San Antonio artists Ricky Armendariz, Cathy Cunningham-Little, Karen Mahaffy and Vincent Valdez will be the first set of participants for the new Blue Star Art Museum/Künstlerhaus Bethanien partnership. Thomas Cummins and Chris Sauter were chosen as alternate participants. Each of the four artists will spend 3 months in Berlin beginning this summer, producing projects to be publicly presented in the Künstlerhaus’ exhibition venue.
The Künstlerhaus Bethanien is a non-profit arts organization in a nineteenth-century hospital building in Berlin, Germany that mixes international artists to promote dialog, hosting dozens of artists per year, including current resident, ex-Texan Eileen Maxson (their website lists her as representing the Netherlands!).
Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum has been invited to participate in this program thanks to the liaising efforts of Blue Star board member Dr. Angelika Jansen, who explained why San Antonio artists need to go to Berlin: “It’s really a meeting place for creative people in the world, and San Antonio has to be part of it.”
The selected artists will be at Blue Star tomorrow, Tuesday, January 29, at 1:30 p.m., for a Q & A and photo shoot.