Find summer fun at the Briscoe Western Art Museum
Learn to paint alongside top Western artists, watch a cowboy movie or plan some STEAM-centric family fun this summer at the Briscoe Western Art Museum. His last special exhibition, The Sons of Charlie Russell: Cowboy Artists of America, is on view until September 5, and the museum also offers a host of sizzling summer events. Here’s an overview of how to get involved in the fun.
Through September 5, discover what defines traditional Western art in this special exhibition that highlights the work of some of the founding fathers of Western art as well as the Cowboy Artists of America who worked for preserve this original style in their work. The exhibition features works from 17 lenders, including private collections and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Booth Western Art Museum, the Eddie Basha Collection, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and the Sid Richardson Museum. These works have never been seen together before and probably never will be again, making the exhibition a must-see for any long-time fan of Western art but also for those new to the genre and simply looking to learn.
Members of the Cowboy Artists of America will participate in a series of lectures and demonstrations throughout the special summer exhibit. Guests will not only have the opportunity to meet and chat with the artists, but also learn about the process behind their work. The next event will feature Jason Scull as part of the museum’s National Cowboy Celebration Day on July 23. Artist appearances are also scheduled for August 27 (Bruce Greene) and September 3 (Teal Blake and Jason Scull). Events are included with general admission to the museum.
On the third Saturday of each month, the whole family can experience the American West through hands-on experiences and activities that integrate science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Each day focuses on a different aspect of life in the West, from transportation and weather to animals, astrology and more.
The next event, scheduled for July 16, will give families the chance to make their own gnomes inspired by the children’s book ‘Charlie Russell and the Gnomes of Bullhead Lodge’. On August 20, guests will learn about conservation and renewable energy.
Activities are included with museum admission and children 12 and under are free.
The museum’s popular film series is back this summer with a central question: what is a western film? See the elements of a traditional western and learn how it has been reinterpreted over the years before watching a movie while enjoying a complimentary beer courtesy of Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling. Popcorn, snacks, and other beverages are also available for purchase. The next step is Wind River August 21.
Join the Briscoe Book Club as they discuss a new book each quarter, whether it’s a collection of poetry, non-fiction or fiction. The selection of the month is There is no country for old peopleby Cormac McCarthy, available for purchase at the museum or to borrow from the San Antonio Public Library.
Interested in joining the discussion? register hereand join them July 14 at 6 p.m. at Weathered Soul Brewery for book and beer talks.
Each book is available for purchase at the museum or can be viewed at the San Antonio Public Library.
Put on your cowboy boots and hats to celebrate cowboys, cowgirls and vaqueros at Briscoe, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 23. The free community event includes free admission to the museum and its exhibits with indoor and outdoor activities for cowpokes of all ages. . Don’t miss live music in the museum’s McNutt Sculpture Garden, a chuck cart with delicious cowboy treats, artist demonstrations, and hands-on arts, crafts, and games for all to enjoy . Want to see how cowboy tools are made? Watch demonstrations of leatherworking, rawhide braiding, and silversmithing by some of the country’s top traditional cowboy artists, then see a sculpture come to life as one of the featured artists this summer Charlie Russell’s Sons exhibition shows his work.
Listen to a panel of Western art scholars discuss the importance of preserving the traditions of Western art while evolving to meet the needs of a changing world. The panel is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. on August 24.
Each month, the Briscoe hosts a conference that explores an artwork or issue unique to Western art. On August 12, join curator Emily Wilson to learn more about the strategies and tools used in narrative art.
Briscoe Museum of Western Art
210 Market Street West.
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Monday
This article was produced by San Antonio Magazine’s content studio through a paid partnership with the Briscoe Western Art Museum.