SAN ANTONIO (June 18, 2019) – The City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, in partnership with New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), presents an exhibit of visual art, film, and performance art created by the first round of participants in NYFA's Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program in San Antonio. This exhibit, organized by a committee of artist mentors, features the works of 26 San Antonio-based artists and three partner organizations. Four other cities including New York City, Detroit, Newark, and Oakland, have participated in NYFA's Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program since its founding in 2007.
The exhibit includes drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, mixed media installations, prints, films, readings and performances. Each artist determined the work he or she wanted to present, and covers various subjects including immigration, women's issues, culture, family, LGBTQ issues, identity, and others.
NYFA's Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program pairs immigrant artists with artist mentors of all disciplines who provide one-on-one support, guiding the immigrant artists to achieve specific goals and providing them with broader access to urban cultural centers.
In 2018 NYFA matched working San Antonio artists as mentors for selected immigrant artists representing eight countries, four continents, and five languages. NYFA organizers, artist mentors, and partner organizations shared practical knowledge of the San Antonio art scene. Discussions covered grant proposal ideas; how to approach curators, galleries, and presenting opportunities; social media best practices; networking and funding opportunities through arts institutions; and other local resources. Mentors also met regularly with mentees one-on-one to provide immigrant artists with portfolio feedback, advice on studio and presentation techniques, and to help write and edit artist statements.
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The exhibition opens Thursday, June 27, 2019 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019 at the City of San Antonio's Centro de Artes Gallery, located at 101 S. Santa Rosa, 78207. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
"We're thrilled that the mentees and mentors from the first cohort of our Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program in San Antonio have used the program as a springboard for collaboration," said Michael L. Royce, Executive Director, NYFA. "This exhibition is a testament to the strength of San Antonio's immigrant artist community, and exemplifies what we hope for each artist who goes through the program: that they develop lasting connections and seize opportunities for exposure for their work."
Participating artists for this exhibit include: Lorena Angulo, Richard Armendariz, Jose Balli, Marisela Barrera, Gregg Barrios, Kim Bishop, Hayfer Brea Rodriguez, Francisco Cortés, Sarah Fisch, Anel Flores, Ernesto Ibañez, Julya Jara, Maria Linan, Sergio Mata, Bárbara Miñarro, Ashley Mireles, Merle Mory, Anastassia Rabajille, Andrea V. Rivas, Jesse J. Ruiz, Luis Valderas, Jorge Villarreal, Anne Wallace, Naomi Wanjiku, Guillermina Zabala, and Claudia Elisa Zapata.
Participating organizations include: Blue Star Contemporary, Artpace, and SAYSí.
The NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program exhibition is part of the Centro de Artes Gallery 2019-2020 exhibit schedule. In 2018 the Department of Arts & Culture hosted a national open call for exhibitions and related programming for Centro de Artes, as part of the strategic plan developed for the gallery in collaboration with the community in 2017. The Centro de Artes committee, a subcommittee of the San Antonio Arts Commission, reviewed and scored 20 of the submitted qualified proposals. Ten of those proposals were selected for the 2019-2020 exhibit schedule.
"Art is a powerful tool for dialog and social change," said Yadhira Lozano, San Antonio Arts Commission member and chair of the Centro de Artes Committee. "As a space dedicated to telling the story of the Latino experience, Centro de Artes provides a prominent platform for artists to address some of the important issues we face today. Our partnership with NYFA and its mentorship program helps us achieve our goal of promoting artists and exhibiting great work in a thought-provoking way."
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Three accompanying events will take place throughout the duration of the exhibit. These events are free and open to the public, and will take place at Centro de Artes.
Thursday, June 27, 2019 (6-9 p.m.)
Join the City of San Antonio for the exhibit opening and meet the participating artists.
Film & Performance Night
Thursday, July 11, 2019 (6-9 p.m.)
An evening of films and performances by artists from the exhibition, featuring Marisela Barrera, Gregg Barrios, Hayfer Brea, Julya Jara, Maria Linan, Sergio Mata, Jorge Villarreal, Guillermina Zabala, and SAY Sí alumni.
Artist Panel Discussion & Catalog Release
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 (6-9 p.m.)
A panel discussion featuring artists Jose Balli, Anel Flores, Mari Hernandez, Luis Valderas, and Claudia Zapata, and moderated by Sarah Fisch.
Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio's Zona Cultural on the grounds of Historic Market Square, Centro de Artes is a two-story exhibit space dedicated to telling the story of the Latino experience with a focus on South Texas through local and regional art, history and culture, and showcasing Latino artists and Latino-themed artworks.
The Centro de Artes Gallery is open daily from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. More information is available at www.sanantonio.gov/arts.
IMAGE: Julya Jara, The Boy and the Sea, Digital photo print on canvas, 2013, 30 x 28 in. Courtesy of the Artist
Your guide to arts and culture events in San Antonio is www.sanantonio.gov/arts.
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