San Antonians Meg Langhorne and Rolando Briseño are among the five artists who will enhance the planned new terminals at the airport. The San Antonio International Airport Terminal Expansion Artist Selection Panel also gave the nod to Donald Lipsky of New York, Ann Gardner of Seattle, and Jeff Smith of Fort Davis. Each artist will design installations for separate ticketing, boarding, and connecting areas of two new terminals, the first of which, featuring Briseño and Gardner, will be completed in approximately two years. Design Enhancement Manager James LeFlore says he is very pleased with the panel, which first met in November 2002. "This is a very involved panel," he said, adding, "I really believe in what's been accomplished in public art in the last 15, 20 years."
Despite plans to relocate Bill FitzGibbons' "Day Star Project" (which earned the Current's cheeky 2004 Best Public Art to be Returned to Sender award) to make room for a new parking garage, LaFlore says the current airport management remains committed to building a "public art facility overall ... We're going to be working to bring Bill back in with the consultants the airport is hiring to research and decide what's the smartest step with the 'Day Star' plaza."
For information on public art opportunities through the City, visit http://www. sanantonio.gov/publicworks/pubart/OPPORTUNITIES.htm, or call 207-5951. Deadline is April 30.
The turquoise and green paint is still damp at RC Gallery's new location at 222 Roosevelt, just off South St. Mary's. The 90-year-old former electric company building has been updated with fresh concrete floors and drywall over most of the original brick structure, but the improvements preserve historic elements, including dentices on the exterior facade, tall archways, and airy transom windows. Their new home perfectly mirrors RC's ethos, updating the best of the past with funky flair, says proprietor Rhonda Kuhlman. Once central air is installed, they will add a corrugated metal ceiling salvaged from partner Chris Ake's grandmother's defunct chicken farm, and Kuhlman is planning on tiling a portion of the exterior.
Kuhlman and Ake will live and operate their wholesale business, Recycled Works, at their new digs, as well as sell all that fabulous redeemed stuff we love - bottlecap-bedecked accessories, bags made from old 45s, and modern folk art furniture. The gallery will hold its first show - and the store will open - in July for Contemporary Art Month. Inspired by the old awning poles on the front sidewalk, and the excitement of owning her first building, Kuhlman is having a giant whirlygig (aka pinwheel) show. She says it will be an eye-catching, traffic-stopping way to announce RC's presence to the neighborhood. "Plus it's so hot then," she says. "This way folks can drive by and they don't even have to get out of their cars." For more info, call that ol' number: 222-9404.
They Cam, They Saw, They Conquered
RC Gallery isn't the only space with big outdoor plans for Contemporary Art Month. The Robert Tatum-led organizing effort has secured 10 billboards at cost from Clear Channel that will be used for public art projects by artists including Chuck Ramirez and Andrea Caillouet. The side of the Placido Del Rio hotel will glow with a light installation by Andy Benavides. Blue Star Art Space, Frost Bank, and the Current are sponsors; Blue Star will host the CAM kick-off party on July 3. For more info, visit www.camsanantonio.org, or call 212-7082. •
By Elaine Wolff