Contemporary Art Month Awards Four San Antonio Artists $500 Microgrants

by Jessica Fuentes April 12, 2022

Contemporary Art Month (CAM), a San Antonio-based nonprofit organization, has announced the four winners of its inaugural microgrant.

Earlier this year, CAM raised funds so it could award small monetary grants to local artists to assist them with general expenses. The winners of the award are Edward Harris, Madeline Hernandez, Hillary Rodrigues, and Courtney Sheets. Learn more about the artists below.

In a press release, CAM’s executive director, Nina Hassele stated, “It has always been our mission to support artists in San Antonio, and these grants are another way of achieving that. I am proud that we were able to start an initiative like this one at a time when people seem to need the support the most.”

A photograph of artist Edward Harris wearing a sculptural work.

Edward W. Harris. Image courtesy of Contemporary Art Month

Edward Warren Harris
Edward Harris is an interdisciplinary artist who received his BFA in Painting from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in 2018. Though Mr. Harris started as a painter, he has since grown his artistic practice to include performance and textile work. His work explores the long term effects of racism on Black communities and other communities of color.  

A charcoal work by artist Madeline Hernandez filled with wrinkled organic forms.

Work by Madeline Hernandez. Image courtesy of Contemporary Art Month

Madeline Hernandez
Madeline Hernandez is a nonbinary artist who recieved their BFA from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor and their MFA in Painting from Texas Tech University. Their work is both a sensitive and humorous investigation into the body as a series of tubular forms and portals. Mx. Hernandez’s work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the United States and they have participated in the Elsewhere Studios residency in Paonia, Colorado and the Arts Letters & Numbers residency in Albany, New York. 

A digital collage by Hillary Rodrigues that depicts a pink home with a lush yard and a bright pink sunset in the background.

Work by Hillary Rodrigues. Image courtesy of Contemporary Art Month

Hillary Rodrigues
Hillary Rodrigues is an undergraduate student at UTSA currently working on her BFA in Studio Art.

A mixed media work by Courtney Sheets that incporates collaged images of people and a cityscape with ink drawings throughout.

Work by Courtney Sheets. Image courtesy of Contemporary Art Month

Courtney Sheets
Courtney Sheets is a self-taught mixed-media artist and photographer who previously made small-scale wooden jewelry. She received BAs in Psychology and Advertising from Purdue University, and her MA in Archeo-Mythology Studies from the New College of California in San Francisco. Ms. Sheets currently lives in San Antonio where she opened the Outrider Art + Objects gallery in July 2021, which features work from underrepresented artists. 

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