Events Archive

2020

Exhibitions Open

Four new exhibitions open at Blue Star Contemporary.

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30th Annual Red Dot Art Sale

BSC's annual art sale fundraiser provides vital support for our exhibitions and education programs while encouraging the collection of artwork by SA artists. The 30th Annual Red Dot Art Sale will be online and in-person beginning September 23, 2020.

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Blue Star Red Dot Augmented Reality App

Download the first-ever augmented reality Red Dot art sale and exhibition to your smartphone or tablet. Enjoy the Red Dot Show like never before, from wherever you are, and via a free Android or Apple download.

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Red Dot Show

Join us to view the artwork included in BSC's 30th Annual Red Dot, including a special presentation of career-spanning work by Honorary Artist César A. Martínez.

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The Contemporary Film Series: BURDEN HALVED (2020)

In the latest installment of Blue Star Contemporary and Ruby City's collaboration The Contemporary Film Series, the organizations will debut BURDEN HALVED (2020) a new film by artists Lara Schnitger and Katy McNamee. The film will screen repeatedly online on the organization's Facebook pages September 7 - 10, 2020. A panel discussion featuring the artists and faciltated by Ruby City Executive Director Elyse Gonzalez and BSC Curator and Exhibitions Manager Jacqueline Saragoza McGilvray will be online via Zoom on September 7, 2020 at 6:00pm CST.

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Virtual "Bloom" Public Art Conversation hosted by the City of San Antonio's Department of Arts and Culture and BSC

Join the City of San Antonio's Department of Arts and Culture and BSC for a virtual conversation about the next sculptural installment of Bloom by artist Leticia Huerta planned for Southside Lions Park.

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BIG GIVE SA

Join BSC and our nonprofit community for a day of online giving. Thank you!

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Virtual UHS Salud-Arte Presentation on art opportunities for the new Women's and Children's Hospital

Calling all artists! UHS' Women's and Children's Hospital is scheduled to open in 2023 and they have a three-phase program for soliciting artist proposals for design enhancement, public art, and procurement. Join this virtual program via Facebook Live to find out more.

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Giveth and Taketh print give away and coloring page- online program

Download and print at home a print by Sarah Welch for an artwork or coloring page

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RED DOT STUDIO TOUR: JOE HARJO AND JULIA BARBOSA LANDOIS

Join BSC for a free, online presentation of the work of two artists featured in the upcoming Red Dot Show.

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RED DOT STUDIO TOUR: MADISON COWLES SERNA AND ALÁN SERNA

Join BSC for a free, online presentation of the work of two artists featured in the upcoming Red Dot Show.

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SA CARES 4 ART GRANT APPLICATION HELP SESSION FOR ARTISTS

Are you an artist who has suffered shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Join our SA Cares 4 Art Grant Help Session to get support on submitting your application to the City of San Antonio's Department of Arts and Culture by the July 30, 2020 deadline.

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Closed to the public until further notice

Blue Star Contemporary will be closed to the public until further notice.

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OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

BSC has reopened to the public. Schedule your next visit online and we look forward to welcoming you.

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BSC Members and Donors Reopening

Blue Star Contemporary reopens to BSC Members and donors beginning Saturday, June 6, 2020.

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Family Saturday

Explore BSC's current exhibitions through free, hands-on creative activities for families at Family Saturday.

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Story Time with Artist Raul R. Gonzalez

Artist Raul Gonzalez reads stories promoting empathy and friendship for ages 4-8 years in the galleries.

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Julie Ault Keynote Lecture

Keynote lecture by Julie Ault for the Novel Ideas Art Book Fair.

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Novel Ideas Art Book Fair

Tickets, Sponsorships, and Media opportunities now on sale for Novel Ideas Art Book Fair, March 6–7, 2020 at Blue Star Contemporary

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Contemporary Art Month 2020 Annual Kick-off

Kick off our favorite month of the year, Contemporary Art Month, with music by DJ Novasoul and food by Ay Papi's Food Truck.

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Story Time with Raul Gonzalez

Hear artist Raul Gonzalez bring children's stories to life.

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Art Date-In-A-Box: Valentine's Day Edition

Sign up to get your Art Date-In-A-Box with a specially curated selection of activities and treats for two this Valentine's Day.

