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Blue Star Contemporary

Blue Star Contemporary Blue Star Contemporary inspires, innovates, and nurtures through contemporary art. Developed from a grassroots event in July of 1986, Blue Star Contemporary (BSC) is the first and longest-running nonprofit space for contemporary art in San Antonio.

The establishment of BSC as an exhibition space arose from the need to provide a platform for the work and ideas of local contemporary artists. In the years since its inception, BSC has grown with the community, instigating positive change in both the art community and the community at large with its mission to inspire the creative genius in us all by nurturing artists through innovative contempor

The establishment of BSC as an exhibition space arose from the need to provide a platform for the work and ideas of local contemporary artists. In the years since its inception, BSC has grown with the community, instigating positive change in both the art community and the community at large with its mission to inspire the creative genius in us all by nurturing artists through innovative contempor

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Your art-filled weekend agenda! It's a First Friday with the  closing reception for Threads Bare. Join us for a walkthro...
05/06/2022

Your art-filled weekend agenda! It's a First Friday with the closing reception for Threads Bare. Join us for a walkthrough with artists Audrya Flores, Juan Carlos Escobedo, Preetika Rajgariah, C. Rose Smith, and Luis Valderas at 6:00 PM. Come dressed in your Cosmic Couture to be issued a MASAporte and be photographed by Jojo Dancer as a part of Luis Valderas' Project MASA. On Saturday, join exhibiting artist Megan Harrison for readings on grief and loss at 3 PM.- https://mailchi.mp/bluestarcontemporary/artfilledweekend

Exhibiting artist Megan Harrison invites families experiencing loss and grief to join her for a special afternoon on Sat...
05/05/2022

Exhibiting artist Megan Harrison invites families experiencing loss and grief to join her for a special afternoon on Saturday, May 7 at 3pm for a program focused on expression and connection through shared experiences.

Megan's exhibition From Your Brow Rise Leaf and Lyre is an attempt to "find the right combination of words and images that can move matter, reverse time, to find that invisible door through which I must have tumbled."

http://ow.ly/l4QJ50IXsrj

📸: Francisco Cortes

Calling all intergalactic travelers: Don your best cosmic couture for your MASA-porte! Threads Bare exhibiting artist Lu...
05/05/2022

Calling all intergalactic travelers: Don your best cosmic couture for your MASA-porte! Threads Bare exhibiting artist Luis Valderas Artist and collaborator #Jojodancerphotos (Anthony Garcia) will be at BSC on First Friday, May 6 from 6-9pm to snap portraits for space citizenship.

http://ow.ly/qJz450IXqyW

📷: Alx Zero as Sun Raah! travels space, nourishing herself from her garden. Photo by JoJo Dancer for Project:MASA.

This week is First Friday — and it's the last week to view Threads Bare! Join us on Friday at 6pm for an artist walkthro...
05/03/2022

This week is First Friday — and it's the last week to view Threads Bare! Join us on Friday at 6pm for an artist walkthrough with exhibiting artists Juan Carlos Escobedo, Audrya Flores, Preetika Rajgariah, C. Rose Smith, and Luis Valderas.

Hours: Thurs-Sun 10am-1pm, 2pm-6pm (First Fridays until 9pm!)

http://ow.ly/B9zh50IXtwr

📸: Francisco Cortes (1-4) & Jacqueline Saragoza McGilvray (5)

🔴 Red (Dot) Alert! The Open Call for Red Dot 2022 is live! Artists, share your work with us for possible inclusion in th...
04/29/2022

🔴 Red (Dot) Alert! The Open Call for Red Dot 2022 is live! Artists, share your work with us for possible inclusion in the 32nd Red Dot, BSC's art sale fundraiser. Proceeds from sales are shared evenly between BSC and the artist. #contemporaryart #fundraiser

More details and application here: http://ow.ly/1piG50IW8u5

Come to First Friday in your Cosmic Couture! Threads Bare artist Luis Valderas in collaboration with Jojo Dancer Photo w...
04/29/2022

Come to First Friday in your Cosmic Couture! Threads Bare artist Luis Valderas in collaboration with Jojo Dancer Photo will be issuing MASAportes for anyone donning their space suits at BSC on Friday, May 6, 6 - 9 PM. Photo credit: MASA emmissaries Paul Karam and Luis Valderas. Image courtesy of Luis Valderas.

Jimmy James Canales' The Line Layer is part of Glasstire's Top 5 this week. View the exhibition (alongside Threads Bare ...
04/28/2022
Top Five: April 28, 2022 | Glasstire

Jimmy James Canales' The Line Layer is part of Glasstire's Top 5 this week. View the exhibition (alongside Threads Bare and shows by Megan Harrison & Justin Korver). We're here Thu-Sun, 10a-1p & 2p-6p!

http://ow.ly/qUj750IUHkF

#bluestarcontemporary #jimmyjamescanales

Glasstire counts down the top five art events in Texas, including exhibitions in San Antonio, Marfa, Lubbock, and beyond.

