Michael Ennis

Michael Ennis has been a regular contributor to Texas Monthly since 1977. He is the New York Times best-selling author of the historical novels The Malice of Fortune, Duchess of Milan, and Byzantium, which have been published worldwide. He earned his degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley; taught art history at the University of Texas, Austin; and is a former John D. Rockefeller III Foundation Fellow. His nonfiction writing, on subjects ranging from military preparedness and national politics to art and architecture, has won several national awards; been included in the curriculum of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; and has been published in a number of books and anthologies as well as magazines such as Esquire, ARTnews, and Architectural Digest.


Shock Therapy

By employing stereotypes like Sambo and Aunt Jemima, Austin painter Michael Ray Charles hopes to master the art of racial healing.


The boom in “outsider” art that began in New York, Chicago, and Atlanta has finally come to Texas, driven by true visionaries whose images conjure worlds that may have never existed but are invariably inhabitedby penetrating psychological truths.

Joan of Art

Less than a decade ago, she was a homemaker and an arts volunteer, but today the Arlington Museum of Art’s Joan Davidow is the most imaginative and adventurous museum director working in Texas.

The Return of the Native

With a major retrospective of his work at three Houston museums, Robert Rauschenberg is once again the talk of Texas. What’s he been up to? A portrait of the artist as an old man.

ART • Luis Jimenez

Sculpting a legacy.

Master Class

How a collection of paintings and drawings coveted by Sotheby’s and other art world Goliaths ended up at the University of Texas at Austin.

Time of Nic

Sixteen years after rocketing into the Whitney Biennial, Dallas photographer Nic Nicosia is still on the cutting edge.

Northern Exposure

With Fort Worth’s Michael Auping as a curator and nine of the state’s artists participating, this year’s Whitney Biennial puts a New York spotlight on the art of Texas.

Master Builder

From Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum to

Houston’s Pennzoil Place to Dallas’ forthcoming

Cathedral of Hope, architect Philip Johnson’s grand

vision for Texas is set in stone.

Art • Joseph Havel

Breaking the mold.

The Reign of Spain

If you’re searching for the splendor of Spain’s golden age, look no further than the Meadows Museum in Dallas and the Alamo in San Antonio.

Image Conscious

Meet two prominent Houston artists who are
at the forefront of digital art—and the
debate over what virtual reality means for
reality itself.

Thoroughly Modern

Denton’s Toni LaSelle has a perspective on the modernist movement like no other artist. That’s because she witnessed it first-hand.

Best Western

Frank Reaugh was one of the state’s greatest artists. So why does his name draw so many blanks?

Amon High

With a massive addition to its gallery space and a host of new exhibitions in the works, Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum is back in the saddle.