San Antonio museum taps local artists for new initiatives inspired by modernist works

SAMA taps local artists for initiatives inspired by modernist works

San Antonio Museum of Art
The museum will get jazzy with its upcoming mini-residency. Courtesy of SAMA

The San Antonio Museum of Art has received a grant that will enable the organization to enlist local artists to create area murals and participate in its art-meets-music program — all inspired by three paintings currently on display at the museum.

The $20,000 grant from the Art Bridges Foundation — the nonprofit arts group founded by San Antonio arts patron Alice Walton — will fund a variety of art-based initiatives for the museum, including its Jazz in Action program, which features a local artist painting to jazz music.

The three-session Jazz in Action mini-residency will take place at the museum May 2, 8, and 15, and includes an additional online artist conversation scheduled for May 18. The selected artist will receive a $1,500 honorarium. San Antonio artists are encouraged to apply for the program here. The submission deadline for applications is Friday, April 16.

The museum is all jazzed up about the corresponding at-home program. In addition to experiencing live painting through the lens of jazz music, museum visitors can take home a small canvas with paints and a jazz playlist curated by local multidisciplinary artist Joyous Windrider Jiménez to inspire their own painting-to-jazz experience at home.

The grant will also help fund a mural project that’s a collaboration between SAMA’s education department, nonprofit San Anto Cultural Arts, and the San Antonio African American Community Archive & Museum. The groups will work with community members and San Antonio artists to create three murals — one on the SAMA campus and two others in San Antonio’s East Side and West Side communities — this summer.  

Each mural artist will receive a $3,000 honorarium and $2,000 for materials. The submission deadline for artist applications is Friday, April 23, and artists can apply here.

Both the Jazz in Action program and planned city murals are inspired by three paintings currently on loan to the museum from Art Bridges, on view in SAMA’s Contemporary gallery: American cubist Max Weber’s Interior with Music, modernist Stuart Davis’ Untitled, and Archibald Motley’s Bronzeville at Night.

“We are excited to introduce these three important American artists to San Antonio through collaborative and innovative programs for audiences of all ages,” says Bella Merriam, director of education, diversity, and inclusion for the San Antonio Museum of Art. “It’s an opportunity to expand the museum experience into the community in new ways, and we look forward to developing new partnerships as part of this grant.”