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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 fall Matisse: Life in Color continues through September 7, and Glories of the Baroque: 17th Century European Art continues through September 28. In mid-October Raíces Americanas: Recent Acquisitions of Pre-Columbian Art opens and 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 5. 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 from the National Gallery of Art opens September 3 and continues through January 4. 60th Anniversary Gifts & Acquisitions will open January 28.


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 include Converging Texan Cultures through October 5; 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.


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.


Tommy Gregory’s Loading…, 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.


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.


Upcoming exhibitions include Altering Space, which will explore 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.


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.