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December 7th, 2010
Wittliff Collections hosting latest Buck Winn documentary screening


The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University will host the latest screening of the Hays County Historical Commission’s short documentary about Wimberley artist Buck Winn.

The screening will be held Tuesday, Dec. 7 on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library on the university campus. A reception starts at 5:30 p.m. and the screening begins at 6:15 p.m.

Winn was an internationally recognized painter, sculptor, inventor, muralist, and architectural artist. In 1935, he painted a mural at Dallas’s Highland Park Theatre telling the story of La Salle’s arrival on the Texas coast. Winn also worked with Eugene Savage and others to create murals in the Hall of State for the 1936 Texas Centennial. In 1946, Winn designed the United States three-cent postage stamp commemorating Texas statehood.

Closer to home, Winn created architectural sculptures at Aquarena Springs in San Marcos and the large carved ceramic-and-glass bas-relief on the side of Flowers Hall at Texas State.

The Wittliff owns three 28-foot-long by 6-foot-high painted panels depicting the history of cattle ranching in the Southwest. They are part of a 280-foot canvas mural—at one time the largest in the world—Winn painted for the Pearl Brewery in San Antonio in 1950. The Wittliff’s three sections are awaiting restoration and will be displayed in the Texas State library. Click here to read more about the Winn mural panels at the Wittliff.

In all, Winn completed more than 50 projects, many of which were the first of their kind in material usage and size. Winn’s works can still be found in bank buildings, libraries, theaters, and on university campuses throughout the region, although a substantial portion of his large public works have been lost as buildings were razed for new development.

Larger Than Life, directed by Richard Kidd and produced by Kate Johnson, was shot in 18 locations in the Southwest and is the first complete coverage of Winn’s major work.

For information, contact Beverly Fondren at 512-245-2313.

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