Barnaby Fitzgerald: An Eye for Ballast

May 5–September 22, 2024

This focused, monographic exhibition of key paintings by Dallas-based artist Barnaby Fitzgerald (b. 1953) from prominent local collections will honor the artist’s prolific career and celebrate his election to professor of art emeritus at SMU.

Over a career spanning five decades and three continents, Fitzgerald has built a reputation for his otherworldly landscapes and interior scenes, which contemplate themes from literature, mythology, and art history. Drawing on the tradition of Surrealism, he offers imaginative reinterpretations of classical allegories in his own unique, contemporary language. These compositions are populated by a captivating cast of characters, such as grisaille sculptural studies, skeletons, and individuals from his own life.

Fitzgerald is also known for his mastery of the egg tempera technique, a medium he was initially drawn to for its luminosity and its association with late medieval paintings. A beloved professor of art at SMU since 1984, Fitzgerald was bestowed with the title of professor emeritus of art upon his retirement in 2023. Fitzgerald is represented in Dallas by Valley House Gallery.

His work is held in multiple public collections across the US, including the Meadows Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Yale University Art Gallery, as well as many private collections around the world. Located in the museum’s first-floor galleries, this installation will feature a selection of the artist’s oil and egg tempera paintings, surveying his work over the last three decades.

Barnaby Fitzgerald: An Eye for Ballast is organized by the Meadows Museum with the support of the Office of the Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts.

Open Studio: Egg Tempera Painting

June 15 & 16, 2024 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm CDT,

Education Studio, FREE

Drop by the Education Studio each month for the opportunity to explore materials and create art projects inspired by the works on view at the museum. A new project is offered each month, so families are encouraged to return frequently. All materials are provided. This program is designed for children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult over the age of 18. Does not include admission to the upstairs galleries.

Connect & Create

July 6, 2024 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am CDT

FREE – $12

Families come in all shapes and sizes and so does creativity. The Meadows Museum and Highland Park Library invite kids and their grown-ups to join us on the first Saturday of the month to get creative together. Each session includes story time by Highland Park Library and an art project facilitated by Meadows Museum staff and SMU student Museum Experience Ambassadors. This program is designed for children ages four to six, but all are welcome. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult over the age of 18. Space is limited and advance registration required.

The program is free with regular museum admission: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 65 and over, $4 for non-SMU students, free for members, free for youth under 18*
*Free museum admission for youth 18 and under is made possible by a grant from Fichtenbaum Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee.

Barnaby Fitzgerald: An Eye For Ballast

Carrie Sanger
Asst. Director of Marketing & PR