Blue Star Contemporary Art

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
11:39 am
Tue July 15, 2014

New Blue Star Mosaic On River Walk Created By Student

Compass Rose on the River Walk near San Fernando Cathedral.
Credit Elizabeth Lyons

A new River Walk art installation went in last week. The piece is called Compass Rose.

“Compass Rose is a 4 ft. by 3 ft. glazed ceramic mosaic that is situated in the geographic center of San Antonio on the River Walk,” said Alex Rubio, the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum’s Artist in Residence for their mosaic program.

As Rubio detailed, the mosaic program mentors high school students that they recruit from art programs all around the city.

“Teaching them studio practicum. Getting them involved in community work, and of course, public art,” Rubio said.

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Arts & Culture
2:11 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Photo Exhibit At Blue Star Features Striking Portrait Silhouettes

Jenelle Esparza
Jack Morgan

An exhibit opening at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum on Wednesday is a series of portraits that don’t really look like portraits.

“A common theme throughout this work and a lot of my work is identity," said Jenelle Esparza, the artist/photographer whose work is featured in the exhibit called Ancestral Archetypes.

"So I used silhouettes of people instead of a detailed frontal portrait of somebody," she said.

In fact those portraits reveal very little detail of each person’s face, and as Esparza explained, that’s not by accident.

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Military & Arts
9:07 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Museums Offer Free Admission For Military Families This Summer

Jesse Treviño's mural at Casa Navarro in downtown San Antonio is featured in this year's Blue Star Museums program for active duty military members and their families.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

It's the fifth year for the Blue Star Museums Program, the National Endowment for the Arts' collaboration with the Department of Defense and Blue Star Families. 

Ninety-nine museums in Texas are part of the 2014 program. This year’s program kicked off at the San Antonio Museum of Art last week. 

It's a way for the NEA to honor the nation’s military members by making it easier for them to take their families on a tour of museums across the country this summer.

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Arts & Culture
3:26 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Blue Star Wants You (And Your Kids) To Find Your Inner Creative Genius

Artists at family day.
Elizabeth Lyons

This Saturday Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum is holding its annual family day to encourage young artists to explore the creative genius within.

"Blue Star’s family day has been going on for about eight years," said Blue Star Public Engagement Manager Elizabeth Lyons.

"This year we will be focusing on printmaking, which is something that you don’t really have access to in schools," Lyons said.

The program is structured to bring together artists with kids to help them encourage their artistic side.

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Arts & Culture
11:13 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Mexico City Exchange Part Of March Contemporary Art Month Festivities

Contemporary Art Month San Antonio

March is Contemporary Art Month so to find out more, I talked to CAM Co-Director Chris Sauter.

“The kickoff party for the Contemporary Art Month is Thursday at the Blue Star (Contemporary Art Museum). And the Contemporary Art Month’s closing party takes place at Chris Park on March 28,” Sauter said.

Chris Park is Southtown’s beautiful little private/public art-themed park. Between the kickoff and the closing party is a month’s worth of events designed to get contemporary art on our collective radar. Sauter explained one of the ways they do it:

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Blue Star And Botanical Garden Showcase Contemporary Art In Collaborative Project

Bret Price Sculpture
Elizabeth Lyons

The San Antonio Botanical Garden and the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum have teamed up for a project that all started with a pretty simple premise.

"Not everybody in San Antonio is going to be able to come to the museum to see contemporary art, so it’s important to go out into the community," said Blue Star Director of Special Projects Bill Fitzgibbons.

So go out they did. They displayed art in a wide variety of places.

"Everything from St. Paul Square to the grounds of UTSA to the Botanical Garden," Fitzgibbons said.

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Arts & Culture
12:54 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Experience The U.S.-Mexico Border At New Blue Star Exhibit

Broken Landscape III
Future Arts Research (F.A.R.), ASU, Phoenix, AZ

A new exhibit at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum is getting some heated interest and the reason is probably because if its subject mater, and size. It’s not exactly something you can hang on your wall.

"The sculpture at Blue Star is approximately 70 ft. long," said Blane de St. Croix, the artist who created the sculpture he calls Broken Landscape III.

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Arts & Culture
9:36 am
Tue November 12, 2013

"The Taming Of The Shrew" Classic Theatre's Last Performance At Blue Star

Bianca, Baptista and Kate
Dwayne Green

They’re called The Classic Theatre, and the name of the five-year-old San Antonio theater company isn’t by accident.

"We concentrate on classic dramatic literature, and that means is we usually do old classics and one modern classic a year," said Co-Artistic Director Diane Malone. "I’m just doing pure Shakespeare and the audiences are loving it."

Why is something written hundreds of years ago -- like Shakespeare -- still relevant today?

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Jump-Start Theater's Lease Expiring, Blue Star Looking Forward

The facade of Jump Start in the Rue Bernard ally of the Blue Star Arts Complex in Southtown.
Joey Palacios TPR

For about the last 20 years the Jump-Start Performance Company could been seen on stage at the Blue Star Arts Complex, but now they are looking for a new home.

Jump-Start started producing it’s cutting-edge performances at the Blue Star’s theater space before there were First Fridays, before there was a Southtown scene.

That scene is now about to be without its most theatrical presence.

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