Edward “Buck” Muegge Schiwetz

1898 – 1984

Born in Cuero, Texas, Buck Schiwetz developed his lifelong habit of sketching during adolescence. His desire to pursue art as a career was discouraged by his father, who insisted he enroll in the engineering program at Texas A&M College. Schiwetz later changed his major and graduated with a degree in architecture. He worked only briefly in the field for the income it provided while he pursued his earliest study of art in Dallas, Houston, and New York City.

He relentlessly painted for himself, pushing the boundaries of his artistic expression in the face even of failing health, while making a living in advertising. The popularity of his published images of “all things Texas” has overshadowed many of his artistic accomplishments. This project documents Schiwetz’s participation in fine art exhibitions, awards earned in juried competitions, and representation in museum collections—a record of success in the art world that belies his reputation as a commercial illustrator. 

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