For 18 years, Artpace Chalk It Up has been an inspiring celebration of our region’s creative culture, connecting San Antonians from all parts of the city and contributing to the cultural vitality of our community. We are excited to continue to broaden our reach into the San Antonio community by partnering for the second year in a row with the San Antonio Public Library to host Artpace Chalk It Up at select libraries across San Antonio.
While this annual festival is usually held in Downtown San Antonio, we are once again spreading out throughout the city to ensure a safe way for our community to get creative and engage with art. Participating library branches include Landa Library, Carver Library, Mission Library, Johnston Library, Bazan Library, Great Northwest Library, Maverick Library, Igo Library, Encino Library, and Thousand Oaks Library.
Visit mySAPL.org/Locations for library locations and service hours.
On Chalk It Up day, October 9, featured artists will create large-scale murals at each library location about this year’s theme, The Spirit of San Antonio. The public is encouraged to visit the participating library of their choice to celebrate these artists and their visions of the Spirit of San Antonio or spend the day visiting them all! Chalk zones will be available for guests to create their own murals, with free chalk available at each library branch. Appropriate social distancing guidelines and masks are highly encouraged. On this day, Artpace will announce the Chalk It Up TeamWorks finalists, winner, and honorable mention(s) online as well as engage with the community throughout the day across our social media platforms.
During the month of September, school TeamWorks groups in every school district within the Bexar County area will have the opportunity to enter a chalk mural centered on the theme, The Spirit of San Antonio. Participating community groups and school teams will receive Chalk It Up kits with supplies, designate their own mural sites and work schedules, and have up to one month to submit one completed mural for the TeamWorks Competition. Chalk It Up 2021 Chair Cristina Peña Walls will choose finalists from across Bexar County. Registration is free and open to any school or community group serving San Antonio-area residents. Local businesses, nonprofits, and community members are encouraged to participate as a community group.
Artpace encourages all San Antonians to join in Chalk It Up by visiting a participating library or from the safety of their own home and neighborhoods by #ArtpaceChalkItUpAtHome.
Our Chalk It Up downtown festival is Artpace’s second largest fundraiser of the year, but the pandemic has challenged our ability to secure much needed funds to support our exhibitions, residencies, and programs this year and last year.
Please consider a gift in support of Artpace and Chalk It Up as we reach out to all of San Antonio to provide an opportunity to engage with incredibly talented local artists and a day of artistic creative expression with your whole family – all in your own neighborhood!
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On October 9, twenty Featured Artists will create original designs in chalk on a sidewalk or pavement capturing our 2021 theme: Spirit of San Antonio. Local artists from around San Antonio will be creating these murals at ten different San Antonio Public Library branches. Each library will feature two artists who will create their murals throughout the morning of October 9. The public is encouraged to visit the library of their choice to celebrate these artists and their visions of community – or spend the day visiting all of them!
Kat Cadena is a mestiza artist, educator, and arts administrator born, raised, and working in San Antonio, Texas. Cadena’s current focus is in book illustration, murals, and portraiture. Her works are often emotional responses to news in the U.S. and Mexico regarding racism, femicide, and women’s rights (or lack thereof). Cadena’s artwork is figurative and often designed with a limited color palette that creates a dreamlike, illustrative environment in which the viewer is immersed and able to share in a deeply emotional and evocative moment.
Cade Bradshaw’s sculptures and drawings amplify awareness of the the viewer’s surroundings, the act of sensing, and the formation of perceptions. He is interested in the foundational elements of biological life, ecology and evolution, and the molecular origins of objects. His work frequently returns to natural materials. Educated at Trinity University, Bradshaw’s studies were interdisciplinary, working as an ecology researcher and assistant to area artists and designers. His work has been included in exhibitions regionally and nationally, notably the MADI Biennial at the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, LIFT: An Exhibition of Kites at Artpace, Blue is Not a Color at Ruiz Healy Gallery, and a solo exhibition titled Little Worlds at grayDUCK gallery. His publicly commissioned works are included in the City of San Antonio and Bexar County collections. Bradshaw was raised in northern California, and is based in San Antonio Texas.
