Call For Entries

Alameda Theater “Intermission Exhibition”

Centro San Antonio, in partnership with The Alameda Theater Conservancy, invites San Antonio artists to submit proposed concepts for the Alameda Theater “Intermission Exhibition.”

The exhibition will feature a series of five (5) individual works of art produced by a single selected artist. The pieces will be produced off-site and affixed to the plywood façade protecting the first floor of the Theater throughout the term of construction. See Submission Guidelines for complete details.

Artists are invited to tell the story of the Alameda, its cultural and historical impact, and its impact on generations to come. reflecting on experiences that touched the lives of countless San Antonians. The exhibition will invite locals to reminisce about memories of the Theater and inspire visitors to learn about its rich history.

Background

The Alameda Theater opened in 1949 as the largest theater in the United States dedicated to Spanish language films and performing arts. The Theater featured major artists from throughout the United States, Spain, Mexico and other Latin American countries. The office space that surrounds the Theater once housed the Mexican Consulate and the first Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in the United States. It was also home to the KCOR Spanish language radio station.

The Theater closed in the 1980s, and the City of San Antonio later purchased the historically-significant building to ensure its preservation. The Alameda Theater Conservancy was formed in 2017, with funding support from the City and Bexar County, to restore the Theater complex. Texas Public Radio recently completed its new headquarters building on the property, bringing back live radio broadcasts from the Alameda.

The first phase of the Theater renovation, including environmental and utility work, as well as critical interior construction, will conclude in mid-2021. Funding for the remainder of the project is subject to future fundraising efforts, which were planned for 2020 and thwarted by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Submission Guidelines

Rendering shows approximate locations for five works of art on large wooden panels, affixed to wood construction façade. Approximate size of each panel is 5’ x 8’, but panel size and shape may be included in artist’s proposal. Façade is painted white plywood covering the entire length of the storefront. A background finish may also be proposed by artist to complement artwork.

Artists are invited to submit five (5) unique concepts to be considered for this opportunity. Initial concepts should visually present the idea for the project. An artist’s statement should accompany the proposal, explaining the inspiration for the concepts and any connections between the artist and the Alameda Theater’s history.

The final selected artwork will be produced at a large scale on wooden panels, approximately 5 feet by 8 feet per panel.  Size and shape of each panel is subject to artist input. The selected artist will produce the full size, original artwork off-site, and install the completed works within the designated timeframe. The five-piece series will be displayed on downtown’s bustling Houston Street, along the Theater’s first floor storefront which is protected by a plywood façade.

Visual artists of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, and no prior mural experience is necessary. Artists must be local to San Antonio, residing within Bexar County.

In addition to five concepts, artists will be asked to submit a bio in PDF format with their name, phone number, email, a scanned image or link to their previous work, a brief artist statement, and a website or social media handle (optional). The selected artist will be notified via the contact info they provide.

Selection Process + Timeline

A panel of jurors will be secured and assigned the task of selecting the (3) finalists for this exhibition. Each proposal will be considered based upon the merit of individual concept images submitted by the artist, complemented by the artist statement. The ATC Board will reserve the right to select the winning artist and concepts.

Entry Deadline

April 30, 2021

Selections Announced

May 31, 2021

Exhibition Dates

July 1, 2021 – July 1, 2023*
*dates subject to change based on future construction schedule

Entry Fee

Not Applicable; Free to Apply

Total Budget

$20,000 (includes material costs and artist fee)

Ready to Submit?

Use the form below to complete your submission. Please ensure you have entered/uploaded all requested materials before clicking “submit.”

Have questions about the project or submission process? E-mail submissions@downtownsa.org

Art Everywhere Submission Form
Maximum upload size: 52.43MB
Maximum upload size: 52.43MB

Additional Terms

The selected artist will have their work exhibited on the building for up to two years, subject to future construction timelines. Once installed, the final pieces will become the property of the Alameda Theater Conservancy (ATC) and may be relocated when deemed necessary by the ATC for construction or other purposes.

After the initial exhibition, the works may be relocated to another relevant site for public exhibition. At the conclusion of the exhibition, the works may be auctioned for fundraising purposes to benefit the Theater renovation, at the discretion of the ATC Board. The exhibition may also be featured in online, PR and social media platforms of the partner organizations and other relevant agencies.

Centro San Antonio and the ATC reserve the right to reproduce images for promotional and publication purposes. By submitting work to the Call for Entries, the artist agrees to all terms and conditions set forth herein, as will be formalized in an agreement with the selected artist.

PARTNERS

This project is made possible by a partnership between Centro San Antonio and The Alameda Theater Conservancy.

For more information about Art Everywhere, visit Centro’s page here.  For more information on The Alameda Theater Conservancy, visit their page here.