Art: Texas Art

Art has no boundaries; it may flower in any time, in any place. In the U. S., the state of Texas has never been closely associated with the production of good, or even of mediocre, paintings. In that state, nevertheless, monetary prizes, which in amount probably exceed those ever offered elsewhere, are offered for oil paintings of Texas wild flowers, ranch and field scenes. They are offered by Edgar B. Davis, famed oil millionaire and sole support of The Ladder, Manhattan drama to which admission costs nothing.

This year, the total amount of money...