Since its founding in 2008, Blue Star’s MOSAIC program has helped develop high school students from across San Antonio into professional artists. The students commit to a year-round program, with some of them working in the MOSAIC studio after school and during the summers every day for multiple years. Led by renowned mentor Alex Rubio, the artist-students build their studio skills as they build portfolios for college applications, participate in gallery exhibitions, mentor younger students, and network with patrons and art collectors. The low student to teacher ratio ensures an intensive, focused arts education. Thanks to the support of our community partners, MOSAIC remains an entirely free resource for the students.
MOSAIC is unlike any other teen studio program because of the students’ involvement with public art. MOSAIC has completed commissions for the NRP Group at the San Juan Square Apartments and for the E. Houston St. H-E-B; you can also see their work Vortex along the Nolan Street underpass. This spring, the students are working on two new major commissions: a painted mural at HemisFair Park’s Yanaguana Gardens for Play Escape, and a hand-made ceramic mural at the McAllister Fine Arts Building at San Antonio College. This last project will surpass their H-E-B mural as the largest hand-made ceramic mural in the city – over 1,000 tiles will be hand cut, glazed, fired and installed by MOSAIC students.
Blue Star is proud that 100% of MOSAIC’s artist-students have graduated high school, and that many have gone on to pursue art professionally and in college. Many students come to MOSAIC from high schools with lower-than-average graduation rates and without access to quality arts education. MOSAIC alumni attend fine arts programs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Connecticut College, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and next fall, one of our current seniors will attend Brown University.
A generous grant from the King William Association has allowed Blue Star to renovate former office space into a permanent gallery for MOSAIC. Over the fall and winter, our staff overhauled the space, and is now finishing construction for a March 5 opening, coinciding with Blue Star’s opening of Back from Berlin and San Antonio’s Contemporary Art Month kickoff celebration. It is our hope that this new permanent gallery increases awareness of MOSAIC and our incredibly talented students, provides them another opportunity for professional development, and offers the community another artistic home. We hope to see you there!
- Elaine Leahy, Development Manager, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum