(May 1, 2013) -- The newly launched website for the UTSA Art Collection shows off many of the university-owned art pieces and outlines the policy and procedure for art loans to be placed in campus offices and common areas.
On the site, you can view work by 30 artists selected from the 1,500 pieces in the collection created by 500 artists, and see videos featuring President Ricardo Romo and curator Arturo Infante Almeida, who explain how the collection came about and how art is selected for public display.
"The collection is dedicated to representing San Antonio and South Texas artists, among a range of artwork from across the country," said Almeida. "With the help of our new website, our goal is to keep the UTSA community and friends informed about upcoming events and exhibitions, and our outstanding collection."
At the university, Almeida has helped create new exhibition spaces such as the UTSA Downtown Art Gallery and opportunities for cultural exchange with partnering museums and galleries. At the Downtown gallery, he has curated a range of exhibits of student and non-student art in the forms of mixed media, installations, paintings and sculpture.
In collaboration with the Institute of Texan Cultures, he curated the Texas Contemporary Artists Series. Additionally, Almeida has curated exhibits at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum and Witte Museum featuring photography by President Ricardo Romo.
To showcase the UTSA art, Almeida is producing a book focusing on 200 works from the collection. The featured artists include Graciela Iturbide, Jesse Trevino, Cesar Martinez, Judith Baca and Manuel Alvarez Bravo. Additionally, President Romo and John Phillip Santos, renowned writer and UTSA Honors College distinguished scholar, will be contributing writers for the book. The release of "UTSA Art Collection: Vol. 1" is planned for 2015.
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The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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