Every March, the city of San Antonio celebrates Contemporary Art Month (CAM). This unique occasion showcases a wide range of mediums from across the globe and San Antonio’s own backyard. By bringing in international and touring artists, CAM supports the city’s working artists by giving them visibility alongside international and touring talent.
In its 31st year, the month-long celebration takes place across the city at a variety of different art spaces. From experimental workshops and student exhibitions to a special culinary and live art show, these are our favorite CAM events to seek out this month.
Contemporary Art Month at the Library: SAPL Celebrates CAM 2016
From March 7 through May 7, four San Antonio Public Libraries will display the works of a different San Antonio artist. Sculptures from Alyssa Danna can be found at Forest Hills Library, mixed medium compositions from Victoria Jones are featured at Parman Library, political lithographs from Andrei Renteria are exhibited at Tobin Library at Oakwell, and Sunday Ballew's photographs from the Alaska frontier are on display at Cortez Library.
Carvings at the Carver: Sculptures From West Africa
The Carver Cultural Community Center welcomes the Olaju Art Group on March 10 for a lecture and panel discussion on carvings by esteemed Nigerian sculptor Jimoh Ighodalo. Guests will be able to view hand-carved wooden panels inspired by Nigerian mythology. Ighodalo will also discuss the perceptions of contemporary art in Africa.
Celebrate Pi (3.14): Culinary and Live Visual Art Event
Held at Azuca Nuevo Latino, celebrate Pi Day on March 14 with live art, music, and food and drinks. Chefs Rene and Diego Fernandez will prepare specialty pies, and Pi-themed drink specials will be offered for $3.14 all evening. Colorful sculpture and photography will also be on display.
Experimental Drawing Workshop
Southwest School of Art hosts this hands-on workshop with Lubbock artist Jeffrey Wheeler. Over the course of three sessions taking place March 18 through 20, students who sign up will learn a variety of media techniques to help expand their drawing foundation. The course is $250 per person or $235 for members.
Seventh Annual Art Kite Festival
On March 19, bring the family to the Pittman Sullivan Community Garden for the kite festival. Attendees are encouraged to bring a homemade art kite to be flown, and prizes will be given to the most creative kites. There will also be live music and food trucks at this fun and leisurely affair.
The Color of Blind
San Antonio is one of the only cities in the U.S. that produces an art exhibit like “Color of Blind.” Over 40 different artists will be on display at Brick at Blue Star with “touch pieces.” In order to include the visually impaired community, visitors at this free exhibit on March 19 will interact with art through touch, smell, and sound. You can also experience the taste, smell, and feel of color with a curriculum developed by curator Trina Bacon.
Dorćol Live Art and Music Event
Grab a brew at Dorćol Distilling on March 19 and enjoy “works documenting the urban hustle” from a plethora of photographers and artists. This edgy exhibit explores “rebellious tracks of art, voyeurism, and vandalism.”
32nd Annual Student Art Exhibition
For the 32nd year, University of Texas San Antonio will host recent work from undergrad and graduate students ranging from contemporary digital photography and video to more traditional methods and techniques. Running March 23 through April 15, this exhibit is held at UTSA’s Main Art Gallery.
Cammie Awards and Closing Party
Close out Contemporary Art Month with the nonprofit’s Cammie Awards on March 25 at Chris Park. The ceremony recognizes all who participate in CAM while honoring the very best programs from the month’s events. Enjoy food, drink, and music at this celebratory occasion.
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