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San Antonio has a rich history of telling our stories and sharing our culture. Art Everywhere celebrates art and artists by incorporating this art into the public realm. It adds vibrancy and a more global quality of life, promotes the creative economy, and acts as a magnet for businesses, residents, visitors, and foot traffic.
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PLEIN AIR EXHIBIT
Centro San Antonio (Centro) is excited to announce the latest Art Everywhere installation: The Plein Air Exhibit. The Plein Air Exhibit will feature 20 artists who truly believe in the transformative power of art in the public realm. The exhibit will run the length of the Kress Building located at the 300 Block of E. Houston St, utilizing vacant storefront windows to add vibrancy to downtown San Antonio
“The Plein Air Exhibit,” a crowdsourced exhibition, began in response to COVID-19 to alleviate some of the hardships brought onto the art community by the pandemic. During the pandemic, art non-profits and artists were suffering, limiting their sources of income and exposure. To help the community understand the impact that the arts make on our community, Centro and CAUSA (Culture and Arts United for San Antonio) teamed up to invite San Antonio artists to submit original artworks to be installed on business facades across downtown San Antonio. This open call titled “Power of Art in the Public Realm” took place in 2021 and received submissions from all over San Antonio. The goal of the open call was to select ten artists whose work would be transformed into large-scale 2D artworks. However, with so many outstanding submissions, the open call committee, made up of local art non-profit professionals, decided to honor 20 additional artists in this outdoor exhibition and provided honorariums to each selected artist.