SAN ANTONIO, TX.- The McNay Art Museum
announced $750,000 in new operating support over the next two years from the Mellon Foundation, the nations largest funder of the arts and humanities.
This support comes following an award from the Mellon Foundations Art Museum Futures Fund, an initiative created in 2020 to help sustain mid-sized art museums with immediate funding as they adapted to unprecedented financial obstacles posed by the onset of a worldwide health crisis.
"We are honored and humbled by the Mellon Foundation's renewed support of our work," said Richard Aste, McNay Director and CEO. "Thanks to this major funding, the McNay will continue to bring beauty, hope, inspiration, and reflection to South Texans and beyond through one of the finest, most inclusive art experiences anywhere."
From dynamic, inclusive art programming to a transformative Landscape Master Plan, the McNay has strived to become San Antonios place of beauty and belonging. The Mellon Foundations operating support will enable the McNay to further advance its mission of engaging a diverse community in the discovery and enjoyment of the visual arts.
The McNay Art Museum engages a diverse community in the discovery and enjoyment of the visual arts. Built in the 1920s by artist and educator Marion Koogler McNay, the Spanish Colonial Revival residence became the site of Texass first modern art museum when it opened in 1954. Today, 200,000 visitors a year enjoy works by modern masters including Deborah Butterfield, Margarita Cabrera, Paul Gauguin, Vanessa German, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Joan Mitchell, Alice Neel, Georgia OKeeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Deborah Roberts, and more. The 25 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds include sculptures by Willie Cole, Robert Indiana, Luis A. Jiménez Jr., Alejandro Martín, George Rickey, Joel Shapiro, Kiki Smith, Hank Willis Thomas, Tom Wesselmann, and more.