Murals

San Anto Cultural Arts

To hear Keli Kubonoc talk about it, you'd think she was talking about an arts high school.

"We're proud that a lot of our alumni have gone on to the Pratt School of Design in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago. We've got quite a few UTSA graduates."

But she's talking about San Anto Cultural Arts, the non-profit that encourages area kids to explore their artistic side at their El Paso Street studio. While they instruct in a variety of media, they specialize in one.

Kelsey Montague

More public art has gone up downtown. One is at Houston and Navarro streets, center city. Manuel Davila stopped to look at the black and white 15-feet by 10-feet mural of butterfly wings. He thinks passersby will be positively impacted.

"Perhaps it'll change their attitudes. Because it takes you away from all this violence that is taking place."

He seemed to be referencing what's going on in Paris. Not long afterwards, Austin Middleton stopped to give it a look.

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.”

Brian Wilkie

The newest River Walk tile mural was unveiled on Tuesday morning and it celebrates the story of water in San Antonio.

"Contrary to popular belief, oil isn’t the lifeblood of this city, it’s water," said Briscoe Western Art Museum’s Executive Director Steven Karr. "So it’s an important story to tell."  

To tell that story, the Briscoe collaborated with San Antonio Water Systems and artists from Dunis Studios and decided to continue a long-standing San Antonio tradition of creating and installing large tile murals along the River Walk.

Jack Morgan / TPR Arts

That water tank behind the Arneson River Theater stage marks San Antonio’s oldest pump station. Just to the west of it is the brand new Briscoe Museum. The area between them is the beautiful McNutt Courtyard.

As an entrance to the River Walk, it’s a prime place to carry on a San Antonio art tradition — a painted tile mural.

"It’s completely in the W.P.A. tradition," said tile expert and author Susan Toomey Frost talking about the Works Progress Administration tile murals installed as part of the old River Walk. She cites a long tradition.

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