E.M. Buck Schiwetz

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E.M. Buck Schiwetz Untitled (Boat Scene)
Untitled (Boat Scene), 1975
mixed media
11 x 15 in
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E.M. Buck Schiwetz Copano Bay
Copano Bay, 1975
mixed media
7.5 x 11.75 in
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E.M. Buck Schiwetz Off of Highway 35_ Out of Rockport
Off of Highway 35, Out of Rockport, 1971
mixed media
8 x 10.5 in
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E.M. Buck Schiwetz Seadrift
Seadrift, 1969
mixed media
8 x 10.5 in
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E.M. Buck Schiwetz

E.M. Buck Schiwetz

E.M. Buck Schiwetz Description

Edward Muegge “BUCK” SCHIWETZ (1898-1984)                     

E.M. “Buck” Schiwetz, born in Cuero, Texas, was interested in art from an early age, his fascination cultivated by his mother whose pencil drawings served as a model for the young Schiwetz. During adolescence, Schiwetz developed his life-long habit of recording his surroundings in sketches.

After earning his degree in architecture, Schiwetz studied lithography and etching at the Art Students League in New York. He returned to Texas where he became an art director and successful partner in the Houston advertising agency of Franke, Wilkinson and Schiwetz. His architectural sketches soon earned him offers from both Anderson-Clayton and Humble Oil and Refining Company (now Exxon). The Humble Way, a magazine established in 1945, featured Schiwetz’s sketches and watercolors of the areas of operation. The popularity of his work prompted the company to publish the first Texas Sketchbook containing well-known Schiwetz drawings in 1952.

In addition to company sponsorship, Schiwetz continued to sketch on his own and began painting scenic images of ships, oil derricks, and cotton gins. He was fascinated with history and avidly encouraged the preservation of historic houses, often painting them in various media. Schiwetz was designated Texas State Artist by the 1977–78 Texas Legislature. The Houston Art League honored Schiwetz in a festive tribute the year before his death.

Selected Biographical and Career Highlights

  • 1898 Born in Cuero, Texas
  • 1921 BA, Architecture, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
  • 1928 Art Students League, New York, New York
  • 1929-66 Art Director/Partner, Frank, Wilkinson and Schiwetz, Houston, Texas
  • 1977 Named Texas State Artist, Texas Legislature
  • 1984 Died in Cuero, Texas

Selected Prizes

  • Houston Annual: Purchase Prize (3 works) 1933; Cash Prize 1950; Honorable Mention (numerous)
    • 1930 Honorable Mention, Manhattan Morning, lithograph
    • 1930 Honorable Mention, Pecos Church, lithograph
    • 1930 Honorable Mention, La Bohia, Goliad, Texas, lithograph
    • 1931 Honorable Mention, Early Morn at Mosquito Fleet, Galveston, watercolor
    • 1933 Purchase Prize, The Circus, watercolor
    • 1933Purchase Prize, Red Lead, watercolor
    • 1933Purchase Prize, Small Town Scene, watercolor
    • 1937 Honorable Mention, group of 6 watercolors: Derricks at Night, East Texas Gin, Fishermen on Padre Island, Ojinago, San Luis Pass Station, Sunday Morning on the Square, Crockett
    • 1938 Honorable Mention, On Pump, watercolor
    • 1940 Honorable Mention, The Sharecropper, watercolor
    • 1943 Honorable Mention, Teakettle Refinery, watercolor
    • 1944 Honorable Mention, Derelict Field, watercolor
    • 1945 Honorable Mention, group of 3 watercolors (gouache): Still Life in the Bunkhouse, My Aunt Muegge’s House, New Orleans Evening
    • 1946 Honorable Mention, Coastal Ghost Town, Study No. 2, mixed media
    • 1949 Honorable Mention, Drift and Rocks on the North Fork, oil
    • 1950 Cash Prize, New Orleans Afternoon, watercolor
    • 1953Honorable Mention, Morning in Guanajuato, casein
    • 1959 (December) Honorable Mention, Experiment Lascaux, mixed media
  • Southeast Texas Annual: Honorable Mention 1937, 1939
    • 1937 Honorable Mention
    • 1939 Honorable Mention
  • Texas General/Annual: Purchase Prize 1947; War Bond Prize 1944; Special/Honorable Mention 1940, 1944, 1945
    • 1940 Special Mention for Distinction, Back Door of Town, watercolor
    • 1944 Cash Prize, La Cruz Rosado, gouache
    • 1944 Honorable Mention, Old Field with Bullwheel, lithograph
    • 1945 Honorable Mention, Cemetary, New Orleans, watercolor
    • 1947 Purchase Prize, Sunday Afternoon – Eagle Pass, gouache, oil glaze
    • 1948 Honorable Mention, View of Terlingua, oil tempera
  • Out-of-State Exhibitions: Prize 1932, 1936 (2 exhibitions), 1940, 1954
    • 1932 Prize, Art Institute of Chicago
    • 1936 Prize, Southern State Art League
    • 1936 Prize, Art Association of New Orleans
    • 1940 Prize, Philbrook Museum Five States Show
    • 1954 Prize, American watercolor Society