Raul Rene Gonzalez is a San Antonio-based artist born in Houston, TX. He received an MFA in Art from The University of Texas at San Antonio and a BFA in Painting from the University of Houston. Gonzalez works as a multi-dimensional artist who utilizes a wide array of mediums through versatile methods of painting, drawing, performance, installation, and dance.
He explores topics such as work, fatherhood, gender roles, labor, identity, pop culture, and abstraction. Raul’s artwork has exhibited widely throughout Texas and the United States, including numerous solo exhibitions. His works are in the permanent collections of The National Mexican Museum of Art, The National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum, Mexic-Arte Museum, McNay Art Museum, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and the City of San Antonio, amongst others. Raul has been the recipient of the Luminaria Artist Foundation Grant Award, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant, a NALAC San Antonio Artist Grant, a Dave Bown Projects Award of Excellence, a Surdna Foundation Grant Recipient, and San Antonio Art League & Museum 2021 Artist of the Year.
Raul spends his time balancing an art career, being a stay-at-home-parent, and managing Werk House SA, a short-term rental Airbnb property. Raul also recently took on the role of Director at Clamp Light Studios & Gallery.
Ruben Luna (b. 1974), aka ‘Gacho Style,’ is a self-taught contemporary artist born and raised in San Antonio’s South Side. Luna creates work exploring the theory of Rasquachismo. He draws inspiration in the creative challenge of generating new mixed-media objects through various techniques, often incorporating crude or the most basic of materials. Luna offers nostalgic tributes to the people, phrases, and things with creativity found in his hometown’s working-class Mexican American communities. His work is often playful, but at its core, it reveals the ability to be resourceful and “make do.” Each piece is a practice in problem-solving, overcoming aesthetics for the necessity of function combining inventiveness, ingenuity, and improvisation.
Ashley Perez is a Texas-based artist who works in a variety of mediums that center around painting and drawing. Her work explores memory, identity, and mental health by personifying elements of the natural world and wordplay. Perez is an alumnus of the national-award-winning creative youth development program SAY Sí. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio in painting in 2010. Currently, she runs SAY Sí’s visual arts middle school and high school programs, mentoring the next generation of creative leaders. Her work has been featured at Centro de Artes, Blue Star Contemporary, the McNay Art Museum, and Presa House Gallery.
Hayfer Brea, (1975),
Was born in Caracas, Venezuela.
Currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.
Hayfer Brea is an artist and visual researcher.
He has made nine solo exhibitions, among which the last two stand out:
“#Untitled” (Clamp Ligth Studios & Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, 2019); “Una línea imaginaria” (Museum of Contemporary Art of Caracas, Room 8, Caracas, Venezuela, 2016); and the most recent is his second solo show in the United States: “Nothing to say” (Un Grito Gallery, The Upstairs Studios at Blue Star Arts Complex, San Antonio, Texas, 2021).
He has been awarded five Honorary Awards and Mentions in his country and his work is represented in Museums, Cultural Centers and important Venezuelan Collections.
Louis Vega Treviño (b. 1972, San Antonio, Texas) attended San Antonio College in 1990 where he studied Architecture and Art before working with Kell Munoz Architects as a designer from 1992-2000. In 2000 – 2012, Trevino opened his studio space, Circle Infiniti, with artist, Ben Mata. Currently has a working studio at Hausmann buildings. Trevino has enjoyed numerous exhibits in San Antonio and around the United Sates, including New York, Chicago, Houston and Austin. He has exhibited at Southwest School of Art, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, Unit B Gallery and Mexic-Arte Museum. Recently showed with Kenneth Noland, James Little and Cleve Gray at Rosenbaum Contemporary, “Color, Line, Form”.
