UTSA Downtown Public Art Opportunity

The University of Texas at San Antonio Office of Community Relations and City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture are partnering to create new art displays that will enhance the downtown San Antonio area. The project, led by UTSA’s Westside Community Partnerships Initiative, will engage local artists in creating a unique focal point within the university’s growing downtown footprint.


With the construction of the new building for our School of Data Science and National Security Collaboration Center, we have an opportunity to merge art and data science in a way that creates something really beautiful and unique for our San Antonians. This public art opportunity is a clear reflection of UTSA’s vision to foster community and campus engagement.

- Elvira Leal, UTSA Assistant Vice President for Community Relations


Community Engagement Event: Watch the live-recording

A virtual panel discussion was held on September 15 to describe the RFI "request for information" process to attract local artists who want to conceptualize and develop the two murals to be located at the university's new School of Data Science and National Security Collaboration Center. 

Community engagement live-stream

» Watch the live event recording (password: Arts2021)

» View the event presentation & transcript (english)

» View the event presentation & transcript (spanish)


More Information

The first mural will be located on the building’s west facade, overlooking San Pedro Creek. The second mural will wrap around the corner of the northeast side of the building, facing Dolorosa Street.


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Timeline

Project Scope
May 2021

Community Engagement
September 2021
» Virtual panel discussion 9/15

Artists Request for Ideas and Selection Process
October 2021

Design and Fabrication
February 2022

Installation
June 2022

Completion of Art Installation and Dedication Ceremony
July 2022

Request for Ideas

Artists will be asked to describe their context, theme, style and color palette. Proposed artworks may be educational or include a call to action.

Further details are forthcoming.

Location

UTSA School of Data Science and National Security Collaboration Center building

506 Dolorosa St.
San Antonio, Texas 78204

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Public Art Survey Results
Members of the community were invited to share their opinions about the design of the murals. Click here to view the results.

Survey Results


News and Events

September 16, 2021 | La Prensa Texas
Convocatoria Para Encuestas de Arte Público y Propuestas de Murales de Artistas

September 15, 2021 | Virtual Event
Virtual panel to discuss RFI (request for ideas)

September 7, 2021 | UTSA Today
UTSA and City of San Antonio to partner on downtown murals


Partners

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For More Information

Elvira E. Leal
Assistant Vice President for Community Relations

e. Elvira.Leal@utsa.edu
p. 210.458.4009