San Antonio’s Urban Experience
San Antonio is a vibrant, diverse city much beloved by artists. The strong and well-connected art community is supported by a rich multi-cultural feel, beautiful urban neighborhoods, significant historic sites, award-winning restaurants, a low cost of living and an energetic downtown scene. The Southwest School of Art is right in the middle of it all, perfectly located along the world-famous San Antonio River.
The Southwest School of Art is located on the northern edge of San Antonio’s downtown, at the intersection of Augusta and Navarro Streets, across from the Central Library and within easy access of the city’s cultural heart.
The Ursuline Campus is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the old Ursuline grounds and gardens are considered one of San Antonio’s most contemplative and beautiful spots – an “urban oasis.”
From the campus, a stairway leads down to San Antonio’s famed River Walk, and marks the start of the “Museum Reach,” a pedestrian and bike-friendly walk filled with public art, that makes its way to the Pearl development, brimming with shops, restaurants, and events.
A 10-minute walk along the river brings you to the San Antonio Museum of Art, housed in part in the Lone Star Brewery complex constructed around 1900. In 1985, the Museum received the unparalleled collections of Latin American Folk Art formed by former Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller and Robert K. Winn, placing it at the forefront of American collections in this area; the museum’s new Asian Wing is also celebrated for its depth and breadth.
About 2 blocks away is Artpace, internationally-known for its residency programs. Every year, its International Artist-in-Residence program brings artists from Texas, the U.S., and abroad to live and work in San Antonio. Past artists include Teresita Fernandez, Buster Graybill, Annette Messager, Do-Ho Suh, Antony Gormley, Isaac Julien, Glenn Ligon, Mona Hatoum, and Tracey Moffatt.
Across the river from the SSA is the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, scheduled to open in Spring of 2014. It will be San Antonio’s finest performance facility, with a 1,750-seat Performance Hall, a 230-seat Studio Theater, and a dramatic River Walk entrance with a performing arts plaza, where up to 600 people can watch outdoor performances.
Head on your bike, or hop the trolley, through downtown, and you’ll be in San Antonio’s fun and art-filled Southtown area, home of the dynamic Blue Star Art Complex and many small galleries and restaurants.