Image: Wayne Thiebaud, Pies, Pies, Pies, 1961. Oil on canvas, 20 x 30 in. Crocker Art Museum, gift of Philip L. Ehlert in memory of Dorothy Evelyn Ehlert, 1974.12. © 2021 Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

McNay Honors Wayne Thiebaud’s 100th Birthday with a Survey of 100 Paintings, Prints, and Drawings

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EXHIBITION TITLE (full): Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and DrawingsVENUE: McNay Art Museum (San Antonio, TX)DATES: October 28, 2021—January 16, 2022

San Antonio, TX – The McNay Art Museum is pleased to present Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and Drawings, an extensive, celebratory survey featuring a full range of the California artist’s achievements on canvas and paper in an exhibition on view at the McNay from October 28, 2021 to January 16, 2022.

Opening in Thiebaud’s 100th year, the career-spanning exhibition of 100 objects is the largest survey of Wayne Thiebaud’s work in two decades. Artworks drawn from the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento and the collection of the Thiebaud Family and Foundation, many of which have never been shown publicly, as well as the artist’s newest body of work, circus clowns, reveal an extraordinary, expansive practice informed by memory, tradition, and imagination.

“Wayne Thiebaud is an artist’s artist,” said Richard Aste, McNay Director and CEO. “It is therefore so fitting that our Museum, which was founded by an artist, joins a national, touring celebration of this modern master’s beautiful body of work.”

Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920) was raised in California and today is one of America’s greatest and most admired living artists. He made his reputation in the early 1960s with still lifes of comforting foods found at snack counters, cafeterias, and middle-class diners. Pies and cakes, ice cream cones, lollipops, and other delectables were painted with thick impasto, evoking a simpler time and place. By the mid-1960s, Thiebaud turned to the figure, and later landscape, where he gained new recognition for dramatic interpretations of San Francisco’s cityscape.

“Steeped in memories both personal and cultural, the art of Wayne Thiebaud is comfortingly familiar and evokes reflection on our own experiences with the people, places, and foods we love,” said René Paul Barilleaux, Head of Curatorial Affairs. “This exhibition explores the beauty and wonder within everyday objects in our own lives—just waiting to be discovered.”

Engaging in-gallery activities include a personality color quiz, foodie photo ops, tracing stations, and a #ThiebaudPhotoChallenge.

Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and Drawings is organized by the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA. The exhibition is organized at the McNay Art Museum by René Paul Barilleaux, Head of Curatorial Affairs; and Lauren Thompson, Assistant Curator.

Admission is $20 for adults; $15 for students and seniors (65+); $10 for teens; and free for children 12 and under and McNay Members. Free admission for active military members is provided courtesy of USAA Foundation, Inc. Free admission is also provided for recipients of SNAP, WIC, and MAP through Museums for All, a cooperative which encourages families of all backgrounds to visit museums.

The McNay is open Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. A $10 Special Exhibition fee is charged for Wayne Thiebaud 100 exhibition access on Free H-E-B Thursday Nights (4 to 9 p.m.) and Free Dickson-Allen Foundation First Sundays of the Month (Noon to 5 p.m.). The McNay’s outdoor grounds are open daily from sunup to sundown. Guests are invited to join the exhibition conversation and share on social media using #Thiebaud100.


Evening for Educators: Pie in the Sky

October 28, 2021

5:30–8:30 p.m.

Educators take first look at the tasty treats, tilted landscapes, and throwback portraits featured in the exhibition.


Virtual Field Trip: Good Enough to Eat

November 3, 2021

Noon–1 p.m.

Virtual art museum field trips offer a safe way to engage and share experiences through art. Artworks featured in discussion are: Eva Marengo Sanchez, Six Yellow Conchas; Wayne Thiebaud, Pies, Pies, Pies; and David Ligare, Still Life with Apples and Vessel.

Free Family Day: The Sweet Life

November 7, 2021

1– 4 p.m.

Enjoy art activities, performances, a search-and-find, and more throughout the Museum and outdoors while celebrating the completion of the Landscape Master Plan.

Lead exhibition sponsorship is most generously provided by The Brown Foundation. Major funding is provided by The Jane and Arthur Stieren Fund for Exhibitions and the Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992. Additional support is provided by the Semmes Foundation, J.B. and Corinna Holt Richter, The Tobin Endowment, and the Host Committee, chaired by Terri and Glenn Huddleston.



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 masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Joan Mitchell, Alice Neel, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. 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.

Due to a maintenance issue, the museum will close at 5 p.m. today. Tonight’s Gallery Talk will be rescheduled for a later date. We will return to regular hours tomorrow.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to welcoming you soon.