UTSA celebrates Contemporary Art Month with March 22 open house

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"Fake Armour," 2012, mixed media, 6 feet tall, Ivan Salcido, M.F.A. '12

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(March 7, 2013) -- The UTSA Department of Art and Art History will host an exhibition and open house for the UTSA Ceramics and Sculpture Graduate Studios from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, March 22 on the west side of the UTSA Main Campus. Curated by faculty member Ken Little, the exhibit is in conjunction with San Antonio Contemporary Art Month.

For more than 40 years, UTSA art students have played a major role in improving the visual arts environment in San Antonio, and this event will showcase the recent artwork created by students, alumni and graduate faculty in the UTSA master of fine arts program. Faculty and staff members participating include Greg Elliott, Ovidio Giberga, Ken Little and Dennis Coffman.

Graduate students participating are Ben McVey, Ivan Salcido, Simon Saleh, Raul Gonzalez, Sarah Fox, Alyssa Danna, Jessica Sailors, Roberto Celis, Eric Mathis, Jenna Wright, Calen Barnum, Lynette Atchley, Justin Schneider, Adrienne Cullins, Ray Perez and Eric Owen.

The 13,000-square-foot Ceramics and Sculpture Graduate Studios were funded in 2008 when $3.5 million was allocated for construction and $200,000 was designated for new equipment.

The building incorporates 18 graduate studios that are split evenly among graduate ceramics and sculpture students. Additional studios feature workspace areas for 3-D design, welding fabrication, glazing and covered outdoor forging.

The facility is helpful in recruiting students from across the United States and abroad. Students have enrolled from England, Germany, Korea, Japan, Africa and other countries. In 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked the UTSA sculpture program No. 13 in the nation among 250 schools offering similar programs.

Established in 1986, Contemporary Art Month is the only month-long celebration of contemporary art in a major city in the United States. The event promotes and raises the national profile of San Antonio contemporary art and artists.

To learn more, visit the Contemporary Art Month website.