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Woolworth Watch Day

Woolworth Watch Day

Ryan Houston-Dial, Assistant Opinion Editor

February 4, 2020

The Conservation Society of San Antonio hosted a symposium, Woolworth Watch Day, on Saturday, Feb. 1. The symposium emphasized the role and history of downtown San Antonio within Alamo Plaza for Bexar County’s civil rights legacy. On Feb. 1, 1960, African American students jumpstarted lunch counter...

ACL weekend two: Gambino’s last show

Gambino is a two-time Emmy winner, both as an actor and a director. Photo courtesy of Roger Ho

Alex Hanks

October 16, 2019

Childish Gambino closed day two of the Austin City Limits Festival with a lengthy set on Oct. 12, playing what he emphasized was his last concert ever. Despite this being his last concert as Childish Gambino, the creative plans to revamp his career under his legal name Donald Glover. If this is in fact...

The full range of materials

“El Sueno Americano”; Cynthia Martinez.

Harrison Westphall

April 16, 2019

The 35th Annual Juried Student Exhibition at the UTSA Main Campus opened March 20 and concluded April 12. The exhibition featured 48 artists across various mediums—video, sculpture, painting and tapestry—and was judged by Bill Fitzgibbons. The pieces showcased many facets of emotion such as the loss...

We’re still here

“Genetic Memory: Xinachtli to Xochitl,” 2018, Jake Prendez

Sydney Jensen

March 27, 2019

The current exhibition at the Centro de Artes Gallery, “Nuestra Latinidad”, consists of artwork from four solo shows which explore identity and connection to one’s heritage and Latinx culture through photography, paintings and drawings. These shows feature pieces from artists of Mexican descent...

The colors painted on campus

“Fiesta Dancers” by Luis Jimenez pose outside the Student Union.

Kaylee Benavides

February 20, 2019

The city of San Antonio is known for its large art presence. While the McNay may seem like the best place to experience priceless works of art, UTSA has a collection consisting of works by high caliber international artists such as Nicholas Krushenick, Mexican master Manuel Alvarez Bravo and praised San ...

Rising Artist of San Antonio: Dominique Beltran

Beltran enjoys a moment on the other side of the lens.

Kimiya Factory

February 13, 2019

Dominique Beltran, 23, is a native to Brownsville, Texas. After moving to San Antonio at the age of 10, the culture of the city inspired the work Beltran does by capturing everything from Latinx culture to edgy street fashion. Rise and Shine Photography, Beltran’s photography business, are means through wh...

Popping off

The muffler family welcomes guests.

Alfonzo Mendoza

February 6, 2019

Brownsville native Cande Aguilar is revolutionizing the meaning of cultural imagery in the world of modern art. His work, displayed at the McNay Museum of Art, is part of his barrioPOP art collection that utilizes a set ideas and social norms that commonly exist in border towns and amongst Mexican-Amer...

Art activating a conversation

Coleman, Alex S. “The Wangeteur”, 2017

Rudy Sanchez

January 30, 2019

Currently on display in the UTSA Main Art Gallery, “ACTIVATE” is the latest exhibition hosted by the Department of Art and Art History. Curated by assistant professor of art, Humberto Saenz, the exhibition showcases seven national artists. The featured works collectively create an ensemble of resoundi...

Capturing the good, the bad and the truth

Brenda Pina stands on the other side of the lens.

Mark Joseph Leon

January 30, 2019

Brenda Pina, 30, is a photographer for San Antonio Magazine and was invited to speak at one of DreamWeek’s DreamHour Speaker Series. “You make [art] for yourself until you decide to share it with the world… You have to be happy with yourself to put yourself out there,” Pina said referring to using p...

Getting intimate with Eden Collins

Jessica Just

Katrina Clements

November 30, 2018

In her studio at the Sculpture and Ceramics Graduate Studio building, Eden Collins sits at her desk which is covered in molds of butt plugs and vibrators for a series in progress. Her studio, filled with works from her recent exhibit, current projects and yards of colorful furry fabrics, reflect how f...

11th annual Luminaria Arts Festival: a preview of the beloved San Antonio event


Rudy Sanchez

November 7, 2018

In 2008, a city initiative rolled out that created a nocturnal, multigenre arts festival to illuminate downtown San Antonio. Today, the Luminaria Arts Festival is a non-profit organization committed to advancing contemporary art in San Antonio. Since Luminaria’s inception, the annual festival has served...

UTSA graduate student Eden Collins presents her MFA thesis: Sometimes I Play With Myself

Anita Finger, The Bathtub Drag Queen

Katrina Clements

November 7, 2018

The way we present ourselves to the world is completely our choice, and to appear calm, collected and professional is what many strive to be perceived as on their route to success. But what about the traits we hide from the outside world? The characters who are full of personality just waiting for their...