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2018 Luminaria Artists
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Aaron Prado

San Antonio, Texas

A celebrated musician in San Antonio’s fertile jazz scene, Dr. Aaron Prado presented a new large-scale musical composition that tells of a hero’s journey. Scored for piano, bass, drums, guitar, trumpet, trombone, 3 saxophones, and 3 cellos, the music evoked a sense of our place in the universe, the meaning of existence and the stages of life. Prado performed The Hero's Journey in the Mexican Cultural Institute for Luminaria 2018.

This project was funded by the Artist Foundation of San Antonio Paul Elizondo grant for performing arts.

Agarita

San Antonio, Texas 

Agarita was the solo Featured Artist group for the Luminaria's Mission San José Interpretive Arts Program.

They will performed on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 5 PM in the Granary at Mission San José.

Agarita strives to take classical music out of its “ivory tower,” making it accessible, fun, and engaging for all. This violin, viola, cello, and piano ensemble used its instrumentation to create narratives and storylines connected to the city and the Mission's rich histories through the language of music and melody of light. The stimulating journey through time culminated to a live concert in the Granary, accompanied by visual projection and manipulation of light throughout the space. This special interpretive arts program celebrating San Antonio's Tricentennial is funded by the Western National Parks Association in partnership with the National Park Service.

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Albert Alvarez

San Antonio, Texas

Albert Alvarez (b. 1983) is an artist who works with acrylic paint, pen and ink on paper. Taking stylistic cues from Renaissance masters such as Albrecht Durer and psychedlia, Alvarez blends these affinities in stream of consciousness jigsaw puzzle-like paintings questioning the meaning and absurdity of life with unflinching grotesque understanding. For Luminaria 2018, Alvarez presented a psychedelic film titled Good Job Momma on an outer wall of UNAM featuring his newest paintings that focus on themes of solidarity with San Antonians and psycho-spiritual undertones of universal human experience.

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Ann Lewis

Detroit, Michigan

Ann Lewis is a multidisciplinary activist artist using painting, installation, and participatory performance to explore themes related to American identity, power structures, and justice. Since receiving her bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, her work has been exhibited at the White House and acquired by the New York Historical Society Museum and the US Library of Congress. At Luminaria 2018, Lewis installed a temporary maze-inspired work with a hidden phrase within its lines, highlighting the history and future of Hemisfair.

Anna De Luna

San Antonio, TX

Anna De Luna is an actor, writer and HIV prevention activist. She received her training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, has toured the United States with the National Theater of the Performing Arts and acted/directed for the American Theater Company in Brussels, Belgium. For Luminaria 2018, De Luna performed Mojada, a multimedia theatrical performance based on her mother's experience crossing the Rio Grande River to get to ‘el otro lado’. This performance at the Mexican Cultural Institute will include interpretive movement, original video, bilingual storytelling and live guitar performance.

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Arte y Pasión

San Antonio, Texas

For Luminaria 2018, Arte y Pasión generated a symphonic balance between the flamenco, classical, performing and fine arts to elevate the Spanish dance art form while emphasizing harmony in diversity. Their performance titled Aguitas, named after "the rivers and tributaries in our souls." The thread of culture that stretched from the Moorish world to Spain, then to the Southwest United States brought the technology of the acequia as well as the introduction of flamenco to this region. Just as the technology of the acequia, flamenco tells the story of division and convergence. Arte y Pasión performed at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

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Atentamente una fresa

Mexico City, Mexico

Atentamente una fresa is an urban artist from Mexico City with a degree in Industrial Design and studies in sculpture, animation, interior design and painting. An advocate of urban art, the artist depicts topics in a surrealistic pop style. She has worked in projects for the Russia World Cup 2018, Carlos Santana, San Antonio Spurs, El Abierto Mexicano de Tennis, Tim Burton and more. Atentamente una fresa collaborated with Mexican urban artist UNEG to create a new temporary mural for Luminaria 2018.

This project is funded by the Mexican Consulate.

Azul Barrientos

San Antonio, Texas

Originally from Mexico City, Azul Barrientos works to conserve and develop the folk music that she was first introduced to as a child. Azul rejoices in her Latina roots and gives life to the narratives of Latin American history by highlighting the many cultural influences and interconnections between the Americas, Africa, and Spain. Beginning her musical trajectory at an early age, Azul witnessed her parents’ nightly rituals of harmonizing with each other. Azul performed at the Yanaguana Stage at Luminaria 2018.

Buttercup

San Antonio, Texas

Buttercup is a life-affirming art-rock band that has written hundreds of original songs that NPR calls “jangly art rock for the left side of the brain.” Since 2004, the band has released 8 full length recordings and a DVD documentary. Their special blend of creative performances that incorporate visual art, performance and installation has led their fan base, the “Buttercult”, to expect the unexpected. For Luminaria 2018, Buttercup presented a musical performance with projections, lights and confetti on the Main Stage.

