J. Michael Bewley Donates Twelve Works to the San Jose Museum of Art

The San Jose Museum of Art has announced that it has received a gift of twelve artworks from collector J. Michael Bewley, a former trustee and longtime member of the museum’s acquisitions committee.

The gift includes works by Robert Arneson, Christopher Brown, Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Chagoya, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Lesley Dill, George Grosz, George Herms, Italo Scanga, and Fritz Scholder.

“For many years, Mike Bewley has been one of the most forward-looking, knowledgeable, and adventurous collectors of contemporary art in our community,” executive director Susan Krane said. “His passion for art dates back to his days as an undergraduate at Princeton University, when he frequented the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia. It is no wonder that his art collection today reflects his core, humanistic ideals and his deep belief in social justice.”

Among the donated works is Robert Arneson’s Five Times for Harvey, 1982, a series of five mixed-media portraits of the late LGBT activist and San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk. Bewley, who had displayed the work in his office, said, “The San Jose Museum of Art is the right place for this gift because it reflects the openness and diversity of the Bay Area. It is very important to me that significant works such as [Five Times For Harvey] and Enrique Chagoya’s Powerful Hand continue to be seen by future generations. There is much to be learned!”