Nancy Cohen Israel


Art historian with over 20 years of teaching experience through the Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University’s Continuing Adult and Professional Education program, Brookhaven College, Eastfield College and Collin County Community College

Art Educator and lecturer to private groups as well as in public forums such as the Dallas Museum of Art, the Meadows Museum, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Art Tour Coordinator with over 15 years experience of organizing and leading tours to artists’ studios, private collections and unique art spaces locally, regionally and internationally

Writer for local arts publications such as Patron and Arts & Culture magazines.  Has also been published nationally in art ltd., Lilith and on

Curator with over 20 years of experience serving as curator and/or juror for exhibitions throughout North Texas

Professional Experience:

Owner, Art à la Carte, Dallas, Texas (April, 1997-present)

Art historian, art educator and lecturer also specializing in art tours.  Since 1997, organizer and leader of the successful program Second Saturdays, which introduces participants to artists in their studios, collectors and their collections, and exhibition venues throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  Using an extensive network of contacts throughout Texas, plans and takes groups on out-of-town art tours.  Has also organized international tours to The Netherlands.

Lectures extensively to private groups as well as in public venues.  Listed below are some of these programs:

In the Footsteps of the Camino Santiago de Compostela, Meadows Museum, Summer, 2016

Netherlandish Highlights of the Alba Collection, Meadows Museum, Fall, 2015

The Greatness of Goya, Part I: Works on Paper, Meadows Museum, Fall, 2014

The Crossroads of Art and Tea, presented to the Specialty Tea Institute, Summer, 2014

The Spanish Gesture: Drawings from Murillo to Goya in the Hamburger Collection, Meadows Museum, Summer, 2014.

Art and Soul: Art Treasures of Temple Emanu-El, Temple Emanu-El, Dallas, October, 2013; February, 2014

For the Public Good: Private Collections that Shaped American Musuems, Meadows Museum, Fall, 2013

A Guide to Jews & the Arts, Dallas Jewish Historical Society, Spring, 2013

Martín Rico and his place in the 19th century landscape tradition, Meadows Museum, Spring, 2013

The Noblest Man:  The Art of Diego Velázquez, Meadows Museum, Fall, 2012

The Treasures of the Hermitage, in conjunction with Go Girl Travel, Winter, 2012

Tour leader for Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas (CADD) Bus Tour series, Winter, 2011; Fall, 2011

 Caravaggio, Culture Club, Fall, 2011

 The Chinese-French Connection, The Cultured Cup, Winter, 2010

 West Meets East:  Reconciling Cross Cultural Influences, Crow Collection of  Asian Art, Fall, 2009

 Diego Rivera and the Circle of Montparnasse, Meadows Museum, Winter, 2009

On the Cutting Edge:  How Caravaggio taught the world to embrace contemporary art, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Summer, 2008

Spanish 17th Century Painting Through the Lens of European Art, Meadows Museum, Winter, 2008

Hapsburg Reign in Spain as Seen Through the Meadows Collection, Meadows Museum, Winter, 2002

Cynthia Lin:  The Extraordinary Ordinary, Meadows Museum, Winter, 2000

In Search of Jewish Art, American Jewish Committee-Perspectives, Fall, 1996

A Rendezvous in Paris:  20th century Jewish artists working in Montparnasse, American Jewish Congress, Summer, 1994

Art and Politics, Gallery Talk, Dallas Museum of Art, Fall, 1992

Bacchus:  A Pagan Figure Turns Christian, Gallery Talk, Dallas Museum of Art, Winter, 1992

As an art history instructor, has taught the following courses through Southern Methodist University’s Continuing Adult and Professional Education program:

Front Seat at the Revolution:  Female Painters at the Court of Marie Antoinette (Winter, 2012)

Italian 16th Century Painting Then & Now:  The Legacy of Giorgio Vasari’s Lives of the Artists (Winter, 2011)

Power and Pageantry:  Patronage of the Burgundian Court (Fall, 2010)

Pages of Glory, Pages of Devotion:  The Golden Age of Medieval Manuscripts (Winter, 2010)

Who’s That Muse?:  Artists and the Women they Loved (Fall, 2009)

