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Artist Lab

Through the generous support of the Surdna Foundation, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is proud to initiate the Artist Lab, a new project that provides selected local visual artists a place for showing and selling art, an educational experience in both creative and business development, and an opportunity to build new networks between local artists and the national artistic field. The Guadalupe will select a number of artists every two years and support them in reaching their creative and financial goals.

Application for the first generation of Artist Lab is closed. Application deadline for the 2016 Artist Lab is Friday, November 6, 2015. Apply HERE.




ARTIST COOPERATIVE GALLERY SPACE:  The Artist Lab is committed to cooperatively manage the artist-run Chavez Project Space, housed in the Guadalupe’s César Chávez building, and regularly  present exhibitions of new work.


ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT: Included in each artist’s creative development will be formal critiques, coaching of and even homework regarding the creative process.  Feedback will be provided by outside artistic advisors.  Artists will be asked to develop strong artist statements, and present talks to their peers regarding their personal artistic process. Local and visiting national gallery owners, curators and artists will be consulted for one-on-one critiques, creative advice and presentation recommendations.  This important expert feedback mechanism is at the heart of the program’s intended outcomes and success.


CREATIVE CURRICULUM: Each of the artists will create a personalized curriculum that assists them in their growth. This independent study could take on many forms. It could take shape as travel to an art fair; it could be attending a special seminar/workshop on a particular technique; or, it could be the purchase of special equipment. All curriculums must be approved and paid for through the GCAC.


BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Artists will also go through rigorous business training including business plan development, financial management, and marketing strategies. Homework will give each artist time to absorb, practice and build their business plan, based on his/her own practice. Follow-up coaching and individualized sessions will give the artist one-on-one time with experts to review and give advice on the their business plans. Production timelines will be tough but flexible, pushing to get work done but accommodating of the struggles along the way.


PAY BACK: Volunteer time will be assigned in a manner that continues the artist’s growth such as sharing their work and creative process with others.

The Artist Lab is made possible by generous support from the Surdna Foundation.


Artist Lab Participants:

Nicole Geary:

Nicole Geary received a BFA in printmaking from the University of Florida and a MFA in printmaking at the University of South Dakota. Her work has been has exhibited locally and nationally at venues including the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Spudnik Press Cooperative, and Washington Printmaker’s Gallery. Her prints are included in several collections, including the Proyecto´ace Print Collection in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas, teaching printmaking at the Southwest School of Art and at St. Philip’s College.


Fernando Andrade:

Fernando Andrade received an Associate Degree in Graphic Design from San Antonio College. He is an artist and freelance Graphic Designer. Andrade was selected to be artist in residence at ElevarteArts Studio in Chicago, IL. Despite his brief trajectory as an artist, Fernando has caught the attention from local collectors and the art community and is considered a very promising artist.


Kim Bishop:

Kim Bishop received a BFA in Commercial Art from Southwest Texas State University and a MA from Texas State University. Bishop has been teaching art for 26 years. She is the co-founder of 3rd Space Art Gallery, a space devoted to representing current trends in the San Antonio visual arts scene, and Art to the Third Power, a public art community engagement project. Her work is part of the UTSA Art Collection.


Daniela Riojas:

Daniela Riojas received a BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Texas at San Antonio and an Associate degree in Journalism from Northwest Vista College. Riojas is an active member of the San Antonio art community and works as freelance photographer, videographer, musician and artist. She is the founder of The Arts United San Antonio, a grassroots organization created to promote social awareness through art and literature, and lead singer of the avant-garde electronic pop band, Femina-X. Riojas was selected as artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center. Recently, she had her first solo exhibition as her artwork gains more attention from the local art community.


Luis Valderas:

Luis Valderas received a BFA in Secondary Art Education I from the University of Texas-Pan American. Valderas co-founded Project: MASA I, II, and III, a national group exhibit featuring Latino artist and focusing in Chicano identitites. He is also the co-founder of 3rd Space Art Gallery, a space devoted to representing current trends in the San Antonio visual arts scene, and Art to the Third Power, a public art community engagement project. Valderas has had the opportunity to show not only locally and nationally, but also internationally. His work was exhibited at OSDE Espacio de Arte in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Medellin Museum of Art in Medellin, Colombia. Valderas’ work has been featured in Chicano Art for Our Millennium-2004 and Triumph in Our Communities: Four Decades of Mexican American Art-2005. His work is part of several collections including UTSA, the Arizona State University, International Museum of Art and Science, Mexic-Arte Museum, Art Museum of South Texas, Instituto for Latino Studies/Notre Dame and the San Antonio Museum of Art.


Artist Lab Advisors:

Carlos Aires:

Carlos Aires is Spanish conceptual artist. Aires’ work has been shown and collected internationally. Aires was awarded the De Pont Museum prize, a work residency for one year at De Pont Atelier (Tilburg, The Netherlands) and a Fulbright grant to study a Master in Photography at Columbus University (Ohio, USA). Later he studied at the HISK (Antwerp, Belgium). He has also been the recipient of numerous awards such as the 1st Award Generación 2008, Caja Madrid Bank, Spain, the 2º Price Young Belgium Art Prize 2005, BOZAR (Brussels, Belgium), and the Young Andalusian Artist Award 2004, Iniciarte (Sevilla, Spain).


Rocio Aranda-Alvarado :

Rocio Aranda-Alvarado is the Curator at the Museo del Bario in New York. Rocio helped produce the Museo Bienal, a biennial showcasing Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American artists currently working in the greater New York area, in 2010. She previously worked as Curator for the Jersey City Museum. She received a Ph.D. in Art History with a concentration in Modernism in Latin America and the U.S. from the City University of New York and a Master of Arts in Art History with a concentration in Colonial Latin America from Tulane University.


Tey Marianna Nunn:

Tey Marianna Nunn is the Director and Chief Curator of the Art Museum and Visual Arts Program at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, N.M. Nunn writes and lectures widely on various aspects of contemporary and traditional Hispano and Latino art and cultural identity. She received her Ph.D. in Latin American Studies with a focus on art history and history from the University of New Mexico.


Andrea Torreblanca:

Andrea Torreblanca is currently Associate Curator at the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. She received a Masters in Curatorial Practice from de Center of Curatorial Studies in Bard College in New York. She has previously worked as Exhibitions Coordinator at the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros-La Tallera, as SubDirector of Curating and Investigation at the Centro Cultural Muros, as Chief Registrar of the Colección de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo Mexicano de Jacques y Natasha Gelman and Coordinator of the Museo de las Californias in the Centro Cultural Tijuana. She interned for the Fundación Colección Jumex, CONACYT and FONCA. Torreblanca also teaches Contemporary Art History and Criticism.


About the Surdna Foundation:


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