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Sala Diaz Sala Diaz, a 501(c) 3 exhibition space, is an experimental venue for contemporary art established in 1995. Open by appointment. Located in the heart of the Cultural Arts District, Sala Diaz provides a venue for the exhibition of new and challenging work and fosters lasting exchange between our city and creative communities abroad.

Housed in the same residential structure as the gallery, The Casa Chuck Residency is an invitational program through which Sala Diaz provides critics, curators and writers a haven for varied creative pursuits. Initiated in 2011, the residency honors the legacy of visionary artist, arts advocate, cultural maven and bon vivant Chuck Ramirez who died the previous year. Official residents spend one mo

Housed in the same residential structure as the gallery, The Casa Chuck Residency is an invitational program through which Sala Diaz provides critics, curators and writers a haven for varied creative pursuits. Initiated in 2011, the residency honors the legacy of visionary artist, arts advocate, cultural maven and bon vivant Chuck Ramirez who died the previous year. Official residents spend one mo

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Thursday April 28, 6 to 9 PMSala Diaz is honored to host a new installation by Arlington, Texas-based octogenarian Celia...
04/22/2022
Next week: Celia Álvarez Muñoz: Caritas y Marcas.

Thursday April 28, 6 to 9 PM

Sala Diaz is honored to host a new installation by Arlington, Texas-based octogenarian Celia Álvarez Muñoz. A conceptual multi-media artist, Muñoz’s latest exhibition, Caritas y Marcas, examines the role that mothers have in the world. The exhibition opens Thursday, April 28, 2022, from 6–9pm, at Sala Diaz. This event is free and open to the public.

Muñoz considers herself an “artivisit,” that is an artist and activist. In her own words, “Since my days teaching art at all levels, preschool to university, commissioned residencies and public art, the goal has always been to develop validation or protest to our cultural evolution as a citizen of a community, city, state, country, or the world. In doing so, it has given more meaning to the process of artmaking. The commercial art and teaching perspective gave rise to developing projects for commissions.”

Caritas y Marcas is a continuation of Muñoz’s artivist mission. With a military father deployed to Alaska and Germany, Muñoz was raised surrounded by her mother, aunt, and grandmother in El Paso, Texas. Like much of her work, Caritas y Marcas draws from the artists’ personal experiences to discuss universal themes, in this case, motherhood.
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Sala Diaz is honored to host a new installation by Arlington, Texas-based octogenarian Celia Álvarez Muñoz. A conceptual multi-media artist, Muñoz’s latest exhibition, Caritas y Marcas, examines the role that mothers have in the world. The exhibition opens Thursday, April 28, 2022, from 6–9pm...

Clemonce Heard reading, Thursday April 14, 6 to 8 PM. Ticket sales benefit Blue Star Contemporary and Sala Diaz.
04/07/2022

Clemonce Heard reading, Thursday April 14, 6 to 8 PM. Ticket sales benefit Blue Star Contemporary and Sala Diaz.

"Down the street, at Sala Diaz, lies the partnering portion of the CAM Perennial exhibition, featuring the work of Raul ...
03/25/2022
Shared Experiences & Intimate Identities: the 2022 Contemporary Art Month Perennial Exhibition | Glasstire

"Down the street, at Sala Diaz, lies the partnering portion of the CAM Perennial exhibition, featuring the work of Raul Rene Gonzalez, Sara Corley Martinez, Jacqueline Saragoza McGilvray, Martín C. Rodríguez, and Hanna Hurricane Sanchez. A smaller space, Sala Diaz is fitting for the more intimate narratives explored in these artists’ personal work."

Ashley Allen reviews San Antonio's 2022 Contemporary Art Month Perennial Exhibition, curated by Lauren Cross.

