San Antonio – The University of the Incarnate Word Department of Art presents San Antonio Modernism: The Art of Bill Reily. The exhibit is on display in the Kelso Art Center/Semmes Gallery now through Feb. 28. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Born in San Antonio, Reily was interested in art from an early age. With encouragement from his godmother, Marion Koogler McNay, he received his first formal instruction from Mamie Price, an accomplished art teacher trained at the Art Institute of Chicago. He continued his studies at the San Antonio Art Institute. After earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin, Reily began a career as a full-time artist. With his friend and UT colleague, Cecil Casebier, Reily founded the San Antonio Men of Art Guild, a loose-knit group of contemporary painters within the city. Working and exhibiting together, these men shared an aesthetic synergy in advancing a style of abstract painting in a city famous for its impressionism. Reily joined the UIW faculty in 1962 remaining as professor, advisor and chair of the fine arts department until his retirement in 2000.
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