Posted 2 years 5 days ago ago by Javier Flores (Arts)
Javier Flores, Department for Culture & Creative Development
From Faces to Tails, Artists and Pets Become Body of Work in Two Simultaneous Summer Exhibitions by Local Artists
“San Antonio Faces of Art,” “Pet Project” Offer Unique Perspectives
SAN ANTONIO (July 13, 2016)
– San Antonio’s visual art community and companion animals are the subjects of the Department for Culture & Creative Development’s (DCCD) two simultaneous summer exhibitions, currently on display in downtown’s Plaza de Armas Building, 115 Plaza de Armas, through December 16, 2016.
“San Antonio Faces of Art” features 263 photos, displayed both as prints and digitally in the gallery space, by San Antonio photographer Ramin Samandari that show glimpses into artists’ emotions and psyche. Samandari chose not to photograph the artists in a typical studio setting with their respective works, but, instead created portraits that force the viewer to encounter each artist's face without distraction. The result is an important archive of San Antonio’s visual art community that did not previously exist. A smaller selection of the same photographs is also currently on display at Artpace for the “Faces of Artpace” exhibit.
“San Antonio’s downtown continues to be a vibrant arts and cultural center with thriving venues that provide many opportunities to showcase the artistic talent in our city. Ramin Samandari’s latest exhibits at Plaza de Armas and Artpace, both in downtown, wonderfully acknowledge many of San Antonio’s visual artists in a new and unique way,” District 1 Councilman Roberto C. Treviño said.
“Pet Project” showcases the work of six local contemporary artists who use companion animals – dogs, cats, and even poultry – as subject matter in their work. This exhibition of two- and three-dimensional pieces celebrates the significance of pets to many San Antonio residents, while also highlighting the importance of responsible pet ownership. Participating artists include: Rex Hausmann, Mari Hernandez, Josh Huskin, Jose Sotelo, Hills Snyder, and Lloyd Walsh. DCCD is proud to partner with the City’s Animal Care Services department and the Petco Foundation for “Pet Project.”
“Few things contribute to our quality of life more than our local artists. Corporate support, like that of PetCo, makes it easier to Get Creative,” District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez said. “District 6 is proud to be home to both Animal Care Services headquarters and the PetCo Corporate Center, which work tirelessly to raise awareness of responsible pet ownership in our community.”
The gallery at Plaza de Armas is open Monday-Friday, except City holidays, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
For more information on this exhibition, visit www.GetCreativeSanAntonio.com