Arts & Culture
2:33 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

British Artist Finally Sees His San Antonio Installation

Martin Donlin and "Hippocrates."
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

British artist Martin Donlin finally got to visit his own installed piece in San Antonio. Donlin’s “Hippocrates,” an 18 ft. by 30 ft. wall-mounted glass sculpture, dominates a wall that’s the transition from the old Methodist Hospital, to the new Sky Tower.

“The old building finishes and the new one begins. So we’ve got him kind of looking backwards and forwards,” he said.

The installation is highly symbolic. If you look carefully, the wide view suggests the Rod of Asclepius, which was wielded by the ancient Greek god of healing and medicine.

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Councilman Bernal Trying To Beat Tagging With Murals

Henry Cantu mural.
Diego Bernal

Tagging is a persistent problem in San Antonio and District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal talked about how he’s trying to fight it.

“We take buildings that have been tagged significantly and we offer building owner an opportunity for a free mural,” he said.

Bernal said that their technique is pretty simple.

“We’ve got artists that we have in waiting and we get the artist and the building owner together," he said. "They come up with a concept and then we pay for the paint and scaffolding and those sorts of things.”

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The Source - August 19, 2014
2:40 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The Source: Changes At Luminaria Leave Questions

Credit Augie Ray / / cc

Luminaria, the city's annual celebration of arts, is changing. A move of location, date, and length of time have the event poised for something big. This year's scheduled November 7-8 dates will mark the seventh Luminaria. The move to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts will also be new. 

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Arts & Culture
1:28 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Lights Out For Hemisfair's Luminaria, But Go On At River North

One of San Antonio’s big citywide celebrations has been getting an overhaul: It’s Luminaria, the light-centered, art-focused springtime celebration that has thrilled San Antonians at Hemisfair for the last several years. But not anymore.

“We like to move kind of with how the city is moving. And that area with the Tobin Center coming up, and the Southwest Center’s already there, just seemed like a really good palate to stage Luminaria this year," said Luminaria Board President Liz Tullis on moving the celebration from Hemisfair to River North.

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Arts & Culture
4:31 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

A Closer Look At The Obelisk In Beacon Hill

Credit Jack Morgan / TPR Arts

Public art comes in many sizes, and is put in many places. One in particular fascinated me recently. You probably have seen it; it’s right in the middle of the road.

“The obelisk at Fulton and Blanco is actually part of an earlier bond program,” said city of San Antonio Public Arts Manager Jimmy LeFlore, talking about the 28-foot-tall, four-sided obelisk in the middle of the traffic roundabout. As LeFlore said, this public art aspired to an additional, unusual function.

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Arts & Culture
3:56 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Vincent Valdez, And His Sarape-Inspired Benches Along Mission Reach

Vincent Valdez and one of his benches.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

The Mission Reach continues to peel back the metaphorical public art onion, and on Monday a pair of Vincent Valdez art installations were revealed: two benches.

“It was a chance for me to share my work with the public, with the community and the city of San Antonio, and (be) part of this amazing project they’re doing,” he said.

"This amazing project: are you talking about the Mission Reach?” I asked.

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Arts & Culture
11:41 am
Fri August 1, 2014

San Antonio Residency Artist Reports From Berlin

Justin Boyd in his Berlin studio.
Justin Boyd

San Antonio artist Justin Boyd has started his residency program in Germany. I reached the Southwest School of Art’s teacher and artist via Skype.

“I’m speaking from the Kunstlerhaus Bethanian, and it’s in an area of Berlin called Kreutzberg,” he said.

Kunstlerhaus is the international cultural center that’s hosting Boyd’s artistic residency, and as Boyd explained, there are many other artists there as well: “There’s artists here from Korea, from Japan, Denmark."

But there’s only one from the USA. Him.

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Arts & Culture
1:35 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Blue Star Sending San Antonio Artists To "Mecca Of Contemporary Art"

Credit Blue Star Contemporary Art Center

A local artist heads to Berlin to begin his artistic residency.  That residency program is  a construct of the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum.

“We send four artists a year through an open call process," said Mary Heathcott, executive director of the Blue Star.

“They’re selected by a jury and they get to spend three months there to dive deeper into their practice; to meet new artists, to meet new curators, and to really be in the Mecca of contemporary art right now,” Heathcott said.

I asked the obvious question: "That costs a lot of money, doesn't it?"

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Blue Star Student Talks About Working In Mosaic Program

Dedication of mural at Nolan Street underpass.
Courtesy Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum

The Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum mosaic program is grooming promising art students for a future in the field. Last week I introduced you to the program that encourages art students’ interests and abilities. This week I’ll introduce you to a student benefiting from the program.

Blue Star Mosaic recruits talented students from area high schools to join their after school program.  One of those students, Yenifer Gaviña, detailed the time commitment, "from 4:30-7:30 and during summer from 1:30-5:30.”

I asked her if that was a big sacrifice of her time.

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Arts & Culture
4:26 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Things Get HOT At Bihl Haus Arts This Friday

Mother Father.
Kim Bishop

It’s an art opening with a very unusual premise. First, there’s its title: "HOT."

“Hot is just an amazing exhibit and series of additional events that surround the idea of climate change," said Kellen McIntyre, Bihl Haus Arts executive director.

Regarding climate change, she had a nagging thought: 

“What could we do in San Antonio? How could we bring artists together?” McIntyre said.

So she appointed a curator to gather art on that theme.

“I’m working with Raul Castellanos, who is an amazing San Antonio Artist,” McIntyre said.

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