Selected Exhibitions—Annual

·       1930 6th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (honorable mention 3 works)

·       1931 7th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (honorable mention )

·       1932 10th Annual Circuit Exhibition of the Southern States Art League, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1932 8th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1932-34 Texas Artists Annual Circuit Exhibition, Texas Fine Arts Association, traveling

·       1933 9th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (purchase prize 3 works)

·       1934 10th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1935 11th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1936 Annual Exhibition of the Southern States Art League (prize)

·       1936 12th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1937 Southeast Texas Artists Annual Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (honorable mention)

·       1937 13th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (honorable mention 6 works)

·       1937-38 Annual Exhibition of the Southern States Art League

·       1938 14th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (honorable mention)

·       1938 Southeast Texas Artists Annual Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1939 15th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1939 Southeast Texas Artists Annual Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (honorable mention)

·       1940 16th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (honorable mention)

·       1940 1st Texas General Exhibit, circulated: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas (special mention) 

·       1940 Annual Exhibition of the Southern States Art League

·       1943 18th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (honorable mention)

·       1943 5th Texas General Exhibition 1943–1944, circulated: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

·       1943 Texas Artists Annual Circuit Exhibition, Texas Fine Arts Association, traveling

·       1944 19th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (honorable mention)

·       1944 6th Texas General Exhibition 1944–1945, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Witte Museum, San Antonio; University of Texas at Austin, Texas (war bond prize, honorable mention)

·       1945 20th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (honorable mention 3 works)

·       1945 7th Texas General Exhibition 1945–1946, circulated: Witte Museum, San Antonio; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; University of Texas at Austin, Texas (honorable mention)

·       1946 21st Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (honorable mention)

·       1946 8th Texas General Exhibition 1946–1947, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas

·       1947 22nd Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1947 9th Texas General Exhibition 1947–1948, circulated: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas (purchase prize)

·       1947-48 Texas Artists Annual Circuit Exhibition, Texas Fine Arts Association, traveling

·       1948 23rd Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1948 10th Texas General Exhibition 1948–1949, circulated: Witte Museum, San Antonio; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

·       1949 24th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (honorable mention)

·       1950 25th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (cash prize)

·       1951 26th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1952 27th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1953 28th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (honorable mention)

·       1958 33rd Annual Houston Artists Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1958 20th Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1958–1959, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; TFAA, Laguna Gloria Gallery, Austin; Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont; San Angelo Art Club, San Angelo; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1959 34th Annual Houston Artists Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (honorable mention)

·       1959 Made in Texas by Texans, Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art, Sheraton-Dallas Hotel, Dallas, Texas (catalogue)

·       1962 24th Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1962–1963, circulated: Witte Museum, San Antonio; Centennial Art Museum, Corpus Christi; Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

Selected ExhibitionsSolo and Group

·       1927 Exhibition by Houston Craftsmen, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1930 Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

·       1930 American Watercolor Society, New York, New York

·       1932 Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois (prizes)

·       1932 Solo, Watercolors and Drawings by Edward M. Schiwetz, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1933 Solo, Ney Museum, Austin, Texas