Trevino’s works on paper include drawings on museum board, post-it-notes, and over 60,000 cocktail napkins, which he has translated to a variety of media such as carpet and textile design by manipulating naturally formed geometric shapes to create innovative patterns. Trevino’s line work is mesmerizingly precise, with bright, bold colors that capture and hold the viewer’s attention. Giant sized versions of Trevino’s napkin designs are brought to life in the Kiosks of Main Plaza where each line is tangible and real.
Trevino is also known for his oil on canvas “line” paintings that blur and merge color in almost perfect linear fashion. He is obsessed with precision and color, both abundantly present in his drawings and paintings.
Juan C. Escobedo (B.1985 El Paso,TX) explores his identity as a as a brown, Mexican-American queer male, raised in a low-socioeconomic community along the US/Mexico border. The work discusses residual class and race shame that arises from living in a predominantly “white” structured United States which favors light-skinned individuals and middle-class and above socioeconomic classes.
His work consists of installations, objects and video collages primarily composed of cardboard, a material charged with preconceived notions of crudeness, utilitarianism, disposability and brownness— characteristics which parallel Escobedo’s identity.
The work he creates re-enact situations charged with socioeconomic and racial prejudices. This is done to confront the audience with preconceived notions of race and class through humor, symbolism, and material choice. The ultimate goal is for the audience to become aware and question the origin of their own prejudices.
I was raised on a farm in southeastern Minnesota. After high school I a BFA in art in the northern Minnesota city of Bemidji.
After graduation I lived in several states before landing in San Antonio.
Before becoming a full time artist, I had several years of experience working with adults with a wide variety of developmental and physical disabilities and as a special education teacher.
Most of my recent work involves a combination of narrative and mixed media illustrations .
Edward Warren Harris is a local interdisciplinary artist that attended the University of Texas in San Antonio and graduated in the fall of 2018. Edward was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. he is 27 years old and works in various mediums. Painting, soft sculpture and performance.
Edward Warren Harris started their artistic career back in 2012 when Edward went to Mississippi Delta Community College. During that time, they were gaining college credit. Then they moved back to San Antonio for school at University of Texas in San Antonio. While going there, Edward has studied art for 4 years. Throughout the years they have discovered their voice in their work and have improved their skills and sense of self.
Currently in 2021 Edward is tackling Black Existentialism and Racism against BIPOC. He has been in a few local exhibitions around San Antonio. Black Sheep Exhibition, Upstairs Studio, and Blue Star Red Dot Event 2020 and 2021.
Hiromi Stringer was born in Kyoto, Japan. Currently she is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Upon graduating from UTSA with an MFA in Art where she studied with multiple merit-based scholarships, Stringer was awarded the 2019-2020 Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship. She was selected for artist in residency programs, the 2019-2020 Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Residency Program/ Künstlerhaus Bethanien International Studio Program, Berlin, Germany and the 2021 Summer Arts Faculty Residency program at Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency, MI. In 2014, She won a grand prize for Eyes Got It!. A resident of the San Antonio area, her works are in public, corporate and private collections in Japan and the US.
“I am a queer artist from San Antonio, TX. I work in painting, illustration, embroidery, and other media to explore mark making and color theory, self-image, personal habits, and mental health through a feminist lens. My practice is multifaceted, and I have two main things I focus on: Fine art, and growing my small business Cake Forever.
In the transition from February to March 2020, I went through a breakup and my favorite cat Cake died. Then, we went into lockdown. I decided the only thing I could bring myself to focus on was learning digital art, and the only thing I wanted to draw was my cats. So I created some colorful illustrations working through this loss during the pandemic, and my brand Cake Forever was born. I’m still building this brand, but I look forward to incorporating even more of my sensibility (focusing on queer content and fun colors) and bringing joy to others through one of the hardest times in my life.”
