Blue Star Contemporary Art

Arts & Culture
12:48 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

At Blue Star: Is Loving Your Smart Phone Smart?

From "Loading" Exhibit
Jack Morgan

In case you wonder whether or not you spend too much time tinkering on your smart phone, your tablet, on Facebook or Twitter, a new Blue Star exhibit suggests—you’re right—you do! I put down my Iphone long enough to file this story.

“My name’s Tommy Gregory; I’m a Houston-based artist.”

As I approached Gregory at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, he was—you guessed it—on his Iphone. But minutes later, that changed.

“I’m giving, quite literally, my device.”

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Blue Star Exhibit Asks: Does Hair Make The Woman?

Jennifer Ling Datchuk.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

Blue Star has opened yet another new exhibit. It's called "Dark and Lovely," and it has an interesting premise.

"Dark and Lovely explores issues of identity by exploring hair, and how those tiny, delicate strands have the power to identify us to the world," said Jennifer Ling Datchuk, the artist behind the exhibit. And to her, hair is a really big deal.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Catherine Lee Retrospective At Blue Star Features Wood, Sculpture, Paint, Ceramic & Dance

Catherine Lee.
Courtesy of the artist, Catherine Lee

A new exhibit opened at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum featuring the work of artist Catherine Lee.  The large central gallery of the Blue Star was filled with a distinct variety of different kinds of art.
The exhibit is called Emergence, and it’s an overview of Lee's 45-year art career. Lee described what's there.

“There are three-dimensional works in the middle of the space that move around in the space. There are paintings on the wall. There are sculptures on the wall. There are metal pieces and delicate paper pieces. A real breadth of things,” she said.

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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
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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