Margo Sawyer, Blue, 1998 (detail), wood tempera and gold and silver leaf. Courtesy The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas.
Two Austin institutions are spreading more than 500 artworks to museums in every corner of Texas. Last year, the Contemporary Austin transferred its legacy collection of some 700 works to the Blanton Museum, which has since incorporated about 200 pieces into its permanent collection. The collection was comprised of works from the Contemporary’s predecessors, the Austin Museum of Art, Texas Fine Arts Association, and Laguna Gloria Art Museum. Now those remaining 500 works will be spread between 17 museums from Brownsville to Texarkana.
“As part of this large and thriving arts ecosystem, the Blanton is proud to support other Texas institutions in serving their communities, while also preserving this important collection of Texas art for future generations,” Simone Wicha, the director of the Blanton Museum, said in a statement.
The works being distributed include pieces by Alex Katz, Luis Jiménez, Margo Sawyer, Julian Schnabel, Larry Rivers, Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Christo, Robert Rauschenberg, and more. The works were attributed to their new institutions through a lottery pick system at a transfer event held in May. The institutions receiving works through the transfer are:
Amarillo Museum of Art;
Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, affiliated with Texas A&M University
The Grace Museum, Abilene
International Museum of Art & Science, McAllen
Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, Kerrville
Longview Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock
Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery, Odessa at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Spring
Regional Arts Center, Texarkana
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts
The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University, San Marcos
Texas State Galleries at Texas State University, San Marcos
Tyler Museum of Art
Visual Arts Gallery, Brownsville at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University