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Distinction recognizes Chiego for his 25 years as Director of
Texas’s First Museum of Modern Art

San Antonio, Texas, June 7, 2017– Effective July 1, 2017, William J. Chiego, former Director of the McNay Art Museum, is appointed Director Emeritus; it was announced today by Toby Calvert, President of the Board of Trustees. This honorific designation acknowledges Chiego’s 25 years of visionary leadership at the McNay. 

“The McNay Art Museum and San Antonio’s community are immensely grateful to William J. Chiego and his work in transforming the McNay into a world-class museum of the 21st century,” Calvert said. “What Bill managed to accomplish for the Museum will forever define artistic excellence in San Antonio. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we proudly honor him with this well-deserved distinction”

Under Chiego’s leadership, the Museum’s collection more than doubled from 9,000 to over 20,000 works of art, and the McNay’s footprint nearly tripled to over 100,000 square feet. Chiego spearheaded a $51 million capital campaign, which culminated with the 2008 opening of the Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions. During his time as Director, he engaged San Antonio’s community with over 300 exhibitions, including O’Keeffe and Texas; Auguste Rodin: Selections from the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco; Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art; and Miro: The Experience of Seeing.

About the McNay
Built by artist and educator Marion Koogler McNay in the 1920s, her Spanish Colonial Revival residence became the site of Texas’s first museum of modern art when the McNay opened in 1954. Today more than 134,000 visitors a year enjoy works by modern masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The twenty-three acre, beautifully landscaped grounds include sculptures by Robert Indiana, Luis Jimenez Jr, George Rickey, Joel Shapiro, and Kiki Smith. The 45,000-square-foot Jane & Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions, designed by internationally renowned French architect Jean-Paul Viguier, features three major exhibitions annually.

For more than half a century, the McNay has enchanted visitors with its art, architecture, and ambiance. The museum offers rich and varied exhibitions as well as rotating displays in the Main Collection Galleries from the 20,000 works in the collection; more than 45,000 adults, teachers, students, and families take advantage of a variety of education programs and innovative educational resources.

Tuesday–Friday, 10 am–4 pm; Thursday, 10 am–9 pm;
Saturday, 10 am–5 pm; Sunday, noon–5 pm.
The McNay is closed on Mondays, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Admission to the McNay
Admission is FREE for McNay members and ALL visitors under 20. Entrance to the Main Collection Galleries is FREE on H-E-B Thursday Nights (4–9pm) and on Dickson-Allen Foundation First Sundays of the Month. During FREE times, an optional admission charge applies only for entrance to special exhibitions. Admission to the McNay ranges from $10 to $20 (for adults) and $5 to $15 for (students, seniors and active military), depending on the exhibitions and galleries on view. Current admission prices at

Please note that the McNay Art Museum will be closed today in recognition of Juneteenth.

We honor this important day in American history and look forward to welcoming you back tomorrow.