BSC is hiring! We're looking for a part-time Visitor Engagement Representative to join our team. The successful candidat...
04/28/2022

BSC is hiring! We're looking for a part-time Visitor Engagement Representative to join our team. The successful candidate exudes enthusiasm when communicating about contemporary art and enjoys engaging directly with the public. Deadline 5/15/2022. More details at http://ow.ly/aATX50IU2Al

Get creative!! Thank you to everyone who came out to help us celebrate Family Saturday, we had so much fun making art wi...
04/23/2022

Get creative!! Thank you to everyone who came out to help us celebrate Family Saturday, we had so much fun making art with you!!

On view: join us in the Learning Lab this weekend and see Blue Star Contemporary’s Creative Classrooms exhibition by Wright Elementary third and fifth graders!

Bring your family to BSC this Saturday, April 23 | 1 - 4 pm for free art activities led by exhibiting artists Audrya Flo...
04/22/2022

Bring your family to BSC this Saturday, April 23 | 1 - 4 pm for free art activities led by exhibiting artists Audrya Flores and Justin Korver; celebrate Wright Elementary's Creative Classrooms' students' achievements; and enjoy our current exhibitions. Plus, get your cosmic couture ready for the May 6 Cosmic Couture Open Call with Threads Bare artist Luis Valderas and Jojo Dancer Studio. Then, exhibiting artist Megan Harrison gives a special reading on grief and loss on May 7 at 3pm. - https://mailchi.mp/bluestarcontemporary/familysaturdayissaturday

Join us for Family Day this coming Saturday and enjoy free hands-on activities!We invite young participants and their ad...
04/19/2022

Join us for Family Day this coming Saturday and enjoy free hands-on activities!

We invite young participants and their adults to explore current exhibitions through art-making and fun-filled activities, including a workshop by Threads Bare artist Audrya Flores. This event is free and open to the public.

We hope to see you in our galleries!💙

Our galleries are closed today in celebration of Easter🌼 we hope you have a wonderful holiday! 📸visitors view work by Ju...
04/17/2022

Our galleries are closed today in celebration of Easter🌼 we hope you have a wonderful holiday!

📸visitors view work by Juan Carlos Escobedo(@_jce.art), part of Threads Bare at BSC.

Today is #WorldArtDay🎨 Join us celebrating the creativity in San Antonio’s wonderful art community. Admission to BSC is ...
04/15/2022

Today is #WorldArtDay🎨

Join us celebrating the creativity in San Antonio’s wonderful art community. Admission to BSC is free year round!

📸Art installation by Jimmy James Canales (@jimmyjamescanales) at BSC

Tonight: Clemonce Heard reads at the Spire, April 14, 6 - 8pm. It's not too late to get your tickets! Blue Star Contempo...
04/14/2022

Tonight: Clemonce Heard reads at the Spire, April 14, 6 - 8pm. It's not too late to get your tickets! Blue Star Contemporary will be closed on Sunday, but join us next week for Family Saturday, April 23, 1 - 4pm. (Photo credit: Scott Ball. Image courtesy of San Antonio Report.) - https://mailchi.mp/bluestarcontemporary/poetrytonight

We are so thrilled to congratulate San Antonio artist and BSC Berlin Residency Alum Joey Fauerso on her Guggenheim Fello...
04/08/2022

We are so thrilled to congratulate San Antonio artist and BSC Berlin Residency Alum Joey Fauerso on her Guggenheim Fellowship. Is there anything better than seeing artists supported for their great work?!

All of the awardees are such talented thinkers and makers but we want to shout out those who have also been a part of our exhibitions in recent years, including:

Cannupa Hanska Luger, Glorieta, New Mexico

Nancy Elizabeth Floyd, Bend, Oregon

Robert Bruce Langham III, Tyler,TX

Pictured, each artists work on view at BSC.

1.Joey Fauerso’s solo exhibition Teardowns.
2.Cannupa Hanska Luger’s collaborative piece with Marty Two Bulls entitled Wasted in Monarchs: Brown and Native Artists in the Path of the Butterfly curated by Risa Puleo.
3.Nancy Floyd’s work in the group exhibition Everyday is Ordinary.
4.- 5.Robert Langham’s work in Hold Still and two person exhibition with Casey James Wilson and detail of work Writing Light.

Meet BSC’s new Education Manager, Asaiah Puente! Fun Facts about Asaiah: Asaiah is a San Antonio native and product of t...
04/05/2022

Meet BSC’s new Education Manager, Asaiah Puente!

