The Great Stage of Texas celebrates Texas designers making big theatre. In the exhibition, thirteen contemporary designers share their artwork allowing San Antonio to experience excellence in the theatre arts—set, costume, lighting, and projection design.
Artworks from the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts by Jean and Bill Eckart, Robert Wilson, and John Rothgeb—all Texans, as well—are paired with theatre designs by the exhibition’s thirteen featured Texas artists. Artists Carlos Merida, Mary Lee Bendolph, Keith Haring, and Marion Koogler McNay, among many others from the McNay’s permanent collection, meld seamlessly into the exhibition adding context to the creative conversation.
The far reach of San Antonio-based theatre artists is found in the exhibition’s vibrant collection of objects that represent theatre performances seen by audiences across the country – and around the world.
Montana Levi Blanco is a costume designer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. His grandmother, a lampshade artisan, inspired an early love of fabric, color, and beauty. Montana is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM Oboe Performance), Oberlin College (BA History), Brown University (MA Public Humanities), and the Yale School of Drama (MFA Design). Prior to attending Yale, in 2012 he was the Robert L. Tobin Curatorial Intern at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas. Montana is the recipient of a Special Drama Desk, a Lucille Lortel, two Henry Hewes, and two Obie awards.