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Painting a Brighter Future

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.

Venice

01

There are 5,766 items maintained in the collections.

Venice

Carnival

02

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.

Carnival

Hill Top Dance Hall

03

Collections include glass art, paintings, sculptures and statues, prints, drawings and photographs.

Hill Top Dance Hall

Perfume Bottles

04

Unique collections include English cameo glass; blown, pressed and cut glass; paperweights; Majolica pottery; and perfume bottles and vials.

Steuben (Aurene)

Woman Seated State Two

05

The galleries also house collections of Native American art and works by Texas and women artists.

Woman Seated State Two

Chinesco Figurine

06

A Chinesco figurine from 200 B.C. – 100 A.D. is the oldest item.

Chinesco Figurine

Burmese glass pig

07

A Burmese glass pig named Hamlet is one of the smallest pieces.

Hamlet (the pig)

Silver Surfer

08

A hanging sculpture in the Zachry Engineering Education Complex called “Silver Surfer” is the largest artwork.

Prototype for Stellar Interloper (Silver Surfer)

Universal Sea

09

“Universal Sea” and “Heritage Tree” are the newest pieces installed on the first and third floors of the new Student Services Building.

Universal Sea

Mission Socorro

10

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.

Mission Socorro

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Help Bring Art to Life

There are numerous opportunities to support the future of art at Texas A&M.

Naming Opportunities

Other Opportunities

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 give.am/ForsythGallery 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 (979) 862-1247

Contact:

Megan Pulliam '09

Director of Development, Student Affairs
Division of Student Affairs