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Visit the San Antonio Museum of Art, the McNay, and the Institute of Texan Cultures for free with an Alamo Colleges ID

Alamo Colleges students can visit the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA), the McNay Art Museum, and the Institute of Texan Cultures for free with their student IDs. There may be an additional cost for special exhibitions.
SAMA features extensive collections of a broad range of art reflecting world cultures. This spring an exhibition of English-born, 19th century American portrait painter Thomas Sully: Painted Performance opens February 8 and continues through May 11; Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct opens March 15 and continues through June 8; and Matisse: Life in Color opens June 14 and continues through September 7. Eldzier Cortor: Master Printmaker continues through March 2; and Fray Antonio Margil de Jesús: “Patron Saint of Texas” continues through March 23. Diego Rivera in San Antonio also continues.  


Political Art at the Turn of the Millennium: The Contemporary Collection at SAMA has undergone a re-installation in which the Brown Foundation Curator of Contemporary Art David S. Rubin has focused on “the interplay of art and politics” and examines “the significant advances made over the past three decades by African-Americans, Hispanics and members and friends of the LGBTQ community as active voices in contemporary art discourse.” 


The McNay Art Museum showcases a premiere fine art collection comprised of nearly 20,000 works of art. Current exhibitions: Robert Indiana: Beyond Love; Robert Indiana: Hartley Eligies; and Robert Indiana: The Mother of Us All open February 5 and continue through May 25, as does The Full Monty: Male Nudes from the Collection; and Constructing the Stage: Artists from the Theatre Collection opens January 22 and continues through June 1.  


At the Institute of Texan Cultures, experience a historical journey into the cultural heritage of the more than 130 ethnic groups that settled the Lone Star State. In addition to The Back 40, a hands-on, outdoor living history area  and Texans One and All, which explores the cultural diversity of the people of Texas over the centuries, this spring’s offerings include The Struggle for Civil Rights in Texas, a UTSA student exhibition, through March 30; Why We Came: The Immigration Experience through March 23; Is This My Shangri-La, an exhibition focusing on Bhutanese refugee resettlement, through April 20; and from February 1-28, Walter Eugene George, showcasing historic photographs and drawings of San Antonio and the Rio Grande. 


Other art institutions in San Antonio that offer free admission:


Artpace promotes art as a dynamic social force by supporting emerging and established contemporary artists. The showcase spring exhibition from January 16-April 27 features Mungo Thomson, a Los Angeles-based artist whose work explores mass culture, cosmology, and reception. This spring’s Artist-in-Residence Program, January 21-March 24, hosts photographer and videographer Jessica Mallios from Austin; sculptor and performance artist Liz Glynn from Los Angeles; and Sicilian-born sculptor and installation artist Rosa Barba form Berlin. The residencies will culminate in an exhibition March 20-May18.


Students and military are welcomed free to the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, the first and longest-running venue for contemporary art in San Antonio. Blue Star serves as an incubator for contemporary art in the city, hosting over twenty exhibitions of emerging and world-renowned artists annually. Thomas Isaac’s video installation Stardance, and Blane de St. Croix’s Broken Landscape III and Elizabeth Keithline’s Smarter, Faster, Higher sculptural installations will be on view through February 16.


The Coppini Academy of Fine Art was founded by the Italian-born sculptor Pompeo Coppini and his protégé Waldine Tauch in 1945 and is devoted to classic representational art. The Coppini features ongoing classes and member exhibitions.


San Antonio Art League & Museum is the oldest art institution in San Antonio and houses a permanent collection of Texas art, most notably the Edgar B. Davis Collection chronicled in William E. Reaves, Jr.’s Texas Art and a Wildcatter’s Dream. The Art League mounts an annual schedule of exhibitions from its holdings as well as exhibitions of contemporary San Antonio artists and San Antonio’s only juried exhibition.


Southwest School of Art is an educational and exhibition institution. As a part of its mission it preserves the former Ursuline Convent and Academy, founded in 1851, as a place of historic significance. Currently Chris Sauter: Doubt, a multimedia exhibition exploring the dichotomies between religion and science, and Robert and Shana Parkeharrison: Selections from the Counterppoint Series, surrealistic photographs that explore our lost connection with nature, continue through February 2. Opening February 13 are Texas Draws III which continues through April 27, and Sarah Fox: Secrets Manifest, figurative paintings with a mythological sensibility, which runs through April 25. Opening May 9 and running through July 6 are Argentinian artist Nicolas Leiva’s drawing and paintings in Infinite Cycle and GA-GA: ROYGBIV, a collaborative work of mature women artists based on the “roygbiv” color gradients.