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American Made: Paintings and Sculpture from the DeMell Jacobsen Collection

October 14, 2023–January 07, 2024

Cowden Gallery

Allan Rohan Crite (American, 1910–2007), Play at Dark, 1935, oil on canvas board. Courtesy of the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen PhD Foundation. 


SAMA will host American Made: Paintings and Sculpture from the DeMell Jacobsen Collection, an exhibition spanning over 250 years of American art and featuring more than a hundred works of art by renowned artists including Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Moran, Robert Henri, Loïs Mailou Jones, Allan Crite, Elizabeth Catlett, and Grant Wood.  

Organized by the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee, the traveling exhibition will open October 14, 2023, at SAMA and continue through January 7, 2024.  

Though many objects from the DeMell Jacobsen Collection have been on view at museums around the country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, American Made is the first exhibition to bring highlights of this extensive private collection together. 

Regina Palm, Marie and Hugh Halff, Jr. Curatorial Fellow for American Art, is the Museum’s in-house curator for the exhibition. 

“The breadth of the DeMell Jacobsen Collection is a testament to the ingenuity of American artists throughout the centuries and the scope of voices that can be found within this visual narrative,” Palm said. “American Made demonstrates and, in some cases, indeed challenges our preconceptions of who and what make up American art. This exhibition allows SAMA and our visitors the opportunity to begin a dialogue about who we are as Americans and the ways in which American art does or does not reflect who we are as a nation.”     

American Made was curated by Todd Herman, PhD, President and CEO of The Mint Museum; Kevin Sharp, Director of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens; and Jonathan Stuhlman, PhD, Senior Curator of American Art at The Mint Museum; with contributions by William Keyse Rudolph, PhD, Deputy Director, Curatorial Affairs at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  

Photography for the catalogue, American Made: Paintings and Sculpture from the DeMell Jacobsen Collection, has been generously supported by the Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992.  

The national tour of American Made is made possible by Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Heather James Fine Art, Schoelkopf Gallery, Sotheby’s, and U.S. Private Wealth Management, U.S. Bank. 

In San Antonio the exhibition has been generously supported by The Brown Foundation and the Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992. 

Exhibition Gallery

Edward Redfield (American, 1869-1965). Birches and Harbor, Maine, circa1920, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen PhD Foundation.

Thomas Moran (American, 1837-1926). Moonlight in Venice,1898, oil on wood board. Courtesy of the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen PhD Foundation.

Sarah Paxton Ball Dodson (American, 1847-1906). Honey of the Hymettus, 1891, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen PhD Foundation.

Robert Henri (American, 1865-1929). Chow Choy, 1913, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen PhD Foundation.

Wilhelm Hunt Diederich (American, 1884-1953). Diana and Hound, circa 1930, bronze with dark brown patina. Courtesy of the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen PhD Foundation.

Loïs Mailou Jones (American, 1905–98). Paris le Soir, circa 1948–50, oil on linen on canvas. Courtesy of the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen PhD Foundation. ©Lois Mailou Jones Pierre-Noel Trus 

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