Episode 6: Don’t Mess With Texas Art


For the past 25 years, Tam Keihnhoff has collected “early Texas art”—which is not exactly what it sounds like. It’s art made by an artist who was born, lived or worked in the state, and it was made more than 40 years prior to the present date. So, “early” doesn’t necessarily mean a century old—or even a half-century old!

Tam, who lives in Houston, is an incredibly curious and tireless collector. She loves learning the stories behind artworks, and she’s particularly fascinated by Texas’s 20th-century women painters, who struggled to earn reputations in the male-dominated art world. She’s even gotten to meet some of these unorthodox women.
Tam has served as board chair at the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art, and now she works for the antiques dealer David Lackey (whom you might know from Antiques Roadshow).


Check out these photos of Tam’s art collection, and her home, which is just packed with artworks and other delightful objects!

An interior shot from Tam's home. The large painting is by her son.
A Robert Preusser painting. He studied with Moholy-Nagy!
Close-up of a painting by Maudy Carron (1911-1996). Tam describes her as "a visionary artist, very quirky and unusual."
Another photo of Tam's home. Artwork by Paul Manes.
Self-portrait by Anna Bell Peck, painted when she was a teenager
A painting by Bror Utter, who was a member of the Fort Worth Circle.
Another shot of Tam's art-filled home
A watercolor by Emma Richardson Cherry
Some of Tam's collection of vintage trompe l’oeil plates hang in her kitchen, around a painting by Robert Rogan.
A print by Lorene David
Another Bror Utter painting
A painting by Katherine Green
Tam's home
An interior shot from Tam's home. The large painting is by her son.

And here are a few artists whose pieces Tam wishes she had!

An abstract painting by Richard Stout, photo from the Houston Arts Fund
A painting from the “Earth Rhythms” series, by Ruth Uhler, photo from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
“Mother Earth Laid Bare” by Alexander Hogue, a Dallas artist famous for his Dust Bowl paintings, photo from the Philbrook Museum of Art
A Hopi kachina doll, photo from the Museum of Northern Arizona