Pioneers of the Sky, The Stinson School of Flying
Andy and Yvette Benavides of Smart And Joe De La Cruz, Chris Montoya, and Jose Cosme
mural paintings (visual works), paint
15' x 300'
"Pioneers of the Sky, the Stinson School of Flying" led by San Antonio artist team Andy and Yvette Benavides of SMART, Joe De La Cruz, Chris Montoya, and Jose Comse celebrates the achievements of women in aviation. The mural features historic portraits of Katherine and Marjorie Stinson who opened the Stinson school of flying in 1915. The portraits are rendered with Art Deco flourishes that highlight the surrounding architectural elements and the era of early flight. Katherine and Marjorie were stunt and endurance pilots, educators, and trailblazers of early-aviation. The mural features the portraits of the sisters and historical aircraft to illustrate the gains made in aeronautics. The sisters represent continued and future accomplishments of women in aviation. The mural offers inspiration and pride to women entering the still-male-dominated field. The mural was made with community input, local arts nonprofit SMART, and John Tosh and Sebastian St. Cloud from the Texas Air Museum. Learn more about this involvement here. "Pioneers of the Sky, the Stinson School of Flying is part of a series of murals for the World Heritage Mural Trail. This series is located in San Antonio's World Heritage Corridor and is a collaboration with the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture and the World Heritage Office.