San Antonio’s own Briscoe Western Art Museum has unveiled an expanded collection and gallery space this week thanks to significant new donations. In order to accommodate the many new acquisitions the museum was able to acquire, the Briscoe opened up a new first-floor gallery called, appropriately, The New Works Gallery. The new gallery will feature rotating displays of the Briscoe’s many new acquisitions including new paintings, bronze sculptures, and even a unique collection of antique spurs from America’s west.
Several donors including the Jack and Valerie Guenther Foundation, Judy and Warren Knowlton, and Debbie and John Montford contributed greatly to the Briscoe’s new collection and gallery space. “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. 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.”
Some of the new works on display include two new bronze sculptures, The Conqueror (2004) by George Carlson and The Healer (2017) by John Coleman, and Fandango, an 1870 oil painting by an unknown artist purchased with funds provided by a large number of donors. One of the most unique additions to the Briscoe’s collections is a new collection of over 55 pairs of spurs dating back as far as 1790. The American West was settled largely thanks to the power and transportation provided by horses, and these spurs are a monument to the relationship between man and horse that made it all possible.
For anyone looking to learn about what made Texas and the American West so special, the Briscoe remains one of the top things to do in San Antonio The Briscoe Western Art Museum is open Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and has special free museum hours on Tuesdays from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students, and active military members, and kids 12 and under get in free.