The Tobin Center Art Initiative

March 1, 2018 – March 31, 2018 all-day
The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
100 Auditorium Cir
San Antonio, TX 78205
Rick Frederick

The Art Initiative connects with community partners to introduce Tobin guests to local artists working at a nationally and internationally recognized level of achievement. Works are displayed throughout the Center and can be view during your next visit to the Symphony, Opera, Ballet or any other Tobin Center offering. Or by appointment, simply email to schedule a tour.


PAPER CLOUD, a project conceived and executed by San Antonio artists Cade Bradshaw and Stuart Allen of BRIDGE PROJECTS. Fabricated with bond paper, wire, LED tape light, and, lots of staples, PAPER CLOUD is a collaborative endeavor, constructed by more than 90 individuals over the course of nine workshops. Building on the strength found in numbers, the group’s collective effort yields a result greater than the sum of its parts.

San Antonio Faces of Art
Selected works courtesy of the artist

Iranian-born photographer Ramin Samandari is a resident of San Antonio since 1988. He has had solo exhibitions at the University of Incarnate Word’s Center for Spirituality, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Carver Cultural Art Center and the San Antonio Museum of Art. He has been a stalwart of the San Antonio art scene. His work is in the permanent collection at San Antonio Museum of Art and University of Texas at San Antonio.

San Antonio Faces of Art consists of a series of portraits giving glimpses into artist’s emotions and psyche, resulting in an important archive of the San Antonio’s visual art community at this point in time.

Selected works courtesy of the Sala Diaz Gallery

Based in New York City, Alejandro Diaz is originally from San Antonio, TX where he developed an exciting and pertinent body of work exemplifying the complex and visually rich cultural milieu particular to South Texas and Mexico. Diaz’s work has been reviewed in publications such as the New Yorker, The New York Times, Art in America, the LA Times, Flash Art, Vogue Mexico, Artforum, and Frieze. His work is in the collections of the Smithsonian Museum of Art, LACMA, El Museo del Barrio, NY, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Fundación Jumex, and The RISD Museum of Art.

Selected Purse Portraits
courtesy of Ruiz-Healy Art, the exclusive representative of the Estate of Chuck Ramirez

Chuck Ramirez (1962-2010), one of San Antonio’s most beloved artists, was a major force in the San Antonio art community before his untimely death in a 2010 cycling accident. A 2002 Artpace resident, Ramirez’ work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. As an artist and graphic designer, Ramirez employed the visual and conceptual techniques found in contemporary advertising and package design, isolating and re-contextualizing familiar objects to explore cultural identity, mortality, and consumerism through his photographs and installations. In 2012, The Smithsonian American Art Museum purchased Ramirez’ limited edition large-format photograph, Seven Days: Breakfast Tacos, for the institution’s permanent collection. The work is currently included in the traveling exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art.