minutes, event program and proposal.
16 May-June 1987
Contains an invitation, meeting announcements, minutes, agenda, financial statement, constitution, paper by Harold Elias, letter, material on the AMA and newsletter.
Box Folder
2 1 July-August 1987
Contains a letter, minutes, memoranda, event announcements, meeting announcements, agenda, information on other area art museums and centers, newsletter, print of proposed AMA by Burr Reavis, brochure on Burr Reavis, copy of a lease, press release and newspaper clippings.
2 September-December 1987
Contains a newsletter, letters, financial statement, newspaper clippings, meeting announcement, list of memoriams for the AMA, list of donations, minutes, agendas, pledge card, news releases, invitation, report, memorandum and part of the ribbon from the ribbon cutting ceremony for the AMA.
3 1987-1988
Contains a report, membership application, constitution, proposed revised by-laws, mission statement for the AMA, amended by-laws and a copy of a picture of the inside of the AMA.
4 1988
Contains the chain of responsibility for the AAA and the AMA, job descriptions, remarks by Howard Joyner, report, letter, priority list for the AMA, memorandum, donation letter and newspaper clippings.
5 January-March 1988
Contains a collectors issue of the AAA newsletter, meeting announcement, event announcement, newspaper clippings, minutes, agenda, reports, history of the AAA, ballot, constitution, proposed changes to the constitution, newsletter, event program, amendments to the constitution and a letter.
6 April-May 1988
Contains a meeting announcement, constitutions, report, event program, calendar of events, minutes, agenda, newsletter, newspaper clipping, itinerary for an AAA trip, board of directors list and an invitation.
7 June-August 1988
Contains a financial statement, list of committee needs, event announcements, meeting announcements, newsletters, card to Howard and Arista Joyner, list of policies, flyer, minutes, agenda, letter, membership list, newspaper clippings, invitation, donation request, sketch of proposed museum expansion and museum schedule.
8 September-October 1988
Contains newspaper clippings, event announcements, meeting announcements, agenda, minutes, letter, event program, invitation, list of donors, financial statement, calendar of events, news release, list of proposals submitted, memorandum on summer art classes and a resume.
9 November-December 1988
Contains a report, proposed by-laws, memorandum, flyer, exhibit announcement, letter, contribution form, newspaper clippings, agenda, meeting announcement, event announcement and a financial statement.
10 1988-1989
Contains newspaper clippings, memoranda, calendars of events, proposed slate of officers, background and purpose of the AAA, contract and agenda.
11 1989
Contains a list of the board of directors and staff for the AMA, proposed organization of the AMA, memorandum, flowchart for proposed chain of command for the AAA, list of volunteer committees for the AMA, note, by-laws, report, letter, page of brainstorming by Arista Joyner, list of paintings and comments on proposed changes to by-laws.
12 1989
Contains a list of awards presented, AMA brochure, chain of responsibility for the AAA and the AMA, event announcement, letter, organization of the AMA, list of capital improvement projects, proposed manual of operations and proposed and accepted by-laws.
13 January-February 1989
Contains a memorandum by Arista Joyner, financial statement, meeting announcements, newsletter, announcement for the Joyner exhibit, newspaper clipping, layout for the Joyner exhibit, minutes, calendars of events, comments on the proposed changes in the by-laws, list of paintings, event announcement, letter, agenda, financial procedures and proposed by-laws.
14 March-April 1989
Contains letters, meeting announcement, event announcement, proposal, proposed by-laws, minutes, agenda, financial statements, constitution, event program and invitation.
15 May-June 1989
Contains meeting announcement, event announcement, invitation, minutes, financial statements, assumptions of the AMA, by-laws, letters, agenda and resume.
16 July-September 1989
Contains an exhibit program, letters (including one from Howard Joyner's son), minutes, agendas, meeting announcement, invitation and a list of contributors to the AMA memorial foundation.
17 October-December 1989
Contains a flyer and invitation to an exhibit, letters, minutes, event announcement, calendar of events for the AMA, agenda, financial statement, information on Winterfest, proposed slate of officers and accepted slate, calendar for the AMA and a newsletter.
Box Folder
3 1 1990
Contains newspaper clippings, list of board of directors and staff, AMA manual of operations, qualification list for the AMA director position, letter, resume, calendar for the AMA and a list of needs for the AMA.
2 January-March 1990
Contains a list of the board of directors and staff, exhibits committee list, financial statements, winter schedule for AMA, meeting announcements, event announcements, list of exhibits for AMA, agendas, programs, memorandum and letter.
3 April 1990
Contains a financial statement, memorandum on Howard Joyner, event announcement, list of topics for a seminar, entry form, invitation, event program, budget worksheet, agendas, letters and minutes.
4 May 1990
Contains a financial statement, proposed changes to by-laws, magazine clippings, budget worksheet, agenda, brochure, memorandum, flyer, suggested changes to by-laws and minutes.
5 June-August 1990
Contains financial statements, list of policies for the AMA, minutes, agendas, amendments to the by-laws, meeting announcement, flyer, letters, newspaper clippings, proposed changes to the by-laws, invitation and list of board of directors and staff.
6 September 1990
Contains a financial statement, articles of amendment for the AAA, twelve month organizational plan of the AMA, proposed changes to the by-laws, minutes, agendas, letter, event program, meeting announcement, application for art classes, comments on by-laws by Howard Joyner and adopted by-laws.
7 October 1990
Contains a financial statement, report, membership list, agendas, minutes, event announcement and meeting announcement.
8 November-December 1990
Contains a financial statement, letters, newspaper clipping, resumes, copies of magazine articles by Joan Davidow, event announcements, AMA newsletter, exhibit program, agendas, organizational flowchart for the AMA, manual of operations, newspaper clippings, letters, minutes and a donation form.
9 1991
Contains the rationale for the revision of the by-laws, AMA board of trustees and a letter.
10 January-May 1991
Contains an agenda, election code, invitation, speech and outline by Howard Joyner, letters, newspaper clippings, minutes, report, event announcement, newsletter, list of new officers and event program.
11 June-December 1991
Contains an AMA newsletter, letters and postcards, Texas "Dialogues" newsletter announcing the hiring the hiring of Joan Davidow as the AMA director, memorandum, material on a retreat, newspaper clippings, magazine clippings, exhibit programs, invitation, meeting announcements and event announcement.
12 January-February 1992
Contains event announcements, calendar of events, newspaper clippings, magazine clippings, meeting announcement, memorandum and registration form for art classes, history and facts on the AAA, flyer, speech by Howard Joyner, "Artifacts" newsletter, letters, minutes, list of exhibits for a special program, event program and list of paintings.
13 March-December 1992
Contains letters, meeting announcements, exhibit announcement, minutes, invitations, workshop sign-up sheets, summer art camp sign-up sheet and event announcement.
14 undated
Contains newspaper clippings, short comment by Howard Joyner, AMA Memorial Foundation purpose and procedures, "Why Arlington Should Have an Art Museum" by Howard Joyner, AMA contemporary art group statement of purpose and initial focus and event announcement.



