Dallas artist’s last wish to be fulfilled with art show opening June 30

Artwork by Anthony Schurba, 2010.

Artwork by Anthony Schurba, 2010.

DALLAS – An iconic Dallas artist’s last request upon receiving a recent diagnosis of bone cancer was to have an exhibition and sale of all his remaining artwork. Thanks to the Dallas art community, that wish is going to be fulfilled. On June 30 from from 5-8 p.m., a reception and exhibition to honor Anthony Schurba’s life’s work will be held at the Gallery@Oldfield Davis, 2910 N. Hall Street, Dallas.

Rachel Davis and Jennifer Culbertson, both University Park artists, are putting together a retrospective show of Schurba’s work that will run through July 21. All three artists are represented in CityArtCal’s Fine Art in Dallas art engagement book, published and distributed to 14,000+ upscale Dallas-area homes for the past four years by Culbertson. The book showcases up to 100 local artists.

Many artists from the 2010 Fine Art in Dallas art engagement book have rallied creative forces to help Schurba, described by Davis as a “beloved fellow artist who is going through a most uncertain time.” In addition to donating their own art to the show to help raise funds for Schurba’s mounting medical bills, artists have volunteered time and resources to fulfill Anthony’s final request. Four weeks ago, when the 56-year-old artist found out that undiagnosed, asymptomatic prostate cancer had metastasized, his right hip was quickly replaced and radiation treatments scheduled.

Born and raised in Dallas, Anthony attended Jesuit and Texas Tech, but wanderlust drove him to places historic and exotic. From Philadelphia to Saudi Arabia. From diamond broker to bartender. After divorcing, he picked up his ex-wife’s leftover paint and brushes to tackle societal issues, pushing the envelope. Such focus and diversity are readily apparent in Schurba’s art with bold, vibrant elements reminiscent of both Picasso and Matisse.

In addition to exhibiting at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary and Arlington Museum, Schurba’s work is part of Children’s Medical Center’s permanent collection. He is represented by Artability and can be found in many private collections.

The June 30 exhibition is an unprecedented opportunity to view the scope of Anthony Schurba’s work and perhaps add an original Schurba to one’s collection. All proceeds from art sold during this exhibit will go toward Anthony Schurba’s medical costs.

For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Culbertson / culbertson@cityartcal.com / 214.739.4775 / www.cityartcal.com

Rachel Davis / racheld@dallas.net / 214.745.4545 / www.oldfielddavis.com

Anthony Schurba / www.hungrydawgart.com


Artwork by Anthony Schurba, 2010.

Artwork by Anthony Schurba, 2010.