CAM Perennial Canceled, But the Miss CAM Antonio Contest is On!

by Paula Newton February 17, 2016

MissCAMMarch is Contemporary Art Month (CAM) in San Antonio and everyone knows what that means—some lucky person will be crowned Miss CAM Antonio!

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. Answers may be posted from now until midnight March 1, 2016. The finalists will be determined by the number of “likes” the contestant’s wall post receives. The four entrants receiving the most “likes” will proceed to the finalist round, judged by a panel of CAM Executive and Artist Advisory Board members. The winner will be crowned during the Contemporary Art Month kick-off party at Blue Star Art Contemporary located at the Blue Star Arts complex on Thursday, March 3, around 6:15 p.m.

What CAM won’t include this year is what would have been the 5th edition of the CAM Perennial. Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center has chosen not to host the exhibition, as Glasstire reported last week. CAM released the following statement, which reads, in part:

In lieu of recent events, and in consultation with the curator, a decision has been made to cancel this year’s perennial. CAM’s board will be arranging a panel discussion during Contemporary Art Month to allow for a community conversation to take place around the issues of diversity and inclusion in contemporary art. Date and venue to be announced soon.


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Food for thought February 17, 2016 - 09:04

We get it- all the people care about is the party, not the art. Based on most of the work over the last couple years, they might as well just drink.

Reminds us of how some cities handle public art, once the ribbon is cut no one (the owner) cares about it.

Are we as artists disrespected, or do we need to make better products?

Let Donny Trump own contests like Miss CAMantonio. Think about being taken seriously for your craft and not your tacos and poor quality booze.

Elle February 17, 2016 - 12:29

“Food for thought” you are missing the point of CAM. Clearly you have never been to the kick-off, to the open studios, to the various galleries exhibiting throughout the month and promoting on the calendar, and to the perennial or to the CAMx or Closing.

The work is fresh and of the times. Get a clue! Make better products then add yourself to the open list of artists given to each new curator.

Miss CAM Antonio is FUN. Why shoot someone for having fun? It’s about SUPPORTING CONTEMPORARY ART!

Why hate on tacos and booze? Last I checked, most of our city loves both.

Food for thought February 17, 2016 - 13:02

Elle, You seem like a very happy person. That is good for you. However, the Celebration of mediocrity is not good. Don’t take my statements personally, I am not attacking you or a single artist. The issue you should focus on, is that it appears, in this case, the Guadalupe Arts Center is responsible for adding to the Texas-wide perception of art world drama and unprofessionalism. Institutional [petty] abuse of authority will continue to hurt art programming throughout this unfair state.


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