In its seventh year, Luminaria has announced a call for entries for the 2015 festival happening October 23 – 24. Executive Director Kathy Armstrong has announced a return to the “open call” format.
Armstrong was hired as the organization’s first full-time executive director, signing her to a three-year contract in March. She spent 18 years with the Southwest School of Art, and finished there in the position of Director of Exhibitions. She is deeply respected as a contemporary arts curator and comes to Luminaria fully armed to bring the event up to full speed. She also has a history with Luminaria having served as a curator in 2011, and then working with Richard Rosen and Melissa Marlow as the Associate Artistic Director in 2013.
The curatorial approach adopted for the 2014 edition of Luminaria met with some disappointment in the San Antonio arts community at the time. Now, everyone has an opportunity to apply and bring their best game to the table. All are invited to apply in the areas of visual, performance, literary, musical, environmental, film, dance or a combination of artistic genres.
All works must be created specifically for Luminaria, unless Luminaria is also its Texas or USA premiere. The deadline for applications is June 15, 2015.
In the River North neighborhood, featured art will be installed along Jones Avenue, in and out of the riverbeds, the alleys, and the businesses, with the footprint crossing Broadway and hopefully including the soon-to-be-renovated Maverick Park.
From the Luminaria website, “For over 300 years San Antonio has been a crossroads between cultures. Established in 2008, Luminaria has astounded audiences with works by featured regional, national and international artists. This contemporary arts festival presents new works from all artistic disciplines in a free night festival in various downtown locations. Luminaria is produced by the artists and makers of San Antonio and advances the creative economy.”
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