"This year’s Contemporary Art Month (CAM) Perennial Exhibition, titled Interior Realities, showcases work from 17 San An...
03/11/2022
A Conversation with Lauren Cross, Curator of the 2022 Contemporary Art Month Perennial Exhibition | Glasstire

"This year’s Contemporary Art Month (CAM) Perennial Exhibition, titled Interior Realities, showcases work from 17 San Antonio artists and will be on-view at two locations: Sala Diaz (from March 10–April 20) and the Southwest School of Art (from March 5–April 6). Every year during the month of March, as part of its mission, CAM offers a platform for artists, performers and curators to show off all the artistic creativity San Antonio has to offer at galleries, museums, performing arts spaces, schools, artist studios, and various unconventional locations across the city."

Ashley Allen interviews Fort Worth-based curator and artist Lauren Cross on her process curating the CAM San Antonio Perennial Exhibition.

Opening tonight at Sala Diaz!
03/10/2022

Opening tonight at Sala Diaz!

Sala Diaz artists M12 Studio. Selected for Collectivity + Collaboration by former Sala Diaz critic in residence, Darren ...
02/25/2022
Collective Cosmos: M12 Studio on Rural Territories and Common Resources

Sala Diaz artists M12 Studio. Selected for Collectivity + Collaboration by former Sala Diaz critic in residence, Darren Jones.

"M12 Studio operates as a collective, or network, of artists, curators, writers, and academics that work together on artworks and long-term research projects that explore place, culture, and rural aesthetics. The collective’s roster currently includes founder Richard Saxton as creative director, curators/editors Margo Handwerker and Matthew Fluharty, grant-writer and program-manager Kirsten Stoltz, digital designer Trent Segura, fabricator Aaron Treher, and artists Marc McCay, George P. Perez, Stuart Hyatt, Mary Rothlisberger, and Christopher Sauter. 'I would say philosophically the organization is run collectively,' Saxton says. 'We’re usually looking at a geographic region and we’re thinking about place,' he explains, 'but being in these rural spaces we also have the goal of really kicking up projects and ideas that are on par with things that are happening coastally.' "

M12 Studio’s multi-year collective projects show the complexities of rural places and open conversations about what connects us.

Sala Diaz artist Gary Sweeney. Selected for Collectivity + Collaboration by former Sala Diaz critic in residence, Darren...
02/25/2022
Gary Sweeney

Sala Diaz artist Gary Sweeney. Selected for Collectivity + Collaboration by former Sala Diaz critic in residence, Darren Jones.

"Gary Sweeney, a San Antonio-based artist, presents a collaborative project that challenges the Eurocentric standards of beauty promoted by the Famous Artists School, a correspondence course popular in the 1960s."

Gary Sweeney, a San Antonio artist, challenges Eurocentric standards of beauty promoted by the Famous Artists School in the 1960s.

San Antonio-based artist and electronic musician Christie Blizard rocks our house this Thursday!  Outdoor show, masks an...
02/17/2022

San Antonio-based artist and electronic musician Christie Blizard rocks our house this Thursday! Outdoor show, masks and distancing encouraged. Let’s Live to Rock Another Day!

San Antonio-based artist and electronic musician Christie Blizard rocks our house this Thursday!  Outdoor show, masks an...
02/16/2022

San Antonio-based artist and electronic musician Christie Blizard rocks our house this Thursday! Outdoor show, masks and distancing encouraged. Let’s Live to Rock Another Day!

San Antonio-based artist and electronic musician Christie Blizard rocks our house this Thursday!  Outdoor show, masks an...
02/16/2022

San Antonio-based artist and electronic musician Christie Blizard rocks our house this Thursday! Outdoor show, masks and distancing encouraged. Let’s Live to Rock Another Day!

San Antonio-based artist and musician Christie Blizard will perform at Sala Diaz on Thursday, February 17 at 7pm.  Using...
02/04/2022

San Antonio-based artist and musician Christie Blizard will perform at Sala Diaz on Thursday, February 17 at 7pm. Using analog synthesizers and electricity, Blizard will create soundscapes attempting to channel other dimensions.