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Artist Talk: Ann Clarke

Novel Ideas exhibiting artist Ann Clarke Clarke speaks about the meaningful and unexpected connections between her artistic practice and her work outside of the art world on Saturday, February 8th at 1:30pm. She works with movement therapy and the veteran community to explore how art can have tangible impact on the communities we inhabit and the lives of people we love and care for. 

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Berlin Brunch: Jorge Villarreal and Hiromi Stringer

Join BSC and Liberty Bar for brunch presentations by recent BSC Berlin Resident Artists Jorge Villarreal and Hiromi Stringer

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First Friday Opening Reception for New Exhibitions

Join Blue Star Contemporary for the opening of new exhibitions at the First Friday Opening Reception

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Berlin Residency Program Application Deadline

Deadline to apply for Blue Star Contemporary's 2020-2021 Berlin Residency Program: January 31, 2020

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2019

DreamWeek First Friday and Teardowns Performance

In celebration of DreamWeek, join Blue Star Contemporary for the closing First Friday of current exhibitions with final performance by Teardowns artist, Joey Fauerso.

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Curator Gallery Talk: Teardowns

Join us for a curator-led tour of current exhibition, Teardowns.

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Family Saturday

Join BSC for free, hands-on activities the whole family can enjoy!

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Curator Gallery Talk: Healthy Machines

Join BSC for a curator-led tour of current exhibition, Healthy Machines.

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Teardowns Performance Evening featuring Paul Fauerso, David Hurlin, Laeree Lara, Onix X Mejias-Rodríguez, and Vanitty Montalvo

Join exhibiting artist Joey Fauerso for a special evening of performance in association with her exhibition, Teardowns, on December 7, 2019 featuring Paul Fauerso, David Hurlin, Laeree Lara, Onix X Mejias-Rodríguez, and Vanitty Montalvo.

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Art Walk: Observations with Margaret Craig

Join artist Margaret Craig on a guided walk along the San Antonio River.

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The Contemporary Film Series: The Matrix (1999)

Join BSC and Ruby City for the second installment in The Contemporary Film Series. The popular film, The Matrix (1999), draws popular cultural parallels to themes explored in Ruby City's and BSC's current exhibition.

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PROGRESSIVE DINNER

Join BSC and our hosts for a special evening in the homes of some of our city's most prominent private art collections.

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Curator Gallery Talk: Formal Proof

Join BSC for a curator-led walkthrough of Sterling Allen and Larry Graeber's work in Formal Proof.

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Art Field Trip: Lockhart

Hit the road with BSC on our next Art Field Trip. This time, we're headed to Lockhart, TX, to show you another side of this popular destination: contemporary art.

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Art Field Trip: Ansen Seale

BSC's next Art Field Trip includes the public art sites on the campus of the Land Heritage Institute

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Teardowns Performance

Artist Joey Fauerso presents a Teardowns performance during November's First Friday.

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Tsuyoshi Anzai's Untitled Machine Work

Join BSC exhibiting artist Tsuyoshi Anzai for a hands-on workshop inspired by his work in Healthy Machines.

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Opening Reception for New Exhibitions

Join us as we celebrate the opening of four new exhibitions: Teardowns, Sea Islands, Formal Proof, and Healthy Machines.

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Formal Proof Gallery Talk and Studio Tour Event

Tour artist Larry Graeber's home studio and hear artists Sterling Allen and Brad Tucker in conversation on September 30, 2019.

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Curator Gallery Talk: Sea Islands

Join BSC for a curator-led walkthrough of this current exhibition.

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BSC Members Tour of Ethel Shipton's Listening to Berlin

Join BSC Berlin Residency alum Ethel Shipton for an exclusive walkthrough of her current exhibition at Ruiz-Healy Art, Listening to Berlin.

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San Antonio Museum Month

Celebrate Museum Month in San Antonio with free admission to area museums with your BSC Membership.

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BSC to Berlin

Join Blue Star Contemporary in Berlin this fall and experience firsthand the rich cultural landscape of one of the world’s top cities. Since 2014, Blue Star Contemporary has annually awarded four Bexar County-based artists three-month residencies in Berlin at the renowned Künstlerhaus Bethanien (KB). Now you can have the opportunity to experience Berlin like our artist residents at the most exciting time of the year: Berlin Art Week!

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MOSAIC Student Artist Program First Friday Art Sale

Support arts education at Blue Star Contemporary and add an artwork by a BSC MOSAIC Student Artist to your collection this First Friday.

