We’re all in this together!
Artpace Chalk It Up has engaged and delighted thousands of participants for the past 16 years. School and community groups taking part in TeamWorks, San Antonio-based featured artists, visitors to our city, and our entire community have celebrated creative artistic expression together through the creation of chalk murals in downtown San Antonio.
This year, Artpace has adapted this ever-popular festival to ensure local artists, schools, and the public can participate safely – creating murals wherever we are!
School teams and community teams from all over San Antonio have the opportunity to participate in TeamWorks and can create murals anytime in September at a location of their choice (see TEAMWORKS tab). Teams will submit photos and statements about their murals, which will be reviewed in time for Chalk It Up day – October 10, 2020! Chalk It Up 2020 Co-Chairs Katie Pace Halleran and Cristina Peña Walls will choose 17 finalists from across every school district within San Antonio city limits. Finalists and a winner will receive gift cards courtesy of H-E-B and will be announced on our website and our social media platforms at noon on October 10. TeamWorks murals will be posted in the tab above as they are received, so check back often to see them all!
Artpace would like to extend a special thank you to Councilman Roberto Treviño, Honorary Chair of Chalk It Up 2020!
On October 10, twenty Featured Artists will create original designs in chalk on a sidewalk or pavement capturing our 2020 theme: community. Local artists from around San Antonio will be creating these murals at ten different San Antonio Public Library branches (see MAPS tab). The public is encouraged to visit the library of their choice to celebrate these artists and their visions of community – or spend the day visiting all of them! Drive-thru viewing ONLY will be available at all libraries! Look for our Maps to Murals, which will be posted on our website in October for more information and to plan your day!
#ChalkItUpOnHoustonSt: We’re excited to announce that Centro San Antonio will celebrate the history of Chalk It Up by installing a series of color photos in windows along Houston Street in October featuring artists’ murals from the past 16 years. Centro has long been a supporter and partner to Artpace’s Chalk It Up and is keeping our downtown history alive until we can return next year. Thank you, Centro!!
#ChalkItUpAtHome: Artpace will provide a Chalk It Up experience for everyone this year in the safety and comfort of your own home or neighborhood. Beginning Saturday, September 12, and occurring every Saturday leading up to Chalk It Up day on October 10, Artpace will announce a #ChalkItUpAtHome prompt, stemming from this year’s Chalk it Up theme – community. Each #ChalkItUpAtHome prompt will be announced on our social media channels and we encourage participants to share on social media—tag us: @artpace, #ChalkItUpAtHome; #ArtpaceAtHome; #MakeArtHappen.
This city-wide engagement is a part of Artpace’s #ArtpaceAtHome initiative, which invites the San Antonio community and beyond to continue to engage in contemporary art while practicing social distancing.
Please note, the TeamWorks competition takes place during September, and murals are not available for in-person public viewing.
Artpace Chalk It Up has engaged thousands for the past 16 years. School teams participating in TeamWorks, San Antonio-based featured artists, visitors to our city, and our entire community have celebrated artistic expression together through the creation of chalk murals in downtown San Antonio.
In response to the challenges and safety protocols in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Artpace has reimagined Chalk It Up to be a safe and inclusive citywide celebration of community by creating a model where schools, artists, and the public can participate collectively – even at a distance!
Our map above highlights and locates each of the ten San Antonio Library branches that will host our Featured Artists this year. Check back as more information is added to each icon on the map. Library icons will feature information about the library branch, including a link for directions. These icons will also include information about the two artists who will be creating murals at each location. School icons represent all TeamWorks participants, whose murals will be featured on the TeamWorks tab as they are received.
Maps to Murals will help you plan your Chalk It Up day, October 10, when you can meet the artists and see the murals at the library branch in your own City Council district – or make a day of it and visit them all! The website will be updated with fun Chalk It Up content regularly, so check back often!