Fun Facts about Asaiah: Asaiah is a San Antonio native and product of the SAY Sí media arts program. Asaiah continues to focus her artwork on film and photography. A proud UTSA roadrunner and Baylor Bear, she has a BPA from UTSA, an MS from OLLU and is currently working on obtaining her EdD from Baylor. And she absolutely loves spending time in any thrift store or antique shop - always on the hunt for some good 1970’s home decor.

We can’t wait for you to meet her!

#bluestarcontemporary #educationmanager #newhire #arteducation

It's First Friday! Join us tonight until 9pm. Thanks to Marco Aquino at the San Antonio Current for this overview of thr...
04/01/2022
German Return: Exhibits at Blue Star Contemporary highlight artists from its Berlin Residency program

It's First Friday! Join us tonight until 9pm. Thanks to Marco Aquino at the San Antonio Current for this overview of three of our current exhibitions featuring our Berlin Residency Program alum Justin Korver, Jimmy James Canales, and Megan Harrison. See y'all soon!

As part of San Antonio's Contemporary Art Month, Blue Star Contemporary (BSC) is presenting a trio of exhibits by past participants in its three-month residency...

Pysanky and poetry - Tonight during First Friday: SA artist Mira Hnatyshyn leads a Pysanky Demo for Ukrainian relief, 7 ...
04/01/2022

Pysanky and poetry - Tonight during First Friday: SA artist Mira Hnatyshyn leads a Pysanky Demo for Ukrainian relief, 7 - 8:30pm. Plus, it's the last day to sign up for Saturday's youth writing workshop with Chibbi Orduna - register today! This weekend is your final opportunity to explore the Black Art Library at BSC. Read Clemonce Heard's Tragic City and get your tickets to a special evening with Heard at the Spire on April 14 benefitting Sala Diaz and BSC. https://mailchi.mp/bluestarcontemporary/pysankyandpoetry

Closing out CAM with BSC. Don't miss the Black Art Library before it closes on April 3. Plus, we have so much in store f...
03/26/2022

Closing out CAM with BSC. Don't miss the Black Art Library before it closes on April 3. Plus, we have so much in store for National Poetry Month including a special benefit reading by Clemonce Heard in collaboration with Sala Diaz; youth writing workshop with Gemini Ink featuring Chibbi Orduña; and check out our MOSAIC Student Artists at Fresh Ink's Youth Poetry Slam. - https://mailchi.mp/bluestarcontemporary/closingoutcam (Image: Installation view of Black Art Library. Courtesy of BSC.)

Calling middle & high school students! Join BSC and our friends at Gemini Ink for a special youth poetry workshop with C...
03/26/2022

Calling middle & high school students! Join BSC and our friends at Gemini Ink for a special youth poetry workshop with Chibbi Orduña on Sunday, April 3 from 1-3. More details at bluestarcontemporary.org!

#nationalpoetrymonth #youthwriters #bluestarcontemporary #geminiink #chibbiorduna

#flashbackfriday… all the way to two weeks ago! Thank you to all who joined us for the launch of #contemporaryartmonth a...
03/19/2022

#flashbackfriday… all the way to two weeks ago! Thank you to all who joined us for the launch of #contemporaryartmonth and the debut of three solo exhibitions featuring BSC Berlin Residency Program alums Jimmy James Canales, Megan Harrison, and Justin Korver. It is always so magical being together to celebrate our community of contemporary art and artists. (Help us tag the people we couldn’t!)

@contemporaryartmonth @bluestarartscomplex @jimmyjamescanales @m.harrison.us @justincaseyourewondering

📸 by Francisco Cortes @franciscocortes210

New exhibitions open Friday with CAM kick-off celebration at BSC. Join us on First Friday, 6 - 9 PM for CAM performances...
03/03/2022

New exhibitions open Friday with CAM kick-off celebration at BSC. Join us on First Friday, 6 - 9 PM for CAM performances and videos + new solo shows featuring the work of SA artists Jimmy James Canales, Megan Harrison, and Justin Korver. - https://mailchi.mp/bluestarcontemporary/camkickoff2022

This week's exhibiting artist spotlight: C. Rose Smith. The Black Art Library introduces artists historically excluded f...
02/19/2022

This week's exhibiting artist spotlight: C. Rose Smith. The Black Art Library introduces artists historically excluded from art curriculum. See you at the NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program Round 2 exhibition opening reception at Centro de Artes on Feb. 22, 6-9pm.-

(Image credit: C. Rose Smith, "Untitled no.6, Decoding Patriarchal Patterns in (Self) Portraiture," 2020. Courtesy of the artist. Photo of artist C. Rose Smith. Courtesy of the artist.) https://mailchi.mp/bluestarcontemporary/decodingpatternsofpatriarchy

