A WILDCATTER’S DREAM: ART, OIL AND WILDFLOWERS

 
3:00 pm

June 10, 2018

A WILDCATTER’S DREAM: ART, OIL AND WILDFLOWERS

Open to the public from June 10th, 2018 to July 27th, 2018
Reception Sunday, June 10, 3:00 to 5:00pm

Edgar B. Davis had a passion for oil, money, art and wildflowers. Without this eccentric wildcatter, the San Antonio art scene might never have blossomed in the first part of the 20th Century. The 1927-1929 Davis Wildflower Painting Competitions put San Antonio on the map with an unheard of $50,000 in awards, a fortune at the time.
Davis enticed artists from all over the country to paint Texas wildflowers, encouraged the stylistic move toward Southwestern Regionalism, and gave the job of organizing the competitions to the San Antonio Art League.
This is a rare chance for the public to see an art collection that truly changed the history of Texas art, and it happened in San Antonio. In the book, Texas Art and a Wildcatter’s Dream, author William Reaves writes, “At a crucial moment in the development of Texas art, and eccentric oil wildcatter turned to the prestigious San Antonio Art League with a proposal. He would fund a national art competition featuring the state’s wildflowers if the league would handle the details.” The results are on display at the San Antonio Art League & Museum in the historic King William District from June 10th until July 27th. Catalogues are available. There is no charge for admission.