Darren Jones provides the fourth installment in the New Art Examiner series on San Antonio and South Texas.             ...
01/30/2022
San Antonio and its Artists: The Polestars in a Vanguard of American Art And Labor - New Art Examiner

Darren Jones provides the fourth installment in the New Art Examiner series on San Antonio and South Texas. "The San Antonio Museum of Art (opened in 1981) occupies what was the Lone Star Brewery complex, and is currently celebrating with “40 Years, 40 Stories: Treasures and New Discoveries from SAMA’s Collection.” Believing that “artists are the lifeblood of a thriving city” the museum’s holdings were recently expanded with acquisitions from nine San Antonio artists. Among them are Joe Harjo, Jenelle Esparza, Jennifer Ling Datchuk and Chris Sauter.

Harjo is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma, and works across various media, interlacing tribal lore and culture; white suppression, fetishization, and homogenizing of native people; and the provenance and politics of Americanness as it pertains to race. SAMA bought The Only Chosen Way: Faith (2019) a wall-mounted work in the form of a cross comprised of 24 wooden, triangular flag cases. The glass-fronted displays hold Pendleton beach towels, with tribal designs which are folded to the specification of an American flag when it is given to family members of fallen military personnel. Beginning in the late-1800s, Pendleton established trade agreements with several tribes (the Umatilla, Cayuse, Nez Perce, Walla Walla, Hopi, Zuni, and Navajo nations) to make blankets and shawls in native designs. This, unsurprisingly, expanded into clothing, accessories, home furnishings and, for Harjo, reached an absurd, even humorous nadir with beach towels, which he saw in a Vermont store in 2018. This untrammeled commercial grab diminished the relationship between the tribes and Pendleton, devolving into parody and perpetuating base appropriation."

By Darren Jones The Texan art ecosystem is on the scale of an independent country. The five largest

Continuing the four part series on San Antonio and South Texas in New Art Examiner, Leslie Moody Castro crosses and re-c...
01/25/2022
In The Distance: A Curator’s Experience of South Texas And The Border - New Art Examiner

Continuing the four part series on San Antonio and South Texas in New Art Examiner, Leslie Moody Castro crosses and re-crosses the border. "I am an independent curator and writer with a specific focus on Texas and Mexico. I relocated to Mexico City a decade ago and have spent the years since passing back and forth across the border as various creative projects have required. Driving such incredible distances requires commitment, but to travel by any other mode would be to miss the nuances of each community, town or rural locale that inform creative industry. The pace and perspective of driving also provide a way to disconnect, to think, and to prepare for the cultural shifts that are inevitable in a landscape of such profound and disparate histories. Living in Mexico City has also increased my awareness of societal difference within Mexico: For example, Matamoros—the city across the border from Brownsville—could not be more distinct from the capital. The accent is different, the food and climate are different, even the Spanish dialect is different.""

By Leslie Moody Castro I talk about the state of Texas all the time. It has become near-mythical for

Fun, friends and fire at Sala yesterday for the opening of Steve Parker's "Sound Treatments." (photos by Heyd Fontenot)
01/23/2022

Fun, friends and fire at Sala yesterday for the opening of Steve Parker's "Sound Treatments." (photos by Heyd Fontenot)

Must see / hear events at Sala Diaz January 22 and February 17.Opening on January 22, Saturday afternoon, 3-6pm a new ex...
01/18/2022

Must see / hear events at Sala Diaz January 22 and February 17.

Opening on January 22, Saturday afternoon, 3-6pm a new exhibition at Sala Diaz by Austin-based artist Steve Parker, SOUND TREATMENT traces the history of bodily healing through sound. Drawing from the liturgical chants of 12th century abbess Hildegard von Bingen, anatomical votives of ancient Rome, Italian Futurist Noise Intoners, unintentional ASMR YouTube clips, and Sonic Meditations of Pauline Oliveros, visitors will encounter works that imagine new forms of sonic therapy: speaker walls made of cardboard body parts, resonant copper bells, bird sized concrete ruins, tactile brass appliances, and wearable phonograph needles.

