The Art Movers’ concept buggy — a San Antonio Museum of Art exhibition crate piloted by art critic Catherine Walworth and powered by Barry Austin and Tyler Lewis, was a hot contender, as were last year’s champions, headed by Derby founder Cruz Ortiz. But in the end, El ’Lil General’s team, captained by One9Zero6 Gallery Director Andy Benavides, triumphed. The cook-off between Chuck Ramirez’s pork tacos and Niles Chumney’s tandoori chicken resulted in a delicious draw. Souvenir of the day: Push it Real Good silk-screened Tshirt by Ortiz.
|The victorious team El 'lil General, with driver Ed Saavedra at the helm.|
Organizers Laura Robles and UTSA New Media prof Leslie Raymond asked 16- plus entities and individuals to come up with awards based on their own criteria. Winners received a giant orange certificate designed by Chuck Ramirez and a small copper frying pan with a CAM logo designed by CAM organizers Robert Tatum and Anjali Gupta.
Bill FitzGibbons gave the Bernard, named for the aforementioned Lifshutz, to Chris Sauter, whose Pioneer Flour Millinspired one-man show is on view at Finesilver Gallery. Representing the art patrons, Mike Casey gave the DreamArt Award — named by Linda Pace — to Henry Rayburn, who, among other activities this CAM, included Pace in the show he curated at the Alameda. The critics, including yours truly, Catherine Walworth, the Express-News’ Dan Goddard, and Michelle “Bunnyphonic” Valdez, gave The Hickey (named for art critic Dave Hickey) Award for Bravery to Mister Danny Geisler for his Blue Star dumpster flowers. (Geisler is also part of the Current-sponsored twoman show with Franco Mondini-Ruiz at UTSA, but that was ineligible, as was any show in which the critics were involved.) The Double Hickey for Excellence went to Judith Cottrell for
Bringing it all full circle, ArtPace bestowed the Why Didn’t We Think of That? (Genius) Award on the Pushcart Derby (in which Theo Jurist, son of soonto- depart ArtPace Director Kathryn Kanjo, was a child driver). Does it all sound a little insider-baseball-y? I can’t deny it, but in San Antonio, the teams are always looking for new players, so put a big fat parenthesis around July 2007 and plan to be in town for the fun (keep abreast of developments, registration dates, etc. at Camsanantonio.org).
But to whom will Artpace give next year’s award (it not being tailored for repeaters), inquired one audience member? Perhaps they’ll grant genius status to the Green Eggs and CAM Awards themselves, which proved a fitting close to an excellent and exhausting month.