Carl McQueary

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We’re sitting down with author, historian and art curator Carl McQueary this week.

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Carl McQueary

Carl McQueary is a Texas cultural historian, author, longtime collector of early Texas art, and independent curator.

Carl served as a State Commissioner of the Texas Historical Commission for eight years through an appointment by Governor George W. Bush. His awards include the State of Texas Cultural and Historical Committee’s Award for Outstanding Efforts in Preservation of Texas History.

Carl has also written three books on Texas history: Miriam: The First Woman Governor of Texas; Dining at the Governor’s Mansion: the Culinary History of the Texas Governor’s Mansion; and Ma’s In the Kitchen: The History and Recipes of Governor Miriam A. Ferguson. He secured the extensive Governor Miriam Ferguson collection for the Bell County Museum, and he obtained and restored the 1936 Texas Centennial Humble Oil Company’s Hall of History dioramas for the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. He also received the Texas Historical Commission Glenda Morgan Award of Excellence in Museums, and was awarded a Fellowship from the Institute of Oral History, Baylor University. He also served on the excavation of the LaSalle’s ship, La Belle in Matagorda Bay.

Carl’s specific research in Texas art includes a focus on the Modernist era.  He has curated many exhibitions on Early Texas art, including ones for the Austin Museum of Art, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden, the Amarillo Museum of Art, Museum and the Grace Museum in Abilene. 

Carl holds a B.A. in History and Studio Art from Texas Tech University, plus a MA in Museum Studies from Baylor University. He is currently working on several manuscript projects. He is also the owner of Estate Services of Austin.