I was born in El Paso Texas in 1985. I left El Paso at the age of 9. My family is of native decent. I spent my youth in El Paso and the surrounding area. When I moved to San Antonio it was a hard transition, but I would later embrace it as my home. I found a family as well as later created one. I left for some time but came back to the city, wanting to be one of the many success stories that inspired me. All the while staying a practicing artist even when it was not lucrative or sustainable financially. Today I still strive to push myself in my artistic endeavors and to put on for the 210.
A native Texan, my interest focuses on the ability for art to address what is common in human experience more than to what is particular, and to point to beauty that exists in the world that we forget or ignore. Critical analysis is central to my artistic process and helps to anticipate the impacts of my works and foster substantive dialogue with a broad audience. The fundamental focus of my work, despite the varied imagery and forms; concerns human negotiation behavior, as it is a universal human activity; and the narrative impacts of negotiated choices on relationships (between people, environments, and experiences).
Michael Foerster creates vibrant cartoony ceramic sculptures known as Floops that talk about the experience of living, the human condition and how to heal yourself. Michael studied at UTSA and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and is a visual arts instructor at SAY Sí where he teaches middle and high school-age artists, who in turn regularly inspire and inform his work. The curriculum he co-creates focuses on creating elevated and original artwork, while also focusing on social justice and community centered action.
Lauri Garcia Jones is a visual artist born and raised in San Antonio, TX.
Working primarily in illustration, painting, installation, and photography, Jones’ work draws influence from the vivid color palettes and graphic styles of cartoons and graffiti. Commonly seen throughout her work, Jones uses satire to provide an opportunity for serious, and sometimes taboo, issues to be made approachable and relatable.
Jones received her BFA from Southwest School of Art in 2018. She has exhibited throughout Texas and has work in both private and public collections.
Ursula Zavala is a mixed media artist from the Southside of San Antonio, TX. Their work combines ideas of humor, religion and internet culture to create a dialog of current issues within and around the artist.
Their work plays with contrasts of hard and soft, fun and sadness, chaos and order. They are constantly mixing and remixing mediums to create a balance between opposing forces. With work in various types of materials ranging from digital design and painting, to textiles and collage, they are constantly trying to find structure in chaos and familiarity in the unfamiliar.
Zavala has had many exhibitions throughout the city and is currently making work in the studio space behind Not For You Gallery which they also work at as director of operations.
Since 2004, Artpace’s TeamWorks groups have played a significant role at Chalk It Up. Over 7,500 educators, students, and community members have contributed 731 one-of-a-kind chalk murals on Houston Street and Main Avenue alongside Artpace’s international resident and exhibiting artists from the San Antonio community and abroad.
Out of concern for the safety of the students, artists, and San Antonio community, Chalk It Up will take a different form this year. For its 18th iteration, Artpace San Antonio invites school and community groups to participate in a remote mural competition for Chalk It Up 2021 and work collaboratively to complete original chalk murals representative of the theme: THE SPIRIT OF SAN ANTONIO.
We’re all in this together!
Artpace Chalk It Up has engaged and delighted thousands of participants for the past 17 years. School and community groups taking part in TeamWorks, San Antonio-based featured artists, visitors to our city, and our entire community have celebrated creative artistic expression together through the creation of chalk murals in downtown San Antonio.
This year, Artpace has adapted this ever-popular festival to ensure local artists, schools, and the public can participate safely – creating murals wherever we are!
School teams and community teams from all over San Antonio have the opportunity to participate in TeamWorks and can create murals anytime in September at a location of their choice (see TEAMWORKS tab). Teams will submit photos and statements about their murals, which will be reviewed in time for Chalk It Up day – October 10, 2020! Chalk It Up 2020 Co-Chairs Katie Pace Halleran and Cristina Peña Walls will choose 17 finalists from across every school district within San Antonio city limits. Finalists and a winner will receive gift cards courtesy of H-E-B and will be announced on our website and our social media platforms at noon on October 10. TeamWorks murals will be posted in the tab above as they are received, so check back often to see them all!
