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S.M.A.R.T understands the importance of public art.
We work to make art collaborative, accessible and inclusive so artists and community are given an opportunity to share their talents.
COMMUNITY OF IMAGINATION
Community of Imagination
South End Lofts |1331 S. Flores, SATX 78204
Briscoe Elementary Pre-K - 5th grade
Briscoe Elementary Art teacher Krista Powell had an idea: for every student on campus to create an abstract painting inspired by landscapes. 452 4" x 4" canvases were individually exhibited at the San Antonio Museum of Art. But the story doesn't end there. The power and impact of seeing this creativity as an entire piece needed to be captured and released into the community. S.M.A.R.T. came up with a contemporary presentation. After painstaking documenting and meticulous lay-out, the piece was ready for exhibition and sale. The South End Lofts community (just 3 blocks from the school) decided they wanted to purchase and hang the piece in their entry. The students titled the piece "Community of Imagination" and each student was compensated for their work. Community came together with love to move the finished 16' x 4' piece from our S.M.A.R.T. campus to its final destination.
Photo credit: Larry Martinez @canonkrook87
Kress Building Downtown San Antonio | 311 E. Houston, Corner of E. Houston and Jefferson,
Rudy M. Herrera
In 2021 S.M.A.R.T. Executive Director Andy Benavides was approached by artist Rudy Herrera to bring his vision for this 9 story mural to life. It was Rudy's first large scale work and he needed professional guidance on planning all aspects of his project. Because the 1939 building was historic, Rudy's first challenge was to create a budget and proposal to present to the city's historic review board. The proposal would take a year for approval. The next challenge was overcoming Rudy's fear of heights. This would entail site visits with a seasoned mentor by the name of Jorge Rodríguez Gerada. Jorge would work closely with Rudy over the next month, getting Rudy comfortable on the equipment and scale of his artwork. The process was educational for all and the community was gifted with an amazing story that would reflect Rudy's cultural origin; Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, a Puebloan Native American tribal entity in the Ysleta section of El Paso, Texas. Rudy passionately executed his work with clarity and understanding that his ancestors worked through him to tell their story of the "Stag" in a contemporary interpretation. This mural is located on the corner of E. Houston and Jefferson and faces The Alamo. To learn more about Rudy's work you can visit him at @rmhworks.