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. 


Upcoming Exhibits

Woodworking Show Jan. 31 - March 22, 2020

A wonderful display of local artists/craftsmen who will show off their hand-made wood creations. Long before paper, canvas or metal, wood was probably man's first art material. This show will feature wood art including arty furniture and wooden sculptures of both artistic and silly nature.

POLO at McFaddin Frundraiser April 4, 2020

A unique event for the Crossroads, Polo at McFaddin serves as our major fundraiser for the year. Attendees get to experience tailgate tastings, live and silent auctions, and of course a Polo Game. This event typically draws about 500 people, many from outside the Victoria area. 

Hiromi Stringer Time Travel April 9 - May 31, 2020

Time travel with Shoei Umeyama, a fictional character who teleports to the contemporary world in which we live from the Japan of 170 years ago. Ink drawings on paper tell the story of Shoei's travels in the new world.

Matteo Neivert June 19 - Aug. 9, 2020

Matteo's artwork explores the powerful forces of nature and biology in real and imaginary compositions. He paints, draws and sculpts and is inspired by the boundless fodder than the earth, the universe, and the microscopic offer as imagery.

Peter Bellonci Aug. 28 - October 18, 2020

Born in New York and now living in Texas, Peter is a self-taught artist who started drawing as a child, and moved to pen and ink, oil, acrylic and watercolor paints as well as clay. He discovered his passion for stone in 1992 and he has been happily working with it ever since. He works only with hand tools - hammer and chisel, rasps, rifflers and sandpaper.

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Past Exhibits



An exhibit featuring works from over 80 women artists who are members of the Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association (GAGA).  This Association, which was formed in 2010, was founded to help promote, educate and advance women artists in South Texas.   Each participating member artist has chosen a color from a color palette, and created two 12 x 12 inch canvases which feature the color chosen.

The Natural Artistry of Madeline O'Connor

She was a naturalist, conservationist, and artist whose work reflected her love and concern for the world around her. 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.

Patricia Compton: u n d e r d o g

The Nave Museum proudly presents u n d e r d o g By: Patricia Compton. 

     Born in Refugio, Texas, raised in Goliad, Texas:Patricia Compton has been painting since receiving her first art award from the Texas Department of Culture, Austin, at the age of 12. Compton graduated from the University of North Texas with a BFA in Design. Upon graduation she won an international design 

competition which awarded her the funding to move to NYC.

     Her art career began with numerous group shows in Manhattan and Washington D.C., including The Pace Collection, Washington. She also has had solo shows in East Hampton, NY as well as various galleries in Austin, San Antonio, and Alamo Heights, Texas. The Nave Museum will be her first Museum show.

     Upon publication in David Carson’s “Speak” she decided to make the move out of NYC and “hole up” somewhere to paint a large new body of work. Goliad seemed like a good choice so Patricia came back home. Her painting career literally went to the dogs upon picking up her first stray, mangy dog off the steps of the Presidio La Bahia in Goliad and turned into 20 years of rescue, rehabilitation, and the adopting out of hundreds upon hundred of puppies and dogs to loving and deserving homes.

     She believes her gift for rescue is as much a God given gift as the ability to paint. She is now beginning a new body of commissioned work and determined, with the help of her visionary friends and supporters in rescue to get something built in Goliad reflective of art, dogs, rescue, and education on both subjects.

Kayla Koenig: The Study of Tranquility: The Immoderate Collaboration

Kayla is a Victoria native artist that focus on abstract art. This body of work is a modest expression of other forms of art: the personification of the overall aesthetic coupled with a vernal freshness that flourished following the change in seasons. With the arrival of Spring, our waking hours are filled with sunlight; there is a positive association between more sunshine and happier, more hopeful feelings. This shift made allowances for an imaginative awakening expressed in a simple and clean design. Making that connection allowed her to expand her mind, permitting room for interpretation which resulted in an inordinate relationship between mind and body in a manifestation of unrestrained tranquility. 

Born in Laredo, Texas, Neva grew up not far from there in the small ranching town of Hebbronville. She spent her early years reading books, riding horses and climbing trees. By her late teens, she was painting and selling in oils, and progressed from there to pen and ink. She has studied pastel painting with Lorenzo Chavez, Mike Beeman and Margaret Dyer. In 2014 she joined Albert Handell's mentorship program in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Neva's work is featured in juried exhibitions on National and International levels, including the 16th Annual Pastel 100 Competition where she received an Honorable Mention Award. Neva's work has also been featured in the Pastel Society of America's 2014 and 2018 Annual Juried Exhibits "Enduring Brilliance" at the National Arts Club in New York, NY and in the prestigious IAPS 2016 Juried Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in New York, NY. Neva was invited to participate in the Annual International Contemporary Art Exhibitions organized and offered by Art Residence Pro Vobis?Assisi, where her paintings were featured in the Sala della Volte in Piazza del Comune, Assisi, Italy and are a part of the permanent collection of the Art Residence Pro Vobis - Assisi. An award-winning artist in both watercolor and pastel, Neva currently resides in the Coastal Bend Region of Texas

Dub Lee: A Cowboy in Every Direction

"Dub Lee is a self-taught artist who grew up in Edna, Texas. As a young boy, he watched his grandmother paint in oils on the porch of the family’s ranch house on long hot summer afternoons as cattle grazed in the surrounding pastures and towering thunderstorms boiled up from the Gulf of Mexico.  His first solo exhibit, A Cowboy in Every Direction, is inspired by those early artistic memories and is a reflection on his experiences of growing up in south central Texas." 

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The Nave Museum
  • FREE admission

  • Donation based

  • Street/Church parking

  • Self toured

  • Call for school/group tours

  • 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


Mailing Address:

PO Box 1776

Victoria, TX 77902

The Nave Museum will be closed Monday, January 6th thru Thursday, January 30th as we prepare for our new exhibit.