Expert appraiser from Antiques Roadshow set to visit ACU campus

Posted April 30, 2010 Bruce M. Shackelford will be on the ACU campus in a free question-and-answer session Tuesday afternoon May 4, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. in the Hunter Welcome Center, McCaleb Conference Center.

Abilene native Bruce M. Shackelford is an expert appraiser of Native American and Western artifacts who is a regular guest on the popular PBS television show, Antiques Roadshow.

Bruce works as an independent consultant, researcher and writer working on projects dealing with the history of the trans-Mississippi American West and North American Indian art and culture. He has written the content for a wayside exhibit for the historic Fort Phantom Hill in Texas, and was a content consultant for the Frontier Texas! Museum project in Abilene,  and worked as a consultant for the Witte Museum for the exhibit "Texas Originals." In 2006 he is worked as guest curator for "A Wild And Vivid Land, Stories of South Texas," at the Witte Museum in San Antonio, Texas. In 2007 he curated "Lens on South Texas: Historic Photography" for the Witte Museum.

He is the former director of the Creek Indian Council House Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Okmulgee, Okla. In 1992, Shackelford served as curator on the national touring exhibit "Thundering Hooves: Five Centuries of Horsepower in the American West," for the Witte Museum in San Antonio, and sponsored by Ford Motor Company. He also served as guest curator for "American Indian Artists: The Avery Collection and McNay Permanent Collection," for the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio.

In addition, he has worked as a consultant for The Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio; The George Ranch Historical Park, Richmond, Texas; HEB Co., San Antonio, Texas; Kenneth S. "Bud" Adams Jr. of Houston; and The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum in San Antonio. In 2004, he served as a consultant for the exhibit "Texas Originals," a touring exhibit produced by the Witte Museum. He has made numerous television appearances and has been an appraiser for 12 seasons on the Antiques Roadshow shown on National Public Television.

Shackelford's research on Hispanic horsewomen was presented at the 2002 meeting of the Texas Historical Association in the paper "Mujeres de a Caballos: Charras, Adelitas, and Riding Aside." For the Institute of Texan Cultures, Shackelford wrote "Texas Longhorns: Where They Came From and Where they Went," published here.

Other articles by Shackelford have appeared in Southwest Art Magazine; Conquistador, A Journal of Spanish Horses; and the book "Black Cowboys of Texas," Texas A&M Press, as well as several exhibition catalogs. In fall 2005, articles appeared in the Journal Of South Texas and the Antiques Insider.

Shackelford's education includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas, Austin, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma, Norman. He also practices traditional Mexican horsemanship.


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