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Arts & Museums
This mission, now a part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, was the first mission in Texas. It was originally founded in Weches and moved to its current location in 1731. The chapel is an attractive feature of this mission. Its construction was completed in 1756. The back side of the church, which collapsed, was rebuilt in 1880s. A part of this premise was used as a school during the 20th century. Today, it houses the visitor's center for the National Park. Sadly, only the front arch is an existing part of the original structure. The stone arch and the entrance door are interesting reflections of architecture during that period. Another interesting feature is the still functional Espanda dam and Aqueduct.
Artistically inclined students at St. Philip's College should consider themselves fortunate because the Fine Arts Department of the college encourages them in every way to pursue their talents and use their potential to the best. Divided into genres of art, music, dance and theatre, the department holds exhibitions, plays and other events so that the students can actually display their creative side to the world outside. Theatre students have an added advantage of the Watson Theatre that comes under the governance of the same department. The theatre is also leased out on rent for other theatre groups to showcase their plays.
Since 2012, Hello Studio has been displaying incredible local art. This artist-run gallery displays the best that San Antonio has to offer, from paintings to prints, and more. Previously featured artists include Mark Johnson, Kristy Perez, and Joe Vega. Their selection of up-and-coming artists never fails to disappoint.
Sala Diaz is an innovative art space whose mission is to support the local art community. Exhibits from local artists vary, but no matter when you visit, you're bound to see something beautiful. National artists are also featured from time to time. The gallery has been around since 1995 and has even developed a program to host artists traveling through San Antonio.
Originally founded in Chicago, Unit B has been focusing on Texas artists since it relocated to San Antonio in 2006. See the works of contemporary local and national artists in a unique atmosphere. Unit B is located in a converted bungalow, giving the space an intimate feel. Sometimes exhibits even extend to the lawn and the house itself, making for quite a sight.
As you can infer from the name, exhibits in this small museum focus on the Mexican and Mexican-American cultures. With both cultures having a strong presence in, and influence on, San Antonio, the museum showcases exhibits and cultural events. Exhibits change throughout the year, but a past exhibit have included photographs by Mexican artists Lola and Manuel Bravo Alvarez, Juan Guzman and others.
Take a peek into the past of San Antonio. This charming district, which was originally farmland, is located on the eastern side of San Antonio River and has found a place in the National Register of Historic Districts. A few buildings, including The Guenther House and The Edward Steves Homestead, are open to public. The Guenther House houses a restaurant, museum and a store while The Steves Homestead is a museum. Self-guided walking tours can be taken so that you can leisurely stroll along the pretty lanes or drop into a restaurant or art gallery. Several events like the King William Fair and Spring Garden Tour are conducted during the year.
This huge former warehouse changed its tune when it was renovated and now houses a small but distinctive group of contemporary and non-traditional art studios and galleries. Many of these display well-known artists, but they also give recognition and opportunity to lesser-known local artisans. Besides art galleries and studios, you will also find a brewpub, a theater and living spaces. Blue Star tenants provide activities throughout the year that are fun for families and adults. However, you don't have to do the planned activities—just show up and browse.
Rendon gallery showcases works of commercial photography. Featuring varied works of photography from architectural, food and local San Antonio, the gallery has timely events exhibiting these works. Most eye-catching of all the varieties is the 'Rock n Roll series' wherein it features all those pictures taken by curator Al Rendon of the infamous artists he saw play. The list includes artists from renowned bands like Led Zeppelin amongst others.
Originally built in the late 19th Century and used as a boarding house, Villa Finale got a second life when the building was bought by Walter Mathis. Walter Mathis restored the building to its past glory and started collecting artifacts. Both the home and the collection were given to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2004, and luckily now the public can view the stunning estate. When you tour this house you'll be able to see the lovely architectural design, as well as Texas artwork and European artifacts.
For lovers of history, architecture and antiques, this home is a must-see. Built in 1876, this three-story, French Second Empire-style home belonged to prominent citizen Edward Steves. The interior is decorated with original pieces from the era. Incidentally, the one-story River House behind the home housed the first indoor swimming pool in the city. Since 1954, the San Antonio Conservation Society has maintained the homestead as a historic house museum.
This is a fascinating museum honoring the heritages of the settlers who created Texas. Twenty-seven cultural and ethnic groups are represented in detailed exhibits featuring religious artifacts, household items, clothing, tools and more. The multi-screen video presentation shouldn't be missed, as it enhances the experience. As part of the University of Texas system, the museum offers educational programs, special exhibits, entertainment and symposia.