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.