The Luminaria Team

2019 Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival Curators

Amber Ortega Perez Bio Photo

Amber Ortega Perez

Ortega Perez is a dancer and choreographer.  She co-founded Spareworks Dance studio to make modern dance an everyday occurrence in San Antonio, Texas.  

Gary Sweeney Bio Photo

Gary Sweeney 

Sweeney has an MFA from University of California at Irivine and has an established career in visual arts.  His humorous, ironic edge is evident in his paintings and art works of many mediums.   Also a retired airline baggage handler, he is a person of boundless energy and frequents most arts events in San Antonio.

Katherine Sotelo Bio Photo

Katherine Sotelo 

Sotelo earned a B.S. in Television, Radio & Film from Syracuse University. Upon returning to San Antonio she worked as an intern with the SAFILM- San Antonio Film Festival where she ran the festival's social media. Her passion for the arts spans the visual arts, literature, and music, and brings alongside an admiration of the independent emerging artist.

Libby Day

Libby Day

Day is a doer with a knack for taking concept to execution. She is dedicated to building a dynamic arts and entertainment sector in San Antonio. Libby currently serves as the Marketing Manager at the Aztec Theatre in downtown San Antonio, and co-owns SATX Music, a small business devoted to local and regional music booking, promotion, and event management.

Christopher Rodriguez Bio Photo

Christopher Rodriguez

Rodriguez has been an active member of the San Antonio theatre community for the last 20 years. Currently the Executive and Artistic Director of the Woodlawn Theatre, he previously worked at the Playhouse and as a contract choreographer for local high school drama and choir programs. Over the past few years he has been honored with eight Alamo Theatre Arts Council awards for excellence in choreography, direction, and acting.


2019 Mission San José Interpretive Arts Program Curators

Brook Rosser Bio Photo

Brook Rosser

Rosser is a painter and Professor of Communication Design at San Antonio College. Brook received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and her MFA in Painting and Drawing from Texas Tech University.  She is represented by AnArte Gallery in San Antonio and with her work explores the wonder and enchantment of living.

Chris Sauter Bio Photo

Chris Sauter

Sauter holds an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a BA from the University of Incarnate Word.   He has exhibited across the United States, Mexico and Europe.  His is the Interim Chair of Painting and Drawing and Director of Foundations at the Southwest School of Art.  He decorates cakes and designs/ builds theatre sets in his spare time.

Lindsay Compton Bio Photo

Lindsay Compton 

Compton is a volunteer coordinator with the National Park Service at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. After earning a BS and M. Ed in Parks and Recreation Management, she has worked in five National Parks as a supervisor, informal educator, and volunteer leader. She is dedicated to combining her love of the arts and social justice with her passion for public lands.

Yadhira Lozano Bio Photo

Yadhira Lozano

Lozano has over 20 years experience in the arts and non-profit world in both San Antonio and Los Angeles. She received her BA in history from University of Southern California.  Yadhira returned to San Antonio to help launch the Briscoe Western Art Museum. She currently serves on the City of San Antonio’s Arts Commission representing District 3 and is the Communications and Special Projects Director for the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.



Kathy Armstrong, Executive Director

In 2015, curator and educator Kathy Armstrong was named Luminaria's first Executive Director. Armstrong has strong artistic vision, long-range planning skills, and extensive experience working with the rich diversity of San Antonio cultural organizations. She served for 18 years as Director of Exhibitions for the Southwest School of Art, where she commissioned and curated dozens of acclaimed local, national and international exhibitions. She was a curator for Luminaria in 2011, and was appointed by Mayor Julian Castro the festival’s Associate Artistic Director for Luminaria 2013. Armstrong has also served as a key selection panelist and guest curator for numerous local arts institutions and nonprofits, including Public Arts San Antonio Capital Projects, Texas State University, Planned Parenthood South Texas, Rockport Center of the Arts, Say Si, ArtPace and San Antonio's Distinction in the Arts Award.  

Armstrong welcomes the opportunity to further develop Luminaria as a multi-disciplinary contemporary arts festival produced by, and featuring the artists, curators, and makers of San Antonio and beyond. 

Kat Berrospe Portrait Kat Cadena, Administrative Manager

Kat Cadena is an artist who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Native to San Antonio, she has been involved with Luminaria for many years as a devoted attendee, a 2016 and 2018 Featured Artist, and now as Luminaria's Administrative Manager. She works year-round to plan and develop Luminaria's Contemporary Arts Festival and other programming.

Pam De La Mora, Media Associate


Pam De La Mora is the newest member of the Luminaria team. Originally from Mexico, this San Antonian-at-heart graduated from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications. As a high school student, Pam completed an internship in which she helped produce lighting installations for Luminaria 2011 and 2012. As Luminaria's Media Associate, she works to expand Luminaria's platform to increase festival visibility at the regional, state and national level.




Are you intererested in joining the Luminaria team? Please send a letter of interest to Armstrong@luminariasa.org including full contact information and support materials. 


PO Box 120188, San Antonio, Texas 78212 (210) 721-1670 info@luminariasa.org