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THREE 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.

Legacy of Beauty: A Exhibition of Chinese Ceramics in Honor of Walter F. Brown will be on view through New Year's, and Raíces Americanas: Recent Acquisitions of Pre-Columbian Art will be on view through February. Nelson Rockefeller's Picassos: Tapestries Commissioned for Kykuit opens December 20 and runs through March 8. January 17, Ancient to Modern: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics and Their Sources will open and be on view through April 6. SAMA is also featuring Diego Rivera in San Antonio , a small focus installation.

  • The McNay Art Museum  showcases a premiere fine art collection comprised of nearly 20,000 works of art.

Intimate Impressionism : Works from the National Gallery of Art's Mellon Collection , Manet to Gauguin : 19thCentury French Prints , and School at Sunset Hills : Works from 1943-1953 will be on view through January 4. American Masters  from the Collection of Janet and Joe Westheimer and Guillermina Zabala : I, Me, Light continue through December 14. Artists Take the Stage will continue through January 25, 2015.

Fait Accompli : Lithographs by Charles Dulac opens December 17 and will run through May 10. Regarding Ruscha opens January 21 and will run through May 17. Treasures for San Antonio : Celebrating the McNay's 60 thAnniversary will be on view February 4 through May 17, and All the Rage in Paris : Diaghilev's Ballets Russes 1909-1929 from February 18 through June 21. Viva Zapata! examines the Mexican revolutionary through the eyes of Mexican artists in the permanent collection and will be on view from May 20 through August 16.

  • The Institute of Texan Cultures provides an historical journey through 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 fall's offerings Distinguished Artist Veterans on view from November 1 through January 4; Texas Art Quilts and Modern Masterpieces through January 11; and the work of progressive artists in the Texas Contemporary Artists Series .

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 fall exhibition, Invasive Species: Landscapes by Justin Boyd, Adriana Corral, and Joey Fauerso , runs from September 11-January 4. Boyd's work takes a multi-media approach to an exploration of Americana and the American landscape; Corral's installations, performances, and sculpture are composites of research, politics, and universal themes of loss, injustice, concealment, and memory; Fauerso playfully examines nature, culture, and gender in her video installations.

 

This fall's International Artist-in-Residence Program, September 16-November 17, hosts Austin-based photographer Anna Krachey ; self-described ethnographer Adam Helms  from Brooklyn, New York; and Tokyo-based daguerreotypist Takashi Arai . The residencies will culminate in an exhibition November 13-January 11. The current Window Works exhibition showcases the work of Jimmy James Canales through January 4.

 
  • Students and 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.

Caroline Santa's Code-Mixing , Jennifer Datchuk's Dark and Lovely , and Catherine Lee's Emergence open September 4 and continue through November 9. Reticence , an installation of Lané Pittard's dreamlike photographs, will be on view September 4-September 28, and Tommy Gregory's Loading… from October 2 through November 9.

 

Borderland Collective's Northern Triangle , Fernando Andrade's Tierra y Libertad , and Spatial Planes , a group exhibition featuring print-based work that plays with the visual and conceptual representation of space, will open December 4 and run through February 15.

  • 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. Seth Camm: 2014 Artist of the Year opens September 7 and runs through October 19. The Members Invitational Exhibition  will be on view November 6-December 16.

  • 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.

 

Current Exhibitions : Altering Space explores the juncture of real and imagined worlds in the work of New York-based artists Matthew Albanese and Kim Keever; Kila & Rusharc of London; Seokmin Ko of South Korea; Scott Martin of San Antonio; John Pfahl of Buffalo, New York; and Barry Underwood of Cleveland, Ohio. Kate Ritson: Corona features the Texas artist's new carbon and glass fiber sculpture. In George Kinney: Forty Years of Color , the artist refashions old Kodachrome transparencies into a visual diary. All three exhibitions run from September 11-November 9. Timothy McCoy: Long, Long Journey to the Sea , September 11-November 7, features photographs that explore the correspondence between inner, spiritual life and the structures in nature.

Upcoming exhibitions : Opening November 20, Intense and Fragile will showcase contemporary porcelain sculpture by artists from across the United States and a Canada-based ceramicist, and Liz Rodda: Plateau will be an in-progress series of float mounted framed works on paper, stylistically similar to Rorscharch inkblot tests. Plateau closes January 23, and Intense and Fragile closes January 25.