ABOUT THE NAVE
The oldest art museum in the crossroads area, The Nave Museum features five to six diverse and compelling exhibits each year, both classical and modern.
The building, a majestic Greek revival temple designed by San Antonio architect Atlee Ayers, opened in 1932 to house Royston Nave's paintings and contain the library of the Victoria Bronte Study Club. In 1976, Mrs. Nave's heirs, The McCan Family, deeded the building to the city to be used as an art museum for the region. The city in turn rented the building to the newly created Victoria Regional Museum Association to operate as a Visual Arts Center.
The Natural Artistry
of Madeline O'Connor
September 27,2019 - November 3, 2019
A naturalist, conservationist, and artist whose work reflected her love and concern for the world around her. Madeline O’Connor’s major works will be on display in an upcoming exhibit at the Nave Museum, “The Natural Artistry of Madeline O’Connor.” The exhibit opens to the public on September 27 and runs through November 3. Many of the pieces were last shown more than eleven years ago at the Nave Museum in 2008. This show will give many who have never seen her work a chance to view these precious works of art.
Madeline O’Connor’s work has been noted in Art in America, and fifty photographs of her art and papers are archived in the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. Pieces of her art work are in permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi, and in the renowned modern minimalist collection of Giuseppi Panza in Milan, Italy. She was among twelve women chosen to be part of “Texas Women” art exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. that had then President-elect George Bush and Mrs. Bush serving as honorary chairmen. The artwork that was shown was the “Purple Gallinule” that will be in the upcoming exhibit.
Prior to her death in 2002, Madeline O’Connor had twenty-six solo exhibits at fifteen different galleries and museums in Texas that included San Antonio, Corpus, Houston, and in New Orleans, LA, Los Angeles, CA, Stamford, CT, Long Island, NY, and Santa Fe, NM. She participated in more than 45 group exhibitions - also in Texas and across the US, and a very special two-person exhibit in San Antonio, with her daughter, Nancy O’Connor, a noted artist as well.
O’Connor, an artist all her life, continually explored how to expand her creativity from within in ways that one could never learn from formal training. It is an honor for the Nave Museum to share the work of such an accomplished Texas artist from this area who lived her whole life here. This is truly an exhibit not to be missed.
The Nave Museum is located at 306 W. Commercial in Victoria, TX and is open to the public 12-5PM Tuesday through Friday and 12-4PM on weekends. The Nave is closed on Mondays and between exhibits. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Enjoy the exhibit and decide what you would like to give to support our mission. For event information please contact the Nave Office at 361-575-8228 or visit www.facebook.com/TheNaveMuseum.
If you are not already a member of the Victoria Regional Museum Association/The Nave Museum please call or visit our website and join today. Our members enjoy exhibit previews and opportunities to meet and speak with the artists and curators of our exhibitions.
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Wheel chair accessible
No pets allowed unless for medical reason
Sculptors by artist Mac Whitney
The Nave Museum
306 W. Commercial St.
Victoria, TX 77901
Tue. - Fri. 12-5pm
Sat. & Sun. 12-4pm
PO Box 1776
Victoria, TX 77902