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McCoy family donates four works of art to MacNider Museum

This news story was published on February 5, 2020.
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The Vision by Mauricio Lasansky, 1956, intaglio print

MASON CITY – The Charles H. MacNider Museum gratefully acknowledges the generous gift of four works of art from the family of Dr. Robert and the late Bonnie McCoy. The works of are part of a long history of support of the Museum by the McCoy family.

Dr. Robert McCoy and his wife Bonnie became involved in the newly established art Museum shortly after moving to the Mason City in the 1960s. In addition to financial support, Bonnie was an active volunteer for the Museum, serving on the Board of Trustees from the late 1980s until her passing in 2016. She was also a dedicated docent, giving hundreds of museum tours during her lifetime.

The McCoy’s enjoyment of culture extended to their private life, as they became collectors of American art. Realizing the importance of several of the works they held, the McCoys determined that the MacNider Museum would become the art works eventual home. At its January meeting, the Museum Board of Trustees accepted the donation of four works of American art once owned by the McCoys:

The Vision by Mauricio Lasansky, 1956, intaglio print

Thomas by Mauricio Lasansky, 1962, intaglio print

Heave Up by Charles Pont, wood block print

Midnight Alarm by Grant Wood, 1939, lithograph

These works will support the educational mission of the MacNider Museum through its exhibits and programs. Of particular note is the print by Grant Wood, which completes the Museum’s collection of this series. The MacNider also has several other Lasansky prints to partner with these donations. It is due to gifts such as these that the Museum has been fortunate enough to develop an outstanding American Art collection that is comparable to museums in much larger communities.

Museum attendance is free and open to the public Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The MacNider is located at 303 2nd Street SE, Mason City, Iowa. More information about exhibits, programs, and events can be found at the Museum’s website at or at our Facebook page. Call 641-421-3666 for more information.

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