Blue Star Contemporary
To inspire the creative genius in us all by nurturing artists through innovative contemporary art.
Founded by artists and grown from a grassroots art exhibition in 1986, Blue Star Contemporary is the first and longest-running nonprofit space for contemporary art in San Antonio. BSC arose from the need to provide a platform for the work and ideas of contemporary artists. In the years since its inception, BSC’s programs have grown, activating positive change in the art community and community-at-large. As an artist-centric, educational, forward-thinking, inclusive institution that strives to exceed expectations, over 18M residents and cultural tourists experience contemporary art with BSC each year through our exhibitions, public art projects, and education programs.
Today, BSC continues as an incubator for contemporary art, hosting more than 20 exhibitions annually within its 4 onsite galleries and multiple offsite locations within the community. Contemporary art is full of complex themes, and our exhibitions and public programs translate multifaceted ideas into age-appropriate conversations and engaging, interactive activities. Recent exhibitions have tackled the changing environment, immigration, communication, altered realities, nostalgia, family, and dictatorial governments. The artists present global perspectives that encourage understanding and empathy, which is incredibly valuable in this increasingly divisive time.
BSC makes a wide-reaching impact. As a WAGE-certified organization, BSC advocates for fair compensation for creative work. BSC reduces barriers to participating in the arts and support students, contributing to increasing high school graduation and college readiness rates. Engagement with the arts nurtures emotional intelligence and self-expression. BSC helps people communicate, problem-solve, and support others — skills that enrich the quality of life of our entire community.
We acknowledge the long community legacy that we are a part of. BSC is located along the San Antonio River that has been at the center of life for communities that long predate us. We stand on the home of the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation, and we acknowledge that this is unceded land stripped through dispossession and displacement of indigenous people. We will continue to seek and understand our place within this long tradition of custodial care upon this land and river.