On October 10, twenty Featured Artists will create original designs in chalk on a sidewalk or pavement capturing our 2020 theme: community. Local artists from around San Antonio will be creating these murals at ten different San Antonio Public Library branches (see MAPS tab). Each library will feature two artists who will create their murals throughout the morning of October 10. The public is encouraged to visit the library of their choice to celebrate these artists and their visions of community – or spend the day visiting all of them! Drive-thru viewing ONLY will be available at all libraries.
Cassidy Fritts is a San Antonio local who has a dedication to community and youth empowerment. She graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, concentrating in Painting. Fritts is currently a Visual Arts Instructor at SAY Sí (San Antonio Youth Yes) where she teaches middle school and high school students. At SAY Sí, the project-based curriculum she co-creates uses visual arts fundamentals and experimentation to guide students to create artworks that discuss topics of their interest through a social justice lens. Fritts is also a local artist, exploring mediums of painting and printmaking, and is a local muralist. Her artwork typically explores themes of personal identity, mental health, interpersonal relationships, and community. Fritts was a featured artist in the 2019 San Antonio Street Art Initiative Showcase Phase II and has murals, public and private, throughout San Antonio; she has also participated in assisting with San Anto Cultural Arts murals.
Born in 1987 in the border town of Acuña, Mexico, Fernando Andrade has lived in San Antonio, Texas since he was seven years old. During Andrade’s early childhood years, it was considered safe for children to play outside, and he remembers playing outdoor games with his family during those years. As an artist, Andrade copes with the turmoil in his native homeland with two distinct bodies of work: representational drawings and abstract paintings. While the drawings are narrative explorations of the events taking place, the paintings are vehicles for nurturing feelings of hopeful joy and optimism. In his figurative drawings, Andrade creates simple narratives based on stories he has heard or experienced relating to social political events. Believing that everyone has their own childhood memories and can identify with the innocence of youth, Andrade stages some of his work using scenarios of children in place of adults, a strategy for enticing viewers to engage in his conversation. In the series Tierra y Libertad, groups of children appear to be playing childhood games but, upon closer inspection, are surrogates for the perpetrators and their victims. In his abstract paintings, Andrade expresses a freedom from the anguish that underlies his figurative works. Working improvisationally, the artist creates organic compositions that are colorful and animated. Viewing his process as a kind of spiritual meditation, Andrade becomes free to imagine cosmic visions that have rhythmic affinities with music or dance, and which celebrate the splendor and preciousness of life itself.
Anthony Dean-Harris (b. 1986) is a writer, artist, editor, radio personality, and whatever other interesting things into which he wanders. His most recent visual works include the mural “Instructions for Use for Adapting to Our State of Constant Change (2020)” (in collaboration with Justin Parr) located at the corner of N. Presa & Houston St. and art direction in collaboration with SCOTCH! on Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson’s “Jubilant and Exuberant… ” surrounding downtown Travis Park. Before the pandemic, he was the host of the modern jazz radio programs The Line-Up (Fridays at 9pm) and evölve (Saturdays at 3pm) on 91.7 FM KRTU San Antonio (and he looks forward to coming back when things are safe), as well as the former editor of the jazz blog Nextbop. Dean-Harris is also archivist & co-conspirator of FL!GHT Gallery. He grew up on the Eastside of San Antonio to make it all the way to living on the Southside of San Antonio.
Bárbara Miñarro was born in Monterrey, Mexico and currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas. As an artist influenced and making a life between two cultures, Miñarro’s work explores ideas of the body in migration. Her soft sculptures, installations, and paintings utilize the tactile memory of clothing, the earth, and the physical body to express the emotional journey of immigration. Miñarro has exhibited at various galleries including, Sweet Briar College, South Texas College, Blue Star Contemporary, and Artpace. Recently, she launched Breakfast Friend, a small-batch, hand-painted purse business out of her home studio in San Antonio, TX.
