UTSA has joined the City of San Antonio in celebrating acclaimed artist Maestro Sebastian to mark the sculptor’s 50-plus years in the profession. Sebastian in San Antonio: 50+ Years / 20+ Sites / 100+ Works, which runs through May 2020, features creations from the famed Mexican artist displayed in public spaces across the Alamo City. UTSA Libraries is hosting a selection of the artist’s sculptures on the Main, Downtown, and Hemisfair campuses, and UTSA and the Institute of Texan Cultures are partners of the exhibit.
Sebastian has exhibited work in more than 235 exhibitions and has earned many accolades, including the 1999 Paris Medal, the Jerusalem Prize in 2005, and Mexico’s National Prize of Arts and Sciences in 2015. Locally, Sebastian’s Torch of Friendship has stood for nearly 20 years in downtown San Antonio and is a symbol of the intertwined relationship between the United States and Mexico.
The city selected art specialist and UTSA Libraries Art Collection curator Arturo Infante Almeida to curate pieces for Sebastian in San Antonio and to select exhibit locations across the city.
On Main Campus the John Peace Library will host 12 Sebastian pieces, including three large-scale sculptures at the North Commons, eight miniatures in cases near Special Collections, and a piece at the Dean of Libraries office. The Downtown Campus Library will host four pieces. The Hemisfair Campus will host three pieces, including two at the entrance bridge and one inside the Institute of Texan Cultures.
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