In Death Rattle, a series of anatomical votives embedded with speakers extracted from broken electronic devices play audio samples of body processes recorded at the beginning and the end of life. These clips are layered with recordings of British author John Butler, whose soft, gentle voice has developed a significant following among the ASMR online community. Sanctus, conceived as a sanctuary for birds and people, plays four liturgical psalms written by Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th century abbess and polymath whose work explored the healing potential of sound. These psalms resonate through the five brass bells of the sculptures which are then refracted by the attached parabolic dishes. Noise Intoners invite the viewer to press repurposed valves to trigger clips of unintentional ASMR (the voice of the painter Bob Ross, a tutorial on the proper way to drink a glass of water, an unboxing of a Wii U device, and the repair of an tiny metal steam engine). ASMR is an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin triggered by specific auditory phenomenon and is sometimes used to treat anxiety, PTSD, and insomnia. Human Stylus is a wearable device that functions like a wearable phonograph, guiding the viewer to listening intimately to the texture of the ground. This wearable sculpture is a material realization of Pauline Oliveros’ Sonic Meditation No. 5: “Take a walk at night. Walk so silently that the bottoms of your feet become ears.”

In conjunction with this exhibition, San Antonio-based artist and musician Christie Blizard will perform at Sala Diaz on Feb 17 at 7pm. Using analog synthesizers and electricity, Blizard will create soundscapes attempting to channel other dimensions.

Exhibition runs through the afternoon of March 5. Sala Diaz remains Covid-safety observant to protect our community, masks are required.

Established in 1995, Sala Diaz is an experimental nonprofit venue (501c3) for the creation and presentation of contemporary art. As an exhibition space, residency program and community organization, we promote a down home—and world-renowned—artist-centric model of operation. Sala Diaz is located in the heart of the Cultural Arts District in San Antonio, Texas.

Sala Diaz, 517 Stieren, San Antonio, TX 78210 / 210.275.4903

Continuing the four part series of posts from the New Art Examiner re San Antonio and South Texas. This week, Rigoberto ...
01/18/2022
San Antonio And The Art of Do-it-Yourself Culture - New Art Examiner

Continuing the four part series of posts from the New Art Examiner re San Antonio and South Texas. This week, Rigoberto Luna:

“I came up in the Do-It-Yourself culture of grassroots art activation, mobilizing and empowering communities in the San Antonio area through the love of art while overcoming the limitation of available resources. In my late teens and early twenties, I witnessed the birth of humble cultural arts organizations and nontraditional art spaces. I soaked up the teachings of community organizers like Manuel Castillo (San Anto Cultural Arts) and local art icons Alex Rubio (R Gallery, R Space, Rubio Gallery South) and Joe Lopez (Gallista Gallery) in San Antonio’s vibrant art scene. In the late 90s, I experienced first hand a surge of new alternative venues exhibiting the works of young and highly motivated artists, including Vincent Valdez, Juan Ramos (San Anto Cultural Arts), and Cruz Ortiz (San Antonio Cultural Arts, Snake Hawk Press).

This was by no means a novel phenomenon for the art community in San Antonio, a city known for repurposing every affordable nook and cranny, warehouse, or home to create studios, creative spaces, or in some cases, galleries. As the saying goes, if opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door, and in San Antonio this is a time-honored tradition. This energy produced such institutions as Blue Star Contemporary, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, and Sala Diaz.”

By Rigoberto Luna I came up in the Do-It-Yourself culture of grassroots art activation, mobilizing a

Several pieces about San Antonio are in the current issue of New Art Examiner. More from the issue to be posted here soo...
01/10/2022
The San Antonio Aesthetic - New Art Examiner

Several pieces about San Antonio are in the current issue of New Art Examiner. More from the issue to be posted here soon! Coming up: Rigoberto Luna, Leslie Moody Castro and recent Sala Diaz critic in residence and NAE Editor, Darren Jones.

