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News Release

December 15, 2006

McNay Capital Campaign Receives $1 Million Boost

from Philanthropist Charles C. Butt

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (December 15, 2006) — The McNay Art Museum proudly announces a $1 million capital campaign gift from Charles C. Butt, chairman of H-E-B, for the new Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions.

“As a long-time member and advocate of the McNay, Charles Butt has contributed to many of the museum’s annual fundraising events, sponsored many exhibitions, and helped with major art acquisitions,” said William J. Chiego, Director. “His generous gift to the capital campaign demonstrates how major donors can sustain the museum and its programs to benefit the entire community.”

An avid collector of modern art, Butt has sponsored several major photography exhibitions at the McNay including 

 

Women Photographers in Camera Work, Photographs by Karsh, In the Eye of the Sun: Photographs of Mexican Festivals by Geoff Winningham, and Lola Alvarez Bravo: In Her Own Light.

In 2000, he was a major contributor to the museum’s purchase of rare Mexican prints from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, many of which are featured in the 2006-2007 national tour of 

 

Mexico and Modern Printmaking: A Revolution in the Graphic Arts,1920-50. Organized by the McNay Art Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this comprehensive exhibition showcases masterpieces of the period including works by Rufino Tamayo, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco. Mexico and Modern Printmaking 

makes its southwest debut at the McNay on October 3, 2007 and runs through January 6, 2008.

In a written statement, Butt encourages additional individual, business, and corporate support of the McNay’s capital campaign. “San Antonio is fortunate to have one of the nation’s preeminent art museums right here. The McNay is a real gem! By securing the future of the McNay Art Museum as one of San Antonio’s greatest treasures, you can help assure the quality of cultural life here for generations to come.”

“Creating a rewarding art experience through greater access is our goal,” explains Chiego. “We are grateful to Mr. Butt for helping us realize this vision. His generous gift will enable us to raise the museum to new levels of excellence and community service, as well as bring national prominence to the McNay and San Antonio.”

Capital Campaign for the Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions

Designed by international award winning architect Jean-Paul Viguier, the new Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions represents the most ambitious capital campaign in the museum’s history and the largest to date for a cultural institution in San Antonio. Nearly doubling the total museum space by adding 45,000 square feet, the Stieren Center will allow the museum to host larger nationally renowned exhibitions that currently draw tourism dollars to Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and outside Texas. Once completed, the museum will be able to present more of its superb collection utilizing the entire circuit of galleries around the central courtyard, including a new gallery in the space currently occupied by the museum store. The addition will also expand the McNay’s growing educational programs and outreach efforts to the community.

Built by artist and educator Marion Koogler McNay in the 1920s, the Spanish Colonial Revival-style home opened in 1954 as the first museum of modern art in. Mrs. McNay believed that the experience of great art should be available to everyone. Today more than 100,000 visitors a year become captivated by magnificent works of art by modern masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

A vital partner in arts education, the McNay annually serves as many as 45,000 adults, teachers, students, and families with a variety of art education programs and educational resources, including a fine arts reference library and interpretive information about art in the museum’s collection and exhibitions. Admission and parking are free. Five dollars per adult is the requested donation for nonmembers to view the permanent and special exhibitions. The McNay is open for Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Thursday, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; and Sunday, noon – 5:00 pm.

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