Innovation flows throughout San Antonio through business, development and particularly the art scene. The City’s contemporary art sphere has continued to expand over the past few decades as a result of key institutions that encourage artistic expression in endless forms, such as The Blue Star and Artpace. Still, the impact of the past remains prominent as some of San Antonio’s most memorable artistic attributes are its historic-based festivals, like Fiesta, and its famous architectural time portals known as the San Antonio Missions.
Once known for its commitment to tradition, San Antonio has emerged as a renaissance city that is said to be the poster child of what booming American cities will look like in the future. The regeneration of urban space has created a culture that is not only unique to Texas, but the entire United States. Iconic areas such as The Pearl and Southtown are prime examples of how the City is resparking its appeal and repurposing historic areas to offer contemporary value. Young professionals, established businesses and fresh start ups that crave an environment in which to thrive and catapult their ideas and aspirations will all find their niche and contribute to the movement of boundless possibilities.
In the mid 70's he earned a Masters Degree at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque where he studied art and lithography under Garo Antreasian while he also worked as a printer's assistant and photographer for the Tamarind Institute of Lithography. Shortly thereafter he moved to San Antonio, Texas to start up the printmaking program for the then San Antonio Art Institute,1976. While teaching and working there he completed an MFA Degree at the University of Texas at Austin in 1979. He moved back to California that year where he set up his studio and began showing at Art Space Gallery in Los Angeles. He then taught at the California College of Arts and Crafts ('80-'81) and the San Francisco Art Institute (Spring '82) and began showing also at the Bluxume Gallery, San Francisco.
Ken Little was born in 1947 in Canyon Texas. He was a graduate in the first Bachelor of Fine Arts class at Texas Tech University in 1970. He went on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Utah in 1972. Since 1972 he has held tenured positions at major universities, including The University of Montana at Missoula, The University of Oklahoma in Norman. Since 1988 he has been a professor of Art in Sculpture at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
San Antonio Museum of Art - San Antonio River Walk
Christie Blizard is an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a nationally and internationally exhibiting artist, working in a variety of media merging painting and drawing with social engagement practices. Since 2006, she has been featured in over 70 national and international art exhibitions including those curated by several renowned art figures such as: internationally known artists Mel Chin and Pradip Malde; Dr Charissa Terranova, Assistant Professor of Aesthetic Studies and Director of Centraltrak Artist Residency at UT Dallas; Rene Barilleaux, Chief Curator at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Carter Foster, Curator of Drawings at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Heather Pesanti, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Carnegie Museum of Art, and Antoine Guerrero, Director of Exhibitions at PS1. Recent exhibitions include an invitation to the Texas Biennial 2011 and 2013 curated by Virginia Rutledge held in Austin, New American Paintings 96 and 108 West Editions, and solo exhibitions at Lawndale Center for Art in Houston and Women and Their Work in Austin. Other recent residencies and fellowships include the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH and Centraltrak Artist in residence program through the University of Texas at Dallas, and the SIM Artist Residency in Reykjavik, Iceland. A recent performance project of hers was featured in Art in America, September 2013.
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The Austin Museum of Art
El Paso Art Museum
Illinois State Museum
Southwestern Medical School, Dallas
University of Texas at San Antonio
San Antonio Struggles with the Purpose and Price of Public Art
Gregory Elliott has been making and exhibiting sculpture for the past 30+ years. He holds 3 degrees including a B.F.A. from Stephen F. Austin State University with concentrations in Commercial Art, Printmaking and Ceramics; an M.A. from Stephen F. Austin Studio Art, Ceramic Sculpture and his M.F.A. from Southern Methodist University focused in Sculpture. Elliott was the first artist in residence for the Ysleta Independent School District in El Paso, Texas from 1980 to 1983 and was part of the faculty of the El Paso community college from 1983 to 1985, teaching sculpture, ceramics, drawing and design. From 1985 to1988, Elliott was a faculty member at Brookhaven College, in Dallas, Texas, teaching ceramics and sculpture. He spent 14 years as part of the faculty at Louisiana State University (LSU) from 1988 to 2002. While at LSU he served as both the Coordinator of Graduate Studies and the Area Head of Sculpture for the Art Department. From 2002 to 2008, Elliott served as chairperson for the Department of Art at the University of Texas at El Paso. Currently, Gregory Elliott serves as the chairperson of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Treasures from the San Antonio Museum of Art and Museum of Fine Arts Houston ..Field, a native Californian, received his B.A. from Stanford University and his M.F.A. from the University of Washington. His teaching career of 37 years included the University of New Mexico, the University of Texas at San Antonio, The University of Texas at Austin, Western Illinois University and the American Institute for Foreign Study in London. He is a Fellow of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland and was San Antonio Art League's Artist of the Year 2005. He retired from UTSA in 2002.
Past Exhibits :: San Angelo Museum of Fine ArtsJason Pearce Willome was born in San Antonio, Texas, and studied art at San Antonio College before earning a B.F.A. in Studio Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000, and an M.F.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2003. In addition to teaching art full time at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Jason has taught art for the Alamo Colleges, the University of Colorado, Boulder, and was a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Hawai'i Manoa for two years. Jason has exhibited his work in Honolulu, New Orleans, Texas, Colorado, Kentucky, Tennessee, Colombia, and the Middle East. Jason currently lives and works in San Antonio.
in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts at The University of Texas at San AntonioNationality: American
Place of birth: Elmhurst, Illinois
Training: Colorado Institute of Art (Advertising, 1981); San Antonio Art Institute (1991); University of Texas at San Antonio (B.F.A. 1993: M.F.A., 2000)
Profile: Multidisciplinary artist (sculpture, ceramics, drawing)
Residencies: Two-month residency partially funded by the N.E.A., at Sculpture Space in Utica, New York (2006). Constructed ten, four-foot tall steel armatures based on the “banana people” from the OmiGosh Series.
Professional Affiliations: Co-founder of the cactus bra Space, which was the longest running alternative space for emerging artists in San Antonio. (1993-2013)
Brief Exhibition History: Works included in the following exhibitions: International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ; University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM; Laredo Center for the Arts, TX; Art Museum of South Texas Institute for the Arts, Corpus Christi, TX; Art Alliance Center at Clearlake, TX; McNay Art Museum and Southwest School of Arts and Craft, San Antonio, TX; Mass Gallery, Austin, TX.