Modern Art for Skeptics (Winter, 2009, Summer, 2012)

Bad Boys, Great Artists (in conjunction with the exhibition From Manet to Miro:  Modern Masters of Drawing from the Abello Collection at the Meadows Museum) (Fall, 2008)

Spanish 17th Century Painting through the Lens of European art (Summer, 2008, Summer, 2009)

Peter Paul Rubens:  17th Century Man about Europe (Spring, 2007, Summer, 2011)

Caravaggio:  Revolutionary, Iconoclast, Genius (Spring, 2005, 2008, Fall, 2011)

Politics, Proverbs and Painting:  The Eclectic World of Pieter Bruegel (Fall, 2004)

Devoutly Modern:  Flemish Painting in the 15th Century (Spring, 2004, Summer, 2010)

Breaking Boundaries:  Dutch Painting in the 17th Century (Fall, 2000, 2003, Spring, 2006)

Images Revealed:  The Artist, the Sitter, and the Portrait (Fall, 1999)

Current Trends in Contemporary Art (Fall, 1999)

Buying Art (Fall, 1999, 2001, Winter 2000)

A Walk Through 20th Century American Art”  (Spring, 1999, 2003; Fall, 2002)

Dreams of Grandeur:  Italian Renaissance Patronage (Fall, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005)

Agony or Ecstacy:The Great Debate over the Sistine Restoration (Spring,1995)

Courtly Love and Other 12th century Innovations (Spring, 1992, 2003, Fall, 2006)

Select Publications include (see The Art Chronicle for others):

Golden Jubilee: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence, Exhibition catalogue, University of Dallas, Spring, 2017

Deborah Ballard: Sculpture, Exhibition catalogue, Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden, 2016

“Spotlight: Dallas/Fort Worth”, art ltd. magazine, March/April, 2015

"A Reflectionist Evolved”, Patron Magazine, October/November, 2014

“A Clear Vision”, Patron Magazine, August/September, 2014

"Freedom of Expression", Patron Magazine, February/March, 2014

"Viva Sorolla!", Patron Magazine, December 2013/January, 2014

"High Note", Patron Magazine, Summer, 2013

"Leading Lady", Patron Magazine, Spring, 2013

"Susan Perkins:  Luminous Impressions", exhibition catalog entry, Cohn-Drennan Contemporary Winter, 2013

"In Good Company", Patron Magazine, Winter, 2012

"Art as a life line to healing", Arts + Culture, October, 2012

"Diego Velázquez:  Painter of Painters", Arts + Culture, October, 2012

“Texas Got Talent”, Arts + Culture magazine, Summer, 2012

“Vision Accomplished”, Patron magazine, Summer, 2012

 “State of the Art”, Patron magazine, Summer, 2012

 “Design District Addresses its Future”, Patron magazine, February, 2012

 “My Daughter’s Exodus from Kunming, China”, Lilith magazine, Winter, 2011-12

 “X Marks the Spot for KAWS at the Modern”, Arts + Culture, December, 2011/January, 2012

 “Brave New Art at the Dallas Contemporary”, Patron magazine (debut issue), November, 2011

 “Pamela Nelson:  TEXTiles”, Arts + Culture, October, 2011

  “Connie Connally”, Craighead-Green Gallery, January, 2009

  “José Navarro-Vives:  Venetian Atmospheres”, catalogue introduction, Craighead-Green Gallery, 10/2005                                    

“Southwest Spirit”, Where Dallas, Vol. 1, No. 1, March, 1996

Curatorial experience includes:

Braniff 50th Anniversary Exhibition, University of Dallas, Spring, 2017

Yitzhak, Texas Jewish Art Association, Juror & Curator, Fall, 2016

Art on Henderson, Juror, 2014, 2015, 2016

20 Under 20, Allen Arts Alliance, Juror, Spring, 2015, 2016

In the Beginning, Texas Jewish Art Association, Juror & Curator, Fall, 2014

Art in the City, Juror, Creative Arts Center, Fall, 2010

Illuminating Traditions:  The Art of David Moss, Temple Emanu-El, Dallas, February, 2009

Evolution:  New Work of Denise Brown, Norman Kary and Ellen Frances Tuchman, University of Dallas, October, 2006

