Silver Linings: San Antonio’s arts community weighs in on the positive side effects of quarantine

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click to enlarge CHRIS CASTILLO
Chris Castillo
Riley Robinson, director of Artpace
Artpace had plans for an amazing year to celebrate our 25th [anniversary]; three curators choosing three artists each to make new artwork, series of exhibitions in the Hudson Showroom to highlight our impressive history, and our first book in 10 years to honor the residency program. Then COVID-19 hit and the shutdown. Our mission-driven staff made a pivot on that day and continued to look for and provide new opportunities to artists, and to San Antonio, and beyond. [We offered] three-dimensional virtual walk-throughs for the exhibitions, a special version of Chalk It Up spread out around the city, free wireless to anyone near our facility, and we published Artpace At 25, a 272-page book chronicling over 100 artists with essays from leading curators. The staff and board work together — more closely than ever — to keep providing a global art experience.

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