West Texas Triangle: Ben Woitena

Oaxaca RealWest Texas Triangle: Ben Woitena
June 5 – August 16, 2015

Museum Grounds

Ben Woitena
Oaxaca Real
Painted steel and wire rope


The West Texas Triangle, established in 2006, is a collaboration between five nationally accredited fine art museums all located centrally between El Paso and Dallas, Texas. The consortium includes the Grace Museum in Abilene; the Old Jail Art Center in Albany; the Museum of the Southwest in Midland; the Ellen Noël Art Museum in Odessa; and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in San Angelo. Collectively, the West Texas Triangle produces an annual exhibition of the work of a single sculptor with a “Texas connection.” The ‘Triangle’ meets four times a year, rotating each meeting’s location between the institutions to share resources, ideas, and plan the annual exhibition. The participants—a team comprised of curatorial staff, museum directors, education, and marketing staff—jointly choose each featured artist. Past artists have included Ken Little (2014), Danville Chadbourne (2013), Catherine Lee (2012), George Tobolowsky (2011), Sherry Owens (2010), James Surls (2009), Joe Barrington (2008), and Jesús Moroles (2007). This year, the West Texas Triangle is pleased to present the work of Ben Woitena.

— Rebecca Bridges, Registrar, The Grace Museum
     and Laura Romer Huckaby, Collections Manager, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts

The West Texas Triangle 2015 artist is Ben Woitena, a Houston-based multimedia sculptor. Woitena received his BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and his MFA from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. His large outdoor sculptures are part of many Texas art museums and have been exhibited extensively around the country. The Museum of the Southwest will exhibit Windswept on its campus lawn. This work is a grand abstract sculpture made of painted steel and abrasive blasted stainless steel. It has been exhibited at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL and was recently featured in the San Angelo 2014 Sculpture Competition. Along with Windswept, the Blakemore Planetarium will showcase several of Woitena’s smaller sculptures during this summer exhibition.

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Museum of the Southwest
1705 W. Missouri Ave.
Midland, TX 79701