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Local businessman and art collector gives Robert Harrison painting to UTSA

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Artist Robert Harrison and his painting depicting a Frio River scene (Photo by Patrick R. Dunn)

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(Sept. 29, 2010)--A painting by renowned artist Robert Harrison, the largest in his collection, now graces the walls of a renovated wing soon to open in the John Peace Library on the UTSA Main Campus. The painting is a gift to the university from local businessman and art collector Louis Marshall in honor of his wife, Beth Livengood Marshall, who died two years ago.

"UTSA is an excellent university and Ricardo Romo and Harriett have done so much for Beth and me," said Louis Marshall. "I just thought it was appropriate to thank them by giving to the university."

UTSA President Ricardo Romo and his wife, Dr. Harriett Romo, welcomed Marshall, Harrison and nearly 100 others to the unveiling.

"This painting is a wonderful tribute to Beth, a friend and an outstanding Texan whose love of education and art can be shared by our students at UTSA," said Ricardo Romo. "All of us at UTSA are greatly honored and inspired by this tribute."

The 7-foot by 9-foot painting depicts a remarkable view of the Frio River as seen from the childhood home of Beth Livengood Marshall. It features tranquil colors of soft blues and greens that culminate in rolling hills, bluebonnets and oak and cypress trees.

Harrison, a self-taught local artist, is considered by many to be the best landscape artist in Texas. His work is highly sought and is displayed internationally. Cecilia Steinfeldt, well-known artist and curator emeritus at the Witte Museum in San Antonio, named him one of the Top 10 bluebonnet painters of all time.

The unveiling was Tuesday evening, Sept. 28 in the new wing of the library, which will house the Writing Center and Tomas Rivera Center supplemental instruction rooms as well as an information commons for students equipped with 75 computers. The new wing is expected to open in late October.

 

 

Did You Know?

UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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