Public Art

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The Public Art inventory managed by the City of San Antonio has gone through a public engagement process. It is approved by the San Antonio Arts Commission and Public Art Committee. These groups are comprised of community representatives that have been appointed by City Council to represent their district or by the Mayor. These projects are managed by a Public Art Project Manager and are usually paid with public funds which come from 1% allocated from Transportation and Capital Improvements. We are currently developing public art projects for the 2017-2022 Bond Program. For a full list of Department of Arts & Culture staff, please click here

Public Art Team

Veronica Rippel

Veronica Rippel
Veronica Rippel, PMP, MBA
Public Art Programs Manager
Department of Arts & Culture
City of San Antonio

Veronica Rippel, native of Mexico City, earned her Master in Business Administration with a focus on Finance from Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Bachelor of Science majoring in Industrial Engineering from the Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico City. Additionally, Veronica is a Licensed Professional Project Manager from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

As an Engineer, Veronica has extensive program and project management experience with large- to mid-size capital projects. Veronica has managed large project manager and engineering discipline teams working on a portfolio of over $500-million dollars. Complimenting her project management expertise, Veronica has extensive construction management experience on projects across all engineering disciplines.

Her current contributions to the City of San Antonio as Public Art Capital Programs Manager includes managing a team of Public Art Project Managers, by ensuring best practices are followed to control project budgets, scopes, and schedules; and providing strategic guidance and technical overview to the Public Art Project Managers.

Veronica used her strategic planning capabilities to plan and execute the San Antonio Citywide Sebastian Retrospective. Her negotiation skills and language capabilities have been a key asset when working with international artists like Sebastian and Pedro Reyes, leveraging the City of San Antonio to a position that has resulted in significant donations of art and major purchasing discounts in art acquisitions for the city.

Bianca Alvarez

Bianca Alvarez
Bianca Alvarez 
Public Art Project Manager
Department of Arts & Culture
City of San Antonio

Bianca Alvarez brings experience and expertise to the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture – Public Art Division, after time as a university educator and art museum professional, with an MA in Art History and BFA in Painting from the University of Texas in San Antonio (UTSA). Serving as adjunct faculty at both UTSA and Baptist University of the Americas (BUA), she developed curriculum for and taught undergraduate classes in art history, ranging in period from prehistoric art to contemporary.

At the McNay Art Museum, she worked across departments, beginning as the 2017-2018 Semmes Foundation Intern in Museum Studies and then as the Grants and Sponsorship Officer. She is the recent recipient of The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) 2020 Curatorial Award of Excellence for her curatorial role in the McNay’s 2019 exhibition, Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today, which was fully grant-supported by the Ford Foundation and Henry Luce Foundation. Her thesis, titled The Birth of a Community-Based Mural Movement: The Story of San Anto Cultural Arts places San Anto within the intricate network of community murals and demonstrates her commitment to learning about and revealing the vibrancy of San Antonio’s art community.

This history is best applied to her current projects located on the Westside of San Antonio, which aims to build connectivity to other parts of the city and emphasize the rich cultural heritage of the area. Recently, she led the permanent installation of the major sculptural donation, The Door of Equality, by celebrated Mexican artist Sebastian in downtown San Antonio. Along with maintaining the City’s Public Art collection, she serves as the Arts & Culture liaison to the City’s Aviation Department.

Other projects anticipated for completion in the near future include the expansion of the Bloom series of oversized metal flowers to be installed in several parks across San Antonio, new public art coming to two community centers in District 2, and art at City Tower. Her role as Public Art Project Manager affords her the opportunity to further a vision for public art that looks to a bright future while developing the great talent the city harbors.

Kimberly Mirelez

Kimberly Mirelez
Kimberly Mirelez 
Public Art Project Manager
Department of Arts & Culture
City of San Antonio

Kimberly Mirelez is a proud native San Antonian. She received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts, double-majoring in Government and History, from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 and her Master of Arts in History from University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011.

Before joining the City of San Antonio she worked at the San Antonio Museum of Art as an Assistant Registrar honing skills in project management, collections management, imaging and rights and reproductions, publications, exhibitions, art handling, and conservation. Since joining the City in 2018 she has brought those skills into her projects with the Public Art Division.

Currently she is working on projects at City Hall, Phil Hardberger Park, Seeling Channel, District 9 Senior Center, World Heritage Trail, and the River Walk Public Art Garden as well as maintenance and conservation projects and special exhibitions. Kimberly was a member of the 2020 class of the City’s Women’s Leadership Mentorship Program. Kimberly has a passion for art, architecture, and design and has enjoyed meeting people from across the city who share a passion for celebrating San Antonio’s vibrancy.

Jordyn Patrias

Jordyn Patrias
Jordyn Patrias
Public Art Programs Manager
Department of Arts & Culture
City of San Antonio

Jordyn Patrias is a University of Texas at San Antonio graduate, receiving her Master of Arts in Art History and Criticism in 2019. Her a focus of research was in Modern and Contemporary Art. During her time at UTSA she taught several undergraduate courses on Modern Art History. Teaching allowed her to share theory and concepts that shaped her study with a large audience. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History with a Minor in Museum Studies from the University of Wyoming in 2016. Throughout her studies she has participated in several conferences presenting her art historical research findings.

She has previous museum experience working as the Assistant Registrar for the University of Wyoming Art Museum, in which she cataloged and documented the collection. Prior to moving to San Antonio, she was the Project Coordinator for the Laramie Mural Project and Wyoming Art Party, a position which fostered her deep appreciation and understanding of how public art can shape a community.

She has served as Public Art Project Manager for projects at Comanche Lookout Park and the River Walk Public Art Garden, along with maintaining the City’s public art inventory. She is currently working on upcoming sculptures at Martin Luther King Park and along Old HWY 90 as well as several mural projects. 

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