Watch Out Student Art Show

Third annual city art show and competition provides outlet for student creativity

When Christa Brothers first founded the student art show and competition, Watch Out, she wanted area teens to have a place other than their school hallway to display their work.

Three years after the show first started, Brothers has accomplished more than that. The show, which opened this weekend and continues through Tuesday, provides a place not only for students to put their art on display, but also gives kids a look at what it’s like to have their work judged by highly-regarded art professionals.

“It is an event to work toward, to look forward to, and to be able to show the artwork to the San Antonio community and not just to fellow students in the school hallway,” says Brothers, owner of Bismarck Studios Contemporary Fine Art Gallery.

Taking place as part of Contemporary Art Month, Watch Out is being co-hosted for the first time this year by the University of Texas at San Antonio. Jurors who critiqued the student work included Dr. Ricardo Romo, president of UTSA, and Arturo Infante Almeida, UTSA art specialist and curator.

Saturday, winners were recognized during a reception, with first place going to Martin Martinez, second place to Natalia Vasquez and third place to Mauro Rangel.

Win or lose, Timothy McMeans, an East Central High School art teacher, says the show provides students a chance to mature.

“I want my students to continue to grow as artists and to constantly challenge themselves technically and intellectually,” he says. “I expect my students to produce a quality piece of art that represents their personal expression and that is creative, thoughtful, and well-crafted.”

Above all, Brothers says she hopes Watch Out communicates to students that the community values their creativity.

She says she tells students simply to put their heart into their work.

“Give it your best and don’t give up,” she says. “Make sure it feels right to you, follow your own instincts and be proud of what you are doing.”

Published in the San Antonio Magazine.