Lori Dunlap and Charlie Biedenharn


30th ANNUAL RED DOT ART SALE — Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 7-10PM

Join Blue Star Contemporary for BSC’s most-beloved fundraiser, the Annual Red Dot Art Sale!

Each year, the Red Dot Art Sale encourages greater connections between arts supporters and the artists who are an important part of our community.



Artist César Martínez

San Antonio-based artist César Martínez is widely recognized as a major figure in the Chicano Art Movement of the 1970s and 1980s. His iconic portrait paintings from the Bato/Pachuco/Ruca series combine imaginary sitters and the artist’s depth of knowledge of art history with his lived experiences of life in South Texas. Martínez’s work has been included in the landmark exhibits La Frontera/The Border: Art About the Mexican/U.S. Border Experience, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Centro Cultural de la Raza, San Diego; CARA: Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation 1965-1985, organized by the Smithsonian Institute; and Hispanic Art in the United States, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He was honored with a solo exhibtion, and accompanying book, at the McNay Art Museum San Antonio, Texas in 2009. He has also shown at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago; Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City; the San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio; and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston.


Arts Patron Francesca Billups Mannix

Chair of Blue Star Contemporary’s Board from 2013-2016, Francesca “Francie” Billups Mannix has been a longtime supporter of the arts in San Antonio as a collector and philanthropist. Currently, she serves as co-chair of Blue Star Contemporary’s Advisory Council. Francie grew up in a military family so travel was a part of her childhood, but San Antonio is home. Her mother’s family has San Antonio roots and Francie attended high school there before attending college up North at Wheaton and Williams Colleges, where she studied art history. From there, she worked at Sotheby’s Auction House, Sotheby’s International Realty, and Town and Country magazine in New York. After 13 years in New York and Dallas, she moved back to San Antonio with her husband and three children. Francie, who has her own antiques/accessories business, started The Scout Guide San Antonio and The Scout Guide Hill Country because she wanted everyone to see how unique those areas are.


Committee: Alexa Brundage   ◊   Mike Casey   ◊   Bonnie + Dwight Chumbley   ◊   Sue Clement   ◊   Mary Catherine de Marigny   ◊   Monique Diaz + Matt Jones   ◊   Magdalena Gaona   ◊   Michelle Grant   ◊   Sara + Jeremy Jessop   ◊   Rick Liberto   ◊   James Lifshutz   ◊   Sallie Lewis Longoria   ◊   Michelle Maloney + Chris Hernandez   ◊   Greg Mannino   ◊   Claire + Easton McNab   ◊   Lachlan Miles + Chris Hill   ◊   Patty Ortiz + Dwight Hobart   ◊   Andi Rodriguez   ◊   Todd Romano   ◊   Ryan Rue + Eric McCormick   ◊   Patricia Ruiz-Healy   ◊   Tarah + James Sykes   ◊   AnaPaula + Mark Watson, III



SPONSORSHIP — As a Red Dot Sponsor, enjoy invitations to VIP Collectors Events in the months before Red Dot, recognition opportunities reaching our diverse audience, and tickets to Red Dot—great perks for clients and employees— all while supporting BSC’s exhibitions and programs! Click through to support RED DOT as a sponsor or event underwriter. Questions? Contact Development Manager, Elaine Leahy directly by calling 210.227.6960 or emailing her at

BECOME A COLLECTOR — Red Dot Collectors directly support San Antonio’s artists with their commitment to collecting a work prior to the event. Not sure whose artwork you’d like to collect? BSC an help! Collector Guidelines and available artworks coming soonContact Development Manager, Elaine Leahy directly by calling 210.227.6960 or emailing her at for more information.

ARTISTS – Artist can submit their work for consideration through February 21, 2020. Submitting does not guarantee inclusion in the sale and show. Serious applicants only please.


The Red Dot Art Sale annual fundraiser supports the nonprofit’s dynamic contemporary art exhibitions, education programs like the MOSAIC Student Artist Program, professional development programs for artists, and numerous community outreach efforts while remaining a favorite celebration of local artists, collectors, and contemporary art enthusiasts.

Red Dot supports San Antonio’s artists and its longest-running space for contemporary art through sponsorship and art sales. With 100 artworks offered for sale with the proceeds equally shared between the contributing artists and BSC, Red Dot introduces San Antonio artists to collectors by fostering relationships, cultivating the arts community, and enriching the creative economy.

Sponsorships and underwriting support are non-refundable. If for any reason Red Dot is cancelled, your support will be converted to a 100% tax deductible donation.

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