Isabel Ann Castro (she/her) is a visual artist and zine maker from the South Side of San Antonio, Texas and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design from Texas State University. Isabel co-founded St. Sucia, a DIY, international Latina/x feminist magazine that collected, curated, and published contemporary writing and art. She co-organizes San Anto Zine Fest and is a zine librarian, pushing a rasquache library made out of a yellow shopping cart. Isabel spins with Chulita Vinyl Club San Anto as Bueno Kitty and collects Tejano Conjunto music from 1940-1980 in order to archive, preserve, and share history and culture through corridos.
Mark Anthony Martinez is a conceptual artist and curator based in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. Martinez holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (2012) and a Master of Fine Arts from Portland State University (2014). Martinez has served as Visual Arts Director to the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (2015-2017), Gallery Manager for the Michael and Noemi Neidorff Gallery at Trinity University (2018), and co-curator for the experimental pop-up space, Fake Gallery (2019). While primarily exhibiting in San Antonio, he has also exhibited in group shows around the country, including; PLACE gallery, Portland, Or. (2012), Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, Il. (2014), The Open as part of the Nicholas Frank Public Library, Milwaukee, Wi. (2017), Mexic-Arte in Austin, TX. (2017), and The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center Inc., New York, NY (2019). Currently, he is working freelance maintaining his curatorial practice and studio-based projects.
Juan Miguel Ramos earned both his bachelor’s degree and MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in 1995 and 2001, respectively. His concentration was in drawing, but he was eager to explore other media. His artwork often combines different media, including figure drawing, digital imaging, photography, printmaking, and sometimes video. He was invited to join Artpace’s residency program by international curator Francesco Bonami in 2002. His art career and music have afforded him the opportunity to travel all across the country, from New York to Los Angeles and Puerto Rico. Juan Miguel Ramos was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas where he continues to work.
Justin Korver is an artist living and working in San Antonio, Texas. He is originally from a small town in the northwest corner of Iowa, which he credits for his penchant for minimalism. Korver moved to Holland, Michigan to complete his undergraduate work at Hope College. While in Michigan, he was influenced by the heritage of mid-century design and discovered a passion for hardware stores. He also lived and worked briefly in New York through the N.Y.C.A.M.S. program, where he interned with Phoebe Washburn, who served as an early influence on his studio practice. Korver received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is now a full-time lecturer at Texas A&M San Antonio. He exhibits his work extensively in Texas and nationally, and he is the recent recipient of an artist residency at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien awarded through Blue Star Contemporary.
Joe De La Cruz was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He currently works in the field of gallery exhibitions, setting up exhibits for art galleries and institutions as an art preparatory, and is skilled in the area of art presentation and picture framing. De La Cruz also exhibits his own work locally and is currently focused on graphite drawing and large-scale mural painting. He is known in the South Flores community as a facilitator and consultant in the areas of art presentation and exhibit fabrication.
Jeremiah Teutsch is an artist, political caricaturist, actor, voiceover artist, cook, writer, set designer, sound designer, sign painter, musician, and craftsman working in San Antonio. Originally from Lubbock, Jeremiah moved to Denver, Colorado to get his BA from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. He is a founder of Rhinoceropolis, a music and art venue in Denver. He moved to San Antonio in 2009, after having lived in New York, Maine, and Austin. He is a founder of the artist-in-residency program TRANSIT and the AGORA art space, both in San Antonio. Jeremiah has worked at the McNay Art Museum for 10 years as the framer, matter of works on paper, and preparator. Jeremiah is—for the lack of a more appropriate word—a polymath. In his most recent work, Jeremiah has been constructing oversized papier-mâché heads, using 18th- and 19th-century techniques and applications. He has a deep interest in and knowledge of antiquated crafts, skills, mechanisms, devices, and technologies, as well as a love of the natural sciences, but is a vocal skeptic of all things mystical, spiritual, and pseudo-scientific. Jeremiah is interested in languages and is currently trying to learn Arabic.
