Art, Spanish, communication and humanities students from Panola College visited the Fort Worth Cultural District on Wednesday, Nov. 7, thanks to a grant from the Panola College Foundation. The cultural district encompasses the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Worth, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the Amon Carpenter Museum of American Art and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
“We chose Fort Worth because the Kimbell Museum is currently hosting an exhibit of Francisco de Goya’s black and white works,” said Teresa Beasley. She, along with Dr. Kathryn Watlington and Amanda Clements wrote the grant. “The 75 pieces in the Goya exhibit are important for art, the humanities and communication students. The works include examples of his painting, drawing and printmaking.”
Participating students included Jade Allen, Malcolm Bell, Madison Buck, Kacie Caserta, Loren Caserta, Brandon Castillo, Drew Diverdi, Julianne Edge, Dulce Gonzalez, Maricruz Gonzalez, Sarah Hooten, Kailey Isbell, Shelby Kite, Sarah Kushner, Lucero Luna, Brandon Medrano, Erin Phillips, Morgan Ray, Serena Rascoe, Yareli Salinas, Aubrey Thomas, Clint Walker, Aaron Williams, and Evan Yount.
In a follow-up survey, students commented that the benefits of visiting a city museum include: “It’s a good experience for some who have never been to an art museum like myself. It can open the mind of others to new experiences.” Another student wrote: “I believe that it helps students to really appreciate art. To me, it is more interesting to see it in real life, and truly experience it, than to just simply learn about it.”