City of San Antonio Celebrates Military City, USA with New Art Exhibit by San Antonio Artists

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SAN ANTONIO (May 14, 2019) – The City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, in partnership with the City's Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, presents "City of Service," a new exhibit celebrating the history and legacy of San Antonio's military service members and bases. The exhibit opens Thursday, May 23, 2019 and runs through Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 at the City of San Antonio's Culture Commons Gallery, located at 115 Plaza de Armas, 78205. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

"City of Service" features 34 two-dimensional works by a diverse group of 19 San Antonio-based artists, some of whom are military veterans. Subjects of the artwork include: the Women's Army Corps (WAC), Edgewood ISD students who served in the Vietnam War, San Antonio's military bases, the Buffalo Soldiers and Tuskegee Airmen of San Antonio, Eric Alva (first U.S. service member wounded in Iraq, who later became a LGBTQ community leader), U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Olga Custodio (first Latina military pilot in the U.S.), Cleto L. Rodriguez, veteran homelessness, and other topics.

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"San Antonio has a long and notable military history," said City of San Antonio Office of Military and Veteran Affairs Director Maj. Gen. Juan G. Ayala, USMC (Ret.). "Even today, the undeniable influence of the U.S. military in our community is interwoven into our everyday lives. It's a part of who we are as a city and this exhibit highlights that legacy."

Participating artists for this exhibit include: Albert Alvarez, Fernando Andrade, Lisette Chavez, Joe De La Cruz, Barbara Felix, Anthony Francis, Adriana Garcia, Paul Hurd, Soomin Jung, Joe Lopez, Eric Mathis, Michael Menchaca, Abraham Mojica, Kristy Perez, Howard Roeder, Anabel Toribio-Martinez, Cody Vance, Guillermina Zabala, and Juan Zavala Castro.

Three accompanying events will take place throughout the duration of the exhibit. The events are free and open to the public, and will take place at Culture Commons Gallery.

Exhibit Opening Reception
 Thursday, May 23

 6-9 p.m.
 Join the City of San Antonio for the opening of "City of Service" and meet the participating artists featured in the exhibit.

Lunch & Learn: Veteran Homelessness
 Friday, June 21

 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
 In partnership with the City's Department of Human Services, for this event panelists will discuss veteran homelessness and the steps the City of San Antonio has taken to help address this issue. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, contact Stephanie Torres at or 210-207-1436.

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Artist Panel Discussion
 Thursday, August 22

 6:30-8:30 p.m.
 Five participating exhibit artists will discuss their interaction with veterans and service members and the creation of their artworks.

"There are many stories to be told about the military's legacy and influence in our city," said Debbie Racca-Sittre, Director of the Department of Arts & Culture. "Through the art featured in this exhibit, and the engagement with the community through these events, we hope residents and visitors will learn more about and truly appreciate why San Antonio is Military City, USA."

The Culture Commons Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and is free and open to the public. More information is available at

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