Southwest School of Art
Southwest School of Art was established in 1965 and occupies several downtown acres along the River Walk. A portion is a historic landmark established in 1851 as the Ursuline Convent and Academy, the first school for girls in San Antonio. Southwest School of Art is the only independent college of art in Texas and as an institution of higher education offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, as well as studio art classes for the community. The school also annually serves over 10,000 youth, most from low-income areas of the city, while also providing instruction to more than 2,000 adults. Regularly changing exhibitions of contemporary art are free to the public and feature works by regional, national and international artists. The Southwest School of Art galleries are always free and open to the public.
Sylvanus Shaw: Waxpacks 2018 (NYC)
August 30 – December 9, 2018
Public Opening: Thursday, August 30, 2018 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Sylvanus Shaw is a Brooklyn-based artist that works in series of paintings and drawings. Inspired by classical forms of image making, he combines elements of everyday experience with rich and often complex historical referents creating layered and divergent pictures. Part of his prolific output includes hundreds of drawn and painted trading cards.
Shaw began making cards at the age of nine, inspired by Garbage Pail Kids, baseball cards, and Bikkuriman Devil vs. Angel seals. Small drawings have factored heavily in the artist's practice ever since. He uses cards to experiment; to do things that would be impractical, superficial, or confusing at a larger scale; to wear other hats, other masks, other artists; to document artistic endeavors in miniature, multiplicable ways.
Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly
October 4, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Public Opening: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Special Opening Times: Southwest School of Art 5-7 pm, Blue Star Contemporary 7-9 pm
Blue Star Contemporary and Southwest School of Art are pleased to co-host the exhibition, Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, on view October 4, 2018 – January 6, 2019. Curated by Risa Puleo, the exhibition features the works of 35 artists who are native to the Americas separated into conceptual categories including indigenous, immigrant and assimilated. The exhibition considers how objects, still and moving images, sound and performances made by artists living in the path of the butterfly reveal their identities through form, process and materiality rather than through content.
This exhibition is curated by Risa Puleo and organized by Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska, where it was first presented December 7, 2017-February 24, 2018. The accompanying catalogue is supported, in part, by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Sandra Fossum, and Watie White.
Southwest School of Art Historic Site
300 Augusta Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
John L. Santikos Building
1201 Navarro Street
San Antonio, TX 78205