To mark the 20th anniversary of the event that sparked its 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’s Night of Artists 2021 Exhibition and Sale includes in-person and live-streamed celebrations. A virtual annual Collectors Summit leads up to the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Night of Artists Exhibition, conclusion of the Online Auctionm, and the Grand Live Auction on March 27. When the opening events conclude, Night of Artists continues as a public exhibition and sale March 28 through 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 live stream 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 encompass in-person and online.
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.
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 through 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.