From the renowned Blue Star Museum to the beautiful McNay Art Museum, from artist collectives to public art installations and private galleries, exhibitions and cultural initiatives abound in this Texan city.
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Situated in a historical 19th century building tucked away amid lush greenery near the River Walk, the Southwest School of Art is a beautiful sight in itself. Stop by for a show representative of the local art scene, and make sure you take away a souvenir from the Art-o-Mat, an innovative vending machine selling real, local art for $5 apiece.
Artist talks and performances cross paths with highly original shows such as Professors’ Picks – an exhibition of works by local art professors, complemented by the exhibitors’ own pick of their students’ best work.
One of only three such dealers in the state of Texas, the gallery demonstrates its commitment to the highest standards of quality, ethics, connoisseur-ship, and promotion of fine-art printmakers. In addition to representing a range of acclaimed artists – such as the estate of Chuck Ramirez – and compiling knowledgeable exhibition catalogs, Ruiz-Healy Art is one of the few galleries in the area with a license to distribute limited editions and prints.
From an interactive performance and installation show by local collective Alternative Studio, to Chris Sauter’s multi-location exhibit which required the visitor to embark upon a ‘pilgrimage’ through the city to see the work in whole, FL!GHT engages in diverse media and modes, allowing for creative experimentation and boundary-breaking art projects.
Run by artists with the explicit mission of promoting ‘non-traditional art’, the self-proclaimed artist space attempts to ‘find a balance between urban interventions and formal institutions’. Although the artist owners are interested primarily in street art, their space has hosted various innovative projects.
Working with artists since 2001, AnArte Gallery has built a name for itself in San Antonio thanks to its owner’s skilled curation and commitment to her artists, whom she selects instinctively, yet with evident flair.
An effortlessly cool art space, Sala Diaz has also used its 20 years of experience in the art world to open up a solid residency program, Casa Chuck, which collaborates with artists from around the world.
Each year, nine artists from across the world work at Artpace for two months, a time frame that allows them to hone their skills, create new work and exhibit it afterwards. An ambitious program of rotating exhibitions and collaborations complements the schedule at Artpace, making it San Antonio’s premier venue for contemporary art.