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Michael R. Grauer, M.A.

Michael R. Grauer, M.A.

Instructor of Art

Office: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Rm. 205
Email: mgrauer@pphm.wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2262

Professional Profile

Mr. Grauer joined the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in 1987. He received a B.F.A. in Painting and in Art History (double major) from the University of Kansas in 1983, and an M.A. in Art History from Southern Methodist University in 1989. He was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Kress Foundation Department of Art History, University of Kansas, in 2012.

Teaching and Related Service

Mr. Grauer teaches art history at WTAMU. Mr. Grauer has also taught at the Taos Institute of Arts, Taos, New Mexico.

Mr. Grauer has curated numerous exhibitions on historic Texas,New Mexico, and Southwestern art at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, including “Madonnas of the Prairie: Depictions of Women in the American West (2014); “Texas Impressionism: Branding with Brushstroke and Color (2012); “Will James: The Hays Collection (2009); “Lone Star Still Lifes” (2009); “Urban Texas: Changing Images of an Evolving State,” (2007); “The Old Guard: Santa Fe Art Colony Founders,” and “Women Artists of Santa Fe,” (2004); “Neighbors: Texas Artists in New Mexico,” (2003); “Green Mountain: E. I. Couse in Taos,” and “Berninghaus: Taos Father/Taos Son,” (1998); “Women Artists of Texas, 1850-1950” (1993); “W. Herbert Dunton: A Retrospective,” (1991); and guest-curated “A Symphony of Shade and Light: Frank Reaugh and His Students,” for the McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas (2001); “Of This Vast State: Women Artists of Texas, 1900-1960” for The Women’s Museum at Dallas (2006); and Frank Reaugh exhibitions for Abilene, Beaumont, College Station, Dallas, Denton, Houston, San Angelo, Terrell, and Tyler.

He has lectured nationally on historic Southwestern art with an emphasis on Texas and New Mexico, and represented Texas at a national symposium on Regionalism at New York University in 2000. He has spoken several times at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, including at the Prix de West in 1997 and 2009. He is a charter member of CASETA and the Taos Society of Artists Historians.

Mr. Grauer is the author of W. Herbert Dunton: A Retrospective, co-author (with his wife, Paula) of the Dictionary of Texas Artists, 1800-1945, co-author of Frank Paul Sauerwein: The Biography, and co-author of A Fine Sense of Poetry: The Life and Art of Joseph Amadeus Fleck. Mr. Grauer also wrote the essay on 20th-century Texas art for Twentieth-Century Texas: A Social and Cultural History, the essay on Texas patrons of Taos art for Taos Artists and Their Patrons, 1898-1950, wrote biographies on Dunton and W. R. Leigh for the Dictionary of Literary Biography: American Book and Magazine Illustrators to 1920, and an essay on Dunton for a forthcoming book on the Taos Society of Artists. Mr. Grauer's articles have appeared in American Art Review, Southwest Art, Persimmon Hill, The Pastel Journal, Western Art & Architecture, and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Review.

Mr. Grauer currently does a living history program called “Cowboy Mike” focused on 1890s cowboys in the region, with an emphasis on the T Anchor Ranch. He recently guest-curated for the Grace Museum at Abilene, Texas, “Home on the Range” an interdisciplinary exhibition on ranching in central West Texas.

Research and Creative Activity

Currently, Mr. Grauer is working on a W. Herbert Dunton catalogue raisonne, a history of the T Anchor Ranch, and biographies of Texas artists Frank Reaugh and H. D. Bugbee.

Personal Sketch

Mr. Grauer lives in Canyon with his wife Paula and youngest daughter Sarah, three cats (Frank, Harley, and Gracie), and a rescue dog, Theordore Roosevelt. They have two older children, Matthew Finney and Hannah Grauer and her partner, Zachary Walls. He enjoys running, lifting weights, hunting, and generally being out-of-doors, and spending time with his grandson, Otto Lee Grauer-Walls.