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NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program Exhibition Artist Panel Discussion and Catalogue Release

Join Blue Star Contemporary and our partners in the NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program Exhibition for a panel discussion with artists Jose Balli, Anel Flores, Luis Valderas, Mari Hernandez, and Claudia Zapata. Moderated by Sarah Fisch.

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September First Friday

Join BSC for this popular monthly event.

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BSC Members Appreciation Reception

In appreciation of our BSC Members, join Fünf exhibiting artists for a special reception celebrating BSC's supporters.

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If Walls Could Talk: Beauty In Time

Join exhibiting artist Ethel Shipton and artist, writer, and stand-up comic Sarah Fisch for an evening of conversations with artists and community members who have been integral to the past and present of the Blue Star Arts Complex.

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The Good Movie Night Series: The Big Lebowski

Join Blue Star Contemporary and our friends at Slab Cinema and The Good Kind for the final movie of our summertime Good Movie Night Series: The Big Lebowski. Special thanks to our sponsor, One80 Solar.

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Family Saturday

Join BSC for a fun afternoon of interactive projects at our free Family Saturday. Artists of all ages are invited to explore BSC's current exhibition Fünf with creative hands-on activities.

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August First Friday

August 2, 2019  |  10 AM-9 PM

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Amada Miller Performance

Join Fünf exhibiting artist Amada Miller for a special activation of her installation Hollow Moon Rings Like A Bell in collaboration with composer Nathan Felix.

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Berlin Brunch with Jimmy James Canales and Megan Harrison

Join Blue Star Contemporary's latest Berlin Residency Program artists Jimmy James Canales and Megan Harrison to hear more about their residencies at the renowned Künstlerhaus Bethanien. Each year, BSC awards 4 Bexar County-based artists three-month residencies in Berlin, Germany. Hear how this experience has made an impact on the artists' lives and their artwork. Chilaquiles and famous Liberty Bar oatmeal provided by our generous friends at the Liberty Bar. Attendance is free, but donations in support of BSC's Berlin Residency Program are greatly appreciated. Event is limited to 30 people. RSVP to reserve your space today.

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The Good Movie Night Series: Caddyshack

Join BSC, Slab Cinema, and The Good Kind for a comedic classic, Caddyshack. Bring your blanket, chair, and BSC Member Card for 10% off all food and beverage at The Good Kind, 1127 S. St. Mary's Street.

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July First Friday

July 5, 2019  |  10 AM-9 PM

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Family Saturday

August 17, 2019 | 1 – 4 PM

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Artist Workshop with Andrei Renteria

Inspired by arrangements of dried, pressed flowers & greenery, artist Andrei Renteria will guide participants in drawing and watercolor technique. Participants will contribute individual drawings of flowers on postcards that will be collaged to create a panorama suggesting the rhythm and energy of growing forms through a variety of shapes and marks. Workshop is limited to 15 participants. RSVP requested here.

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NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program Exhibition

Opening reception: Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 6-9pm at Centro des Artes

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Exhibition Opening and June First Friday

Opening reception: First Friday, June 7, 2019  |  6-9 PM Featuring artists Amada Miller, Andrei Renteria, Ethel Shipton, and Jared Theis

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BSC Members Tour with Artist Leigh Anne Lester

Join BSC Berlin alum Leigh Anne Lester for a tour of her work on view in No Necessary Time Axis On Evolutionary Novelties at Ruiz-Healy Art. This exhibition closes on May 25, 2019 at Ruiz-Healy Art. RSVP for your chance to walkthrough the exhibition with the artist before its too late.

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CLOSED FOR INSTALLATION

Blue Star Contemporary is closed May 6 – June 5, 2019, for our annual Red Dot Fundraiser and installation of our summer exhibition.

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The Contemporary Film Series

Join us and Ruby City for The Contemporary Film Series, as we kick off this new program with a screening of Barry Jenkins’ critically-acclaimed film Moonlight (2016) on Saturday, May 4. This meaningful collaboration demonstrates a commitment to providing access to compelling films that galvanize meaningful conversations within the San Antonio community and beyond.

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BSC Member Drink & Draw

We welcome Blue Star Contemporary Members and those who might be interested in BSC Membership to join us for drinks, art, and conversation — all materials provided

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Art Buzz with Ronny Quevedo

Sunday, April 7, 2019

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H-E-B FAMILY SATURDAY

Saturday, April 6, 2019

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Big Give Artwork Giveaway

The Big Give is South Texas’ day of online giving – and a great way for you to support your favorite nonprofit organizations, including Blue Star Contemporary!

