Art League Houston (ALH) is proud to announce the 2012 Texas Patrons of the Year exhibition, TEXAS ECLECTIC: A selection of Texas artists from the collection of Judy and Scott Nyquist. This exhibition features over thirty-five engaging artworks in ceramic, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, print-making, sculpture and textile from thirty-three defining Texas artists including Amy Blakemore, Bill Davenport, The Art Guys, Joseph Havel, Rachel Hecker, Aaron Parazette, Chuck Ramirez and Robin Utterback. TEXAS ECLECTIC will be on view in the Project Gallery at Art League Houston from September 7 - November 2, 2012. The opening reception is Friday, September 7, 6 - 9 PM, 2012.
Judy and Scott Nyquist came to Houston over a decade ago from London with a young family in tow. Admittedly "naive" about Houston's art community and with modest expectations, they gingerly embarked on an exploration of the local landscape. To their delight they discovered a vital, progressive, diverse and compelling atmosphere with more excitement, opportunity and substance than they could have ever predicted.
Their passion for collecting contemporary art grew - particularly fueled by the accessibility of working artists and the satisfaction that they found in significant engagement with the actual "maker" that Houston affords. Not only are they keen collectors, but more significantly they feel most rewarded by helping to enable artists achieve their aspirations through patronage for prospective projects. "Houston is a unique and welcoming art community with no pretense," remarked Judy, "and we are extremely privileged to be a part of it."
Judy, an art historian by training, previously had a career as a curator before starting a family. Since her arrival in Houston she has become deeply involved in the community and serves on boards and committees of a myriad of arts institutions, museums and organizations. Her current activities include raising funds and awareness for emerging and mid-career artists and institutions such as the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, The Glassell School of Art, The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, The Menil Collection, The Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Hermann Park Conservancy, Houston Arts Alliance, Rice University Public Art Program and the Blaffer Gallery. She has assumed many leadership roles within these institutions all aimed at bolstering education, exposure and accessibility to wide audiences. Scott shares Judy's fervor for the visual arts and is an avid museum, gallery and studio visitor. He is a strong advocate of the value of arts education and sees it as an essential component of any curriculum. "Our lives are infinitely richer by having the opportunity to invest in the vitality and creativity of the Houston scene," Scott enthuses.