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UTSA Southwest Campus to host Gala in The Garden to support community arts programming

UTSA Southwest Campus to host Gala in The Garden to support community arts programming

Patrons look at pieces of art during the Gala in the Garden's art sale.

OCTOBER 26, 2022 — Continuing a 42-year-old tradition of the Southwest School of Art, UTSA will host Gala in The Garden, a signature university event on Wednesday, November 2, and Thursday, November 3.

Thanks to the generosity of many donors who have celebrated the gala year after year, the annual event has supported SSA’s mission to teach and advance the arts. This year, event proceeds will continue to support UTSA’s community arts education programs — benefiting adults and primarily children and teens from low-income households.

The event will kick off on Wednesday, November 2, with the opening of the art sale from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the UTSA Southwest Coates Chapel. The gala will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, at the UTSA Southwest McNutt Gardens. It includes the continued art sale, a formal dinner and an after party. 


“This event builds on the shared commitment to expanding arts education in our city.”



“UTSA is honored to host Gala in The Garden — an event that celebrates the arts and also directly supports community programs aimed at expanding arts education and training for adults and children throughout San Antonio,” said Kimberly Andrews Espy, UTSA provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs.  “This event builds on the shared commitment to expanding arts education in our city that was brought together as one through the integration of UTSA and the Southwest School of Art earlier this year. As an urban serving research university committed to serving our city, UTSA proudly advances this deep legacy of impact with this year’s Gala.”

Annually, the Gala gathers approximately 600 attendees and raises nearly $500,000 with proceeds supporting arts programs in San Antonio. A key fundraising component of the event is the art sale, which will feature 42 artworks from notable local, regional and nationally recognized artists, including Gary Sweeney, Danville Chadbourne, Diana Kersey, Cesar A. Martinez, Hiromi Stringer, Analy Diego, Juan de Dios Mora, Joel Salcido, and many more.

Participating galleries include Ruiz-Healy Art, Parchman Stremmel Gallery, AnArte Gallery and Deborah Colton Gallery of Houston. This year, all event proceeds will support the Young Artists Program and Adult Community Arts Programs.

The Young Artists programs provide numerous arts-focused programs that nurture the creativity of San Antonio youth by providing visual arts exposure and education. Its programs include Saturday Morning Discovery, the Mobile Arts Program, the Summer Art Studios and the Teen Studio Intensive.

The Adult Community Arts programs offer online and in-person courses in book arts and papermaking, ceramics, drawing and painting, fibers and weaving, jewelry and metals, photography and digital media, printmaking and mixed media, and sculpture and other media.


EXPLORE FURTHER
Discover more about how UTSA is advancing the arts in San Antonio.
Read the latest updates about the UTSA Southwest Campus.
Learn more about the Young Artists Programs.
⇒ Sign up for Adult Community Art Classes.

The 2022 Gala in The Garden at the UTSA Southwest Campus exemplifies the unified commitment of UTSA and SSA to expanding arts education, learning and public engagement in the San Antonio community. This year’s event chairs are Mallory and Johnny Moorman. The event also boasts a committee of nearly 40 community members who contribute to all aspects of planning and promoting the highly celebrated event.

Through effective use of its resources, the UTSA Southwest Campus will increase community engagement and elevate creative literacy throughout San Antonio.

Jennilee Garza



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