Exhibits on Loan

Portions of The Bryan Collection are often loaned to other museums and institutions for special exhibition. Below is a listing of these special exhibits—past, present, and future.

Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State

The Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, Texas, in partnership with the Texas General Land Office
January 2017 - October 2017

Collectors' Gallery: The Bryan Collection

Bullock Museum, Austin, Texas
November 25, 2016 - June 25, 2017

Julian Onderdonk and the Texan Landscape

Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, Texas
October 2, 2016 - January 2, 2017

San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas
January 20, 2017 - April 23, 2017

Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas
May 14, 2017 - August 13, 2017

Spanish Texas: Legend & Legacy

The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas
September 24, 2016 - March 11, 2017

José Arpa: Spanish Painter in Texas

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas
April 10, 2016 - September 5, 2016

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
September 24, 2016 - November 27, 2016

The Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas
December 16, 2016 - February 13, 2017

Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas
March 11, 2017 - May 28, 2017

Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West

Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
August 4, 2015 - November 29, 2015

Substantial collection of Frank Reaugh fine art, sketches, artifacts, papers, and photographs. The University of Texas at Austin holds a large collection of Frank Reaugh artwork.

Home on the Range: Where the Prairie Meets the Plains in Central West Texas

The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas
September 16, 2014 - January 14, 2015

Fine art depicting the plains and prairies of Texas, as well as rare maps of the area.

Deep in the Art of Texas

Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas
September 16, 2014 - January 14, 2015

Sixty-nine paintings and drawings from artists such as Robert Jenkins Onderdonk, José Cisneros, Franklin "Frank" Reaugh, Tom Lea, Josephine Oliver Travis, and many others. For more information, please visit Michael Duty's blog.

Conquering Lands: The Art of José Cisneros

Ellen Nöel Art Museum of the Permian Basin, Odessa, Texas
August 31, 2013 - November 8, 2013

A collection of over forty examples of fine art and sketches by renowned artist of the Southwest José Cisneros. The exhibition comprised pieces only from the Bryan Collection.

The Townsend Collection

The Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas
2013 - 2016

The Townsend collection, consisting of paintings and drawings, a bear trap, arrows, a knife, a lance, and a Halberd.

Emma Richardson Cherry: Houston's First Modern Artist

Houston Public Library, Houston, Texas
February 1, 2013 - May 4, 2013

The Bryan Collection loaned one piece for this exhibition that celebrated a local artist.

Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks From Alumni Collections

Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
January 2, 2013 - June 7, 2013

The Bryan Collection contributed several fine art pieces, including a painting by Texas artist Frank Reaugh.

Texas Impressionism: Branding with Brushstroke and Color (Traveling Exhibition)

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas
April 2012 - January 2014

The Bryan Collection contributed several examples of its Texas fine art.

Tom Lea's 'The Hands of Cantu': The Story of Western Horsemanship

El Paso Museum of History, El Paso, Texas
October 2, 2012 - January 4, 2013

Three impressive saddles contributed to the exhibition, including the magnificent "Silver Saddle," a Spanish Colonial saddle with heavy silver ornamentation, as well as various saddle accoutrements.

Frank Reaugh, Master of Pastels and the Plains of Texas

UNT on the Square, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
June 6, 2011 - October 3, 2011

The Bryan Collection contributed several examples of its Texas fine art.

Works by Tom Lea

Humanities Texas, Byrne-Reed House, Austin, Texas
May 17, 2011 - May 19, 2011

Several examples of the spectacular work by Texas illustrator and artist Tom Lea.

Culture in Frontier Texas

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas
April 13, 2011 - September 4, 2011

The Bryan Collection loaned several pieces by Texas artists as well as antique maps of Texas for this exhibit.


The Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, Texas
March 6, 2011 - September 5, 2011

This spectacular exhibition celebrated the history of Texas by combining pieces from several well-known collections and institutions in one memorable show. The Bryan Collection was proud to lend many of its best pieces of Texas fine art, rare maps, historical artifacts and documents, and antique firearms for this exhibition.

L.O. Griffith: Painting the Texas Landscape

Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas
September 19, 2010 - January 2, 2011

Several wonderful examples of paintings by L.O. Griffith, student of Frank Reaugh.

Elisabet Ney Papers

Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin, Texas
1998 - 2016

This impressive collection contains letters and manuscripts from one of Texas's most influential sculptors. This collection includes letters to and from Elisabet Ney, business contracts, Elisabet Ney's notebook, manuscripts and typescript copies from Elisabet Ney, and newspaper clippings, as well as a manuscript biography of Elisabet Ney by Nannie Huddle and folio typescripts of "A Great Texas Artist" by Neill Bride Taylor.