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A li'l Arts News Roundup

First off:

Happy Día de los Muertos, San Antonio. Here's to our departed loved ones. You can read more about some dearly departed in our special feature here.

Now, here are a couple of events coming up, and a deadline. More to follow. It's First Friday this weekend--I'm sure you're all recovering from Hallowe'en (and maybe the incredible Peaches show last night?) but start makin' a plan, folks.

So, there's this:

DATE: November 7th and 8th
TIME: 10-5P, and 12-5P
LOCATION: Olmos Park Terrace, San Antonio, TX
Come stop by Diana Kersey's ceramics studio, in the heart of the Olmos Park Terrace neighborhood (corner of Howard and Thorain). Georgie, Pat and Jane and Diana will all have new work to view. In addition, the art stroll has 18 other locations this year with a record 51 artists! We would love to see you at this laid-back, stroller and dog friendly event!

202 Thorain
San Antonio, Texas 78212

Sounds like a nice family jam to me.

Secondly, a very cool event at Artpace for teachers and educators:

Artpace San Antonio announces a unique opportunity for teachers to be inspired by 09.3 International Artist in Residence and education advocate Mario Ybarra, Jr. through a CPE-certified seminar on Saturday, November 7, 2009 from 10am — 2pm. As a guest lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and a 2008 Whitney Biennial participant, Ybarra lends his expertise in both art production and education to an interactive workshop focusing on key issues of art production, respect, and collaboration in the classroom and beyond. The session is open to all teachers and offers 4 CPE credits. Space is limited and reservations are required with a $10 registration fee.

“Mario Ybarra, Jr. offers a novel perspective on everything from the commingling of street culture and fine art to the grassroots workshop and the artist-run gallery,” says Jens Hoffmann, Director of CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and Artpace 09.3 guest curator, in Mario Ybarra, Jr.: Capp Street Project. “He is one of a new generation of American artists of Mexican descent who, in contrast to many of their forebears, do not reject their American identities but embrace equally both of the trajectories in their backgrounds.”

The artist is the founder of the art collective Slanguage, based in Wilmington, California. He draws inspiration from southern California's mix of Mexican-American inhabitants, history, and street culture for his large-scale, multi-media installations, public performances, and community-based projects. Ybarra's 09.3 Artpace residency project opens to the public on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 6:30pm.

I'm really psyched about this batch of Artists in Residence; two of them participated in this Spring's stunning Phantom Sightings show at the Alameda, curated by Rita Gonzalez at LACMA.

Now here's a deadline you visual artists should know about. This competition strikes me as weird, but chingao, FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS!?!?


HOUSTON - Hunting PLC, an international oil services company, has
announced the call for entries in celebration of the 30th annual Hunting
Art Prize, a competition for Texas artists that carries a $50,000 award
for the winner.

The Prize relocated to Houston in 2006 after 25 years in the United
Kingdom, where it became one of the country's leading art competitions. It
is the most generous annual award for artists in the United States.

The competition is open to established, emerging, and amateur artists who
are residents of Texas and who were 18 years of age by August 1, 2009.

Those wishing to enter must submit a single two-dimensional painting or
drawing that is no larger than 72 inches by 72 inches. Artists must sign
up using the electronic form at and upload one
digital image of their artwork in a JPEG format. Entries must be submitted
no later than midnight Monday, November 30, 2009.

Entries will be judged according to a two-tier jury process. After
submissions have been reviewed to ensure compliance with contest rules, a
panel of jurors will evaluate the digital files and select individuals to
move on to the second tier. Those chosen will be asked to submit for
consideration the original artwork represented by their digital file.

The panel will then select the winning piece, which will be announced at
the Hunting Art Prize gala on May 1, 2010, in Houston.

For further information on the Hunting Art Prize, including further
details on eligibility and submission requirements, go to

About Hunting PLC
Hunting PLC is an international energy services provider to the worlds
leading upstream oil and gas companies. Established in 1874, it is a fully
listed public company traded on the London Stock Exchange. The Company
maintains a corporate office in Houston and is headquartered in London. As
well as the United Kingdom, the Company has principal operations in
Canada, China, France, Holland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Mexico, Singapore,
United Arab Emirates and the United States of America. For further
information, visit For more information on the Hunting
Art Prize, visit

More later.

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