Contact: Javier Flores, Department of Arts & Culture
SAN ANTONIO (May 14, 2018) – The City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture presents a new exhibit in commemoration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex+ (LGBTQI+) pride month. “We Are” is an exhibit featuring the works of 12 San Antonio-based artists that celebrates LGBTQI+ identities, narratives, and history, while also reflecting upon the experiences of and challenges faced by the LGBTQI+ community.
The exhibit opens Thursday, May 17, with a reception from 6-9 p.m. and runs through Friday, July 13, 2018 at Culture Commons Gallery, 115 Plaza de Armas, 78205. Both the exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public.
“We Are” is a first-of-its-kind art exhibit to be hosted by the City of San Antonio and celebrates Pride Month – a time to reflect on and acknowledge the history and accomplishments of, and the challenges facing the LGBTQI+ community. Many Pride events in the U.S. are held in June to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion that took place on June 28, in New York City – an event considered by many to be the beginning of the modern LGBTQI+ movement.
“San Antonio joins many cities around the country in celebrating the LGBTQI+ community,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “This exhibit is a reminder of the experiences, the struggles, and the realities of our LGBTQI+ community. I thank the artists for sharing their talents and their stories – some deeply personal – so that we can all learn and understand the importance of honoring and respecting all San Antonians.”
This survey of contemporary artists, also in commemoration of San Antonio’s Tricentennial, is guest curated by Sarah Castillo of Lady Base Gallery. Participating artists include: Agosto Cuellar, Anel I. Flores, Gustavo A. Garcia, Kimberly Hopkins, Julián Pablo Ledezma, Michael Martínez, Antonia Celeste Padilla, Kristy Perez, Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez, Jose Villalobos, David Zamora Casas, and Juan Zavala Castro. The exhibit is a versatile overview of visual art that includes drawing, printmaking, painting, installation, photography, video, zine, and fiber art to depict stories and narratives of being.
“‘We Are’ is dedicated to the past, present, and future citizens of our San Antonio LGBTQI+ community,” Castillo said. “These San Antonio-based artists are activists, writers, educators, entrepreneurs - leaders who participate beyond the gallery walls to cultivate spaces of freedom and respite within their communities as true agents of change.”
Several free community events are scheduled in June for Pride Month to accompany the exhibit. All events take place at Culture Commons Gallery, 115 Plaza de Armas, 78205.
- June 7, 2018, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Panel discussion with exhibit artists and moderated by exhibit curator, Sarah Castillo.
- June 21, 2018, 6:30-10 p.m.
Screening of the film “Kiki” will be followed by an evening of dancing and vogueing, featuring DJ The Wayne Holtz.
- June 29, 2018, noon-1 p.m.
Lunch and learn panel discussion with LGBTQI+ military service members sharing their personal stories and experiences.
Culture Commons Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and is free and open to the public. More information is available at GetCreativeSanAntonio.com.