ABOUT US

Art Education

 

S.M.A.R.T. partners with art education leaders and institutions to explore, create, and apply innovate programming. Through our professional development program, we mentor university students through hands on art handling workshops, introducing framing materials, teaching art presentation and the science of archivability. Our Briscoe is S.M.A.R.T. art program teaches over 500 elementary students annually through our fully aligned TEKS ad IB Units of Inquiry art education curriculum. S.M.A.R.T. tours share 8 artist studios, 4 art galleries, custom picture frame shop & inspiring architecture with students, educators, artists and community.

Community Outreach

Founded in 1998 and located in the iconic 1906 building, the Second Saturday Artwalk began with 1,000 people annually, and currently has 10,000 visitors annually. S.M.A.R.T. opens it’s facility every month, welcoming the public to view new exhibitions and connect with artists.

Exhibitions | S.M.A.R.T projectspace

Since 1998, S.M.A.R.T. projectspace is a professionally run exhibition space. Monthly exhibitions include emerging artists, students and professional artists.

 

 

Residency Program
 
Est. Mar 2011, every year S.M.A.R.T. invites one local, national or international artist for a March residency. S.M.A.R.T. provides the artist with a stipend, lodging and culminates with a formal exhibition of new work produced during the residency. During their stay with us, the artist uses the time to push their boundaries utilizing it for experimentation. Finally, as part of the residency requirement, the artist performs education outreach with our Briscoe Elementary students connecting with them on a global level.

Andy Benavides
Executive Director

Andy Benavides has been a prominent community leader for over 25 years, and is a professional artist with regular exhibitions, commissions, and collectors. His most recent initiative is forming Southtown The Arts District. He has a lifetime commitment to the Arts and community building.

 

Andy's full bio

Yvette Benavides
Director

Yvette Benavides has served as Director since S.M.A.R.T's inception in 2002. Yvette was born in Michigan, migrated to the Pacific Northwest, and eventually landed in San Antonio. She has a rich background, and is deeply committed to the Arts.

 

 

 

Yvette's full bio

 

Board of Directors

Sarah Christal

Briscoe Elementary

Sarah Christal was raised in a military family, started on the east coast and settled in San Antonio.  She attended the International School of the Americas. She then continued to the University of Texas at San Antonio where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. Sarah has been working at Briscoe Elementary in SAISD for 8 years.

Greg Murray

Board President

Greg Murray is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 30 years of experience providing accounting, and financial management consulting.  For the past 12 years, he has been the principal of Greg T Murray, PLLC. The firm focuses on providing small businesses with financial management and tax compliance assistance.

 

Samantha Demory

Treasurer
Samantha Demory is a local Attorney and creative professional with 10 years of experience in business start-up and business management intending to build a network of relationships with other trusted professionals. She participates in collaborative projects and assists companies in various fields.

Carlos Zapata

Carlos Zapata was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas on the bank of the San Antonio river. He received a B.F.A. from the University of North Texas with a concentration in Advertising Design. Carlos has led several creative teams as Creative Director and was most recently a partner in Swirl Creative Collaboration, an Advertising Design studio.

Chris Weber

Bio coming soon...

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