Artpace would like to extend a special thank you to Councilman Roberto Treviño, Honorary Chair of Chalk It Up 2020!
On October 10, twenty Featured Artists will create original designs in chalk on a sidewalk or pavement capturing our 2020 theme: community. Local artists from around San Antonio will be creating these murals at ten different San Antonio Public Library branches (see MAPS tab). The public is encouraged to visit the library of their choice to celebrate these artists and their visions of community – or spend the day visiting all of them! Drive-thru viewing ONLY will be available at all libraries! Look for our Maps to Murals, which will be posted on our website in October for more information and to plan your day!
#ChalkItUpOnHoustonSt: We’re excited to announce that Centro San Antonio will celebrate the history of Chalk It Up by installing a series of color photos in windows along Houston Street in October featuring artists’ murals from the past 17 years. Centro has long been a supporter and partner to Artpace’s Chalk It Up and is keeping our downtown history alive until we can return next year. Thank you, Centro!!
#ChalkItUpAtHome: Artpace will provide a Chalk It Up experience for everyone this year in the safety and comfort of your own home or neighborhood. Beginning Saturday, September 12, and occurring every Saturday leading up to Chalk It Up day on October 10, Artpace will announce a #ChalkItUpAtHome prompt, stemming from this year’s Chalk it Up theme – community. Each #ChalkItUpAtHome prompt will be announced on our social media channels and we encourage participants to share on social media—tag us: @artpace, #ChalkItUpAtHome; #ArtpaceAtHome; #MakeArtHappen.
This city-wide engagement is a part of Artpace’s #ArtpaceAtHome initiative, which invites the San Antonio community and beyond to continue to engage in contemporary art while practicing social distancing.
Please note, the TeamWorks competition takes place during September, and murals are not available for in-person public viewing.
Artpace Chalk It Up has engaged thousands for the past 17 years. School teams participating in TeamWorks, San Antonio-based featured artists, visitors to our city, and our entire community have celebrated artistic expression together through the creation of chalk murals in downtown San Antonio.
In response to the challenges and safety protocols in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Artpace has reimagined Chalk It Up to be a safe and inclusive citywide celebration of community by creating a model where schools, artists, and the public can participate collectively – even at a distance!
Our map above highlights and locates each of the ten San Antonio Library branches that will host our Featured Artists this year. Check back as more information is added to each icon on the map. Library icons will feature information about the library branch, including a link for directions. These icons will also include information about the two artists who will be creating murals at each location. School icons represent all TeamWorks participants, whose murals will be featured on the TeamWorks tab as they are received.
Maps to Murals will help you plan your Chalk It Up day, October 10, when you can meet the artists and see the murals at the library branch in your own City Council district – or make a day of it and visit them all! The website will be updated with fun Chalk It Up content regularly, so check back often!
On October 10, twenty Featured Artists will create original designs in chalk on a sidewalk or pavement capturing our 2020 theme: community. Local artists from around San Antonio will be creating these murals at ten different San Antonio Public Library branches (see MAPS tab). Each library will feature two artists who will create their murals throughout the morning of October 10. The public is encouraged to visit the library of their choice to celebrate these artists and their visions of community – or spend the day visiting all of them! Drive-thru viewing ONLY will be available at all libraries.
Cassidy Fritts is a San Antonio local who has a dedication to community and youth empowerment. She graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, concentrating in Painting. Fritts is currently a Visual Arts Instructor at SAY Sí (San Antonio Youth Yes) where she teaches middle school and high school students. At SAY Sí, the project-based curriculum she co-creates uses visual arts fundamentals and experimentation to guide students to create artworks that discuss topics of their interest through a social justice lens. Fritts is also a local artist, exploring mediums of painting and printmaking, and is a local muralist. Her artwork typically explores themes of personal identity, mental health, interpersonal relationships, and community. Fritts was a featured artist in the 2019 San Antonio Street Art Initiative Showcase Phase II and has murals, public and private, throughout San Antonio; she has also participated in assisting with San Anto Cultural Arts murals.
