The history, culture and legacy of San Antonio will be celebrated through a world-class collection of artworks by distinguished local and international artists. New and existing public art installations will showcase San Antonio and Bexar County as a renowned cultural destination where art, culture, people, and place come together to tell San Antonio’s unique story.
The Tricentennial year will include unveilings of new public artworks and initiatives being commissioned by public and private entities, including the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, the San Antonio River Foundation and international gifts. The City’s public art collection will welcome many new additions throughout the year, increasing the size of the Convention Center’s art collection by celebrated local artists, dedicating a monumental Tricentennial mural welcoming travelers at the San Antonio International Airport, dedicating a gateway monument to Military USA located near Joint-Base San Antonio Lackland, and additional sculptures and murals placed all across the city that connect citizens with public art. Bexar County and the San Antonio River Authority are introducing new public artworks into each phase of the San Pedro Creek Culture Park including several works that will be dedicated as part of Commemorative Week that artistically interpret the 300th anniversary of San Antonio’s founding. San Antonio River Foundation will celebrate the opening of Confluence Park, as well as dedicate two new public art sculptures placed at Mission Reach portals that will enhance the World Heritage Trail experience.
Several contests and screenings, sponsored by the San Antonio Film Commission, will take place throughout 2018 that feature films made by local filmmakers and/or filmed on location in San Antonio that showcase the City’s history and vibrancy.
The City of San Antonio welcomes the public to an artists’ reception and guided tour to view over twenty new artworks being added to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center public art collection. The expansion of the art collection, which opens in February 2018, is to complete the “San Antonio Story,” as told through the visual arts, reflecting the City’s growth and international significance.
This initiative uses poetry to recognize the city’s historic anniversary and milestones before and during the founding of San Antonio, to evoke a sense of pride and passion for the City, while promoting the literary and visual arts.