GALVESTON — Rosenberg Library announced its newest exhibition, A Century of Galveston Art, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Galveston Art League and the library’s 110th anniversary.
A preview party is scheduled Saturday in the Harris Gallery on the library’s fourth floor.
This event is free and open to the public with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres provided.
A Century of Galveston Art will feature works by members of the Galveston Art League painted during the past 100 years.
Established in 1904, Rosenberg Library was the first organization in the city to collect and preserve fine art.
Founded 10 years later in 1914, the Galveston Art League was the first organization to promote art appreciation and to support local artists in the city.
A natural partnership, the two entities have been closely connected since the early 20th century.
For many years, Galveston Art League exhibits were regularly at the library.
When the Rosenberg Library added its Moody Memorial Wing in the 1970s, space was provided for a permanent gallery for the Galveston Art League.
Each year, a juried show is held, providing members the opportunity to exhibit and sell their art.
In addition to planning regular exhibitions and juried shows, the league managed its own permanent collection of artwork that had been acquired during the years through purchase or donation.
Many of these were displayed in the Rosenberg Library and became iconic images for patrons.
Works by notable local and nationally acclaimed artists such as Paul Schumann, Boyer Gonzales, Dawson Dawson-Watson, Rolla Taylor, Frederic Taubes and Eugene Speicher were included in the Galveston Art League collection.
In 1982, the league donated its collection of 23 paintings and drawings to the Rosenberg Library to ensure its long-term preservation and care.
Many of these works are included in the exhibit.
Although the Galveston Art League now maintains its own gallery on Postoffice Street, the relationship between the league and the Rosenberg Library continues today through the McGivney Award purchase prize program.
The McGivney Award was created by Dr. Merlin Joseph McGivney (1905-1985), a dentist and longtime member of the Galveston Art League.
Dr. McGivney perpetuated his love for the arts by establishing an endowment fund administered by the Rosenberg Library.
Each year, the library awards a purchase prize to the McGivney Award winner at the Galveston Art League’s spring juried show.
The winner is presented with a check and his or her painting is added to the library’s permanent collection.
Many McGivney award-winning paintings will be featured in the exhibit, as will original works by Dr. McGivney.