Current Exhibitions

LMFA hosts nearly a dozen curated exhibitions per year featuring Texas artists and works from across the United States. In addition, LMFA has hosted an annual student invitational since 1960 which spotlights hundreds of young adult artists enrolled in high schools across the East Texas region.

Buffalo Soldiers Revisited: History on Canvas

November 11 - April 15, 2023

Longview Museum of Fine Art’s “Buffalo Soldiers Revisited: History on Canvas” is the first exhibit of East Texan Bob Snead's works since his death in 2020 at the age of 84. With many of the first paintings now in private collections, the Texas Governor’s Mansion, and donated and/or loaned to art entities across the country, it has been more than 30 years since many of the stunning works of art have shown together, outside of El Paso, Texas.

More than 20 pieces comprise this poignant collective of acrylic paintings, and pen and ink drawings, each one painstakingly researched to provide a unique window through time to retell another important chapter of America’s storied history. The exhibit will include Snead’s cornerstone piece, “The Buffalo Soldier” – painting No. 1 in the collection, originally painted in 1968.

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Towards a 21st Century Abstraction

October 15, 2022 – February 11, 2023

Curated by LA Art Critic, Peter Frank, Towards a 21st-Century Abstraction features painters pushing abstraction into new territories. This exhibition brings together artists who are dedicated to two-dimensional abstract art. They are not defined by what they do or why they do it, but how they struggle to participate in what has become a global discourse in art.

“Theory does not validate something like visual abstraction, it simply frames it,” Frank writes in an essay about the exhibition. “Abstract art endures because artists still make it – still devote their lives to it, still investigate its problems and possibilities, still answer to the challenges posed by other artists, contemporaries and predecessors alike, and still establish visual vocabularies based on elements at once laid bare and intricately combined."

We invite the entire community to experience this exhibition and ask, ‘what is abstract art?’ That is what truly sets this exhibition apart.

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Ellie Taylor: A Lifetime of Painting

June 4, 2022 - January 7, 2023

Elinor(Ellie)Parham Taylor was born and raised in Houston, Texas. After teaching elementary school all over Texas for 33 years, she retired early because, she says, "When I grow up, I want to be an artist."

She studied art with Earline Barnes in El Paso, Texas for about 6 years. After retiring she went back to college to study under Jo Taylor and Dr. Ollie Theisen. Barnes drilled into her that art should make a statement, not tell a story. Less said the better, or keep it simple. Do not overstate. Van Gogh is her favorite master artist, and she admires the work and styles of Sergei Bongart and Fechin. "I have just this year, 2013, discovered the work of Tibor Nagy. Great art!"

Ellie agrees with the philosophy of William Wendt who said that his art becomes an "adoration sign devoted to the Trinity."
Ellie and her husband now live at Holly Lake Ranch north of Tyler. Her husband retired from the pastorate and is now Pastor Emeritus "I paint for the love of art and for the passion that my Lord has given me." Learn more about the artist's work here.