·       1936 Centennial Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture, and Graphic Arts, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

·       1936 Art Association of New Orleans, Louisiana (prize)

·       1937 Solo, Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas

·       1940 Grand Rapids Art Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

·       1940 Five States Show, Philbrook Art Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma (prize)

·       1943-44 Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

·       1946 Solo, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

·       1946 Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

·       1947 Solo, Ney Museum, Austin, Texas

·       1947 Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

·       1947 Solo, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas

·       1948 Schiwetz and Dozier, Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas

·       1948 Watercolors by 16 Texas Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1951 Edward Muegge “Buck” Schiwetz: Drawings, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas

·       1952 Edward Muegge “Buck” Schiwetz: Watercolors of Texas Cotton Industry, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas

·       1952 Texas Contemporary Artists, M. Knoedler & Company, New York, New York; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1952 American Watercolor Society, New York, New York

·       1953 Two Approaches in Painting: Buck Schiwetz & Robert Preusser, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1954 American Watercolor Society, New York, New York (prize)

·       1955 D. D. Feldman Collection of Contemporary Texas Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

·       1956 D. D. Feldman Collection of Contemporary Texas Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1957 Survey of Painting in Texas, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas, circulated by American Federation of Arts (catalogue)

·       1958 Texas Oil ’58, A Salute to the Oil Industry of the State by Texas Painters, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, traveled to: Bank of the Southwest, Houston; Dallas Public Library, Dallas; Republic National Bank of Dallas, Texas (catalogue)

·       1961 Solo, McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas

·       1961 A Century of Art and Life in Texas, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas (catalogue)

·       1962 Texas Watercolor Society 13th Annual Exhibition, Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas

·       1971 Solo, University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio, Texas

·       1971–72 Texas Painting and Sculpture: The 20th Century, Pollack Galleries, Owen Arts Center, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, traveled to: Witte Confluence Museum, HemisFair Plaza, San Antonio; University Art Museum, University of Texas at Austin; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth; The Museum, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas (catalogue)

·       1974 Texas by Texans, Texas House of Representatives Chamber, Austin, Texas

·       1979 FIRE! Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1983 Images of Texas, Huntington Art Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of Texas at Austin, Texas, traveled to: Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi; Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, Texas (catalogue)

·       1986 Solo, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1986 The Texas Landscape, 1900-1986, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1998–99 Oil Patch Dreams: Images of the Petroleum Industry in American Art, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas, traveled to: Museum of the Southwest, Midland; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso; Austin Museum of Art, Austin; Wichita Falls Museum and Art Center, Wichita Falls (catalogue)

·       2002 The Eyes of Texas—The Lone Star State as Seen by Her Artists, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas; Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas in 2003 (catalogue)

·       2005 Celebrating Early Texas Art: Treasures from Dallas-Fort Worth Private Collections, 1900-1960, Fort Worth Community Center, Fort Worth, Texas (catalogue)

·       2006 Houston Art in Houston Collections: Works from 1900 to 1965, Heritage Society Museum, Houston, Texas

·       2007-08 Urban Texas: Changing Images of an Evolving State, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas

·       2009 Solo, Miles and Miles of Texas: The Lone Star State Through the Eyes of Buck Schiwetz, Heritage Society Museum, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       2009 Painting West Texas: 35 Artists/100 Years, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       2009 Texas Paper: Watercolors, Pastels and Drawings from the Lone Star State, 1938-2008, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2010 Third Anniversary Show: A Tribute to Houston Artists, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2013 Restless Heart: The Collectors’ Quest to Find Texas in Art, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas

·       2013 The Texas Watercolor Tradition, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2014 Houston Founders at City Hall Art Exhibition, City Hall, Houston, Texas

·       2014 A New Visual Vocabulary: Developments in Texas Modernism 1935-1965, One Allen Center, Lobby Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       2015 Bayou City Chic: Progressive Streams of Modern Art in Houston, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas (catalogue)

Selected Public Collections

  • Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
  • Exxon Corporation, Houston, Texas
  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
  • Museum of East Texas, Lufkin, Texas
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
  • University of Texas at Austin, Texas
  • Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas

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