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By Michele Schevikhoven '21
Learn about the Forsyth and Stark Galleries, two on-campus gems
highlighting the beauty and power of art.
From sculptures and memorials to beautiful buildings and scenery,
art can be found everywhere on Texas A&M University’s campus. But the
best place to admire art collections is in the Memorial Student Center’s
University Art Galleries, composed of the Forsyth and Stark Galleries.
The Forsyth Galleries houses the unique Bill ’35 and Irma Runyon Art
Collection, which contains world-class English Cameo glass, American art
glass, and paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries. Named for J.
Wayne Stark ’39, the Stark Galleries focuses on 19th and 20th century
American and Texas paintings, prints, photographs and drawings.
Read on for more facts about the galleries.
There are 5,766 items maintained in the collections.
Thomas Moran, Venice, 1896, oil on canvas, Bill and Irma Runyon Art
Collection, Texas A&M Foundation
The galleries host a number of exhibitions, events and lectures each year to educate and inspire Texas A&M
faculty, staff and students. In 2019, 23 exhibitions were hosted.
The galleries see approximately 24,500 visitors annually.
Frederick Carter, Carnival, 1955, oil on board, TAMU Permanent
Collections include glass art, paintings, sculptures and statues,
prints, drawings and photographs.
Hill Top Dance Hall
Harold Osman “Cowboy” Kelly, Hill Top Dance Hall, ca. 1950, oil on
board, Gift of Mr. & Mrs. William Weber Johnson, TAMU Permanent
Unique collections include English cameo glass; blown, pressed and
cut glass; paperweights; Majolica pottery; and perfume bottles and
Steuben Glass Works, perfume bottles, c. 1903–1932, aurene glass,
Bill and Irma Runyon Art Collection, Texas A&M Foundation
The galleries also house collections of Native American art and
works by Texas and women artists.
Woman Seated State Two
Rudolph Carl Gorman, “Woman Seated State Two,” 1979, serigraph on
arches paper, Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Smith, Texas A&M Permanent
A Chinesco figurine from 200 B.C. – 100 A.D. is the oldest item.
Unknown artist, Chinesco Seated Male Figurine, 200 BC–AD 100, clay
with red and black pigments, TAMU Permanent Collection
A Burmese glass pig named Hamlet is one of the smallest pieces.
Hamlet (the pig)
Curio Pig, Burmese, late 19th century, glass and enamel, Bill and
Irma Runyon Art Collection, Texas A&M Foundation
A hanging sculpture in the Zachry Engineering Education Complex
called “Silver Surfer” is the largest artwork.
Prototype for Stellar Interloper (Silver Surfer)
Inigo Ovalle, Prototype for Stellar Interloper (Silver Surfer),
2018, carbon fiber and aluminum alloy-foil, TAMU Permanent
Collection Photo: Justin Baetge, Texas A&M Engineering
“Universal Sea” and “Heritage Tree” are the newest pieces installed
on the first and third floors of the new Student Services Building.
Resa Blatman, Universal Sea, 2019, mixed media installation and wall
drawing, TAMU Permanent Collection
The Campus Art Loan Project makes available original works and
reproductions for departments and offices across campus. Currently,
484 pieces of art are on loan.
Frederick Carter, Mission Socorro, circa 2000, oil on canvas, Gift
of Frederick Carter, TAMU Permanent Collection
Education Gallery: $350,000
Main Gallery: $3 million
Learning Gallery: $350,000
Small Gallery: $1 million
Large Gallery: $2 million
Other giving opportunities include funds for traveling
exhibitions, art education programming, and art maintenance and
storage. You can give to the Forsyth Galleries online at
or to the Stark Galleries online at
give.am/StarkGallery. For more information, contact:
Megan Pulliam '09
Director of Development for Student Affairs
Texas A&M Foundation
(800) 392-3310 or
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