Born in 1987 in the border town of Acuña, Mexico, Fernando Andrade has lived in San Antonio, Texas since he was seven years old. During Andrade’s early childhood years, it was considered safe for children to play outside, and he remembers playing outdoor games with his family during those years. As an artist, Andrade copes with the turmoil in his native homeland with two distinct bodies of work: representational drawings and abstract paintings. While the drawings are narrative explorations of the events taking place, the paintings are vehicles for nurturing feelings of hopeful joy and optimism. In his figurative drawings, Andrade creates simple narratives based on stories he has heard or experienced relating to social political events. Believing that everyone has their own childhood memories and can identify with the innocence of youth, Andrade stages some of his work using scenarios of children in place of adults, a strategy for enticing viewers to engage in his conversation. In the series Tierra y Libertad, groups of children appear to be playing childhood games but, upon closer inspection, are surrogates for the perpetrators and their victims. In his abstract paintings, Andrade expresses a freedom from the anguish that underlies his figurative works. Working improvisationally, the artist creates organic compositions that are colorful and animated. Viewing his process as a kind of spiritual meditation, Andrade becomes free to imagine cosmic visions that have rhythmic affinities with music or dance, and which celebrate the splendor and preciousness of life itself.
Anthony Dean-Harris (b. 1986) is a writer, artist, editor, radio personality, and whatever other interesting things into which he wanders. His most recent visual works include the mural “Instructions for Use for Adapting to Our State of Constant Change (2020)” (in collaboration with Justin Parr) located at the corner of N. Presa & Houston St. and art direction in collaboration with SCOTCH! on Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson’s “Jubilant and Exuberant… ” surrounding downtown Travis Park. Before the pandemic, he was the host of the modern jazz radio programs The Line-Up (Fridays at 9pm) and evölve (Saturdays at 3pm) on 91.7 FM KRTU San Antonio (and he looks forward to coming back when things are safe), as well as the former editor of the jazz blog Nextbop. Dean-Harris is also archivist & co-conspirator of FL!GHT Gallery. He grew up on the Eastside of San Antonio to make it all the way to living on the Southside of San Antonio.
Bárbara Miñarro was born in Monterrey, Mexico and currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas. As an artist influenced and making a life between two cultures, Miñarro’s work explores ideas of the body in migration. Her soft sculptures, installations, and paintings utilize the tactile memory of clothing, the earth, and the physical body to express the emotional journey of immigration. Miñarro has exhibited at various galleries including, Sweet Briar College, South Texas College, Blue Star Contemporary, and Artpace. Recently, she launched Breakfast Friend, a small-batch, hand-painted purse business out of her home studio in San Antonio, TX.
Isabel Ann Castro (she/her) is a visual artist and zine maker from the South Side of San Antonio, Texas and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design from Texas State University. Isabel co-founded St. Sucia, a DIY, international Latina/x feminist magazine that collected, curated, and published contemporary writing and art. She co-organizes San Anto Zine Fest and is a zine librarian, pushing a rasquache library made out of a yellow shopping cart. Isabel spins with Chulita Vinyl Club San Anto as Bueno Kitty and collects Tejano Conjunto music from 1940-1980 in order to archive, preserve, and share history and culture through corridos.
Mark Anthony Martinez is a conceptual artist and curator based in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. Martinez holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (2012) and a Master of Fine Arts from Portland State University (2014). Martinez has served as Visual Arts Director to the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (2015-2017), Gallery Manager for the Michael and Noemi Neidorff Gallery at Trinity University (2018), and co-curator for the experimental pop-up space, Fake Gallery (2019). While primarily exhibiting in San Antonio, he has also exhibited in group shows around the country, including; PLACE gallery, Portland, Or. (2012), Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, Il. (2014), The Open as part of the Nicholas Frank Public Library, Milwaukee, Wi. (2017), Mexic-Arte in Austin, TX. (2017), and The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center Inc., New York, NY (2019). Currently, he is working freelance maintaining his curatorial practice and studio-based projects.
