Home to more than 22,000 artworks, the McNay Art Museum announced it is receiving a $750,000 grant over the next two years, to go toward operating funds courtesy of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This is another episode in an ongoing relationship between the two arts entities, following a $1.5 million contribution over 18 months in 2020, for pandemic relief. The Art Museum Futures Fund noted that its recipients would, among other qualities, exhibit “an exceptional commitment to local communities.”
"We are honored and humbled by the Mellon Foundation's renewed support of our work," said McNay director and CEO Richard Aste, as quoted in a press release. "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." The museum announced June 2 that Aste would leave his post of six years to relocate to Los Angeles in January 2023.
Although the museum did not release a detailed spending plan, it pledged in the release to use the operating funds to “further advance its mission of engaging a diverse community in the discovery and enjoyment of the visual arts.” Some of the museum’s assets toward this goal are the distinct “Southwestern Art” and “Contemporary Latino Prints” collections, affordable or free events, and free admission every Thursday and first Sundays, sponsored by H-E-B and the Dickson-Allen Foundation, respectively.
The release also drew attention to the Landscape Master Plan, which covers 25 acres that are always free for public use. The plan aims to continue filling the space with new sculptures and sustainable landscaping, while increasing accessibility for all visitors.
For more information about visiting the McNay Art Museum, including FAQs, exhibits, and some digitally-reproduced collection items, visit mcnayart.org.