Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery


Exhibition opens Thursday, December 5th, 2019.


             Bartscht and his wife at joint their exhibition, Dallas, circa 1962, from The Univeristy of Dallas Archives

The University of Dallas is proud to announce a retrospective of sculptor Heri Bert Bartscht. Born a century ago, in Breslau, Germany in 1919, Bartscht studied for six years at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and received the City of Munich Scholarship twice. Bartscht saw the absolute horrors of war before arriving in Dallas in 1953. In 1954, Bartscht received the top award at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts annual art exhibition. He quickly became involved with the local art community by founding and directing the Dallas Society for Contemporary Arts, the forerunner of the Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art.

In 1961, Bartscht was asked to establish a sculpture program at the University of Dallas, which led to a twentynine-year teaching career at the university. Barscht worked in wood, stone, clay, and bronze and  his figurative subjects were often influenced by his devout religious beliefs. Bartscht completed over fifty artistic commissions for churches in the Southwest.

This retrospective will include works from the University of Dallas Permanent Art Collection as well as those from private regional collections.

If you have work by Heri Bert Bartscht and are interested in having it shown, please contact Gallery Director Christina Hayes Haley at or 972-721-5087







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