Austin Art Queen
Elisabet Ney, the famous female sculptor that created two life-sized statues of Sam Houston
and Stephen F. Austin
at the Texas State Capitol was one of these. She was born in Prussia in 1833 but immigrated to Texas in 1870 with her husband to pursue a life of freedom and art and politics. Ney wore trousers (shocking back then) and spoke her mind, especially at the regular salons she established at her "Formosa" studio in Austin. After her death, her colleagues opened the studio as the Elisabet Ney Museum. Inside you'll find casts of her work, photographs, letters, and other memorabilia that put her into perspective as the ground breaking adopted Texan she was.