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McNay Art Museum Awarded $750,000 Grant from The Mellon Foundation

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San Antonio, TX (June 6, 2022) – The McNay Art Museum is proud to announce $750,000 in new operating support over the next two years from the Mellon Foundation, the nation’s largest funder of the arts and humanities.

This support comes following an award from the Mellon Foundation’s Art Museum Future’s 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 Antonio’s place of beauty and belonging. The Mellon Foundation’s 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.


About McNay Art Museum
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 Texas’s first modern art museum when it opened in 1954. Today, 200,000 visitors a year enjoy works by modern and contemporary artists Deborah Butterfield, Margarita Cabrera, Paul Gauguin, Vanessa German, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Joan Mitchell, Alice Neel, Georgia O’Keeffe, 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, Tom Wesselmann, and more.