News and notes from the San Antonio art scene

SXSW, everybody's favorite ass-kissing festival, is just around the corner. For Texas-based visual artists, that means the festival's annual bag design deadline is fast approaching. The "Big Bag" and other promotional materials are given out to gold and platinum festival attendees and panelists. Each festival segment - music, film, and interactive - has its own design competition. The deadline for the Interactive Festival bag is December 5. Although there is no cash prize, there is the benefit of festival-related exposure and free all-access passes. Go to for entry forms and submission guidelines, or e-mail SXSW Interactive directly at

On the local front, gallerist/art consultant Ana Montoya of AnArte Gallery is seeking artists working in all media to submit work to be viewed by an undisclosed corporate entity developing a local collection. All entries should be delivered to AnArte (1100 Broadway) no later then Wednesday, December 3. Digital portfolios are preferred. For more information, contact Montoya at 354-2783, or by e-mail at

San Antonio-based art makers (and husband and wife) Peter Zubiate and Katie Pell have solo exhibits on display through November. Zubiate's elegantly streamlined, sculptural furniture is featured at the Southwest School of Art and Craft's main campus (500 Augusta, 224-1848), while Pell's new photographic work graces Three Walls (106D Blue Star, Bldg. B, 733-8622).

Have your art-making activities finally outgrown your living room? If so, don't fret. There are still plenty of reasonable studio spaces in town - as long as you're not interested in a sexy Zip Code, that is. Riley Robinson is looking for an artist to fill a large, industrial studio space on his South Presa compound. Currently, the compound is home to three working artists - Robinson, metal artist Caky Brawley, and neon artist Cathy Cunningham. An interested applicant must be a professional who maintains a reasonable work schedule and keeps on-site socializing to a minimum. Contact Robinson at for details. Please don't bug him, though. He is a ridiculously busy man. •

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