This is one art exhibition San Antonio can take pride in. Recently, the City of San Antonio announced its newest exhibition, "We Are," a collection of work honoring the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex+ communities.
Free and open to the public, "We Are" features 12 San Antonio-based artists whose work examines the history, challenges, identity, and experiences of the LGBTQI+ community. This deeply personal show is billed as a time for all San Antonians to reflect upon and celebrate LGBTQI+ Pride Month. Traditionally held in June, Pride coincides with the 49th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, a series of riots and demonstrations in New York City that many point to as the start of the gay civil rights movement.
The show itself ranges from painting and drawing to photography and fiber art and was curated by Sarah Castillo of Lady Base Gallery. Participating local artists include Agosto Cuellar, Anel I. Flores, Gustavo A. Garcia, Kimberly Hopkins, Julián Pablo Ledezma, Michael Martínez, Antonia Celeste Padilla, Kristy Perez, Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez, Jose Villalobos, David Zamora Casas, and Juan Zavala Castro.
“'We Are’ is dedicated to the past, present, and future citizens of our San Antonio LGBTQI+ community,” Castillo said in a release. “These artists are activists, writers, educators, entrepreneurs — leaders who participate beyond the gallery walls to cultivate spaces of freedom and respite within their communities as true agents of change.”
In addition to the show, held in the Culture Commons Gallery at 115 Plaza de Armas, the community is also invited to a series of information events and panel discussions. On June 7, Castillo will lead the 12 artists in a panel discussion beginning at 6:30 pm. Guests are also invited to a screening of Kiki followed by "an evening of dancing and vogueing" with DJ The Wayne Holtz on June 21 at 6:30 pm, and to a lunch and learn panel with LGBTQI+ members of the military on June 29 at noon.
"We Are" runs now through July 13 and is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 am-5 pm, at Culture Commons Gallery.