Press Releases

David Rubin, Contemporary Art Curator at the San Antonio Museum of Art Resigns

David Rubin, The Brown Foundation Curator of Contemporary Art has resigned from his position at the San Antonio Museum of Art, effective immediately.

“David has contributed so much to this museum, he goes with our great gratitude,” said Katie Luber, the Kelso Director at the museum. “We wish him well in all of his future endeavors and we look forward to seeing what he does next within the field of contemporary art.”

Rubin was the contemporary curator at the San Antonio Museum of Art for eight years and organized numerous shows including...

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Merribell Parsons named Curator of European Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art

The San Antonio Museum of Art is pleased to announce the appointment of Merribell Parsons to the new position of Curator of European Art. Parsons’ distinguished career has included positions as Chief Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Assistant Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, and Director and CEO of the Columbus Museum of Art. Her area of specialization is European art history (17th-19th century) with a focus on sculpture and decorative arts.

“Merribell brings a depth of experience and breadth of knowledge rare anywhere in the United States,” said Katie Luber, Kelso...

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William Keyse Rudolph named Curator of American Art and Chief Curator of Collections at the San Antonio Museum of Art

The San Antonio Museum of Art is pleased to announce the hiring of William Rudolph in a newly created position as the Marie and Hugh Halff Curator of American Art and Mellon Chief Curator. The position is being supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and endowed by local San Antonian philanthropist Marie Halff, in honor of her late husband.

Dr. Rudolph will begin his tenure at the San Antonio Museum of Art in December. He is currently the Constance...

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Early Diego Rivera Painting—once considered lost—now on view at the San Antonio Museum of Art

Diego Rivera’s El Albañil (The Bricklayer, 1903), painted when the artist was 18, is on view in the Museum’s Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art, along with eight other works that span much of the artist’s career. This small focus installation provides a glimpse of the brilliance of one of Mexico’s greatest artists. El Albañil is thought to be the earliest Diego Rivera painting in the United States. It is on permanent loan to the Museum from Pagent and Rugeley Ferguson, Jr.

El Albañil was painted by Rivera as part of a student competition. He won a medal and a grant, but...

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Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor September 28, 2013 – January 5, 2014

Tales of the heroics of samurai warriors have enchanted people since the 12th century. This fall, SAMA is pleased to present Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor, an exhibition highlighting the striking duality of deadly weaponry created with artistic beauty.

 Nearly seventy works by master craftsmen spanning the 13th to 20th centuries provide a comprehensive overview of the technical and...

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