The McNay Art Museum Opens New Interactive Studio

New Interactive AT&T Lobby Studio Space Is Now Open In San Antonio

Kathleen Coleman | 7/8/2022, 2:26 p.m.
The McNay Art Museum’s mission to engage a diverse community in the discovery and enjoyment of the visual arts takes …

The McNay Art Museum’s mission to engage a diverse community in the discovery and enjoyment of the visual arts takes shape this summer in the form of a new interactive studio opening Friday, July 1, in the Museum’s AT&T Lobby. Visitors are invited to reflect, co-create, and share experiences through engaging activities centered around artwork in the Museum’s permanent collection in collaboration with an inaugural studio artist.

“We wanted everyone to see and feel our community-driven mis- sion the moment they walked through the door,” said Richard Aste, McNay Director and CEO. “As San Antonio’s place of beauty and belonging, we’ve made tremendous progress outdoors in removing all visual barriers to the McNay experience; the Studio brings that momentum indoors and deepens our commitment to the South Texas community we proudly serve.”

Building on the Museum’s recent improvements to its grounds through a $6.25 million Landscape Master Plan, the Studio’s design reflects the lush gardens throughout the Mc- Nay’s 25-acre campus and its signature architectural elements. The McNay’s oasis-like environment extends indoors through a unique build out conceived by The DoSeum Design Studios, in concert with McNay education, curatorial, and operations staff.

“This unique space invites visitors of all ages to engage with the Mc- Nay’s world-class art collection in a new and experiential way,” said Meredith Doby, Vice President of Exhibits and lead of DoSeum Design Studios. “Visitors are welcomed into in a site-specific experience infused with surrealist natural elements, curiosity-driven interactives, and a personalized interaction with the collection.”

Activities in the Studio are de- signed to facilitate learning, inspiration, and innovation through shadow play, exhibition design, discovery boxes, community reflection prompts, and more. Along side objects from the permanent collection, San Antonio artists will present artwork responding to a thematic prompt.

All activities can be explored at the visitor’s own pace, al- lowing for a self-guided experience. In the future, the Studio will hold artist-led workshops, programming, and exhibition-related community engagement opportunities. Access to the Studio is included with general admission and is free every Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., and on the first Sunday of every month.

Funding for the Studio is generously provided by the Greehey Family Foundation, Bank of America, and the Smothers-Bruni Foundation.

Special thanks to McNay staff, San Antonio artists, and the San Antonio community for providing essential feedback in the planning process, which helped bring the space to life.