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29th Annual Red Dot Art Sale

Please join Chairs Patty Ortiz + Dwight Hobart for Blue Star Contemporary’s most-beloved fundraiser, the 29th Annual Red Dot Art Sale. Sponsorships and art sales support San Antonio’s artists and its longest-running nonprofit space for contemporary art.

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Berlin Brunch with Justin Korver & Ryan Takaba

Join BSC Berlin Residency Program Alumni Justin Korver and Ryan Takaba as they discuss their experience at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien as part of the Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Residency Program. This small intimate setting is an opportunity to get unfettered access to the artists and residency program while joining the international art dialogue in San Antonio.

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Contemporary Art 101- Creating, Collecting, and Preserving Video Art

Grab a friend and join us for Contemporary Art 101 — Creating, Collecting, and Preserving Video Art! Blue Star Contemporary invites you to join the dialogue at a panel discussion focused on creating, collecting, and preserving contemporary video art, inspired by the video work in our spring 2019 exhibition Effort Economy.

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Contemporary Art Month Kick-Off, Exhibition Opening & More!

Join us this First Friday for all of the things! We are celebrating the Kick Off of Contemporary Art Month; the Opening Reception for the CAM 2019 Perennial: Ghostly Demarcations; the announcement of the 2019-2020 Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Residents; and the opening of our MOSAIC Student Artist Program Alumni exhibition: A Conversation, on view at Cube Gallery located in the Brick at Blue Star.

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Effort Economy Opening Reception

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Effort Economy featuring the works of Julie Favreau, Raul Gonzalez, R. Eric McMaster, Ronny Quevedo, and Anne Wallace.

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CLOSED FOR INSTALLATION

BSC is closed January 7 – 31, 2019

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Yoga in the Gallery with Mobile OM

Saturdays, November 17, 2018 – January 5, 2019

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Berlin Residency Info Session & Workshop

First Friday, January 4, 2019

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2018

Brown Artist Retreat: San Antonio

Sunday, December 16, 2018

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BSC Members Drink & Draw

Thursday, December 13, 2018  |  6-8 PM

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December First Friday

December 7, 2018  |  10 AM - 9 PM

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Dinner Time Talk with Jesse Amado

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | 6-8 PM

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Art Walk: Stations with Mark Menjivar

Sunday, December 2, 2018 | 1-3 PM

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Lakota Arts Beading Workshop

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | 6-8 PM

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Museum Store Sunday with MINI ART MUSEUM

Sunday, November 25 | 10 AM - 6 PM

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H-E-B Family Saturday

Saturday, November 10, 2018

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November First Friday

Friday, November 2, 2018

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Sara Cardona Exhibition Opening

September 20, 2018  |   5-7 PM

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October First Friday

October 5, 2018  |  10 AM - 9 PM

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Opening of Fall Exhibitions

Thursday, October 4, 2018  |  7-10 PM

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CLOSED FOR INSTALLATION

September 10 – October 3, 2018

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BSC Members Drink & Draw

Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 6-8 PM

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FILM FRIDAY

Friday, August 17, 2018 | 6-8 PM

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H-E-B FAMILY SATURDAY

Saturday, August 11, 2018 | 1-4 PM

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Opening Reception for MOSAIC EPOCH exhibition

Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 4-6 PM

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REGARDING THE DISCARDED WITH CARRIE DICKASON

Saturday, July 7, 2018 | 1-4 PM

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MOSAIC STUDENT ARTIST GRADUATION CEREMONY

Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 1-3 PM

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DINNERTIME TALK WITH GARY SWEENEY

Thursday, June 14, 2018 | 6:30-8:30 PM

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MARKET DAY AT BLUE STAR ARTS COMPLEX

Saturday, June 9, 2018 | 10 AM– 6 PM

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June First Thursday & Opening of Summer Exhibitions

First Thursday, June 7, 2018  |  6-9 PM

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Closed for Installation

May 7 - June 6, 2018

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28th Annual Red Dot Art Sale

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | 6-10 PM

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Cherrity Bar Drink & Draw

April 21, 2018  |  4-7 PM

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HEB Family Saturday

April 14, 2018 | 1-4 PM

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Black Box Lunch with Wendel A. White

