Local Art Scene
San Antonio has captivated people from cultures around the world since the city was first established in the early 1700s. Mexican, European, Asian, African and Western traditions all blend together into a personality that’s uniquely San Antonio. You’ll find outdoor sculptures and artwork, art galleries, more than 25 museums, over 40 performing arts stages and many cultural arts festivals. Together, these artistic attractions make San Antonio one of the top 25 cities for art in the United States.
Museums and Galleries
The scope of artwork in San Antonio museums and galleries is richly diverse, ranging from extensive collections of Asian, Latin American, European, American and Western art to Native American folk art. Touring exhibits may bring ancient Greek treasures or the paintings of a pop culture icon. Neighborhoods such as Southtown and King William are replete with galleries and studios showcasing the work of talented and innovative artists and artisans, many of whom make their home in San Antonio. Artpace, a visionary organization advocating contemporary art, has brought San Antonio recognition through its guest curators and international artist-in-residence program.
Art Events and Walks
Throughout the city and during the year, you’ll find celebrations of artists and their work. Annual events include Luminaria, the Fiesta Arts Fair and Fotoseptiembre, to name just a few. Neighborhoods near downtown hold monthly art walks, providing a festive atmosphere for locals and visitors to view and appreciate the creativity exhibited in local galleries and studios.
'San Antonio Stories' Film Series
Sparked by San Antonio’s long history as an international crossroads, the city's lively art scene reflects the city’s confluence of cultures. As San Antonio's reputation as an artistic hub spreads, more visitors are venturing off the River Walk to where the city's creative spirits live, work and play. Enjoy the stories of how a few of the city’s residents are making a difference through their artistic talents.