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Art Untamed: A Night of Contemporary Western Art
Saturday, October 7 | 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Art Untamed is the culminating event of The Bryan Museum’s Visions of the West exhibition. Get ready for an unforgettable night of contemporary western art like you’ve never seen before and may never see again…

More than an event, this experience will include:


  • A cocktail reception inside Visions of the West, where attendees get to meet and mingle with the artists
  • An artists’ panel discussion led by Emmy-Award-winning journalist, Shara Fryer
  • Audience Q&A with the artists
  • Live music performance
  • Gourmet hors d’oeuvres and desserts
  • Complimentary signature cocktails
  • A live painting demonstration by Nocona Burgess, with commentary from Justice Ken Wise
  • Live Auction concluding with announcement of winners and opportunity to take home your newly collected art

General Seated Tickets

$150 – General Admission
$125 – Museum Members
$100 – Old 300 Members/Delegado Members

VIP Ticket Package

$500 for Table Seating for Two Tickets (Limited Availability)
Includes: Preferred Seating at a table of 6 in Conservatory, Butler Service, Charcuterie Board at Table and Commemorative Gift.

All proceeds go towards supporting the artists’ work as well as the Museum’s educational outreach programs.


5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The doors to the event open at 5:30 pm. Come enjoy signature cocktails and endless Hors d’oeuvres as you admire more than 30 pieces of contemporary western art, up close and personal. This is your chance to chat with the artists and get to know them!

6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Join artist and member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, Nocona Burgess, for a special live art demonstration hosted by Justice Ken Wise. Burgess is the son of a former tribal chief and the great-great-grandson of revered Native American leader- Quanah Parker.

7:15 to 8:00 p.m.

Join us in our beautiful conservatory as The Bryan Museum hosts a panel of artists from Art Untamed. Hear the artists discuss their work, inspiration, technique and the fascinating stories behind their career. This portion of the event is hosted by Emmy Award winning journalist, Shara Fryer.

8:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The auction of the exhibited art will be the exciting finale to the evening. Everyone will have the opportunity to bid on their favorite pieces!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Show your support for the arts and for The Bryan Museum’s numerous educational initiatives.

All VIP Tickets and Sponsorship levels include butler service, charcuterie board at table and commemorative gift.

Presenting Sponsor

Head table for 8 for you and all your guests. Recognition as Title Sponsor on promotional materials (signage, banner, digital assets, social media, and Museum website). Verbal recognition during event. Presenting sponsor for Visions of the West exhibition. Champagne preset at your table and personal butler service. Corporate Membership to The Bryan Museum for one year. Recognition in The Bryan Museum’s Annual Report.

Table Sponsors

Reserved Table for 6 for you and your guests. Sponsor signage on table, banner, digital assets and social media. Recognition in The Bryan Museum’s Annual Report.

Meet The Artists

Tim Oliver

Tim Oliver is a Landscape Architect and owner of a design/build landscape firm in Lubbock, Texas. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture in 1983 from Texas Tech University.

Tim holds Signature membership in the National Watercolor Society and the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies.  He is an exhibiting member of the American Watercolor Society, American Impressionist Society, Outdoor Painters Society, Southwestern Watercolor Society and the West Texas Watercolor Society. Tim is also an associate member of the American Plains Artists and Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. 

Tim’s paintings are collected both regionally and nationally and he has won numerous juried exhibitions, invitational exhibition and plein air competition awards. He is a past instructor and field painter at The Plein Air Convention and Expo.  Tim is active in doing watercolor demos for watercolor societies across West Texas and his work has appeared on the cover of Watercolor Artist Magazine. 

He is represented by Old Spanish Trail Gallery, Fort Davis; Art Gallery Prudencia, San Antonio; and Broadway Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Lubbock.

I paint in a representational style with a “sketchy” quality to it. It seems to fit me.

