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Opening - Thu. October 4, 2018
Southwest School of Art - Opening Reception | 5-8 pm
Performance by Flor Ameira at Southwest School of Art | 6 pm

Blue Star Contemporary - Opening Reception | 7-10 pm
Performance by Jose Villalobos at BSC | 8 PM
Free and open to the public


SAN ANTONIO, TX (September 26, 2018) — Blue Star Contemporary and Southwest School of Art are pleased to co-host the exhibition, Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, on view October 4, 2018 – January 6, 2019. Curated by Risa Puleo, the exhibition —featuring the works of 38 artists native to the Americas—uses the migratory path of the monarch butterfly as a geographic framework and conceptual metaphor.

Monarchs sees the defense of Standing Rock and the threat to build a border wall as continuous issues that pose challenges to people native to the Americas who have been separated by conceptual categories of indigenous, immigrant, and assimilated. Like the butterfly, which takes four generations to make the complete migratory path by drawing from inherited knowledge, these artists also pull from ancestral and cultural memory to reveal the deep legacies underpinning abstraction, reorient historical and art historical narratives, and explore centuries-old trade routes that moved aesthetics in addition to goods.

Featured Artists:
Gina Adams, Flor Ameira, Carmen Argote, Natalie Ball, Margarita Cabrera, Sarah Castillo, Juan William Chavez, William Cordova, Rafa Esparza, Yatika Fields, Nancy Freidemann- Sánchez, Nicholas Galanin, Guillermo Galindo, Jeffrey Gibson, Joe Harjo, Sky Hopkina, Donna Huanca, Salvador Jimenez Flores, Merritt Johnson, Ivan Lozano, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Rodolfo Marron III, Harold Mendez, Mark Menjivar, Ronny Quevedo, Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez, Josh Rios, Anthony Romero, Guadalupe Rosales, Carlos Rosales Silva, Edra Soto, Francisco Souto, Marty Two Bulls, Jr., Rodrigo Valenzuela, Mary Valverde, Jose Villalobos, Dyani White Hawk, Sarah Zapata.
About the Curator:
Risa Puleo is an independent curator and critic. Her exhibition Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, curated for Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts during her year as curator-in-residence, will travel through the summer of 2019 to MoCA North Miami, Blue Star Contemporary and Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, The Nerman Art Museum in Kansas City, and The Soap Factory Minneapolis. Puleo’s exhibition Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the American Justice System opened at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston in August 2018. Other exhibitions have been hosted by the Leslie Lohman Museum in New York City; Franklin Street Works in Stamford, CT; Artpace, San Antonio; Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, and more. Puleo has Master’s degrees from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and Hunter College and is a student in Northwestern University’s graduate art history program. She has written for Art in America, Art Papers, Art 21, Asia Art Pacific, Hyperallergic.com, Modern Painters and other art publications.

This exhibition is curated by Risa Puleo and organized by Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska, where is was first presented December 7, 2017 - February 24, 2018. The accompanying catalogue is supported, in, part, by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Sandra Fossum, and Watie White.

Exhibition Support
Support for this exhibition generously provided by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture, a grant from John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, and Texas Commission on the Arts.

About Southwest School of Art
Southwest School of Art teaches and advances the visual arts for the benefit of students seeking higher education and for others seeking education and enrichment. SSA’s Exhibition Program positions itself as a leader in the contemporary art field, encouraging interaction, critical dialogue, and aesthetic engagement through its exhibitions, ancillary programs, and projects centered on the works of emerging and established artists as well as faculty and students. For more information, visit www.swschool.org. SSA exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday 9am–5pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm.
About Blue Star Contemporary
Blue Star Contemporary is a non-profit, non-collecting contemporary art organization celebrating more than 30 years in the Southtown neighborhood of San Antonio, Texas, that advances the growth and understanding of contemporary art, artists, and the curatorial process. With a mission to inspire, nurture, and innovate, BSC hosts 20 contemporary exhibitions annually, a year-round after-school art education program for high school youth, the MOSAIC Student Artist Program, and the Berlin Residency Program. In 2017, BSC became the only San Antonio arts organization to be W.A.G.E.-certified, solidifying its commitment to fair compensation of artists and creative professionals. For more information visit www.bluestarcontemporary.org. BSC is open to the public, Thursdays & Fridays: 10am-8pm, Saturdays & Sundays: 10am-6pm, and the First Friday of every month: 10am-9pm. Admission is FREE on Thursdays 4-8pm, all day on First Thursdays and First Fridays. General admission is $5. Discounted admission is $3 for seniors, B-Cycle Members, King William Association members. Admission is always free for Blue Star Contemporary Members, active military, veterans, educators, and students with valid ID.

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SSA MEDIA CONTACT
Debra Del Toro, Director of Communications
ddeltoro@swschool.org

BSC MEDIA CONTACT
Inessa Kosub, Public Affairs & Engagement Manager
inessa@bluestarcontemporary.org

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release: August 17, 2018

Southwest School of Art Announces Fall Exhibitions

San Antonio, Texas – Southwest School of Art (SSA) will kick off the fall exhibition season with the opening of three exhibitions by five renowned artists. The opening reception is scheduled from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on August 30 in the Santikos Building on the SSA campus. The reception and all exhibitions are free and open to the public.

 
Takuji Hamanaka, Pebbles in Water, 2017,
woodcut print collaged on museum board, 20 x 14 inches. Image courtesy the artist.


