Current Exhibits

Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians

March 1 – June 1, 2024

This portfolio is one of the last major series the artist completed before his death in 1987. Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians was organized by the Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas.

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Tom Lea: 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) are on display in the permanent gallery of the new Emmett & Miriam McCoy building.

Image: Round Up Time: Branding a Calf, 1945-1946, Oil on canvas covered masonite, 20” x 33.75”, Tom Lea, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of LIFE Magazine, 1950.32

Fred Darge Paintings

Fred Darge (1900-1978) traveled extensively in Texas and other western states painting the pioneers and ranchmen of the region. These ten paintings make up the Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. McKee III Family Collection. Currently on exhibit in the Emmett & Miriam McCoy museum building.

Image: Going Home by Fred Darge

Find out more about the Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. McKee III Family Fred Darge Collection

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Recent Gifts to the Museum of the Big Bend

These recent gifts showcase artworks by individuals who attended Sul Ross State University as either teachers or students and artists who visited the Big Bend area to paint.

Image: Iran by Enrique Espinosa

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Going to Texas map exhibit

Going to Texas: Five Centuries of Texas Maps

Original maps of Texas from the Yana and Marty Davis Map Collection.

On exhibit in the upstairs gallery of the historic building.

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Photographs by Ron Castle

Ron Castle is a native Texan and professional photographer working out of his studio near Del Rio. He spends much of his free time traveling throughout Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Wyoming gathering landscape and wildlife images as well as documenting the work and lifestyle of the American cowboy.

On exhibit in the Hallway Gallery next to the gift shop.

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Big Bend Legacy

Big Bend Legacy

The exhibit Big Bend Legacy greets visitors as they enter the Museum of the Big Bend. Legacy introduces visitors to the distinctive natural history, human history and confluence of cultures in the Big Bend region. Native Americans inhabited the area for thousands of years before the arrival of the Europeans. The Spanish, through their system of missions and presidios, imprinted their customs on the region only to be replaced by the nation of Mexico. The westward expansion of the United States brought yet another unique culture to the Big Bend. Big Bend Legacy invites the visitor to experience this panorama of natural and human history. Enjoy the video montage below which walks you through the museum’s world-class permanent exhibits!