The Paisano

Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival canceled

Photo by Rudy Sanchez

Sofia Garcia, Arts and Life Editor

April 18, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the board and staff leadership of the Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival has canceled the 13th annual festival scheduled for Nov. 14. Luminaria is a non-profit arts organization that supports the San Antonio arts community by putting on the festival each year. The Board of...

Paisano Poets

Illustration by Alex Hanks

Ana Cecilia Martinez, Copy Editing Coordinator

February 19, 2020

shared color of blood They never forget to ask about the nationality of our grandparents. No importa si son negros, morenos o blancos. Our blood and roots do not change our humanity. Nuestra sangre pesa mas de lo que pensamos — until they remember to ask about the nationality of our grandparents, as...

Paisano Poets

Illustration by Alex Hanks

Joseph Torres, Managing Editor

February 19, 2020

I’m done writing this I’m going to be fine I’m a millennial I’m outgoing with friends I’m shy in crowds I’m careful I’m careless I’m destructive at times I’m productive at times I’m not lonely I’m alone I’m searching for the answer to a question I’m afraid of my...

Review: Changing Social Discourses

Los Arboles Que Vieron Todo,” by Daniela Cavazos Madrigal

Sofia Garcia, Arts & Life Editor

January 28, 2020

On display from Jan. 22- Feb. 21, UTSA’s Main Art Gallery’s latest exhibition “Changing Social Discourses” is an arresting collection of personal, artistic narratives curated by UTSA faculty members Libby Rowe and Dr. Scott Sherer. Artists Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Daniela Cavazos Madrigal and Anh...

Between the lines: Essays One by Lydia Davis

Graphic by Reagan Baughman

Paris Cantu

November 20, 2019

The first of a two-part series, “Essays One” by Lydia Davis is a dense volume of 502 pages. She pays close attention to the minute details of literature, language and art. The pieces date back to the 1970s, with the most recent one from 2017. The essays range from a page and a half dedicated to a...

Putting San Antonio on new waves: Q&A chat with local up and coming artist DJ Papi Wave

Photo courtesy of @domsquiat

Kimiya Factory

November 20, 2019

Q: When did music become an important aspect of your life? A: Music has been a big part of life from a very young age. My first real memories of music are from my mom. She’d always play music when we had to clean the house, and I never understood why. I used to hate it then because I didn...

Beauty in the light

Moon welcomes Luminaria goers. Photo by Sofia Garcia

Maha Qadri and Sofia Garcia

November 13, 2019

In the midst of light shows, art exhibits and spectators, a dancer and a violinist put on a performance that set the tone for the Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival. Under an archway decorated with greenery and warm lighting, the two artists drew in a crowd with their rendition of “The Swan” ...

Controlling Chaos

Controlling Chaos

Joseph Torres

October 23, 2019

It takes a certain level of courage to create something from raw emotion. To free one’s mind and transcend the critique of the ego is one reason to muster this courage. I discovered this notion about a year ago, and what happened next was a complete revelation for me. Last fall, I took a philosophy...

Photography: capturing and creating joy

Photography: capturing and creating joy

Lindsey Mione

September 24, 2019

A photo can say a thousand words. There are so many ways to speak without speaking and one of my favorite ways is through art. I find photography to be artistic because it exemplifies different viewpoints to someone and can be perceived in more than one way just as art would be. Photography has a way...

A picture’s worth a thousand words: Remove President Romo’s photos

A picture's worth a thousand words: Remove President Romo's photos

Editorial Board and Rudy Sanchez

April 23, 2019

UTSA has made ample efforts to promote a safe and comfortable campus environment for all students and faculty. In response to recent events, President Eighmy and his administration have created resources for supporting victims of sexual misconduct and discrimination. These efforts are in the form of...

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...