San Antonio, Texas: The Briscoe, Western Art Museum

The Briscoe Western Art Museum is in a former library right on the banks of the San Antonio River Walk.

The sculptures above are in the sculpture garden adjacent to the Briscoe. The sculpture garden is free to the public. Top Row from left: Golden Wings by Gerald Balcair; Crow Brave with Fan by Doug Hyde; A Cowboy’s Carnegie Hall by Bruce Greene; Rainmaker by John Coleman. Second Row from left: By the River by Kent Ullberg; Briscoe Bison by Sandy Scott

One of the most famous and proficient painters of the American West was George Catlin. From 1832 to 1837 Catlin spent summers living with and sketching the Plains Indians. He would then finish his pictures in oils over the winter. He painted over 600 portraits of all aspects of Indian life. The Briscoe was exhibiting a rare collection of 31 hand colored plates mounted on card from Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio.

The temporary exhibit shown below, titled Almas Creativas (Creative Souls), is in conjunction with the Day of the Dead that will be celebrated October 31 to November 2, 2019. These sculptures were created by the Huichol people of the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico. Approximately 20,000 people live much as their Aztec ancestors did. The Huichol are well known for their intricate beaded and woven artwork as displayed below. The colorful, sometimes psychedelic feeling designs come from dreams that come to the artists during their spiritual ceremonies, which involve the use of peyote. The skulls and catrinas are of famous Mexican artists.

Below: Alamo Diorama made by King & Company, 2013 of wood, tin, resin, painted and textured styrofoam.

One of the Briscoe’s recent acquisitions is of Glenna Goodacre’s early designs for the Sacagawea golden dollar coin. Below is an uncirculated coin and certification of authenticity by Glenna Goodacre, her clay model of the coin (1998) and her sketch of the Sacagawea coin. The first dollars were released in the spring of 2000. Two of Glenna Goodacre’s works are on display in the sculpture garden of the Briscoe, one right at the entrance: Buffalo Dance, 2012, a bronze bas relief and the Basket Dance, 1987.


  1. I hope I can get to see these works of art someday!

    Really really beautiful. Thanks, again, Pam,



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