Victoria Burge, Jeffrey Dell and Takuji Hamanaka: We’re Not Even Supposed to Be Here
August 30 – September 23, 2018

We’re Not Even Supposed to Be Here a joint exhibition by Victoria Burge, Jeffrey Dell and Takuji Hamanaka is on view at Southwest School of Art from August 30 through September 23, 2018.

Victoria Burge is a visual artist working across several disciplines. Her drawings and prints are assembled using systems of mapping to generate abstracted cartographies of imagined terrains. Burge’s prints are in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the British Museum, and the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow. Burge has received grant awards from the Independence Foundation, Philadelphia and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, and is the recipient of 2018 Fellowships at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle, Ireland and the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. She is currently based in Philadelphia.


Jeffrey Dell is a printmaker whose work engages themes of human desire and its effects on perception, impulse, appetite, and health. There is an earnest playfulness in his work, ambiguous to its origins. Dell’s exhibitions include Galleri Urbane, Dallas, Art Palace, Houston, Leipzig International Art Programme, Leipzig, Germany; and the International Print Center, New York, among others. He was twice a fellow at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy. He is professor of printmaking at Texas State University and lives in San Marcos, Texas.


Takuji Hamanaka combines printmaking techniques and collage to create images of intricate patterns suggesting dimensionality. His biomorphic images evoke movement as they seem to breath or resonate on their flat surface. His work has been exhibited at the International Print Center, New York, Whitman College, Washington, National Academy of Fine Arts, India, and the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, Scotland, among others. Hamanaka has received two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships (2011 and 2017), KALA Art Institute Fellowship, CA, and has been a resident at the MacDowell Colony, Open Studio Residency, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, ME and the Museum of Arts and Design, NY. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Jonathan Faber, Interzone, 2016,
oil and acrylic on canvas, 40 x 26 inches. Image courtesy the artist.

 

Jonathan Faber: Ideal Fadez
August 30 – September 23, 2018

Southwest School of Art presents Ideal Fadez, a solo exhibition by Jonathan Faber, on view from August 30 through September 23, 2018.

For his exhibition, Ideal Fadez, artist Jonathan Faber presents new paintings in a continuation of his practice of abstract painting. Faber’s approach is rooted in the process of painting, originating in Abstract Expression of the 1940s in which successive layers as evidence of history of the action of painting became the end result of image making. Unlike expressive abstraction, Faber methodically constructs his compositions in digital form before painting. The artist balances his methodical approach with inherent improvisations while working up his images through a broad vocabulary of form, color and marks. In other words, the process takes place in digital space in parallel with the process of material painting. Evidence of his techniques, like the outlines of torn masking tape, is indicative of this, and illustrates the economy of his method.

Jonathan Faber received a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the recipient of a Pollock Krasner Fellowship and a Joan Mitchell Foundation award. His work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums across the country, including Cue Art Foundation, the Galveston Arts Center, David Shelton Gallery, and the Blanton Museum of Art. He currently lives and works in Austin.
 

Sylvanus Shaw, Waxpack Cards, 2018.
Image courtesy the artist.

Sylvanus Shaw: FIAT
August 30 – December 9, 2018

Brooklyn-based artist Sylvanus Shaw, will display his exhibition FIAT at Southwest School of Art from August 30 through December 9, 2018.

Shaw began making cards at the age of nine, inspired by Garbage Pail Kids, baseball cards, and Bikkuriman Devil vs. Angel seals. Small drawings have factored heavily in the artist’s practice ever since. The humble format is an ideal place to experiment; to do things that would be impracticable, superficial, or confusing at a larger scale; to wear other hats, other masks, even other artists; to document his studio practice in miniature, multiplicable ways. To date, the artist has created over 10,000 cards, packaged in annual editions.

FIAT features drawings culled from hundreds of waxpacks, reminiscent of vintage trading cards. By packaging his drawings, the artist loses track of content in a literal way, creating a reserve of fungible artwork, modeled after the fiat currencies of banking reserves and the speculative excitement that emanates from an un-opened pack of collectible cards. To reinforce his loss of agency and the active role of a presumed collector, the artist removed himself from the curatorial process, conceded the framing, card-groupings, and display of FIAT to others.

Shaw has exhibited widely, including at the Spring/Break Art Show, Salon Art + Design Fair, International Fine Arts and Antiques Dealers Show, International Art & Design Fair, the National Arts Club, as well as a solo exhibition at the Fraunces Tavern Museum in lower Manhattan. In addition to painting and drawing, Shaw designs furniture under the brand LYVETH. His writings have appeared in Aufgabe, Zingmagazine, SpringGun Press, Lilies and Cannonball Review, and elsewhere.

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Media contact: Debra Del Toro, Southwest School of Art Director of Communications ddeltoro@swschool.org or 210.200.8228.

Southwest School of Art is the only independent college of art in the state of Texas and operates as a private, nonprofit institution. In addition to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, Southwest School of Art provides studio art programs for non degree-seeking students in San Antonio and surrounding communities. As part of our mission to teach and advance the visual arts for the benefit of those seeking higher education and for others seeking education and enrichment, all exhibitions and lectures at Southwest School of Art are free and open to the public.

 

 

 

Takuji Hamanaka

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release: August 17, 2018

Southwest School of Art Announces Fall Exhibitions

San Antonio, Texas – Southwest School of Art (SSA) will kick off the fall exhibition season with the opening of three exhibitions by five renowned artists. The opening reception is scheduled from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on August 30 in the Santikos Building on the SSA campus. The reception and all exhibitions are free and open to the public.

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Takuji Hamanaka, Pebbles in Water, 2017, woodcut print collaged on museum board, 20 x 14 inches. Courtesy the artist.

 

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