Blue Star Contemporary fulfills our mission to inspire, nurture, and innovate through contemporary art in part through our MOSAIC Student Artist Program, led by renowned muralist and our Artist-in-Residence Alex Rubio. Students are mentored five days a week, after school and during summers, for an intensive, year-round, arts education. Students participate in BSC’s programs and also attend workshops, lectures and exhibitions at local cultural institutions and artist studios to gain further exposure to the city’s artistic landscape.
Student exhibitions and public art projects, which include a large hand-made mosaic mural at H-E-B’s East Side location and the River Walk’s Compass Rose designating the city’s geographic center, become part of San Antonio and its vibrant and rich visual culture.
The MOSAIC Student Artists are currently working on two large-scale public commissions. MOVEMENT, a colorful, abstract mural constructed of hand-made ceramic tiles, designed for the east wall of the San Antonio College McAllister Fine Arts Building, will engage viewers passing by car, on foot, and enjoying the nearby San Pedro Park. Undulating, fluid bands of color echoing the palette of the campus’ architecture compose this large-scale artwork.
The Historic Outdoor Museum of New Braunfels has commissioned the MOSAIC Student Artists to create a 12 ft. by 60 ft. acrylic on polytab mural. The still-untitled artwork is a representational depiction of the
Indigenous, Spanish, and Mexican/Mexican American influence on that city. This project will be unveiled in spring 2018.
Each First Friday, the MOSAIC Student Artists open their gallery (adjacent to the main BSC Galleries), which operates as space for the students to learn first-hand the business of art. In addition to producing artwork for the exhibition, students organize and hang the work, prepare artist statements, and wall labels. They also grow their network of art collectors, building a foundation to support a career as professional artists.
MOSAIC’s students often come from high schools in lower-income districts with lower-than-average graduation rates. 100% of MOSAIC’s students have graduated high school, and many go on to college and careers in the arts, sharing in San Antonio’s cultural economy.
This MOSAIC program is free and available for young people 13-19 years old. You can help sustain this program by donating at bluestarcontemporary.org.
Thank you for your support of Blue Star Contemporary and local artists!
- Inessa Kosub
Public Affairs & Engagement Manager