2019-2020 Calendar of Events

Summer 2019

Painting, Still Life on Hand-tied Rug by Lauren McCracken

Texas Water Color Society 70th National Exhibition

Texas Watercolor Society
The Texas Watercolor Society was founded in March 1949. The society holds an annual exhibition featuring Texas and national watercolor artists. From the most novice budding artist, to the most experienced professional, The TWS has the opportunity to showcase the best of what the world of watercolor has to offer. Please join us for the opening reception of the Texas Watercolor Society's 70th year Exhibit and celebration at the Kelso Art Center of the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

Opening Reception: Sat., Jun. 29, 2019 6-8 p.m.
Exhibit on display: Wed., May 29 – Thurs., Aug. 15, 2019
Semmes and Condos Student Galleries

(Still Life on Hand-Tied Rug by Lauren McCracken/Best of Show 2019)

Fall 2019

Swept Feet Photo Theresa Newsome (FotoSeptiembre): "What my Mother Told Me, What my Grandmother Refused to Say"

"What my Mother Told Me, What my Grandmother Refused to Say," is an intimate, parallel conversation regarding the conception of tradition, family history and the methodical analysis of one’s genealogical identity. This series documents my personal role as the kinkeeper within my own family, documenting oral narratives, partaking in biological research, as well as my own family’s history in relation to my personal identity. Through the dual presentation of differing concepts this body of work is intended to be presented in tandem, to define the complications, inconsistencies, confusion and truth regarding heritage and personal identity.

Theresa Newsome was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Texas. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of the Incarnate Word in Studio Fine Arts and minored in Psychology. She is a recent graduate from Texas Woman’s University, receiving her Master of Fine Arts in Photography with a secondary concentration in Art History. Her current photographic processes explores themes of racial identity, history, gender and the construction of contemporary black culture. Her work has been exhibited in multiple venues around the country.
(Image: Swept Feet)

Opening Reception: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
Exhibit on display: Fri., Aug. 30 – Fri., Sept. 27, 2019
Semmes Gallery

Kelso Art Center/Semmes Gallery of the University of Incarnate WordFiber Artists of San Antonio (FASA)

Fiber Artists of San Antonio
Fiber Artists of San Antonio (FASA) will conduct their Annual Juried Fiber Art Exhibit October 11 – November 15, 2019 at the Kelso Art Center/Semmes Gallery of the University of Incarnate Word. The non-profit group who’s mission it is to advance fiber as an art form, will feature a gallery exhibition that spans the facets of fiber in stitching, weaving, manipulating cloth, as well as surface design on fabric such as painting, dyeing, foiling, photo transfer and stamping. Fiber art as a grouping can take many forms including art quilts, wearable art, fiber sculptures, mixed media, fiber jewelry and more.

We know you will be inspired by the creative works of art at our 2019 Annual Juried Fiber Art Exhibition and we hope to see you there!

Opening Reception: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
Exhibit on display: Fri., Oct. 11 – Fri., Nov. 15, 2019
Semmes & Condos Galleries

Spring 2020

Joe Pena: “Nightfall”

My work explores issues of ethnic identity, including aspects of cultural, familial and social traditions, relating to my Mexican heritage. The subject matter, portrayed through various elements of still life, portraiture, and urban landscapes, are a further reference and exploration into personal narratives, as well as traditional and contemporary Mexican customs. 

Prior to receiving his MFA from Texas A&M University –Corpus Christi in 2005, Pena was recruited to move to New York City to assist in the formation of a contemporary art gallery entitled MB Modern, which operated for six years before relocating its business to Houston, TX. Staying and pursuing a career in the arts, he attended private classes with instructors who continued to teach traditional painting techniques.  During this time he exhibited regularly in galleries and other venues nationally.  Following that, he worked at Babcock Gallery (now Driscoll/Babcock Galleries) for four years, which at the time had celebrated its 150 th year as a leader in American Modernism. In 2006, Peña was recruited to the post of Public Arts Manager for the City of Corpus Christi, of which he served for a year and a half before assuming the role of Gallery Director for Texas A&M University –Corpus Christi for three years.  In 2011, Pena was appointed to the role of Assistant Professor of Art with a concentration in Painting at TAMUCC.  Additional instruction includes foundational drawing and 2-D design. He encourages experimental processes combined with traditional painting techniques in his courses. His work has been featured in numerous print and online publications including Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection, Los Tejanos: Chicano Art from the Collection of Cheech Marin, Guitar Aficionado, Texas Monthly, The Austin American Statesman, and ArtScope New England, and Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. Selected collections include the Cheech Marin Collection of Art, Los Angeles, CA and La Universidad de Oaxaca, Oaxaca City, Mex.

(Image:“Violet Light,” 2018,Oil on panel,8” x 6 ¾”)

Opening Reception: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020, 6-8 p.m.
Exhibit on display: Fri., Jan. 17 – Fri., Feb. 14, 2020
Semmes Gallery

Danville Chadbourne

Opening Reception: Fri., Feb. 21, 2020, 6-8 p.m.
Exhibit on display: Fri., Feb. 21 – Fri., Mar. 20, 2020
Semmes and Condos Gallery

Elizabeth Rodriguez

Opening Reception: Fri., Mar. 27, 2020, 6-8 p.m.
Exhibit on display: Fri., Mar. 27 – Fri., Apr. 24, 2020
Semmes Gallery

Art Department Senior Capstone Exhibition

Opening Reception: Fri., May 1, 2020, 6-8 p.m.
Exhibit on display: Fri., May 1 – Fri. May 29, 2020
Semmes Gallery

For information or to Purchase Art Works, call (210) 829-3852

The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodation with adequate notice.
To request disability accommodation for this event, visit UIW's ADA/Section 504 site.