Join us each month, as we explore a work of art or issue unique to the American West. 210|West holds geographical significance for the Briscoe Western Art Museum – it refers to our address, 210 West Market, and the area code of San Antonio.
All 210|West Gallery Talks are held in the Clingman Education Gallery and are included with museum admission.
Western Art and the Institute of American Indian Arts with Brenda Kingery
Saturday, July 13 at 2:00 p.m.
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) faculty and students may have had more to do with ushering in the more contemporary style of Western art than perhaps any other artist or movement. They not only influenced the genre of Western art, but American art in general, and artists from around the world, both native and non-native. Brenda Kingery (Chickasaw), artist and Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the IAIA, discusses the history of the school and the many artists that it has produced and influenced.
Cowgirl Artist: Donna Howell-Sickles
Saturday, August 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Donna Howell-Sickles has been exploring the layers beneath the cowgirl’s engaging exterior for more than 30 years. Inspired by a vintage postcard featuring a cowgirl with ruby red lips sitting atop her horse instilled in Howell-Sickles a lasting fascination with the cowgirl spirit. This dichotomy in the imagery has fueled her artwork, and inspired her to create images of women that are both real and myth.
Texas and the Beaver Trade
Saturday, October 12 at 2:00 p.m.
The 18th– and 19th-century beaver trade that led to the creation of the Hudson’s Bay Company, Rocky Mountain Fur Company, American Fur Company, and their corps of “mountain men” has become well-known western legend; what few people realize is that this quest for beaver pelts also extended into Texas. Join Ryan Badger, Assistant Curator at the Briscoe Museum, for a discussion about the animal that was hunted to near extinction, the rise of the mountain men, and how the fur trade developed in the Lone Star State during the early 19th century. Held in conjunction with our fall exhibition, Art and the Animal.
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center
Saturday, November 9 at 2:00 p.m.
From its inception in 2004, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center welcomes visitors to its refuge and invites them to participate in nature education programs. Join us this month as Sara Beesley, Center Director of Mitchell Lake discusses their innovative approach to preserving open spaces, protecting wildlife and native habitat from people, and actively engage people in its conservation through learning and exploration. Held in conjunction with our fall exhibition, Art and the Animal.
Activism, Art, and the Animal
Saturday, December 14 2:00 p.m.
Carrie Cook is a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists and animal activist based in Austin, Texas. She considers herself a portrait artist—according to Carrie, she just happens “to paint portraits of non-human animals.” She will discuss how her background as a graphic designer at a zoo led her down the path to becoming an animal artist and activist.
This program is supported by the City of San Antonio’s Department for Culture and Creative Development.
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