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Edward Muegge "Buck" Schiwetz


At a Glance

Class Year: 1921

Award Year: 2002

Degree: Bachelor of Architecture

Profession: Architecture / Advertising / Art

Biography

Edward Muegge "Buck" Schiwetz '21 (ARCH), began painting at an early age, and by age 12 he was completing quality watercolor paintings. He also sketched in pencil and created cartoon drawings, continuing this pastime into his college days at Texas A&M. He was a humorist as well as a serious architecture student. Following graduation in 1921, he worked for an architectural firm in Dallas and followed architectural design in Dallas and Houston for several years. In 1926 he married and moved to New York to study at the Art Students' League. The New York magazine featured an outstanding collection of Schiwetz's skillful graphite pencil drawings of architectural scenes from New York City, Virginia, Philadelphia, the Atlantic Coast, Texas and New Mexico. Schiwetz returned to Houston in 1929 and, with a couple of friends, formed an advertising agency, Franke, Wilkinson and Schiwetz. The agency's major clients included Humble Oil and Refining Company and Anderson, Clayton & Co. The Exxon building in Houston still exhibits works of Schiwetz. His work has been widely featured at national watercolor and one-man shows, and he has received many awards for his art and his contributions to Texas history and culture. His work, published by the University of Texas Press and Texas A&M University Press, includes the bestseller, Buck Schiwetz's Texas. He visited the A&M campus frequently in the 1970s and captured a variety of campus scenes.