Tom Lea’s America

Tom Lea’s America

Donate to the Bullock Texas State History Museum and the National Museum of the Pacific War exhibits.

insert_formarch2015-1Tom Lea (1907–2001) was a quintessential chronicler of the 20th century. These exhibits of paintings, illustrations, and writings will celebrate and highlight Lea’s artistry for a 21st century audience. Through his work, visitors encounter an America involved in international politics; a frontier hauntingly beautiful; and a people tied to their land, country, and culture. By the end of his life Lea had seen a career that spanned most of the 20th century. His work appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, Life magazine, Hollywood movies and the White House.

The Exhibits

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Thursday, October 15 2015

insert_formarch2015-3Paintings and illustrations will be on loan from private collections and museums throughout the country. In addition, interpretative text and media experiences such as an autobiographic oral history recorded in 1993, a web presence featuring the Tom Lea Trail and historic sites around the State, and educational and theater programming will be designed to provide insight into the historical context with which his work is inextricably intertwined.
Lonely Town, 1937
Oil on canvas, 24 x 34
Collection of Dr. James D. Lea, Houston © James D. Lea

National Museum of the Pacific War

Friday, October 16 2015

insert_formarch2015-4The Museum will showcase at least 26 of Lea’s paintings and works on paper. This is the first major retrospective ever curated of Tom Lea’s body of work from WWII, including his iconic painting “The Marines Call It That 2000 Yard Stare” which many consider the most famous painting of the war.





That 2,000 Yard Stare, 1944
Oil on canvas, 36 x 28
Life Collection of Art WWII, US Army Center of Military History, Ft. Belvoir, VA

The Organizers

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The Tom Lea Institute perpetuates the legacy of Tom Lea through the presentation, study, exhibition and publication of his work. Through “Tom Lea Month” and other public programs, the Institute develops new audiences, promotes cross-disciplinary study, encourages relationships among people with different interests, and assists heritage tourism.

Bullock Texas State History Museum immerses visitors in the Stories of Texas, connecting historical relevance to a contemporary world. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2013, the Museum also offers a schedule of ever-changing exhibits and a full range of film and educational programming.

The National Museum of the Pacific War is located in Fredericksburg, Texas. This 6-acre, 3-museum complex is rich with stunning macro-artifacts, interactive exhibits and poignant reminders of the sacrifices that war demands.

Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), advances education through programs that improve the quality of classroom teaching, support libraries and museums, and create opportunities for lifelong learning for all Texans.