Neil Fauerso:

"Twenty or so years ago, stickers proclaiming “Keep Austin Weird” (an effort that was wholly unsuccessful unless the current sci-fi dystopia of tent cities and million-dollar condos is “weird”) became popular and the joking reply from San Antonio were stickers that read “Keep San Antonio Lame.” This lameness forms the piquant essence of San Antonio’s aesthetic character. It is a lameness with legacy, real history. A lameness with an edge, an élan. Let’s take the art of a few interesting contemporary San Antonio artists: Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Jimmy James Canales, Chris Sauter, Cruz Ortiz, Carmen Cartiness Johnson, James Smolleck, and Jenelle Esparza. There isn’t a visual current among them, but rather one of relaxed stoicism. This is the beat between lameness and strangeness, the pause in heat when a cloud passes over the sun, the time it takes to speak of a past misfortune and laugh."

By Neil Fauerso San Antonio occupies an unusual cultural position. Technically the seventh largest c

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Sala Diaz, a 501(c) 3 exhibition space, is an experimental venue for contemporary art established in 1995. Located in the heart of the Southtown Cultural Arts District, Sala Diaz provides a unique venue for the exhibition of new and challenging work, and fosters lasting exchange between our city and creative communities abroad. Housed in the same residential structure as the gallery, The Casa Chuck Arts Residency is an invitational program through which Sala Diaz provides critics, curators and writers a haven for varied creative pursuits. Initiated in 2011, the residency honors the legacy of visionary artist, arts advocate, cultural maven and bon vivant Chuck Ramirez who died the previous year. Official residents spend one month living in Ramirez’ former abode, exploring and interacting with the surrounding arts community. In-between residencies, Sala/Casa hosts a wide variety of arts professionals including critics, curators, musicians, scholars and visual artists. Sala Diaz is supported by H-E-B's Community Investment Program, The Flohr Family Foundation, The Lifschutz Foundation, The John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, The Smothers Foundation, and numerous individuals including Mike Casey, Sonya Dawson, Lorena & Joel Dunlap, Nina Hassele, Chris Hill, Reagan Johns, Rick Liberto, Trish Marcus & the Ramirez Family, Laurence Miller, Steve Ogle, Brad Parman & Tim Seeliger, Patricia Ruiz-Healy, Don Thomas & Lara Flynn Boyle.

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Contemporary Art Month (CAM), San Antonio is pleased to announce that it is receiving submissions for its 2022 edition of the CAM Perennial Exhibition. For its 2022 exhibition, hosting venus are both Sala Diaz and The Southwest School of Art, making the 2022 edition of the Perennial the first multi-venue exhibition in CAM history. Curated by Lauren Cross, who is based in North Texas. CAM is eager to return to safe, in-person programming. The deadline to apply for the CAM Perennial Open Call is October 14, 2021 with announcements scheduled in early December 2021. CAM’s open call is for all artists currently living and practicing in San Antonio, Texas. To apply for the CAM Perennial please follow the link at our website: https://www.contemporaryartmonth.org/
A former artist resident of Tulsa Artist Fellowship, and Dallas’s CentralTrak’s director from 2011-2016, Fontenot begins his role as Sala Diaz’s “Consulting Director” immediately. More news below:
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Need something fun for Valentines day? Attend the 10 year anniversary of the husband and wife filmmaker duo Wally Films! A dance party follows a 10 year retrospective of their work, at Sala Diaz on February 14. #Goseesomeart
Guest, April 2019: Sala Diaz exhibiting artist Olive Ayhens (NYC)
Such a perfect way to ring in the New Year...surrounded by my dear friends and family in the art community. Thank you for hosting, Sala Diaz!!! *if you spot yourself please do tag, grab, repost, post anew, use the pictures as you like, friends! Full permission. Documented by K. Day
Such a perfect way to ring in the New Year...surrounded by my dear friends and family in the art community. Thank you for hosting, Sala Diaz!!! *please do tag, grab, repost, post anew, use the pictures as you like, friends! Full permission. Documented by K. Day
Such a perfect way to ring in the New Year...surrounded by my dear friends and family in the art community. Thank you for hosting, Sala Diaz!!! *if you spot yourself please do tag, grab, repost, post anew, use the pictures as you like, friends! Full permission. Documented by K. Day
Come hang out this evening! Look at that floor tho...👀👀👀👀🙌🙌🙌