Art of Collecting

San Antonio Museum of Art’s Annual Gala Celebrates the Collector

By Jennifer Pucci Starr
Photography By Gregory Harrison

Art for art’s sake, right? We all know that the eye of an art collector can be more important than the curator, especially when it comes to the San Antonio Museum of Art’s exhibit; San Antonio Collects: Contemporary. Museum supporters were given a first glimpse of this installation at SAMA’s annual gala, chaired by Guillermo Nicolas. On display at SAMA until July 1, the exhibition emphasizes the role that San Antonio collectors have played in the city’s evolution toward becoming recognized as a premier art destination.

The late contemporary art philanthropist Linda Pace was the honoree of the evening as well as several other San Antonio contemporary art collectors. The Linda Pace Foundation has provided some of the most significant pieces in the exhibit. Following a dinner catered by the RK Group, attendees were invited to extend the evening at the after party, The Happening. Guests sipped cocktails and danced into the night to the music of JJ Lopez on the banks of the San Antonio River.

Housed in the historic Lone Star Brewery, SAMA sits along the new Museum Reach section of the beautiful San Antonio River Walk. SAMA’s collections include more than 25,000 works of art representing 5,000 plus years of history and cultures from around the world. Funds raised will support SAMA’s collections, exhibitions and educational programming. So, what are you waiting for?  Run to see this fantastic exhibit now.


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