SAT Transforms Into Art Gallery to Welcome Visitors to San Antonio

May 10, 2019

For the second time since its creation, The Galleries @ SAT opened its second season with a gallery unveiling and reception with several of the featured artists and prominent members of San Antonio’s rich and vibrant art scene on hand to celebrate.

The Second Season of the Galleries @ SAT features not only the work of local artists from the DiZurita Collection, but pieces on loan from the Dee Howard Foundation private collection, the San Antonio Zoo’s “Project Selva;” the Autism Treatment Center’s “Art for Autism” collection; the United States Air Force Art Content winners; and the Eduardo Calzado Collection, provided courtesy of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“We are very excited about the second season of the Galleries @ SAT,” said Matt Evans, Arts and Culture Manager for the San Antonio Airport System. “Our first opening was widely popular and generated such a positive response from both our local art community as well as visitors travelling through the airport, we started planning for the second season immediately after the opening of the first!”

The Galleries @ SAT is one of several initiatives at the San Antonio International Airport to greet passengers with a sense of the art, music, food, history and culture of San Antonio and the surrounding region. On any day at the airport, you can encounter live music or performing artists, food trucks, artwork, augmented reality stations or even a Fiesta parade.  

Specific to the opening of the Second Season, exhibits from the private collection of the Dee Howard Foundation will highlight the tremendous impact San Antonio has had on the history and development of military, civilian and cargo aviation operations. Winning pieces from the United States Air Force Art Contest will be fittingly displayed as a part of the Second Season, providing a nod to not only Military City USA, but acknowledging that San Antonio is home to the Air Force Air Education and Training Command and Joint Base San Antonio. Additionally, the “Art for Autism” exhibit will highlight that art and creativity have no limits, and the partnership with the San Antonio Zoo will help to raise awareness of Rain Forest conservation efforts.

“There is virtually no way a person can experience all that San Antonio has to offer during one visit – so we attempt to bring a sampling of our history and culture to the airport – whether it is art, music, food or entertainment” stated Evans.

“San Antonio International Airport is one of a number of airports nationwide that are transforming the traveling experience,” said Karen Ellis, Chief of Customer Experience at the Aviation Department. “Where airports were once just a means to a passenger’s travels – they are now becoming an aspect of their traveling experience – and we are proud to be an industry leader in providing our passengers this unique experience.”

Last year San Antonio International Airport welcomed more than 10 million visitors to the airport, making it an ideal place to showcase the talents of local artists to an even bigger international audience.  

Artwork is on display in both terminals and in the walkway from the parking garage to the airport. All of the art is on display on the pre-security side of the airport, so you do not need to be a ticketed passenger to enjoy the collections. Those interested in viewing the collection can park at any of the airport’s parking facilities and enter the terminal to enjoy the Gallery.

For more information on the exhibit, contact Matt Evans at [email protected] or 210-207-1542.