April 12, 2018  |  12 PM 

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Red Dot Collectors Preview

April 5, 2018 | 6:30 PM

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Performance Sessions with Mila Hundertmark

Saturday, March 24, 2018| 11 AM – 4 PM & Sunday, March 25, 2018| 11 AM – 4 PM

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Big Give Artwork Treasure Hunt

March 22, 2018 | ALL DAY

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2019 Berlin Open Call

January 1 - February 24, 2019

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FILM FRIDAY | Through A Lens Darkly

February 23, 2018 | 6 PM

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January First Friday

January 5, 2018  |  12-9 PM

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2017

Yoga in the Gallery with Mobile Om

Mobile Om leads this weekly class during our fall exhibition cycle

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Care Package Workshop

December 7, 2017 | 6–8 PM

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December First Friday

December 1, 2017  |  12-9 PM

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H-E-B Family Night

November 17, 2017  |  5:30 - 8 PM

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Progressive Dinner

November 16, 2017 |  6:30-10:30 PM

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November First Friday

November 3, 2017  |  12-9 PM

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Art in the Park at Hemisfair

October 21, 2017 | 11 AM–1 PM

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We Eating Stuff

October 20, 2017 | 12–1 PM

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October First Friday

October 6, 2017  |  12-9 PM

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Museum Month San Antonio

October 5 - 29, 2017

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September First Friday

September 1, 2017  |  12-9 PM

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August First Friday

August 4, 2017  |  12-9 PM

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July Film Friday

July 21, 2017  |  6 PM

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July First Friday

July 7, 2017  |  6-9 PM

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Film Friday - WALL-E

June 16, 2017 | 4–6 PM

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27th Annual Red Dot Art Sale

May 17, 2017 | 6-10 PM

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H-E-B's Family Saturday

May 6, 2017 | 11 AM–4 PM

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Film Friday- Rivers and Tides

April 14, 2017 | 6-8:30 PM

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Luminaria Q & A

April 6, 2017 | 5:30-6:30 PM

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MOSAIC Opening at Semmes Library

March 25, 2017 | 4-6 PM

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CAM Kick-Off Party

March 2, 2017 | 6-9 PM

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BSC Members Drink & Draw

February 8, 2018 | 6 PM

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2016

Public Art Dedication Of Plexus C18

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | 10AM

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Grand Re-Opening FIRST FRIDAY

November 4, 2016 | 5-10 PM

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Grand Re-Opening COMMUNITY DAY

November 5, 2016 | 12-5 PM

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YOGA IN THE GALLERY WITH MOBILE OM

Every Wednesday at 6:30 PM

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Membership Studio Tour

Thomas Cummins September 22, 2016 | 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

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Artist Talk With Kirsten Reynolds

August 4, 2016 | 12-1 PM

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First Thursday Opening Reception

August 4, 2016 | 6-9 PM

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Blue Star Red Dot

May 18, 2016 | 6-10 PM

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Big Give Performance Party

May 3, 2016 | 7-10 PM

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Justin Boyd Performance

April 28, 2016 | 6-7 PM

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2015

MOSAIC Recruiting Event

December 22, 2014 | 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Exhibition Walk Through & Community Education Day

December 13, 2015 | 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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Back From Berlin Panel Discussion

May 6, 2015 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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2015 The Big Give

May 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

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2015 Family Day: Explore Public Art

March 28, 2015 | 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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Berlin Brunch With Chris Sauter

February 21, 2015 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Botanical Garden Walking Tour With Richard Hunt

January 13, 2015 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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An Evening With Richard Hunt

January 13, 2015 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Granito: How To Nail A Dictator Film Screening

January 8, 2016 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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2014

BERLIN BRUNCH FEATURING JUSTIN BOYD

December 13, 2014 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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#GIVINGTUESDAY 2014

December 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

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2014 BLUE STAR BLACK TIE BINGO

November 19, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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TOPOGRAPHIES OF GRACE

November 7, 2014 | 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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BLACK BOX LUNCH - LIBBY ROWE

Friday, August 1, 2014 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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PHOTOSYNTHESIZE YOUTH ART WORKSHOP WITH JENELLE ESPARZA

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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COMPASS ROSE DEDICATION

Thursday, July 10, 2014 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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BASIC LOOMING

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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SPINNING YARNS: PHOTOGRAPHIC STORYTELLERS

June 5, 2014 - August 3, 2014

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