Dallas College News Update


Dr. Terry Lawrence Lunsford Jr. donated his entire art collection, including this piece by Peter Max, to Dallas College.

Media Contact: Cherie Yurco; CMYurco@DallasCollege.edu

For immediate release — May 8, 2023

(DALLAS) — Dr. Terry Lawrence Lunsford Jr., who taught architecture and interior design at Dallas College El Centro for 20 years, was an avid art collector. Prior to his death on Sept. 25, 2019, at age 75, he had decided to donate his entire collection to Dallas College. It is currently on display at the H. Paxton Moore Gallery, Dallas College El Centro Campus. The collection of more than 40 pieces features artistic icons such as Henri Matisse, Peter Max, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso and others. The admission-free exhibit is open to the public through Aug. 7.

An educator for 32 years, Dr. Lunsford taught in public schools in Lubbock and Dallas for 12 years before coming to El Centro. He also served on the National Board of Visitors, Foundation for Interior Design Education Research, and received many honors during his career. In 1975, he was recognized by the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for “outstanding service to the profession.” And in 1990, he was nominated as an Outstanding Educator by the Dallas Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. Dr. Lunsford retired in 2000 as a professor emeritus.

Dr. Lunsford collected art by many icons, including this work by Henri Matisse.

“The School of Creative Arts, Entertainment and Design is excited to share this wonderful collection of museum-quality artworks with Dallas College and the community. We hope the community will plan to visit the H. Paxton Moore Gallery at El Centro Campus to see the exhibit and join us in honoring the late Dr. Terry Lawrence Lunsford for this generous bequeathment,” said Brett Dyer, Dallas College interim dean of gallery, theater and live event operations. Following the exhibit, the pieces will be integrated into Dallas College’s permanent collection.

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