Dallas, TX 75205, USA
Southern Methodist University where Sam Deshong Ratcliffe received a Bachelor of Arts degree.
660 Parrington Oval, Norman, OK 73019, USA
The University of Oklahoma where Sam Deshong Ratcliffe received a Master of Arts degree.
Austin, TX 78712, USA
The University of Texas at Austin where Sam Deshong Ratcliffe received a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
(Though the paintings cut across traditional art history c...)
Though the paintings cut across traditional art history categories – from the pictographs of early historic Indians to European-inspired oil paintings – they are bound together by their artists' intent for them to function as historically evocative documents. With their visual narratives of events that characterized all of America's westward expansion – Indian encounters, military battles, farming, ranching, surveying, and the closing of the frontier – these works add an important chapter to the story of the American West.
(In the 1930s and 1940s, along with other members of a loo...)
In the 1930s and 1940s, along with other members of a loosely affiliated group of artists known as the Dallas Nine, Jerry Bywaters pioneered the style later termed “Lone Star Regionalism.” Working with equal ability in oil, watercolor, tempera, and pastel, Bywaters portrayed the natural world, towns, and people of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and West Texas. This stunning retrospective volume of Bywaters’s paintings – more than forty of them arranged in a full-color gallery – vividly interprets the American Southwest.
Sam Deshong Ratcliffe studied at Southern Methodist University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974. He received his Master of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1978. Ratcliffe also attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1985.
Sam Deshong Ratcliffe started his career as a Fulbright junior lecturer at the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg in 1985. In 1986 he left this post and became Curator of Jerry Bywaters Collection on Art of the Southwest at Southern Methodist University. He worked at Southern Methodist University until 1990. Sam Deshong Ratcliffe also works as Head of special collections at Hamon Arts Library.
Sam Deshong Ratcliffe published his first book Painting Texas History to 1900 in 1992. Later he wrote Jerry Bywaters, Interpreter of the Southwest. He is a contributor to periodicals, including Western Historical Quarterly.
Sam Deshong Ratcliffe is a member of the collections review committee at State Preservation Board of Texas. He is also a member of the Western History Association and Texas State Historical Association.
Sam Deshong Ratcliffe married Cristi Ann Hardeman on June 18, 1983. The marriage produced two children.