About Contemporary Art Month

Every March, during Contemporary Art Month (CAM), San Antonio artists, performers and curators present the best our community has to offer at galleries, museums, performing arts spaces, schools, restaurants and stores. Contemporary Art Month is also the name of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports and promotes these events.

Mission

Contemporary Art Month seeks to promote and raise the national profile of San Antonio contemporary art and artists by organizing and facilitating a month-long celebration of contemporary art, providing marketing support, and by organizing and facilitating public education programs.

History

In March 2015, San Antonio holds its 30th annual Contemporary Art Month. Started in 1986 by the director of Southwest School of Art and Craft in what is now the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, CAM became an independent project in 2003. The organization’s primary purpose is to organize, by means of a calendar, contemporary art events taking place in San Antonio during the month; as well as sponsoring a number of educational events in celebration of contemporary art.  In 2010, CAM officially moved from July to March. 2012 introduced the CAM "Perennial" Exhibition, where a curator from outside of San Antonio was invited to curate a show of San Antonio Contemporary artists. 2013 introduced CAMx (The CAM exchange), an exhibition exchange between San Antonio artists and artists from another city.  

New Orleans has been selected as the partnering city for 2015.  The Curator selected for the Perennial Exhibition is Amy Mackie.  She is the Co-Director of PARSE (parsenola.com).  She previously served as Director of Visual Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans and prior to that as Curatorial Associate at the New Museum in New York.  Mackie was the recipient of a 2013 Curatorial Fellowship from the Stavanger Municipality Culture Department in Norway, a 2010 Research Fellowship at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, England, and a 2009 CEC Artslink Grant to organize a project in Sofia, Bulgaria.  She has lectured at Bard College, the College of Charleston, and Yale University, and has written for Art in America, Art Papers, FANTOM Photographic Quarterly, Pelican Bomb, Universes in Universe, and various publications and catalogs. The Artist-run spaces selected for CamX 2015 (The CAM exchange) are San Antonio's Flight Gallery and New Orleans' Good Children Gallery.

Calendar Listing Fees

Contemporary Art Month charges a modest fee for venue listings. Once you have listed a venue, any number of event listings may be created for that venue at no extra charge. Venue listings cost $15 for artist-run spaces, $30 for commercial spaces, and $50 for institutions. 

There is also a free listing type for artists to open their studios to the public. Any artists who wish to participate may add information about their studio at no charge.