Belton, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and the UMHB Department of Art are pleased to present DILLARD3, an exhibition featuring the artwork of three creative cousins who have a special connection with UMHB, Doug, Don, and Gene Dillard. The exhibit opens on May 16, and will continue through June 26, in the gallery of the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts on the UMHB campus. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 16 at 5 p.m. [Add to Calendar]
Doug Dillard is a native of Temple. He graduated from Temple High School, Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has collected many honors as a pioneer in church public relations and communications but is best known for his Brother Blotz cartoons and 30 years as editorial cartoonist for The Baptist Standard.
He returned to his Bell County roots in 2007 to marry JoAn Musick-Dillard 72 years after she turned down his first proposal when they were 5-year old neighbors. JoAn, a long-time trustee and benefactor of UMHB, was awarded honorary Doctor of Humanities degree 1995.
Don Dillard also grew up in Temple and attended the Texas A&M College of Architecture, where he earned degrees in architecture and civil engineering. Legendary Texas artist Buck Schiwetz, an art professor at A&M, became his mentor. Don’s art is reminiscent of Professor Schiwetz loose impressionist style.
He met his future wife, Camille Munk, on a blind date at UMHB while working for a Temple architect. They married a year later and lived in College Station while he completed his studies. Camille received her degree from UMHB and has been an active alumna since her graduation. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees.
Gene Dillard was born in Bartlett, Texas. He received both a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from the University of Texas at Austin and a Degree in Fine Art from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. In addition to a life-long pursuit of fine art and painting, he had a productive career in advertising.
Gene’s mother attended UMHB in the 1920s. His two sisters graduated with degrees in music in the ‘50s and “60s. His wife’s sister also attended UMHB.
The Baugh Center for the Visual Arts is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free to the public.