There is a new art exhibit that the city thinks you should know about.
“Every six months we do a rotating exhibit of artwork at City Hall and Municipal Plaza and for this upcoming rotation we’re featuring over 60 artworks of artists who teach in different institutions around San Antonio,” said Public Arts Specialist Marissa Laubscher.
As Laubscher details, this is artwork created by those who teach our young how to create art for themselves.
A new exhibit opens January 22 at the UTSA main campus off Loop 1604. The exhibit is an extensive collection of race-related media, photographs, video and items from bygone eras. It’s called For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, and according to Associate Professor of Art History Scott Sherer, that title is significant.
"The exhibit takes its title from the words of Mamie Till Bradley, who was the mother of Emmett Till," Sherer said.
San Antonio needs a few good artists. As the city's Public Art Manager Jimmy Leflore explains, “We’re looking for artists of different backgrounds, not just one particular type.”
There are several different kinds of public art projects they’re seeking artists for.
“We’ll have two new libraries," Leflore continues, "we have a series of parks that are going to be improved. We’re looking at probably eight to ten artists that will be selected in the coming year. There are over 20 projects that we’re looking to do as part of the 2012 bond package.”
You may have seen it pop up recently downtown, and wondered what it's all about. A painting, nearly 100 feet wide, and almost 30 feet tall, on West Commerce street by Main Plaza, in an environment where it really stands out. It's quite unlike the environs, quite new, quite large, and quite red.
Maura Reilly, Director of the Linda Pace Foundation, describes it as "...an abstract design. So it’s an interesting addition to the Historic Main Plaza."
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Your local library may have revolving displays of period museum collections or perhaps paintings hanging on the walls of their public gallery, but they probably don’t have this.
Chris Demarest is the painter who created about 30 paintings of World War II servicemen and women that are on display at the Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne. You may still be asking: what’s so different about that?
"I bring my easel wherever I go, so I work in public" Demarest explained.