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We are forever THANKFUL to all of our sponsors, supporters and friends of Contemporary Art Month. We look forward to a wonderful Kick-off evenging at Blue Star Contemporary TONIGHT. Southwest School of Art, Sala Diaz, Motif Boutique Brokerage, Lifshutz Foundation, Heavy Heavy and Dorćol Distilling + Brewing Co. Space C7, Blue Star Arts Complex and Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex. Bonus Food Truck AY Papi's will be set up searving yummy Puerto Rican eats with vegeterian options as well. #CAMALOT
BLUE STAR CONTEMPORARY DEBUTS THREE NEW SOLO EXHIBITIONS DURING CONTEMPORARY ART MONTH The exhibitions feature the work of Blue Star Contemporary’s Berlin Residency Artists Jimmy James Canales, Megan Harrison, and Justin Korver Blue Star Contemporary (BSC), San Antonio’s first and longest-running contemporary art nonprofit, debuts three new exhibitions during San Antonio’s Contemporary Art Month. The solo exhibitions feature installations by Jimmy James Canales, Megan Harrison, and Justin Korver–three past participants of BSC’s three month Berlin Residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Germany. While in residence, the artists are given a studio and living space, as well as access to workshops, exhibition opportunities, and studio visits with international curators. Art work image shared by BSC: Megan Harrison-Sleeping 1, Ink and watercolor on paper, 15" x 10" 2021 https://www.contemporaryartmonth.org/events-1/blue-star-contemporary-debuts-three-new-solo-exhibitions
It’s Contemporary Art Month and we can’t wait for the Annual Kick-Off this First Friday, March 4th at Blue Star Contemporary. Swing by from 6pm-9pm to enjoy the CAM Breakout Performances, CAM Student Film Series and a CAM Pop-Up Store!
This coming month is Contemporary Art Month (CAM) and we’re so excited for the Annual Kick-Off First Friday, March 4th at Blue Star Contemporary. Make sure to stop by from 6pm to 9pm to check out the CAM Breakout Performances, CAM Student Film Series, CAM Pop-Up Store and more!
Check out author of SURVIVING, Madison Cowles Serna Art, in the San Antonio Current for her contributions to Blue Star Contemporary's exhibition, "The Sitter": https://buff.ly/3JsCTbD Join her w/ #ChangeRapeCulture PGH for the second virtual survivors' book club on 3/2 at 7pm! Register now: https://buff.ly/3HPlnhb
Would you look at how adorable Duncan, The Blue Star Art Dog is? He checked out the new exhibition, “Threads Bare” at Blue Star Contemporary and you should too! This exhibit features works by Juan Carlos Escobedo (pictured), Audrya Flores, Preetika Rajgariah, C. Rose Smith, Mickalene Thomas and Luis Valderas. You can come by to view, Thursday - Sunday from 10am-1pm & 2pm-6pm! The show will remain up through May 8th, 2022.
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Our Opportunities for Artists Page has been updated to include calls for art and projects from across the state of Texas with deadlines now until April. Highlights of calls: Meadows Museum's Moss/Chumley Award, Deadline February 28 Blue Star Contemporary’s Open Call for Artists, Deadline: March 1 Aurora Picture Show's Extremely Shorts Film Festival, Deadline March 7 Texas Photographic Society's #NewVisions2022: A Student Exhibition, Deadline March 22. Check them out at https://dentonarts.com/opportunitiesforartists Image description: a blue square with white text “artists opportunities: calls for art, proposals, and jobs from across Texas”
Centro de Artes Gallery in Historic Market Square is reopening next Wednesday, January 26, 2022! On display will be artworks by 34 San Antonio Artists who were part of the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. Learn more at https://www.getcreativesanantonio.com/Galleries/Centro-de-Artes Supporting partners Blue Star Contemporary San Antonio Museum of Art SAY Sí #CentrodeArtesSA#GetCreativeSA #GetCreativeSanAntonio #sanantonio #sanantonioart #sanantonioartists #NYFA #SATX #artexhibition Socialize San Antonio
THIS Thursday, December 9th from 7pm to 10pm, join Blue Star Contemporary in celebrating our art community at Blue Starry Red Dot! There will be food, drink, merriment & art sales benefitting BSC and over one hundred participating artists! Sponsorships and $50 individual tickets are on sale now. More information can be found at bluestarreddot.org
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Who is ready for First Friday TONIGHT at Blue Star Arts Complex? There are lots of art exhibitions & events to check out! Stop by Brick at Blue Star from 5pm til close for their Art Market and enjoy live music by The 501s, Daniel Miller & The Red Roses and Nick Nace! View The Red Dot Art Show at Blue Star Contemporary & meet some of the Red Dot Artists from 6-9pm! Grab a bite to eat, some drinks and do some early holiday shopping all over the complex! Make sure to take a peek at our feed, IG stories & highlights and view our website event calendar for more details on all the happenings! See you tonight! First Photo by @e.shooter4