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Alumnus enjoys life as a San Antonio artist

Alumnus enjoys life as a San Antonio artist

Alyssa Weinstein

June 7, 2018

Texas State alumnus Michael Menchaca has made a name for himself as a printmaking artist in San Antonio. Menchaca is known for his controversial and politically explosive art, as it contains anti-Trump elements. Menchaca’s art has made him distinct from other artists by creating art dealing with...

Television legend Jim Dauterive visits Texas State

Television legend Jim Dauterive visits Texas State

Alyssa Weinstein

May 14, 2018

The man who has made America laugh since 1997 made his mark on comedy animation with two of the most quintessential television shows of American history: King of the Hill and Bob’s Burgers. Jim Dauterive is one of the most important screenwriters in American television history. He developed the...

Best of Texas State artists featured in BFA Thesis Exhibition

Best of Texas State artists featured in BFA Thesis Exhibition

Alyssa Weinstein

May 7, 2018

Every semester, Texas State University showcases the greatest talent of the art department with the BFA Thesis Exhibition at the University Galleries. In the BFA Exhibitions, all mediums of art are featured including photography, painting, ceramics, printmaking and metals. Here are three of the seniors...

Hansel and Gretel opera meets 21st century

Hansel and Gretel opera meets 21st century

Diana Furman

March 19, 2018

A traditional fairytale that has been around for hundreds of years is undergoing a modern twist by Texas State theater students. The Texas State Opera Theatre is going to present a contemporary adaptation of "Hansel and Gretel" March 22-25 at the Texas State University Performing Arts Center. The...

SXSW showcases up-and-coming artists

SXSW showcases up-and-coming artists

LeeAnn Cardwell

March 15, 2018

NPR Music hosted a music showcase March 14 at Stubbs in Austin, Texas to promote Slingshot, their spotlight channel for up-and-coming musicians. SXSW festival-goers crowded the indoor stage while onlookers observed from the balcony above as the venue reached maximum capacity before the first band...

Museum celebrates African-American history in San Marcos

Museum celebrates African-American history in San Marcos

Constunce Brantley

March 1, 2018

From jailhouse to dance hall to community center, the Calaboose African American Museum celebrates the contributions of African-Americans in San Marcos. The Calaboose African American Museum was originally a jailhouse in San Marcos, established in 1873, drawing its name "calaboose" from a common term...

Black Art Association celebrates black creativity

Black Art Association celebrates black creativity

Diana Furman

February 20, 2018

The history behind popular dance moves such as the 'whip' and hairstyles such as cornrows is often lost and disregarded. That is why the Black Art Association's goal is to bring people together through art to remind students of the origins of black creativity. Sammera Fadul, interior design senior,...

Capturing youth

Capturing youth

Sonia Garcia

February 18, 2018

Austin is not the only city with a booming art scene now that Texas State students and alumni are ensuring San Marcos has its own space for artists. Evan Ferguson, business senior, hosted his first pop-up art exhibit for with the support of SMTX Ripple Market Feb. 17, held at Splash Coworking. His...

Wittliff traces sun one beer can at a time

Wittliff traces sun one beer can at a time

LeeAnn Cardwell

February 13, 2018

A camera made from beer cans may not be the most conventional way to capture the course of the sun over several months in a single image, but one man has used it to reveal the abstract beauty of Texas landscapes. Bill Wittliff, co-founder of the Wittliff Collections, opened his new solargraphy exhibit...

The Irish spring into San Marcos

The Irish spring into San Marcos

Diana Furman

January 31, 2018

San Marcos welcomed in the promise of spring with a celebration of light and Celtic tradition. Sunday, Jan. 28, the San Marcos Activity Center burst to life with Celtic music, Irish dancing, art gallery exhibits and more. For the third year, O'Malarkey and the Walkers' Gallery hosted a Celtic Festival...

Broadway dancer steps out of spotlight to teach

Diana Furman

December 2, 2017

Tucked away in a studio with creaking wood floors, a group of students surrenders to the movement of their dancing bodies and the beat of the bass rattling the studio's mirrors. “Plié, relevé, press those knees wide,” Kiira Schmidt Carper, a ballet and jazz technique professor said. Her lively...

Exonerated member of the San Antonio Four shares her story at Lost River Film Festival

Exonerated member of the San Antonio Four shares her story at Lost River Film Festival

Katie Burrell

November 7, 2017

The Texas Court of Appeals declared the San Antonio Four innocent over a year ago, now the four women share their story through the film which helped to exonerate them. Anna Vasquez, a member of the San Antonio Four attended the last screening scheduled for the inaugural Lost River Film Festival on...

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