Robert McCoy

Robert McCoy holds a BFA from the University of Houston. His life experiences have shaped and directed his path as an artist. Beginning in Colorado and New Mexico, where he grew up, immersed in Hispanic and Native American cultures, he lived and taught in San Miguel de Allende and Rome, Italy.  Upon return to Texas, he finished an MFA at University of Houston. He taught at various institutions until he began painting fulltime in 1990.

Robert is represented by Texas Treasures Fine Art Gallery, Boerne; Hunt Gallery, San Antonio; Santa Fe Trails Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; and Foltz Fine Art, Houston.

Dina Gregory

Dina Gregory paints on location using soft pastels. In her art, this remarkably passionate southwest plein air painter conveys the connection between God, man, and nature. Her favorite locales are the Texas Hill County, Palo Duro Canyon, and Big Bend National Park. Her landscapes are patterned with bright lights and deep darks. In many of her paintings, Gregory documents scenes later destroyed or forever altered by floods or by drought. Putting this visual history of diverse Texas landscape onto canvas is integral to her plein air journey.

Gregory has a BFA from the University of North Texas. She has been featured in Southwest Air, Plein Air Magazine, American Art Collector, and Art of the West. She is represented by Old Spanish Trail Gallery and Museum, Fort Davis, and Marta Stafford Fine Arts Gallery in Marble Falls.

Nancy Bush

Nancy is a native Texan and resides in Fredericksburg, Texas.

“Landscape is my love and is always a challenge, spiritually and emotionally.  The variety and vastness of it can sometimes be overwhelming.  Simplification is the answer.  “Less Is More”.  The last light of the day or daybreak interests me more than any other time of the day.  I also love gray cloudy days. Trying to capture the spirit and emotion of what is happening before my eyes is the greatest challenge.”

Her greatest influence has come from the nineteenth and twentieth century painters George Inness, Isaak Levitan, Bruce Crane, and Russell Chatham among others.

Nancy’s work is in numerous private and corporate collections.  Her work has been exhibited at various museums and art clubs including the Bryan Museum-Galveston, Tx; Briscoe Museum on Western Art-San Antonio, Texas; National Cowboy and Heritage Museum-Oklahoma City, OK; and the prestigious Salmagundi Club- New York, N.Y.; and others through the American Impressionist Society and the American Tonalist Society of which she is a Master Signature member of both organizations.

“My subject matter comes from all over the country.  I strive for my paintings to have a universal appeal and not just a particular region.  Nothing can imitate nature, but I hope my paintings will convey a single quiet moment of the landscape in its raw beauty.”

Ricardo Robles

A Texan by choice, Ricardo Robles is one of the top emerging artists in the West today. He lives and works in his studio on the outskirts of the Texas Hill Country in Round Rock, Texas. His love of the West is evident in vibrant colors, and his brushstrokes accurately capture the wild but quiet moments of life. He won the International Association of Pastel Society 1st place Wildlife Award, and was featured in Texas Wildlife Magazine, San Antonio Voyage Magazine, and Southwest Magazine, Texas Artist Edition.

Using the lens of a storyteller, Robles gives a cinematic perspective to the austere grandeur of the Texas, the Southwest, and the wildlife roaming its landscape. He works in both oil and pastels.

His work is currently represented by Old Spanish Trail Gallery (Fort Davis).

When I paint or draw, I am always thinking about modeling and how to make a 2-dimensional form into 3-dimensional form. … I try to capture light into my subjects…

Mary Baxter

Born in Lubbock, Texas, and raised in San Antonio, Mary Baxter has felt the ‘rightness’ of the Chihuahuan Desert, ever since family camping trips there as a little girl. She pursued her passion at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she studied painting and advanced printmaking and earned her Bachelor of Science degree. To finance her studies, Baxter worked across the country on the high goal polo circuit. Baxter moved to the Big Bend region when she leased a ranch southwest of Marfa for raising cattle and training horses. It was there that she began to see the beauty of the rugged desert and interpret it in her paintings. After several years, she was able to free herself of ranch duties to paint full-time.

