March, 2011Nine outstanding works of art have been chosen to be a part of the annual sculpture exhibit at the San AntonioBotanical Garden. Art in the Garden: Texas Uprising is scheduled to open on March 18, 2011.
The show is curated by Lilly Wei. Working with Bill FitzGibbons, President/Executive Director of BlueStarContemporaryArtCenter, Ms.Wei had the daunting task of choosing the pieces from the dozens submitted by the Texas Sculpture Group (TSG.) Art in the Garden is co-sponsored by the San AntonioBotanical Garden and BlueStarContemporaryArtCenter in celebration of Celebrating Contemporary Art Month.
This is TSG’s first showing at the San AntonioBotanical Garden. The public is invited to meet the artists at an opening reception on Friday, March 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the San AntonioBotanical Garden, 555 Funston.
The artists and their works:
· Roger Colombik - Pavilion with Palm Trees
· Stephen Daly- Grindman
· Kurt Dyrhaug - Sensor Device II
· Lee Littlefield - For Spike
· Bert Long - Field of Vision
· Peter Mangan - Marked Man
· Damian Priour - Chairytree
· George Tobolowsky – (name of piece to be determined)
· Hank Waddell - Tree Bones
Generous underwriting from the San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs and The Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts helped to make Art in the Garden possible. San AntonioParks and Recreation Department also supports this program.
Curator Lilly Wei
Lilly Wei is a New York-based independent curator, essayist and critic who writes for several publications in the United States and abroad. A frequent contributor to Art in America, she is a contributing editor at ARTnews and Art Asia Pacific. She has also been the essayist for many exhibition catalogues and brochures on contemporary art. Wei has served on numerous advisory panels and review committees, including the Pew Fellowship awards and is a member of several boards, including the International Association of Art Critics (AICA/USA), Art in General, and Art Omi, an international artist residency program. She has been a guest lecturer and visiting critic at art institutions nationally and internationally. One of her most recent large-scale curatorial projects was the exhibition The Invisible Thread, Spirit of Buddhism in Contemporary Art at the SnugHarborCulturalCenter, Staten Island, New York which was part of The Buddhist Project, a consortium of exhibitions and programs exploring Buddhist influence in contemporary American culture. She was also a curator of the first International Biennale of Lodz in Poland. Wei has an M.A. in art history from ColumbiaUniversity.
Texas Sculpture Group
The TSG is one of three affiliates operating in cooperation with the International Sculpture Group (ISC.) This gathering of professional sculptors, dealers, curators and collectors formed to promote both public and art-world awareness through exhibitions, a web site, symposia and technical demonstrations.
The Botanical Garden is located at 555 Funston at North New Braunfels Avenue and is operated under the auspices of the City of San Antonio Department of Parks & Recreation. The Garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, the public can call 210-829-5100 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 210-829-5100 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit www.sabot.org.