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You could be Miss CAM Antonio

In honor of 2012’s newly feminized logo, Contemporary Art Month and Blue Star Contemporary Art Center presents the Miss CAM Antonio contest. This virtual pageant will take place on the new Miss CAM Antonio Facebook page.

Miss CAM Antonio receives a custom designed tiara by local artist Chris Sauter and a pair of tickets to the Contemporary Art Month closing party among other prizes.

The contest is open to anyone currently living in San Antonio: male or female, young or old. To compete, contestants must answer the classic pageant-inspired question: “As Miss CAM Antonio how would you promote contemporary art in San Antonio?” Contestants post their answers on the Miss CAM Antonio Facebook page in the form of words, video, photos, or any other medium that can fit into a wall post. Submissions will be accepted until February 24, 2012.

The finalists will be determined by the number of “likes” the contestant’s wall post receives. The top four receiving the most “likes” will proceed to the finalist round, judged by a panel of CAM and Blue Star Art members. The winner will be crowned during the Contemporary Art Month kick-off party at Blue Star Art Contemporary Art Center on Thursday, March 1, from 6-9 p.m.

CAM Fundraiser at Limelight Tonight

With you CAM listings out of the way, come out to celebrate at the Limelight (2718 N. St. Mary's St.) tonight and your $5 cover will go to support Contemporary Art Month event promotion. The event features Cryin' DT Buffkin, Los Mescaleros, DJs Rambo Salinas and Mr Blaggard, and food by Say.She.Ate.

Cryin’ DT Buffkin regularly brings his shambling piano blues to San Antonio establishments from rock ‘n’ roll dives to refined downtown haunts. By now veterans of the San Antonio scene, Los Mescaleros play, by their own description “gypsytangoblues.” Weaving these two related sounds together are Rambo Salinas and Mr. Blaggard spinning rare soul, funk, blues, northern, r&b, and some good ole Westide San Anto oldies. The recently returned Rambo played the popular Hotpants soul party for four years in Minneapolis, Minn., before moving to San Antonio. Say.She.Ate will park their food truck nearby for famished dancers.

See the Facebook event here.

CAM Calendar Deadline Extended

As many of you know, the deadline for the Contemporary Art Month print calendar was yesterday. But we got some calls and emails from folks who didn't realize the deadline was coming up, so we've decided to extend it until this coming Friday, January 27. Please help spread the word that this is the new deadline for the print calendar, which will be published as a pull-out in the San Antonio Current. Any events submitted after this deadline will be included in the online calendar only.

If you still need to get your event into our system, go here to sign up:

You will see instructions for creating event listings. When you are done creating your listings, go here to pay:

If you'd like to see the approved events so far, you can see the latest version of the 2012 CAM Calendar here:

Join Contemporary Art Month in 2012

WelCAM Back! Contemporary Art Month returns March, 2012, uniting art spaces and art makers throughout San Antonio for a month of exhibitions, performances, studio tours and other events.

CAM couldn’t happen without the efforts of the vibrant arts community here.  As ever, there are several ways to participate. Read on to discover how you fit into CAM 2012.

Include your event in the CAM Calendar

The heart of CAM is the easy-to-use online calendar which endeavors to list all San Antonio arts happenings occurring in March. Here’s how it works:

  • Visit our signup page (or just click "2012 sign up" below the tractor) to login or register.
  • Be ready with your event information: title, venue information, dates and times, names of participating artists, up to three lo-res images (for the website), one hi-res image (for media - eight mb limit), facebook event link, and description. Once the event is created, you can still login to edit if necessary.
  • Pricing remains the same as previous years -- $15 for artist-run spaces, $30 for commercial galleries and businesses, $50 for institutions. These fees help us maintain the calendar and fund our public relations and community outreach.
  • The Open Studio Tour will be on Sunday, March 25 -- these listings are free.
  • Events submitted (and paid for) by Friday, January 13 with hi-res images will be prioritized in our public relations (such as articles in regional magazines and listings in national arts calendars).
  • Events submitted (and paid for) by Friday, January 20 will be included in the CAM Calendar insert in the Current.
  • If you need help, don't hesitate to contact us at

Become a CAM Sponsor

  • 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.
  • CAM is dependent on the energy of participating artists, organizations, and institutions to make each Contemporary Art Month something exciting, inspiring and new. To help that message reach far and wide, CAM seeks financial backing beyond what is provided by the modest calendar listing fees.
  • To lend your support, visit our support page to make individual contributions through Paypal or e-mail us at

2011 Cammies

The winners of the 2011 Cammies:

The Best of Contemporary Art Month: "New Image Sculpture" at the McNay Museum of Art

Alchemic Reactions Award for Collaborating Artists: Lázaro Valiente and countless passersby

The R. Mutt Award for Novel Mediums: Brian Jobe, "Blank Tides," Blue Star Contemporary Art Center

Art is Life and Life is Art Award: The Unexpected Venue: SMART Art, "Invading Spaces II: X Marks the Spot"

The Big Boal Award for Participatory Art: Randall Wallace, "Times and Other Serial Studies," Luminaria

The Through the Looking Glass Award for Bending Perceptions: "Video Jam Greatest Hits," organized by Utah Snyder and Michael Stoltz, Invading Spaces project, at the El Tropicano Hotel

I Am Not Spock Award for Doing the Unexpected: Cathy Cunningham-Little, "Breathing Light," Blue Star Contemporary Art Center