Pop-Up Exhibition: 6 Texas Artists | 8 Summer Days | 1 Cool Museum

June 17, 2017 to June 25, 2017

Since 2015, the McNay brings together works of art by South Texans in a pop-up exhibition, this year in the newly renovated Tobin Exhibition Galleries. Five individuals from the San Antonio area, plus one based in Austin, present works in a wide range of materials and exploring diverse subject matter, selected by René Paul Barilleaux, Head of Curatorial Affairs. Embracing the McNay’s purpose—to open new doors through empowering artists—6 Texas Artists | 8 Summer Days | 1 Cool Museum invites both the participating artists and Museum visitors to celebrate the rich artistic visions and vibrant creative communities of South Texas.

Jane Dunnewold’s most recent objects explore antique quilts originally made from salvaged clothing and fabrics as sources for new sculptural compositions. Based in San Antonio, Dunnewold is a fiber artist, teacher, and author.

Ana Fernandez’s recent paintings depict landscapes from her San Antonio neighborhood, with a particular emphasis on Latino culture and elements of the fantastic and supernatural.

Kelly O’Connor creates psychedelic collages using popular imagery from the 1950s and 1960s. Iconic characters from pop culture and magazine advertisements evoke fantasy and nostalgia in the work of this San Antonio artist.

San Antonio–based Curt Slangal combines graphic art, nature, spirituality, and personal history in pop-art images. Texas flora and fauna, religious iconography, and family photographs come to life in vibrant color.

Andy Villarreal’s paintings burst at the frames with bold colors and vibrant figures. His most recent canvases reference early Mesoamerican culture and pre-Columbian mythologies. Villarreal lives and works in San Antonio.

Sally Weber, based in Austin, investigates how light occupies space and its relationship to the viewer through a range of mediums, including large-scale color photography. 

This exhibition is organized by René Paul Barilleaux, Head of Curatorial Affairs, McNay Art Museum.

The Elizabeth Huth Coates Exhibition Endowment and the Arthur and Jane Stieren Fund for Exhibitions are generously funding this exhibition. Additional funding is provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts.