Bill Condon

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Bill Condon

William J. (BILL) CONDON (1923–1998)

 

Bill Condon was a native Houstonian, a practicing architect and a fine artist in his home town. He received a BA in architecture from Rice Institute in 1949, and assumed a position in the architectural firm of Broesche and Condon Associates.  As an artist, Condon was ingenious, excelling as a print-maker and painter. He experimented with a wide variety of media in the conduct of his work.  Condon showed regularly in the Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists from 1954 to 1962. In these local exhibitions, Condon won prizes for print-making (1954-1955) and painting. His painting Rice Institute #4 was a purchase prize-winner in 1960. In addition, his works were included in several of the Texas General Exhibitions.

 

Selected Biographical and Career Highlights

  • 1923 Born in Houston, Texas
  • Served in U.S. military
  • 1949 BA, Architecture, Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • Broesche and Condon Associates
  • 1998 Died in Houston, Texas

Selected Prizes, Awards

·       Houston Annual: Purchase Prize 1959; Cash Prize 1954; Materials Prize 1955 (March); Honorable Mention 1960

  • 1954 Cash Prize, West Dallas Avenue, ink resist drawing
  • 1955 (March) Materials Prize, West Dallas, mono-print
  • 1959 Purchase Prize, Rice Institute #4, mixed media
  • 1960 Honorable Mention, San Gimignano #2, mixed media

·       Southwestern Prints and Drawings: Purchase Prize 1958

  • 1958 Purchase Prize, Railroad Signals, silk screen

Selected Exhibitions

·       1954 29th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (cash prize)

·       1955 30th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (materials prize)

·       1955 31st Annual Exhibition of Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1956 18th Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1956-1957, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin; Museum, Texas Tech, Lubbock, Texas

·       1956 Gulf-Caribbean Art Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, traveled to: Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg; Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado (catalogue)

·       1956 6th Southwestern Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas, traveled to: Centenary College, Shreveport, Louisiana; Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin, Texas; University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; Texas Tech College Museum, Lubbock; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; University of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Oklahoma A&M College, Stillwater

·       1957 7th Southwestern Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

·       1957 7th Annual Houston Post Easter Art Exhibit, Houston Art League Building, Houston, Texas

·       1957 32nd Annual Houston Artists Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1958 8th Southwestern Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas (purchase prize)

·       1958 Texas Oil ’58, A Salute to the Oil Industry of the State by Texas Painters, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, traveled to: Bank of the Southwest, Houston; Dallas Public Library, Dallas; Republic National Bank of Dallas, Texas (catalogue)

·       1958 33rd Annual Houston Artists Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1959 Made in Texas by Texans, Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art, Sheraton-Dallas Hotel, Dallas, Texas (catalogue)

·       1959 34th Annual Houston Artists Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (purchase prize)

·       1959 21st Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1959-1960, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont; Museum, Texas Tech, Lubbock; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1959 Texas Watercolor Society 10th Annual Exhibition, Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas, selection circulated: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

·       1960 35th Annual Houston Artists Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (honorable mention)

·       1961 Texas Watercolor Society 12th Annual Exhibition, Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas; selection circulated: Junior League, Galveston, A&M University, College Station; Dallas Public Library, Dallas; A&I College, Kingsville, Gates Gallery, Port Arthur; Wichita Falls Art Association, Wichita Falls; Waco Art Forum, Waco; Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin; Texas Western College, El Paso, Texas

·       1961 23rd Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1961-1962, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont; Museum, Texas Tech, Lubbock, Texas

·       1961-62 11th-12th Southwestern Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

·       1962 24th Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1962-1963, circulated: Witte Museum, San Antonio; Centennial Art Museum, Corpus Christi; Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

·       1962 The Southwest: Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1963 25th Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1963-1964, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Centennial Art Museum, Corpus Christi; Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso;             Witte Museum, San Antonio; University of Texas at Austin, Texas

·       Bute Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       DuBose Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       2004–05 Rice Institute and the Visual Arts in Houston: 19001960, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, Texas

·       2006 Houston Art in Houston Collections: Works from 1900 to 1965, Heritage Society Museum, Houston, Texas

·       2007-08 Urban Texas: Changing Images of an Evolving State, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas

·       2008 Founders of Houston Art: Thirty Artists Who Led the Way, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2009 Back to the Future: Elements of “Modern” in Mid-Century Texas Art, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2009-10 Texas Art Seen, Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas

·       2010 Third Anniversary Show: A Tribute to Houston Artists, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2010 Three Artists Remembered: Bill Condon, Paul Maxwell, Herb Mears, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2010 Texas Collages: A Tribute to Kurt Schwitters, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2011 Lone Star Modernism: A Celebration of Mid-Century Texas Art, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2012 A Survey of Texas Modernists, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2013 Summer Encore Exhibition, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2014 Houston Founders at City Hall Art Exhibition, City Hall, Houston, Texas

·       2014 A New Visual Vocabulary: Developments in Texas Modernism 1935-1965, One Allen Center, Lobby Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       2015 Bayou City Chic: Progressive Streams of Modern Art in Houston, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas (catalogue)

 

Selected Public Collections

  • Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
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