Katarina Guzman, a South Texas native, was born and raised in San Antonio, where she grew up surrounded by the unique and rich history, art, and writing present in her home city. Katarina has been constantly fascinated with history, both personal and social, especially its effect on relationships people have to culture, to a place, and to each other. A printmaker by trade, she often uses traditional and non-traditional printmaking techniques in her work to explore the themes of personal and societal relationships to history, as well as examining the historical narrative itself. Katarina graduated in 2019 from the University of St. Thomas in Houston where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts with a concentration in printmaking. Since graduating, Katarina has been fortunate to work as an artist in residence with community-based organizations, such as Project Row Houses in Houston. Since the completion of her residency, she has moved back to her home city of San Antonio where she now lives and works.
Xavier Gilmore is an interdisciplinary artist and producer who works in sound, traditional mediums, and collaborative performance. Through his work he explores ideas on dissent, abstraction, and social topography. He has exhibited regionally and internationally at Artpace, Southwest School of Art, Museo Soumaya, and the McNay, among others. Gilmore holds a BFA from UTSA and studied at School of the Art Institute Chicago, and Universidad de Las Américas Puebla, Cholula, México.
Yoko Misu was born in Tokyo, Japan and currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and her Master of Arts from Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. She is a Member of Japan Print Society and exhibits in their annual shows in Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. Her works are included in the permanent collections of Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, Japan Print Society, and many private collectors.
Ruth Buentello is a visual artist that examines socio-cultural relationships through the lens of family and community. Nathan studied architecture and is a mechanical engineer. Both share a love of community and are collaborating to fuse two perspectives.
Alán Serna is a mixed media artist from Huanusco, Zacatecas, now living and working in San Antonio, TX. In 2018, Serna earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Intermedia from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2015 from the University of Texas at San Antonio where he is currently a professor of painting and foundations. Alán also serves as Master Printer for Feral Editions, a collaborative press that Serna and his partner Madison Cowles Serna co-founded in 2014.
Richard Armendariz (b. 1969, El Paso, Texas) was raised on the U.S.-Mexico border, a region that heavily influenced his artistic, aesthetic, and conceptual ideas. Images that have cultural, biographical, and art historical references are carved and burned into the surface of the paintings, drawings, and wood blocks. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio (1995), and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder (1999). Armendariz is currently a Full Professor of Art at The University of Texas at San Antonio. In 2008, he received the Artpace Supplemental Travel Grant for travel to Mexico City, Mexico. In 2013, he was an artist in residence at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, and Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village, CO in 2018. In 2017, he was the first artist in residence at the DoSeum in San Antonio, TX. He has exhibited at the Denver Art Museum, The Dallas Contemporary, The Blue Star Art Center in San Antonio, and Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin. International exhibitions include: Liminal Space, DMZ Museum, South Korea (2018), Common Wounds, Bethlehem and Tel Aviv (2005), and “New Prints”, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien , Berlin, Germany (2013), Texas Contemporary Art”, Lalit Kala Academy, National Academy of Art, New Delhi, India (2015). He work is in the permanent collections of the San Antonio Museum of Art, McNay Art Museum, Denver Art Museum, Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Massachusetts, the Bush International Airport Houston Art Collection, and The Cheech Marin Collection, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA.
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Madison Cowles Serna earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kentucky in 2018, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2013. Originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming, Cowles Serna has spent the majority of her time in Texas. Her work explores a variety of themes, primarily introspection and sexual assault, through the use of printmaking, painting, and installation.
Jasmeet Kaur studied Textile Design and Development at The National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi, India. She worked for several years in the field of interior design and started her own company, Kaur Competency, in San Antonio, working with residential homes and boutique hotels. She added an art studio called Baani Art in 2017, inspired by nature, thoughts, abstraction, and current global situations that are expressed in vibrant colors and mediums. She has exhibited her artwork in New Jersey, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington, Los Angeles, and San Antonio. One of her recent works Hold On was displayed at the CARAVAN international online art exhibition, pertaining to global healing and humanity. She lives in San Antonio with her husband and two sons, Darsh and Jeeve.
