Posted 9 days ago ago by Javier Flores (Arts)
Javier Flores, Department of Arts & Culture
Centro de Artes Gallery Celebrates 15 San Antonio Latina Artists with New Exhibit for Women’s History Month
Poetry Review on March 22 featuring Renowned San Antonio Women Poets will Accompany Exhibit
SAN ANTONIO (March 13, 2017) – Women artists – where they have been, the places they occupy now, and the roles they will fill in the future – are the basis for “A Woman’s Place Is…,” an exhibit celebrating 15 San Antonio- based Latina artists. This intentionally cross-generational exhibit, with participating artists ranging in age from 20 to 80 years, includes women who were active participants in the first wave of feminist art almost 60 years ago, to younger artists now discovering the history of that rich legacy.
“A Woman’s Place Is…,” presented by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, is currently on display at Centro de Artes Gallery, 101 S. Santa Rosa, and runs through Sunday, August 20, 2017. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
“A Woman’s Place Is…” features 48 works by 15 artists including: Sarah Castillo, Lisette Chavez, Cat Cisneros, Ana Laura De La Garza, Jenelle Esparza, Audrya Flores, Diana Rodriguez Gil, Mari Hernandez, Chloe Rivas, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Elva Salinas, Victoria Suescum, April Flores Taylor, Anita Valencia, Carla Veliz. Artworks include two-dimensional pieces and three-dimensional installations that address themes of power, spirituality, politics, history, family, community, and the examination of women’s roles in each.
The exhibit is guest curated by San Antonio artist, Kathy Vargas. Vargas currently teaches art at the University of the Incarnate Word and has lectured throughout the U.S. and Mexico.
“What I have learned from working with these artists is that all of them are incredibly strong, perhaps stronger than they realize, even at their most vulnerable,” Vargas said. “Whatever the common threads - their references to female/Latina identity, the search for healing through the spiritual, the path between the spiritual and art - they display tremendous strength, and share themselves without reservation.”
The Department of Arts & Culture will host “Women IN THE Words” on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Centro de Artes Gallery in conjunction with “A Woman’s Place Is…” This poetry review will feature readings exploring women’s roles in the arts and include participation by: San Antonio Poet Laureate Jenny Browne, Inaugural San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla, Andrea Vocab Sanderson, Viktoria Valenzuela, Arielle Cottingham, Iliana Luja, Rebecca Wright, Raquel Torres and DJ Ms Eclectic. The community is invited to attend this free event.
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 Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. More information is available at GetCreativeSanAntonio.com.