Beauty and Life: The Finis Welch Collection


February 20, 2022 to May 08, 2022


Amon Carter Museum of American Art View map
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.,
Fort Worth, TX, 76107

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Newly acquired photographs by Ansel Adams, Edward Steichen, Dorothea Lange, Marco Breuer, Edward Weston, and more are on view for the first time at the Carter in Beauty and Life: The Finis Welch Collection, on view on the second floor.

The exhibition features a selection of artworks from a collection of over 240 photographs and works on paper gifted to the Carter by Texas collector Finis Welch. The gift significantly expands the Musuem’s already renowned collection of photography and enhances the Carter’s ability to tell the story of early photographic modernism in America with key work by leading 20th- and 21st-century artists from Alfred Stieglitz to Richard Misrach, both included in the exhibition.

Also highlighted in Beauty and Life are two rare vintage works by Paul Outerbridge and a set of Aaron Siskind’s heralded series Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation, as well as key works by Walker Evans and William Eggleston.

Finis Welch (1938–2020) was a world-renowned economist, successful entrepreneur, accomplished rancher, and art collector who resided in Bryan, Texas. After earning his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1966, Welch built a distinguished career teaching economics at leading universities including the University of Chicago, UCLA, and Texas A&M University. A preeminent labor and employment economist, Welch was elected vice president of the American Economic Association in 2002.

His strong commitment to education and to helping others led him to establish the Finis Welch Foundation, which continues to provide scholarships to high-achieving students who attend public universities in Texas. Welch was also founder and president of Welch Consulting, Ltd., and cofounder of StataCorp LLC, the firm that developed Stata, the statistical software package used by data scientists worldwide. Owner and operator of Center Ranch in Centerville, Texas, Welch raised cattle and horses for over 35 years.