Madeline O’Connor’s major works will be on display in an upcoming exhibit at the Nave Museum, “The Natural Artistry of Madeline O’Connor.” The exhibit opens to the public on Sept. 27 and runs through November 3. Many of the pieces were last shown more than eleven years ago at the Nave Museum in 2008. This show will give many who have never seen her work a chance to view these precious works of art.

Large abstract works to be on display, “Purple Gallinule Series” and “Ibis Series,” capture the essence of iridescent color found in the feathers of these birds whose numbers are in decline across America. For each of these works, fifty coats of metallic pigment mixed with acrylic paint were painstakingly applied to nineteen canvases that she carefully sanded between each layer to create the shimmering effect of a bird’s wing. The numerous half-cruciform canvases were purposefully shaped so to represent the Earth’s fragile environment. An effect of feathery-shadows reflecting a sense of movement results from lighting and in the way the canvases are placed over each other.

Another large work of twenty-two canvases meant to resemble the angles found in a bird’s wing, “Red-Winged Blackbird Dominant”, a common theme in O’Connor work, will be displayed. A series of wall crosses of metal with mixed media and a negative cross on loan from private collections will also be shown along with her dramatic fifteen-piece “Cross/ Plus” and fifteen-piece “Minus/Negative” canvases. Additionally, a detailed pictorial display will illustrate this fascinating artist’s creative process.

Prior to her death in 2002, Madeline O’Connor had twenty-six solo exhibits at fifteen different galleries and museums in Texas that included San Antonio, Corpus, Houston, and in New Orleans, LA, Los Angeles, CA, Stamford, CT, Long Island, NY, and Santa Fe, NM. She participated in more than 45 group exhibitions - also in Texas and across the US, and a very special two-person exhibit in San Antonio, with her daughter, Nancy O’Connor, a noted artist as well.

Madeline O’Connor’s work has been noted in Art in America, and fifty photographs of her art and papers are archived in the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. Pieces of her art work are in permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi, and in the renowned modern minimalist collection of Giuseppi Panza in Milan, Italy. She was among twelve women chosen to be part of “Texas Women” art exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. that had then President-elect George Bush and Mrs. Bush serving as honorary chairmen. The artwork that was shown was the “Purple Gallinule” that will be in the upcoming exhibit.

Tue. - Fri. 12-5pm

Sat. & Sun. 12-4pm


Upcoming dates

Download schedule


  • Starting Friday, September 27th, 2019, repeats every week on Sunday and Saturday until Sunday, November 03, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Starting Friday, September 27th, 2019, repeats every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until Sunday, November 03, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Nave Museum

306 W. Commercial St.
Victoria, TX 77901

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