The Briscoe Western Art Museum Marks the 20th Anniversary of Night of Artists with It’s First Ever Hybrid Event
THIS BRISCOE ANNUAL EXHIBITION AND ART SALE SPANS ONLINE AND IN-PERSON TO SHOWCASE THE BEST OF CONTEMPORARY WESTERN ART
Virtual Collectors Summit: March 16, 18 and 23
Night of Artists 20th Anniversary Exhibition & Grand Live Auction: March 27
Public Exhibition and Sale: March 28 – May 9
To mark the 20th anniversary of the event that sparked the museum’s creation, the Briscoe Western Art Museum is expanding its signature exhibition and sale with a first: a hybrid event that includes online and in-person celebrations. The Briscoe Western Art Museum’s Night of Artists 2021 Exhibition and Sale includes in-person and livestreamed celebrations, giving ticketholders the first advantage to purchase art when the Night of Artists Online Auction kicks things off March 13. Then a virtual annual Collectors Summit leads up to the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Night of Artists Exhibition, conclusion of the Online Auction and Grand Live Auction on March 27. Once the opening events conclude, Night of Artists continues as a public exhibition and sale March 28 – May 9 at the Briscoe.
One of the premier Western Art events in the world, Night of Artists includes the viewing and sale of nearly 300 new works of painting, sculpture and mixed media by over 75 of today’s leading contemporary Western artists. To celebrate the 20th anniversary, the Briscoe is welcoming virtual audiences via livestream to the centerpiece of the annual event, the live auction, being held in-person at the museum’s Jack Guenther Pavilion on the banks of the famed San Antonio River Walk. Hosting a virtual component to complement the socially distanced, limited attendance in-person event will ultimately allow more art lovers to participate than ever before. The public exhibition and sale will also span in-person and online.
Night of Artists was created 20 years ago to celebrate Western art and the Briscoe would not exist without the artistic seeds that Night of Artists planted. The effort and funds to establish the museum grew from Night of Artists, making it a vital piece of the museum’s history as well as its signature annual event. Night of Artists serves as the primary fundraiser for the museum, benefiting the Briscoe’s full array of exhibitions, engagement, and educational programs throughout the year.
This year’s hybrid celebration sprang from the museum’s quick action during 2020’s COVID closure. “When COVID forced the 2020 in-person event to be cancelled, in less than two weeks, the Briscoe successfully shifted the Night of Artists sale online, thanks to the support of amazing sponsors, artists, and collectors we were so fortunate to work with,” explained Michael Duchemin, President and CEO of the Briscoe Western Art Museum. “Celebrating our 20th anniversary with a series of hybrid events provides a larger platform to showcase the beauty and impact of the rich stories shared through Western art. The continued support of sponsors, art collectors and enthusiasts is key to growing and preserving the unique genre of Western Art. We’re honored that such a fantastic roster of artists is joining this year’s celebration. Their stellar works, shared with an even larger audience, will make this 20th anniversary one to remember.”
The Best Contemporary Art from the Genre’s Top Artists
The 20th anniversary event continues its storied tradition of featuring a wide range of artworks from the top artists in the genre. From scenic landscapes, inspired Native Americans and classic cowboys to stunning wildlife and detailed portraiture, Night of Artists offers something for every art collector and enthusiast to enjoy. Some of the featured artists include Martin Grelle, Billy Schenck, Mark Maggiori, Kim Wiggins, George Hallmark, Michael Ome Untiedt, Teresa Elliott, Paul Rhymer, Stefan Savides, and Mary Ross Ruchholz.
Notable artists rejoining the talented roster of artists participating in Night of Artists include Logan Maxwell Hagege, C. Michael Dudash, Tom Browning and Howard Post.
Get in the Picture: Enjoying Night of Artists In-Person or Online
There are multiple options available to participate in the hybrid celebration. The Night of Artists 20th Anniversary Online Auction opens exclusively to ticket holders on March 13 with an option for non-ticket holders to participate for a nominal fee. An incremental bidding auction, the works in the Online Auction begin at a reserved price set by the artist. The Online Auction concludes the evening of March 27, coinciding with the Grand Live Auction.
The Night of Artists 20th Anniversary Exhibition & Grand Live Auction unfolds on March 27, with options to participate both in-person, livestreaming, online, and virtually, “Home on the Range”. All ticket options feature participation in the Grand Live Auction conducted by nationally recognized auctioneer Troy Black. The auction will occur both inside the Jack Guenther Pavilion and outdoors in its beautiful McNutt Sculpture Garden, with 30 new works available, alongside two works donated by an artist and collector to benefit the Briscoe Western Art Museum. The Grand Live Auction features in-person bidding, as well as online, phone, and absentee bidding.
The In-Person event features a safe, socially distanced, limited attendance evening with cocktails in the Night of Artists galleries, followed by a seated dinner and the energetic Grand Live Auction. For those who cannot travel to San Antonio or prefer an online experience, “Night of Artists Home on the Range” tickets offer a private evening for two, featuring an exclusive streaming gallery tour, along with a charcuterie board to bring the fabulousness of an evening at the Briscoe to your home. For Western art collectors and enthusiasts interested in participating in bidding in the Grand Live Auction only, there is a ticket option to do so, allowing online catalogue viewing and live auction bidding.
The final option to stake your claim and snap up a piece of this year’s Night of Artists excitement is the Fixed Price Sale. Opening on March 28, the sale features works not sold previously through the Online or Grand Live Auction. Available at a fixed price set by the artist, these limited, remaining works may be purchased through this public sale. Anyone can participate in the sale online or enjoy the exhibition in-person at the Briscoe and purchase works by visiting the Museum Store.
Annual Collectors Summit A Virtual Opportunity to Explore Collecting
A key aspect of Night of Artists is the opportunity to gather, learn and foster greater understanding and appreciation of Western Art. The 4th Annual Briscoe Bison Society Collectors Summit offers a platform for experts on Western Art to share their insights during virtual conversations exploring the Western art market and trends. Everyone from novice to seasoned art collectors and enthusiasts will enjoy these virtual, limited attendance sessions. Tickets are necessary to attend the virtual symposium as seats are limited. Free for Night of Artists ticketholders and members of the museum, remaining seats are $20 and will be available online.
Tickets for both in-person and virtual Night of Artists options and events are available online or by calling 210.299.4499. The Night of Artists public exhibition will be on view during regular museum hours March 28 – May 9 and is included with museum admission. Works that are not sold during the Night of Artists opening weekend will be available for purchase through the exhibition.
See the West All Year Long at the Briscoe
An oasis of Western beauty just off the River Walk, the McNutt Sculpture Garden and the museum grounds feature 32 sculptures portraying various aspects of Western life. Inside the museum’s beautifully restored historic home inside the former San Antonio Public Library building, the Briscoe’s collection spans 14 galleries, with special exhibitions, events and a fantastic museum shop, providing art, culture, history and entertainment. Museum hours, parking and admission details are available online. The museum is operating at reduced capacity with health and safety protocols that require both staff and guests to wear masks. Temperature checks are also conducted upon entry.