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The McGivney Award

Dr. Merlin Joseph McGivney was born in Galveston in 1905 and lived on the island until his death in 1985. He was a practicing dentist and a member of many civic and cultural organizations, including one of Texas' oldest art leagues, the Galveston Art League.

Dr. McGivney, an award-winning painter himself, perpetuated his love for the arts by establishing an endowment fund administered by the Rosenberg Library. Each year, the library awards a purchase prize (the McGivney Award) to the winner of the Galveston Art League's annual Spring Juries Show. The winner is presented with a check, and his or her painting is added to the library's permanent museum collection.


Currently displayed:

Water Guild - 2015 winner - Gregory Bergeron - Acrylic mixed media on canvas

"Water Guild"
Artist: Gregory Bergeron
Acrylic mixed media on canvas
2015 McGivney Award Winner


McGivney Award artwork is displayed on the 2nd floor of the Rosenberg Library.

Previous McGivney Award Winners
Past Exhibits