The Southwest School of Art

The Southwest School of Art

Museum Month Offer

The Southwest School of Art galleries are free to the public. Southwest School of Art members, students, and employees will be admitted free to participating Museum Month organizations. Show your membership card, Student ID, or work ID for admission.

About

The 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. The 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.

Special Events

Buster Graybill Exhibition
Leisure Lines
Through November 12, 2017
Santikos Building
Museum Hours
| Free

San Antonio artist Buster Graybill utilizes sculpture, installation, video and photography to traverse and reconnect with often overlooked places found in the rural landscape. Harvesting memories, stories, language, and objects from the rich cultural geography of rural America, Graybill’s work is informed by the subtle shifts and rapid changes that are occurring in the landscape as urban sprawl continues to consume and displace both nature and culture. His projects explore these moments and places of change, addressing themes of adaptation, displacement, and re-contextualization. In his own words, Graybill’s artwork, fluctuates between the conflicting vernaculars of country grammar and art speak; between formal and conceptual; between intuition and intellect; and between performance and production.Graybill’s work has been exhibited in New York, Boston, Mexico, Maine, and throughout Texas and his numerous awards include a Skowheg an Artist Residency and Fellowship, an Artpace International Residency, a grant though the San Antonio Artist Foundation, an Idea Fund Grant through the Andy Warhol Foundation.

Chris Engman Photography Exhibition
Photographs
Through November 12, 2017
Santikos Building
Museum Hours
| Free

In his photographic works, Chris Engman examines the most fundamental of issues related to the human condition: the inexplicable fact of our existence, the ungraspable experience of time, and the illusive and unknowable nature of reality. In so doing, he calls attention to the gulf that exists between how we see and how we think we see; how we think and how we think we think; and the inconstant and constructed nature of memory. Engman’s photographs are documentations of the artist’s sculptures, interventions, and installations but they are also records of actions and elaborate processes. Days are spent, sometimes with a crew but more often in solitude, silently driving, carrying supplies, erecting structures and sets, and studying the slow progress of the sun overhead and its all-powerful, comfort-giving-and–taking effects.
Created in close collaboration with the movements of the sun, precisely ob served, Engman sees his photographic works as acts of reverence and participation in a deep and reassuring natural order much larger than ourselves. Chris Engman’s work can be found in the collections of the Orange County Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Portland Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, The Henry Art Gallery, Microsoft, the Covington Library, and the Sir Elton John Collection, London. It has also been featured at 68 Projects (Berlin), the Torrance Art Museum, Sonce Alexander Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), the Institute of Contemporary Art (San Jose, CA), the Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego, CA), Flowers Gallery (London), Luis De Jesus (Los Angeles, CA), Project B (Milan), FOAM (Arles, France), and the Hyrenes Festival of International Photography (Hyrenes, France). Chris Engman lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Kristy Deetz Exhibition
Through the Veil
Through November 12, 2017
Historic Site
Museum Hours
| Free

Each painting in Kristy Deetz’s Through the Veil series begins with her rendering a closely observed fabric with wrinkles and folds. The fabric in these paintings acts as a threshold that places the viewer into multiple, often conflicting, layers of space and meaning. The paintings utilize imagery from pop, outsider, and high culture. This recontextualizing of the familiar aids in a reconsideration that allows the viewer to make new relationships to the imagery. A shape-shifting Rabbit acts as the central figure throughout and is positioned in front of or behind while looking into, out, around, or between images and spaces. Deetz uses dark humor, visual puns, symbols, and metaphors, art historical references and cultural collisions to play with pictorial and formal construction. 

Contact

www.swschool.org
Southwest School of Art Historic Site
300 Augusta Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

John L. Santikos Building
1201 Navarro Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
210.224.1848

 
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