MUSEUMS FOR THE PRICE OF NONE
Visit the San Antonio Museum of Art, the
McNay, and the Institute of Texan Cultures for free with an Alamo Colleges ID
Alamo Colleges students can visit the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA), the
McNay Art Museum, and the Institute of Texan Cultures for free with their
student IDs. There may be an additional cost for special exhibitions.
SAMA features extensive collections of a broad range of art reflecting
world cultures. This spring an exhibition of English-born, 19th
century American portrait painter Thomas
Sully: Painted Performance opens February 8 and continues through May 11; Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct opens
March 15 and continues through June 8; and Matisse: Life in Color opens June 14 and
continues through September 7. Eldzier Cortor:
Master Printmaker continues through March 2; and Fray Antonio Margil de Jesús: “Patron Saint of Texas” continues
through March 23. Diego
Rivera in San Antonio also continues.
Art at the Turn of the Millennium: The Contemporary
Collection at SAMA has undergone a re-installation in which the Brown
Foundation Curator of Contemporary Art David S. Rubin has focused on “the
interplay of art and politics” and examines “the significant advances made over
the past three decades by African-Americans, Hispanics and members and friends
of the LGBTQ community as active voices in contemporary art discourse.”
The McNay Art Museum showcases a
premiere fine art collection comprised of nearly 20,000 works of art. Current exhibitions: Robert
Indiana: Beyond Love; Robert Indiana:
Hartley Eligies; and Robert Indiana:
The Mother of Us All open February 5 and continue through May 25, as does The Full Monty: Male Nudes from the
Collection; and Constructing the
Stage: Artists from the Theatre Collection opens January 22 and continues
through June 1.
At the Institute of Texan
Cultures, experience a historical journey into the cultural heritage of the more
than 130 ethnic groups that settled the Lone Star State. In addition to The Back 40, a hands-on, outdoor
living history area and Texans One and All, which explores the
cultural diversity of the people of Texas over the centuries, this spring’s
offerings include The Struggle for Civil
Rights in Texas, a UTSA student exhibition, through March 30; Why We Came: The
Immigration Experience through March 23; Is This My
exhibition focusing on Bhutanese refugee resettlement, through April 20; and
from February 1-28, Walter Eugene George, showcasing historic photographs and
drawings of San Antonio and the Rio Grande.
Other art institutions in San Antonio that
offer free admission:
Artpace promotes art as a dynamic social force by
supporting emerging and established contemporary artists. The showcase spring exhibition from January 16-April 27 features
Mungo Thomson, a Los Angeles-based artist whose work explores mass culture,
cosmology, and reception. This spring’s Artist-in-Residence Program, January
21-March 24, hosts photographer and videographer Jessica Mallios from Austin;
sculptor and performance artist Liz Glynn from Los Angeles; and Sicilian-born
sculptor and installation artist Rosa Barba form Berlin. The residencies will
culminate in an exhibition March 20-May18.
military are welcomed free to the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, the first and longest-running venue for contemporary art in San
Antonio. Blue Star serves as an incubator for contemporary art in the city,
hosting over twenty exhibitions of emerging and world-renowned artists annually.
Thomas Isaac’s video installation Stardance, and Blane de St. Croix’s Broken Landscape III and Elizabeth Keithline’s Smarter, Faster, Higher sculptural installations will be on view through February 16.
The Coppini Academy of Fine Art was founded by the Italian-born
sculptor Pompeo Coppini and his protégé Waldine Tauch in 1945 and is devoted to
classic representational art. The Coppini features ongoing classes and member exhibitions.
San Antonio Art League & Museum is the oldest art institution in San Antonio and houses a permanent
collection of Texas art, most notably the Edgar B. Davis Collection chronicled
in William E. Reaves, Jr.’s Texas Art and
a Wildcatter’s Dream. The Art League mounts an annual schedule of
exhibitions from its holdings as well as exhibitions of contemporary San
Antonio artists and San Antonio’s only juried exhibition.
Southwest School of Art is an
educational and exhibition institution. As a part of its mission it preserves
the former Ursuline Convent and Academy, founded in 1851, as a place of
historic significance. Currently Chris Sauter: Doubt, a
multimedia exhibition exploring the dichotomies between religion and science,
and Robert and Shana Parkeharrison:
Selections from the Counterppoint Series, surrealistic
photographs that explore our lost connection with nature, continue through
February 2. Opening
February 13 are Texas Draws III which continues
through April 27, and Sarah Fox: Secrets
Manifest, figurative paintings with a mythological sensibility, which runs
through April 25. Opening May 9 and running through July 6 are Argentinian
artist Nicolas Leiva’s drawing and paintings in Infinite Cycle and GA-GA:
ROYGBIV, a collaborative work of mature women artists based on the
“roygbiv” color gradients.