Juan Miguel Ramos earned both his bachelor’s degree and MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in 1995 and 2001, respectively. His concentration was in drawing, but he was eager to explore other media. His artwork often combines different media, including figure drawing, digital imaging, photography, printmaking, and sometimes video. He was invited to join Artpace’s residency program by international curator Francesco Bonami in 2002. His art career and music have afforded him the opportunity to travel all across the country, from New York to Los Angeles and Puerto Rico. Juan Miguel Ramos was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas where he continues to work.
Justin Korver is an artist living and working in San Antonio, Texas. He is originally from a small town in the northwest corner of Iowa, which he credits for his penchant for minimalism. Korver moved to Holland, Michigan to complete his undergraduate work at Hope College. While in Michigan, he was influenced by the heritage of mid-century design and discovered a passion for hardware stores. He also lived and worked briefly in New York through the N.Y.C.A.M.S. program, where he interned with Phoebe Washburn, who served as an early influence on his studio practice. Korver received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is now a full-time lecturer at Texas A&M San Antonio. He exhibits his work extensively in Texas and nationally, and he is the recent recipient of an artist residency at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien awarded through Blue Star Contemporary.
Joe De La Cruz was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He currently works in the field of gallery exhibitions, setting up exhibits for art galleries and institutions as an art preparatory, and is skilled in the area of art presentation and picture framing. De La Cruz also exhibits his own work locally and is currently focused on graphite drawing and large-scale mural painting. He is known in the South Flores community as a facilitator and consultant in the areas of art presentation and exhibit fabrication.
Jeremiah Teutsch is an artist, political caricaturist, actor, voiceover artist, cook, writer, set designer, sound designer, sign painter, musician, and craftsman working in San Antonio. Originally from Lubbock, Jeremiah moved to Denver, Colorado to get his BA from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. He is a founder of Rhinoceropolis, a music and art venue in Denver. He moved to San Antonio in 2009, after having lived in New York, Maine, and Austin. He is a founder of the artist-in-residency program TRANSIT and the AGORA art space, both in San Antonio. Jeremiah has worked at the McNay Art Museum for 10 years as the framer, matter of works on paper, and preparator. Jeremiah is—for the lack of a more appropriate word—a polymath. In his most recent work, Jeremiah has been constructing oversized papier-mâché heads, using 18th- and 19th-century techniques and applications. He has a deep interest in and knowledge of antiquated crafts, skills, mechanisms, devices, and technologies, as well as a love of the natural sciences, but is a vocal skeptic of all things mystical, spiritual, and pseudo-scientific. Jeremiah is interested in languages and is currently trying to learn Arabic.
Katarina Guzman, a South Texas native, was born and raised in San Antonio, where she grew up surrounded by the unique and rich history, art, and writing present in her home city. Katarina has been constantly fascinated with history, both personal and social, especially its effect on relationships people have to culture, to a place, and to each other. A printmaker by trade, she often uses traditional and non-traditional printmaking techniques in her work to explore the themes of personal and societal relationships to history, as well as examining the historical narrative itself. Katarina graduated in 2019 from the University of St. Thomas in Houston where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts with a concentration in printmaking. Since graduating, Katarina has been fortunate to work as an artist in residence with community-based organizations, such as Project Row Houses in Houston. Since the completion of her residency, she has moved back to her home city of San Antonio where she now lives and works.
Xavier Gilmore is an interdisciplinary artist and producer who works in sound, traditional mediums, and collaborative performance. Through his work he explores ideas on dissent, abstraction, and social topography. He has exhibited regionally and internationally at Artpace, Southwest School of Art, Museo Soumaya, and the McNay, among others. Gilmore holds a BFA from UTSA and studied at School of the Art Institute Chicago, and Universidad de Las Américas Puebla, Cholula, México.
