¡Adelante San Antonio! by San Antonio artist collaborative Dos Mestizx: Suzy González and Michael Menchaca is a triptych that celebrates the rich history of San Antonio. The murals are located in the customer service bay and the outer walls of the parking garage of the new San Antonio International Airport CONRAC parking facility. The project was completed in January 2018.
Confluence: Art at the Convention Center debuted in February 2018 highlighting the newly-expanded art collection at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The collection, "Confluence: Art at the Convention Center," has been enhanced by the inclusion of a diverse group of regional artists whose work creates a sense of place, and broaden our understanding of aspects of San Antonio's artistic and cultural heritage.
Love is Never Lost by Austin artist team Legge Lewis Legge creates a landscape of imagery with large iconic words "Love is Never Lost." The words and imagery emerge through the use of a special steel tab system that beautifies the fence of a Google Fiber Hut located at West End Park. The Project was completed in February 2018.
Dream Song Tower by San Antonio artist Cruz Ortiz, serves as a welcoming gateway to the South San District. Dream Song Tower is located at the corner of IH 35 South and Zarzamora. The project was completed in March 2018.
Reflect by San Antonio artist Stuart Allen is located in the Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair. "Reflect" is the eighth and final public art installation of the series "Play" at the Yanaguana Garden created by local artist, led by Allen. The project was completed in March 2018.
Canopy by Joey Fauerso is located under the Fulton Avenue Railroad Underpass between Beacon Hill and Alta Vista. The mural incorporates student observations from nearby Agnes Cotton Academy, taken from an artist lead nature observation workshop with the fourth and seventh grade classes. The mural was completed in April 2018.
Aguas Onduladas (Rippling Waters) by Des Moines, Iowa artist team RDG Dahlquist Art Studio celebrates the neighborhood culture and natural beauty of Elmendorf Lake. The three wave forms gently slop towards the park entrance, while the pattern cut into the metal reflect the rippling water. The sculptures feature sections of poetry by Dr. Carmen Tafolla, 2015 Texas Poet Laureate. The project was completed in April 2018.
Windows to Our Heritage is a project by two San Antonio artists, muralist David Blancas and mosaicist Oscar Alvarado. Both have studios steps away from the underpasses and have been working since last summer, with the help of George Cisneros of URBAN-15 to research and gather input from the community for their project work is underway for the public art project at US90 underpasses at Presa, Roosevelt, Mission, and Steves. Presa and Roosevelt were completed in April 2018.
Time Capsules Reflections of Our Changing Community is a collaboration between French & Michigan, Spare Parts, and Northeast Independent School District. This creative response to a concrete wall at a CPS substation is comprised of student artwork inspired by the theme of change and creative reuse. This Project was completed in May 2018.
Mud Creek: The District 10 Mud Creek/Thousand Oaks public art project by San Antonio artist Leticia Huerta is currently under fabrication by San Antonio metal fabricator Wanderlust Ironworks. Huerta's design highlights the natural beauty along the trail and draws attention to the unmarked dirt trail used by mountain bikers and hikers. The artwork is comprised of four oversized wildflowers found along the trail that take their inspiration from bicycle parts. This project is under fabrication.
Lackland Corridor Gateway: "Tribute to Freedom," by San Antonio artist George Schroeder, in collaboration with local landscape architect Larry Hicks, is comprised of five metal forms representing the five branches of the United States Armed Forces: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy. The artwork will be located at the southwest corner of W Military Dr. and HWY 90. This project is under fabrication.
PASA PRE-QUALIFIED LIST
Every year PASA seeks applicants to be considered for a pre-qualified list for a two year duration. The pre-qualified list consists of recommended artists and public art professionals that are eligible for potential opportunities, including the creation of new public artworks, providing services for the City's art inventory, and collaboration with PASA in implementing art in public places.
The 2018 Call for Public Art Qualifications for Public Artists, Art Inventory Services, and Collaborative Partners closed in August 2017 and applications have been evaluated by a selection panel. The panel recommendations were presented to the San Antonio Arts Commission in March for their consideration and then final action was taken to City Council in April 2018 to update the PASA Pre-Qualified List.
The 2018 Pre-Qualified List can be viewed here.
"Confluence: At the Convention Center"
The arts take center stage throughout 2018 as the City of San Antonio, led by the Department of Arts & Culture and its various collaborative partners, honors the city’s Tricentennial with a year-long series of events, programs, and performances designed to inspire, innovate, and propel San Antonio into the next 300 years.
The City of San Antonio hosts an exhibit, opening February 2018, for the newly-expanded art collection at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The collection, “Confluence: Art at the Convention Center,” has been enhanced by the inclusion of a diverse group of regional artists whose works create a sense of place, and broaden our understanding of aspects of San Antonio’s artistic and cultural heritage.
The exhibit features new and existing works by 48 artists – 25 of whom are San Antonio artists. A mini-exhibit of vintage photos of HemisFair ’68 is also on display at the Convention Center to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair. This mini-exhibit was curated and designed by Rigoberto Luna, and was developed with guidance from the UTSA Libraries Special Collection and the McNay Art Museum.
As the Convention Center expanded toward the east, the obsolete portion of the west wing was demolished to make room for a new civic park on the corner of Alamo Street and Market Street. This demolition exposed and showcased a large-scale HemisFair '68 era glass tile mosaic mural by artist Carlos Merida, which now faces the Juan O'Gormon rock mosaic on the Lila Cockrell Theatre facade at the Riverwalk Portal. A third of HemisFair '68 era mural painting by Fred Samuelson was recently installed inside the Convention Center's Bridge Hall that spans the River Walk. The Bridge Hall offers spectacular views of both the Merida and O'Gorman mosaic murals outside, as well as the Samuelson mural within the Bridge Hall.
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