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Presented by Artpace and title sponsor Valero Energy Corporation, Chalk It Up raises awareness about contemporary art in a fun, casual environment while bringing attention to downtown San Antonio. This annual community event is made possible through the support of Valero Corner Store, Federal Realty Investment Trust, HEB, the Mays Family Foundation, RBC Dain Rauscher, Baptist Healthcare System, Frost Bank, and Weston Centre. In-kind support provided by: Bromley Communications, Hotel Valencia, Santikos Theatres, and Herwecks Art Supply. Media sponsors include 101.9 Soft Rock, Mix 96.1 fm, and W4OAI radio; Fox 29 and WB 35 television; Clear Channel Outdoor; and the San Antonio Current.
The 2005 Showcase Artists include some of San Antonio's most recognizable names: Alex de Leon, whose colorfully appealing images transcribe both the pleasures and vices of contemporary life; Regis Shephard, whose playful graphic quality belies the power and politics of his compositions; Mark Hogensen, whose skillful use of color and pattern keeps viewers negotiating their expectations of space, representation, and abstraction; Vincent Valdez, who uses notions of American painting and Latino identity in his bold representations; Lloyd Walsh who updates classical and biblical iconography and infuses mythological narratives with humorous animals and creatures; Heidi McFall, who playfully contemporizes conventional notions of portraiture; Terry Yba–ez whose colorful images reflect upon the culture and history of this community; Mark Schlesinger, whose studied abstractions stretch traditional notions of painting beyond the confines of canvas; and John Hernandez, whose pop-inspired graphic sensibility fuses the everyday with viral abstractions. Each of these diverse artists will create monumental, 15 x 20 ft. original images in chalk, using the sidewalks as their canvas.
Students also have the opportunity to demonstrate their talents as South Texas schools and community groups team up to produce their own chalk art. Chalk It Up features music by local DJs, street-side shopping at Houston Street storefronts, and plenty of festival food!
Artpace San Antonio serves as an advocate for contemporary art and as a catalyst for the creation of significant art projects. We seek to nurture emerging and established artists and to provide opportunities for inspiration, experimentation, and education. Our programs support the evolution of new ideas in contemporary art and cultivate diverse audiences while providing a forum for ongoing dialogue.
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