Yoko Misu was born in Tokyo, Japan and currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and her Master of Arts from Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. She is a Member of Japan Print Society and exhibits in their annual shows in Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. Her works are included in the permanent collections of Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, Japan Print Society, and many private collectors.
Ruth Buentello is a visual artist that examines socio-cultural relationships through the lens of family and community. Nathan studied architecture and is a mechanical engineer. Both share a love of community and are collaborating to fuse two perspectives.
Alán Serna is a mixed media artist from Huanusco, Zacatecas, now living and working in San Antonio, TX. In 2018, Serna earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Intermedia from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2015 from the University of Texas at San Antonio where he is currently a professor of painting and foundations. Alán also serves as Master Printer for Feral Editions, a collaborative press that Serna and his partner Madison Cowles Serna co-founded in 2014.
Richard Armendariz (b. 1969, El Paso, Texas) was raised on the U.S.-Mexico border, a region that heavily influenced his artistic, aesthetic, and conceptual ideas. Images that have cultural, biographical, and art historical references are carved and burned into the surface of the paintings, drawings, and wood blocks. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio (1995), and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder (1999). Armendariz is currently a Full Professor of Art at The University of Texas at San Antonio. In 2008, he received the Artpace Supplemental Travel Grant for travel to Mexico City, Mexico. In 2013, he was an artist in residence at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, and Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village, CO in 2018. In 2017, he was the first artist in residence at the DoSeum in San Antonio, TX. He has exhibited at the Denver Art Museum, The Dallas Contemporary, The Blue Star Art Center in San Antonio, and Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin. International exhibitions include: Liminal Space, DMZ Museum, South Korea (2018), Common Wounds, Bethlehem and Tel Aviv (2005), and “New Prints”, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien , Berlin, Germany (2013), Texas Contemporary Art”, Lalit Kala Academy, National Academy of Art, New Delhi, India (2015). He work is in the permanent collections of the San Antonio Museum of Art, McNay Art Museum, Denver Art Museum, Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Massachusetts, the Bush International Airport Houston Art Collection, and The Cheech Marin Collection, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA.
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Madison Cowles Serna earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kentucky in 2018, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2013. Originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming, Cowles Serna has spent the majority of her time in Texas. Her work explores a variety of themes, primarily introspection and sexual assault, through the use of printmaking, painting, and installation.
Jasmeet Kaur studied Textile Design and Development at The National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi, India. She worked for several years in the field of interior design and started her own company, Kaur Competency, in San Antonio, working with residential homes and boutique hotels. She added an art studio called Baani Art in 2017, inspired by nature, thoughts, abstraction, and current global situations that are expressed in vibrant colors and mediums. She has exhibited her artwork in New Jersey, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington, Los Angeles, and San Antonio. One of her recent works Hold On was displayed at the CARAVAN international online art exhibition, pertaining to global healing and humanity. She lives in San Antonio with her husband and two sons, Darsh and Jeeve.
Born in 1990 in Houston Texas, Kaldric Dow is a leading African American artist of the generation of millennials. Dow studied at the University of Texas at San Antonio in the informal studio classes, establishing strong drawing, perspective, and an understanding of art history. There, he absorbed the acute attention to skin tone and lighting, subsequently refining his own visual and conceptual vocabulary that emerged through his focus on the points of intersection between art history, representing a current culture, and the dynamics of color theory. Kaldric’s work can be found in myriad of public and private art collections throughout the United States, and he has been featured in numerous exhibitions worldwide. He currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Rhys Munro is a Latinx artist currently based in San Antonio, Texas. Munro has a fine arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Along with her studio practice, Munro is a muralist, dedicated to bringing art out of the gallery and into the community. Additionally, she works for the McNay Art Museum as a professional art handler.