2022 Solo, Desertlands of the Southwest, Foltz Fine Art, Houston, TX. 2023-24, The Art of Texas State Parks, Bullock Museum, Austin, TX; Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX; Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, TX; Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX; Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX  

Nocona Burgess

Burgess is a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. He is the son of a former tribal chief and the great-great-grandson of one of the most revered Native American leaders, Chief Quanah Parker. Burgess grew up surrounded by art. His father went to art school to focus on drawing and painting, and his grandmothers made quilts and beadwork from their own designs.

Painting for Burgess is a way of reaching out to others. He strives for an intimate connection with each subject, eager to know their characters. Through his paintings Burgess says “thank you” to his ancestors for their sacrifices in helping to make the contemporary Native identity what it is today.

Nocona Burgess’ paintings have received numerous awards and have been featured in many publications. He exhibits throughout the United States and beyond in Australia, England, South Africa, and Sweden. His work can also be found in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, DC), Bristol Museum (Bristol, England), American Museum (Bath, England), Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (Santa Fe, NM), and many more.

Daryl McCracken

For over thirty years, Daryl has been working as a studio artist and educator.  After completing a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Illinois where he was honored with an Excellence in Teaching award, he taught at Parkland Community College before migrating to Houston.

Daryl was fortunate to meet a group of artists who co-founded a grass-roots clay organization – ClayHouston – designed to organize and promote Houston area clay artists in the community. He has supported the Houston Food Bank through Empty Bowls Houston a local charity working to fight hunger.

In addition to charity work, he shares his love of clay through teaching.  He was a professor of art at Houston Community College for many years teaching ceramics, life drawing and design.  He also taught at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Glassell School of Art, and North Harris Community College. Currently he teaches at the private studio 3rd Coast Clay in Houston, TX.  In addition to teaching, he shares love of ceramics through lectures, workshops and kiln design and construction consulting.

Daryl focuses on functional and sculptural stoneware and porcelain vessels, producing custom dinnerware for local businesses as well as exhibiting in national juried shows. 

Karen Kirby

K Kirby, a Houston artist, has devoted her life to creative expression- art, music, and writing. She has often done commissioned art work which has taken her in many directions. She can accomplish pretty much anything she sets her mind to in an eclectic array of subjects, sizes, styles, and mediums. 

“Imagination is boundless. Ideas influenced by nature and humanity are always coming to me. Choosing one that expresses something beautiful or meaningful, I make a plan and get to work. Every painting is a journey that has challenges and choices to make along the way, before it is finished.” 

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” -Leonardo da Vinci

Rhonda Radford Adams

Rhonda Radford Adams is a native Houstonian and life-trained artist whose body of work is a unique blend of mixed media, including textiles, ceramics, and paints. Her art is inspired by her travels to over 16 countries, where she believes each destination brings a powerful opportunity to create healing art experiences with others around the world. Rhonda has published several of her original art works, in public and private collections nationally and internationally. Rhonda has served as the director for the Art Angels Healing Arts Program, working extensively with community organizations, hospitals, and schools to provide social wellness through the arts with the young and young at heart.

Nathaniel Garza

Nathaniel Garza, the first-place high school winner of the 2023 I Am Texas art contest, is a recent graduate from Alamo Heights High School and a western artist based in San Antonio. The 2023 I Am Texas contest received over 100 high school art submissions, and Nathaniel’s oil painting stood out above the rest. Garza celebrates the Texas landscape and also uses his artistry to detail history and present-day livestock, and to respond to the rapid urbanization of the Texas hill country and United States Midwest. He is an exceptional self-taught artist and (autistic) individual who actively participates in art exhibitions and competitions. He also regularly contributes artwork to publications, auctions and charities. You can view more of his artwork and prints for sale online at Nathaniel Garza Fine Art.