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Visual Arts

Galería Guadalupe

723 S. Brazos Street, San Antonio, TX 78207
Open Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission is Free 
For appointments & group tours please schedule at least 48hrs in advance.
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Established in 2005, within a roughly 3,000sqft converted HEB warehouse, the Galería Guadalupe hosts a multitude of art exhibitions, artists and events that expand our interpretation of the world around us. The Visual Arts program offers artist talks and tours free to our neighbors and tourists alike. Additionally, the Galería hosts annual programming such as the Día De Los Muertos altar community exhibition and the Hecho a Mano/Made by Hand fine arts & crafts market.

On average, our programming features a new exhibition every 6–8 weeks, with an emphasis on local and regional artists. The goal of the Visual Arts program has been to highlight the artistic excellence of local intercultural dialogue via the visual arts discipline.

Current Exhibits | Previous Exhibits 

Entre Orillas by Arlene Mejorado & Adriana Monsalve

Chicana Feelings by Sarah Castillo

Exhibition Run: December 8, 2017 – January 19, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday December 8, 2017, 6:00-9:00pm
The opening reception will debut the release of Femme Frontera, a book version of the exhibit published by Homie House Press. Music by Chulita Vinyl Club and light refreshments.

Public Artist Talk: Sunday, December 10, 2017, 2:00-4:00pm
Moderated by scholar and artist Dr. Josie Mendez-Negrete and photographer Kristel Orta-Puente.

ENTRE ORILLAS is a dual project created by emerging artist Arlene Mejorado, through the mentorship of master artist, Adriana Yvette Monsalve.  Through a compilation of photography, text and multimedia they create a space for conversations around the borderlands and the many ways it manifests in our lives. The exhibition is an act of cohesive and parallel storytelling that broadens the narrative on themes too often shown in one dimension.The project extends into an accessible digital platform, zine and transnational project to be exhibited in Mexico and beyond.

Adriana Monsalve:

I’m a storyteller and visual communicator that produces in-depth stories on topics ranging from identity to humanitarian issues through the nuances in between. As a daughter of immigrants from the Caribbean Republic of Colombia, I have struggled with the concept of “home.” As immigrants, we are everywhere and we have to belong somewhere so we’ve made habitats for ourselves in pocket towns of people like us.  I’m documenting to show you something I’ve found and ultimately, something I am.  I’m documenting so you know I was here.

Arlene Mejorado:

I am the daughter of immigrants, a nepantera, and passionate observer. I am a photographer specializing in creative documentary projects and visual storytelling. Based in San Antonio and raised in Los Angeles, my ancestral background and social upbringing inspires exploration in themes of migration, cultural hybridity, gender-queerness, and racial and ethnic identity. Through the mediums of photography and film, I experiment with the new and traditional methods of visual storytelling to illustrate complex experiences in diasporic communities.

Artist Statement 

Adriana Monsalve and Arlene Mejorado have merged ideas central to their identities and experiences through a close collaboration that parallels two individual projects united by border and migration themes.The artists focus on ideas central to their identities and experiences through a close photography collaboration that parallels two individual projects united by borderland, transnationalism, and migration themes.

An autoethnographic project, CHICANA FEELINGS works to actualize a tactile reality of Mestiza Consciousness. A response to what has been rejected and embraced, it is the process of resolving conflict and loss in the context of mental health. By exploring these relationships, CHICANA FEELINGS makes meaning of survival with self-portraiture, paintings, video, and installation as it engages dialogue between anonymity and preservation.

Sarah Castillo is a mixed media visual artist based in San Antonio, Texas. Castillo obtained her Master’s degree in Bicultural Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio with thesis title – Art as an Embodied Practice: Artistic Expression, Conocimiento, and Identity Formation. She is a Resident Artist with Clamp Light Gallery and Studios, gallerist of Lady Base Gallery, and co-founder of Mas Rudas Collective. She has shown at Artpace, Institute of Texan Cultures, Mexic-Arte Museum, University of Texas at San Antonio, and was selected for the IV Biennial 2015 in Cd. Juárez and El Paso, Texas. She was recently awarded a San Antonio Artist Grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture for 2016.

ENTRE ORILLAS & CHICANA FEELINGS is supported in part by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, and Southwest Airlines through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts.

Upcoming Exhibits

The Other Side of the Alamo: Art Against the Myth

February 23-July 20, 2018

Opening Reception: February 23, 2018

Selected Chicano/a artists are tasked with countering the mainstream myths of the Alamo’s iconic status through their traditional and non-traditional paintings, sculptures, and installation work. The Other Side of the Alamo is curated by art historian, curator and cultural worker, Ruben C. Cordova, Ph.D.

Common Currents
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
March 1 – April 29, 2018

The exhibition will premiere at the newly renovated historic Progreso Building at 1300 Guadalupe Street across from the Guadalupe Theater.

In celebration of San Antonio’s Tricentennial year, six downtown artist-centric organizations: Artpace San Antonio, Blue Star Contemporary, Carver Community Cultural Center, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the Mexican Cultural Institute, and the Southwest School of Art, will partner to present an exhibition that will illuminate the 300 years of their hometown’s history. Common Currents is a diverse, encyclopedic showcase of San Antonio’s history as told and rewritten by more than 300 visual and performing artists, invited to participate by their peers, and presented over 6 venues.

Drawing on the connections or currents that run through San Antonio’s vibrant creative community, each of the organizing partners began by inviting two artists. These initial 12 artists were then asked to invite two peer artists, until more than 300 were amassed. All of the participating artists were assigned one year of San Antonio’s history on which to reflect in the development of their work for Common Currents . This exhibition is presented chronologically through a variety of contemporary media across the six venues.

Common Currents draws a portrait of San Antonio, by San Antonians. With the “chain letter-inspired” framework for the exhibition, each organization takes a backseat, letting the participating artists make decisions that may traditionally be the role of the organization or curator. This provides for an exciting presentation of artistic connections spanning our center city’s art venues.

Artpace San Antonio / January 18 – March 4

Blue Star Contemporary / February 1 – May 7

Southwest School of Art / February 15 – April 22

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center / March 1 – April 29

Carver Community Cultural Center / March 15

Mexican Cultural Institute / March 29 – May 7