June 26, 2013//
Meet Arturo "Art" Infante Almeida, the man who arguably has one of the coolest jobs on campus.
UTSA has built an outstanding art collection that not only enhances the campus but also celebrates artistic expression in our community.”
– Art Almeida
Since 2003, Almeida has curated the UTSA permanent art collection. It includes more than 1,600 works of art—gifts and acquisitions from people all over the world including sculpture and prints by Luis Jimenez, photographs by Elliot Erwitt and Manuel Alvarez Bravo, and paintings by César Martinez and Nick Krushenick.
Almeida, originally from Corpus Christi, is a well-respected photographer who previously owned and ran San Antonio's Café Latino Gallery. It featured exhibitions by now-prominent artists including Nivia Gonzalez, Cruz Ortiz, Alex Rubio, Vincent Valdez and Kathy Vargas.
In 2002, Almeida joined UTSA at the invitation of President Ricardo Romo to curate UTSA's growing art collection. Since that time, he has worked tirelessly to create meaningful relationships between UTSA and the thriving South Texas arts community.
In 2007, Almeida, Dr. Romo and Kent Rush established the South Texas Print Series. The program, held in UTSA's printmaking studios, invites emerging and well-known artists to create prints for UTSA while working with students in the UTSA Department of Art and Art History.
Almeida has also helped create new exhibition spaces and opportunities for cultural exchange. With UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures, he initiated the Texas Contemporary Artists Series.
Currently, he is working on UTSA Art Collection, Volume 1, a book showcasing 200 artworks from the UTSA art collection.
"If you can't make out to the museum, take a stroll around the campus," said Almeida. "UTSA has built an outstanding art collection that not only enhances the campus but also celebrates artistic expression in our community. That's something we can all be very proud of."
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