Grand Opening of the new Emmett and Miriam McCoy Building

Architect's Renderings of the view of the Museum Complex from West Forecourt

Architectural rendering by architectural firm Page/ Architects

Cattle on an Early Mexican Hacienda, 1945-1946, Oil on canvas covered masonite, 20″ x 33.75″, Tom Lea, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of LIFE Magazine

Old Fort Davis – Green Plaster, 1949, Oil on masonite, 20″ x 28″, William Lewis Lester, The John L. Nau III Collection of Texas Art

The Grand Opening of the new Emmett and Miriam McCoy Building at the Museum of the Big Bend is back on for June 23-24, 2023.


FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 6:00-8:00 PM – Grand Opening Reception
Tickets: $75     Click here to purchase tickets

Beer and wine underwritten by Carol & Pete Peterson.

SATURDAY, JUNE 24 – Tours, presentations and book signings.
All Saturday events are free and open to the public.

10:30–11:15 AM Becky Duval Reese – Tom Lea presentation
11:30 AM–12:15 PM Christopher Beer, Mary Bones, Bonnie and Robert McKee, Ron Tyler – Fred Darge and Fred Darge Paints the Big Bend and Beyond catalogue signing
12:30–1:15 PM Lunch Break
1:30–2:15 PM Ron Tyler – Texas Lithographs presentation and book signing
2:30–3:15 PM Christopher Beer, Judy and Stephen Alton – The John L. Nau III Collection of Texas Art and Building a Collection roundtable discussion

We look forward to welcoming you to the new Emmett and Miriam McCoy Building!


This exciting addition doubles the size of the Museum of the Big Bend, creating large, dynamic spaces for museum events and the display of art and history. Award-winning architectural firm Page/ used the unique nature of the site to create a masterful melding of the original 1937 museum with a striking new contemporary structure.

On display will be Western Beef Cattle, a series of rarely exhibited paintings by the late El Paso artist Tom Lea (Dallas Museum of Art, gift of LIFE Magazine); outstanding works from the The John L. Nau III Collection of Texas Art; Murals by Clint Baermann, Xavier Gonzalez, and Julius Woeltz; as well as newly acquired works from the museum’s permanent collection. Going to Texas: Five Centuries of Texas Maps from the renowned Yana and Marty Davis Map Collection will be exhibited in the original historic building.

Click here for more information about the new Museum Complex.

Donors to the new Emmett & Miriam McCoy Building

Emmett & Miriam McCoy & Family

The Donnell Family
Bonnie & John Korbell
Modesta & Clayton Williams, Jr.

Judy & Stephen Alton
The Caldwell Family
Yana & Marty Davis
Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation
King Family Foundation
Family of Don Pfiester–Karen,
    Ed & Cindy, Sam & Rebecca Pfiester
John B. Poindexter
Anne & Johnny Weisman

Anne Adams
Mary & Jim Bones
Friends of Marty Davis
Friends of Raye Foster
In memory of Ben & Amelia R. Gallego
Friends of Kay Green
Susan & Jerry Pittman
Leslie & David Pohl
Friends of John Poindexter
Dedie & Lonn Taylor
Catherine Wright & Dave Leet

Donors for the Glass
Rail Panels

Val & Tom Beard
Anne Strauss Calaway
Janice & Roy Coffee, Jr.
Susan Combs & Joe Duran,
& Alex, Blaise & David Duran
Georgia & Bentley King
Bonnie & John Korbell
Lynda & Bob McKnight
Cristina & Hector Méndez
Al Micallef & Family
Karen, Ed & Sam Pfiester
John B. Poindexter
Kathryn, Street, Rebecca,
Elizabeth & Alice Rogers
Ruthie Bowman Russell
Nathali & Johnny Weisman
Modesta Williams & Family
of Clayton Williams, Jr.