304 E. 44th, Austin, 78751, 512/458-2255
Nineteenth-century Texas in all its heroic glory comes to life in this preserved studio of the pioneering sculptor Elisabet Ney. As gifted as she was at portraying human emotion in majestic statuary, Ney could have carved out a comfortable life for herself in cosmopolitan Europe, but she chose to emigrate to the Lone Star frontier, where she sculpted images of Texian heroes for display in the State Capitol. Her charming castle/studio, "Formosa," nestled in a corner of the Hyde Park neighborhood, is a temple to her work, filled with chalky plaster casts of her works that radiate epic drama and inspire an almost holy awe.
A retrospective of Texas artist Catherine Lee
's work in diverse media will be anchored by her monumental sculpture "Hebrides #6: Clach An Trushal," on loan from the Contemporary Austin. Through May 6.