Found Elements, University of Texas at Arlington, October, 2005

New Texas Talent XII, Juror, Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, Summer, 2005

Artscape, Juror, Dallas Arboretum, Spring, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011

Palette ‘99, Guest Curator, Henderson County Arts Council, Athens, Texas, Fall, 1999

Cynthia Lin and Jun Cheng Liu, Richland College, Dallas, February, 1999

Bare Essentials, Juror, Texas Sculpture Association, ArtCentre of Plano, January, 1999

Mela at Pushkar, Photography of Stewart Charles Cohen, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, Summer, 1996

Eastfield College Spring Juried Exhibition, Juror and curator, Spring, 1995, 1996

Selected Media:

Daniel, Mike.  “‘New Texas Talent’ at Craighead-Green”, Guide, The Dallas Morning News, July 22, 2005.

Mathews, Quin. “Art Matters”, WRR radio, July, 2005.

 Mitchell, Glenn.  “The Glenn Mitchell Show”, KERA radio, April, 2000.

“Second Saturdays”, Editor’s Picks, Out on the Town, D Magazine, October, 2000. 

 Sime, Tom. Arts Out There, The Dallas Morning News, March 5, 1999.

“Art a la Carte Presents Second Saturdays”, The Turtle Creek News, December 6, 1998.

Sime, Tom.  “Art lovers’ bus tour almost ready to roll”, Arts Out There, The Dallas Morning News, 9/4/1998.

“Nancy Cohen to Lead Second Saturdays Program”, Neighborhood News, The Turtle Creek News, 2/8/1998.

Mathews, Quin.  “Art Matters”, WRR radio, December, 1997. 

Past Experience:

Director, Edith Baker Gallery, Dallas, Texas (April, 1993-April, 1997)

•maintained and cultivated client base

•managed and promoted artists’ work

•developed and implemented exhibition schedule

•coordinated media for special events

Assistant, Docent Programs & Teaching Resources, Dallas Museum of Art

(June, 1992-April, 1993)

•screened and evaluated videos for classroom use

•wrote and sent out information about Teaching Resource programs

•prepared and led student and adult tours

Curatorial Assistant, Dallas Museum of Art (Fall, 1992)

•helped produce catalogue for Painters of the Imperial Ming exhibition

Eugene McDermott Intern in Education, Dallas Museum of Art

(Sept, 1991-May, 1992)

•assisted with coordinating volunteers

•prepared and led student tours, including custom laureate tours

•assisted in researching and writing teaching packets

Exhibitions Coordinator, The Trust for Museum Exhibitions,

Washington, D.C. (June, 1990-July, 1991)

•worked on all aspects of exhibition organization from conception to offerings    to bookings

•sent out public relations material to venues, press and public

•responsible for keeping exhibition calendar updated

Past Teaching Experience:

Art History, Brookhaven College, Dallas County Community College District, Dallas, Texas  (Academic Years 1998-2000)

•Prehistoric to Medieval Europe and non-European art (Fall)

•Renaissance to Contemporary art (Summer)

Art Appreciation, Brookhaven College, Dallas County Community College District, Dallas, Texas (Spring, 1998)

Art History, Eastfield College, Dallas County Community College District, Dallas, Texas (Academic Years 1992-1997)

Prehistoric to Medieval Europe and non-European art (Fall)

•Renaissance to Contemporary art (Spring)

Introduction to the Humanities, Collin County Community College, Plano(Fall, 1992)

•Interdisciplinary course from Prehistoric age to present

Joys of Jewish Learning, Jewish Community Center, Dallas, Texas

•American Jewish Artists of the 20th century (Winter, 1992, 1993, 1994)

•Jewish Life in the Middle Ages (Winter, 1989)


Master of Arts Degree, Art History with concentration in Renaissance painting, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., May, 1992

Rijksuniversiteit, Leiden, 1988, Study Abroad Program with concentration in Dutch 17th century art and architecture, Leiden, The Netherlands

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Humanities Honors Program with concentration in late medieval art and literature in Northern Europe, University of Texas at Austin, May, 1988, Graduated with honors


Mother tongue is English

Proficient in Dutch and French

© Nancy Israel 2012