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Martin Grelle, “Gathering Storm,” 1996, oil on canvas, Briscoe Western Art Museum Collection, gift of the Jack and Valerie Guenther Foundation

The Briscoe Western Art Museum (San Antonio, TX) recently announced recent significant gifts it has received from several donors, including the Jack and Valerie Guenther Foundation, Judy and Warren Knowlton, and Debbie and John Montford.

“The Briscoe Museum is deeply grateful for these generous gifts,” said Liz Jackson, vice president of the Briscoe Western Art Museum. “Our collection is rapidly growing due to the many donations of Western American art and artifacts we have received over the past year.”

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Curt Walters, “Cimmerian Whispers,” oil on canvas, Courtesy of the Jack and Valerie Guenther Foundation

Due to the bounteous contributions from donors, the Briscoe Museum has opened a new gallery on its first floor. Fittingly dubbed “The New Works Gallery,” the space will feature a rotating display of the museum’s newest acquisitions. Benevolent contributions to the museum from donors and patrons range from fine paintings and bronze sculptures to an extensive antique spur collection.

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George Carlson, “The Conqueror,” 2004, bronze, Courtesy of the Jack and Valerie Guenther Foundation

Notable museum donations over the past year include “The Conqueror” by George Carlson (shown above), bestowed by the Jack and Valerie Guenther Foundation, “The Healer” (2017, bronze) by John Coleman, a museum purchase made possible by Judy and Warren Knowlton, and “Fandango” by an unknown artist (shown below), purchased with funds provided by Tyneil and F. A. Northcott McFaddin II, Warren and Judy Knowlton, The Plum Foundation – Debbie and John T. Montford, Mr. and Mrs. McLean Bowman, and the Muriel F. Siebert Foundation – Jane Macon.

Additionally, new works will be added to the McNutt Sculpture Garden, which currently houses a substantial collection of Western-influenced bronze sculptures.

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Unknown, “Fandango,” c. 1870, oil on canvas

Another significant donation supplied to the museum by Debbie and John Montford, active Briscoe Western Art Museum board members and donors, highlights the collectors’ impressive spur collection, consisting of more than 55 pairs from different craftsman and countries and dating as far back as 1790.

“We are thrilled to add such interesting and beautiful works to our museum collection that align with our mission to preserve the art, history, and culture of the American West,” stated Jackson.

Museum-goers are able to enjoy the remarkable collection of spurs and recently donated art in the New Works Gallery, open to the public during regular museum hours and free with admission. For more information, visit www.brisocemuseum.org.


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