Our spotlight shines pretty close to home today on the fabulous McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas. This 23-acre property and home full of art was dedicated in 1950 to eventually become the first modern art museum in Texas. Not only are Shaws patrons of this museum, but it is within 2 miles of our office and their fabulous gift shop sells Susan Shaw Jewelry. Clearly the McNay is near and dear to us, but the story behind the museum as well as the impressive collection is something that would interest any art and culture buff.Marion McNay was and heiress who moved to San Antonio in 1926 after her husband Don McNay died. She then met and married prominent ophthalmologist Donald T. Atkinson and they commissioned San Antonio architects Atlee and Robert Ayres to design a 24-room Spanish Colonial-Revival house. During that time she starting collecting art, mainly paintings from the 19th and 20th century. She went back to her first husbands name when her 2nd marriage ended. In 1950 Marion McNay died, leaving her home, collection of over 700 works of art, and an endowment to start the McNay museum, which opened its doors in 1954.
In 2008, the Stieren Center for Exhibitions added 45,000 square feet to the museum and created gallery space for major exhibitions, a sculpture gallery and garden, a lecture hall, and classrooms for the museum’s many educational programs. The addition has a very modern look, juxtaposing the original home and main building of the museum and adding even more interest to the property.
The museum focuses primarily on 19th- and 20th-century European and American art by such artists as Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Diego Rivera, Mary Cassatt, and Edward Hopper. The collection today consists of over 20,000 objects and is one of the finest collections of Contemporary Art and Sculpture in the Southwestern United States. The museum is always doing fun events to get people involved in art and culture in the community. They host parties on the grounds like their upcoming Halloween costume dance party with food and live music. And each Thursday night admission is free, allowing for people and families to try out the museum they are sure to love!The grounds of the museum are some of the most beautiful property in the city, making it a destination for photo shoots, picnics and even weddings. The fountains, Japanese-style koi pond, and inner courtyard are among the highlights outside the museum walls.
Museum goers can also enjoy the beautiful gift shop upon visiting the McNay. Gifts, books and accessories in the shop reflect many of the current exhibits in the museum, allowing for new and different items each time you go. They also carry jewelry from artists of interest- including Susan Shaw. And you don’t even need to pay entrance to the museum to visit the store!
Below are some of the many pieces of our jewelry you may find at the McNay.
Susan draws inspiration from many areas, but art is one of her passions and her recent geometric collection was greatly inspired by works of contemporary art.
These pieces can be found in the McNay gift shop and at our other retailers as well.
If you find yourself in San Antonio, give the McNay a visit!
Susan Shaw Jewelry