Arlington Art Advisory Committee Records, 1981-1985
Extent (1 folder).

Box Folder
3 15 Art Advisory Committee, 1981-1985
Contains a resolution, list of committee members, letters, meeting announcements, minutes, memorandum, list of artwork, sketches, invitation, flyers on Arlington City Hall and Municipal Building, agenda, newspaper clipping, speeches, brochure on the art of Ronald Thomason and magazine clippings on sculptures.



Scrapbooks, 1953-1991
Extent (1 linear ft.)

Box Folder
3 16 Scrapbooks, undated
Contains contents of an incomplete scrapbook including photos and a newspaper clipping.
Box Folder
OS324 1 Scrapbook, 1953-1960
Contains a short history of the AAA, an invitation to become a charter member, a March 12, 1953, charter meeting letter, photos, original membership roster, newspaper clippings and other art related items.
2 Scrapbook, 1960-1966
Contains AAA announcements, letters, event calendars, lists, by-laws, newspaper clippings and photos.
Box Folder
OS325 3 Scrapbook, 1968-1973
Contains newspaper clippings, photos and other miscellaneous items related to the AAA.
4 Scrapbook, 1973-1982
Contains newspaper clippings, photos and other miscellaneous items related to the AAA.
Box Folder
OS326 5 Scrapbook, 1982-1987
Contains newspaper clippings, photos and other miscellaneous items related to the AAA. Also included is an article on Howard and Arista Joyner called "The Early Days of Art in Arlington."
6 Scrapbook, 1987-1988
Contains newspaper clippings, photos and other miscellaneous items related to the AAA. Also included are many items on the newly opened Arlington Museum of Art.
Box Folder
OS327 7 Scrapbook, 1988-1989
Contains newspaper clippings, photos and other miscellaneous items related to the AAA.
8 Scrapbook, 1989-1991
Includes newspaper clippings and other miscellaneous items such as invitations, announcements, programs and newsletters