Born in 1990 in Houston Texas, Kaldric Dow is a leading African American artist of the generation of millennials. Dow studied at the University of Texas at San Antonio in the informal studio classes, establishing strong drawing, perspective, and an understanding of art history. There, he absorbed the acute attention to skin tone and lighting, subsequently refining his own visual and conceptual vocabulary that emerged through his focus on the points of intersection between art history, representing a current culture, and the dynamics of color theory. Kaldric’s work can be found in myriad of public and private art collections throughout the United States, and he has been featured in numerous exhibitions worldwide. He currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Rhys Munro is a Latinx artist currently based in San Antonio, Texas. Munro has a fine arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Along with her studio practice, Munro is a muralist, dedicated to bringing art out of the gallery and into the community. Additionally, she works for the McNay Art Museum as a professional art handler.
Since 2004, Artpace’s TeamWorks groups have played a significant role at Chalk It Up in Downtown San Antonio. Over 7,000 educators, students, and community members have contributed 701 one-of-a-kind chalk murals on Houston Street and Main Avenue alongside Artpace’s international resident and exhibiting artists from the San Antonio community and abroad.
For its 17th iteration, Artpace San Antonio invites school and community groups to participate in Chalk It Up 2020 and work collaboratively to complete original chalk murals representative of the 2020 theme: COMMUNITY.
To read an overview and register for FREE by September 30, CLICK HERE!
This year’s judging will be virtual! TeamWorks murals can be submitted for competition beginning Monday, September 1, through Friday, October 2.
To submit a mural for competition, all TeamWorks groups must submit the following:
TeamWorks murals will be judged on creativity, execution, and adherence to theme: COMMUNITY.
Mural submissions may be emailed to Ashley Mireles, Artpace Education Coordinator: email@example.com
Q: Is there a maximum mural size?
A: No! There is a minimum size of 5’ X 5’.
Q: Is there a limited number of members per Team?
A: Not this year! We would like for you to involve as many or as little Team members you are comfortable with.
Q: My Team would like to work remotely. Can my Team create a tiled mural?
A: Yes! Tiled murals are accepted but must physically exist as whole to compete for an award.
Q: My Team would like to work remotely. Can my Team submit a digitally produced mural?
A: Yes. Digitally completed murals can and will be accepted, however, cannot be considered for competition.
Q: Can my Team collage several photos to create one or more of the submitted images?
A: No. Please only submit up to three images containing one photo each.
Artpace San Antonio presents #ChalkitUpAtHome, bringing Chalk it Up into the homes and neighborhoods of communities throughout the city. Beginning Saturday, September 12, and occurring every Saturday until Chalk it Up Day on October 10, Artpace will announce a #ChalkItUpAtHome prompt, stemming from this year’s Chalk it Up theme – community.
This city-wide engagement is a part of Artpace’s #ArtpaceAtHome initiative, which invites the San Antonio community and beyond to continue to engage in contemporary art while practicing social distancing.
Each #ChalkItUpAtHome prompt will be announced on our social media channels and we encourage participants to create a title for your composition and share on social media.
September 12: What is community? Create a chalk mural about what community means to you!
September 19: Quarantine Bubbles: Create a chalk mural featuring the activities and people that are within your quarantine bubbles. These can be new hobbies, skills, and the people you share it with!
Artpace seeks to provide a Chalk It Up experience for everyone that will support the safety and wellbeing of the community in which Artpace exists and serves. On Chalk It Up Day, celebrate contemporary art by creating your own Free Style zone at home and share your work by posting photos and using #ChalkItUpAtHome!
Document Artpace Chalk It Up by posting photos and updates throughout the day to your personal social media pages. Use #ArtpaceChalkItUp #ChalkItUpAtHome #CIU2020 and follow @artpace on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Visit Artpace.org/Chalk-It-Up to view Featured Artist murals, TeamWorks Competition Murals, and #ChalkItUpAtHome photos submitted from the greater San Antonio community!
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