|Kurt Howell, Allie Tennant's Cat Sculpture, |
and Light Cummins at CASETA
I spoke on the life and career of sculptor Allie V. Tennant, about whom I have recently completed a manuscript biography. A highlight of my talk was the exhibiting of a rare Allie Tennant sculpture of a black cat brought to the meeting by its owner, Kurt Noel. Allie Victoria Tennant is best known as the sculptor who produced the iconic "Tejas Warrior" statue that graces the main entrance to the Hall of State at Fair Park in Dallas. She became an advocate in the 1920s of the regionalist movement that was then sweeping the nation's intellectual community. She associated herself with other Texas artists who also embraced regionalism as their credo, including Jerry Bywaters, Otis Dozier, Alexandre Hogue, and others including Dorothy Austin, Mike Owen, and Evaline Sellors.