Cadillac Muzik

San Antonio, Texas

Cadillac Muzik is an Alternative Hip Hop/Soul/Funk/Pop group that has opened up for acts such as The Temptations, Cypress Hill, and more. The term "Cadillac Muzik" was inspired by one of their main influences, and one of Hip Hop's greatest legendary duos Outkast, with their album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. The band explains that riding in an old school Cadillac is like an escape from a negative environment to a galaxy of wisdom and creativity. Cadillac Muzik performed on the Main Stage for Luminaria 2018.

Cristina Goletti, Jadd Tank and Hideaki Tsutsui

El Paso, Texas

For Luminaria 2018, Jadd Tank performed, Short of Desire and Other American Stories by Cristina Goletti, an investigation of a queer place and time where plastic plants will grow side by side to gnomes, broken fridges, and mid-century furniture, offering a futuristic yet nostalgic look at what makes a house a home, a relationship a love story and failure an acceptable possibility. This performance featured light design by Hideaki Tsutsui and music by Rossini, Xavier Gilmore and Mina.  This performance was presented on the Mexican Cultural Institute stage and through out Hemisfair.

David Alcantar

San Antonio, Texas

A native Texan, David Alcantar received his BFA from the University of Texas Austin and his MFA from the University of Colorado - Boulder. Alcantar's recent work blurs the line between traditional fine art and tattoos. For Luminaria 2018, Alcantar presented Skin in the Game: Act 3, featuring the work of San Antonio artists Joe Harjo, Ethel Shipton, Sarah Fox, Luis Valderas and David Alcantar in the historic Schultz house and on live models.

Alcantar received a CAMMIE award for his work exhibited during Contemporary Art Month 2018.

Deer Vibes

San Antonio, Texas

Deer Vibes is an indie rock band formed in 2009 by front man and composer, Michael "Mikey Vibe" Carrillo. The group incorporates grand instrumental orchestrations while maintaining the use of catchy pop melodies and lyrics, aiming to transcend the listener through the organized, yet sometimes chaotic sound, into the depths of emotion attached to each song. In 2015, Deer Vibes was voted "Best Indie Rock Band" by the San Antonio Current's Music Awards. Deer Vibes has since performed as an official SXSW artist in Austin, TX at St. David's Historic Sanctuary. Deer Vibes performed on the Main Stage for Luminaria 2018.

Fernando Andrade

San Antonio, Texas

Paredes, a new body of work by Fernando Andrade, consists of large-scale drawings using graphite and watercolor techniques on paper. Paredes is an ongoing series comprised of life-size figure drawings in various poses, exploring tension and discomfort. The project challenges the viewer to think about the self-constructed walls and consider their positive and negative impact. For Luminaria 2018, Andrade presented a time-lapse video of the process of creating these large-scale drawings.

This project is funded by NALAC.

Hilal Lalo Hibri

San Antonio, Texas

Hilal Lalo Hibri is a multi-media sculptor motivated to create art that is not only beautiful, but stimulates reflection on the intersection of nature, technology and the human experience. After earning his B.S. degree at Wake Forest University, he apprenticed under Portland-based glass pioneer Linda Ethier. Soon after, he realized that he wanted to use his passion for nature and geometry to create beauty, rather than pursue the natural sciences. For Luminaria 2018, Hibri presented a new temporary light installation in Yanaguana Gardens titled Fractal Forest.

Jay Wile

Converse, Texas

Jay Wile is a 24-year-old artist and producer who creates a unique blend of R&B, Soul and Hip Hop with influences from Stevie Wonder, Frank Ocean and Kanye West. In 2017, he released his debut EP, Blue Patio, with standout tracks, Honest and Numb, gaining 140,000 streams in seven months. Wile's performance includes both live instrumentation and loops that are created live using a drum machine. Wile performed on the Yanaguana Stage for Luminaria 2018.

Jeff Zischke

Scottsdale, Arizona

Jeff Zischke is an artist and designer exploring sculpture, public art, mixed media and urban transformation. His permanent and temporary works draw inspiration from organic shapes and modern technology. His work is collected globally in collections including: The Guggenheim Museum, Spain, The City of Nicosia, Cyprus; Eco-Musee, Puget-Rostang, France and more. Zischke presented Gemtones at Luminaria 2018, an immersive, site-specific light installation that illuminated the architecture of the Hemisfair district.

Jesse J. Ruiz

San Antonio, Texas

Jesse J. Ruiz is a bi-racial, lesbian artist from San Antonio, TX who paints, draws and makes videos. For Luminaria 2018, Ruiz presented a short animation called Color Coded, which is adapted from a comic she created, Mixed. Color Coded explored the cultural significance of colors and was inspired by a Gloria E. Anzaldúa piece. Mixed is a semi-autobiographical and fictional comic book about the complexities of bicultural, biracial, womxn and queer identity in the Latinx and Asian-American communities.

This project is funded by NALAC.

Joel Adrian

San Antonio, Texas

Joel Adrian stamps his music with a unique blend of jazz, blues and soul beyond his years. With an appreciation for all music genres, he cites John Mayer, Citizen Cope, Marvin Gaye as musical inspirations. Playing several instruments since the age of 9 and performing only the last three years, he is a young musical talent working his way on to the local scene. He released his first self-produced 3 song EP in August 2018 which has been well received and is currently available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and other major media outlets. Adrian performed at the Yanaguana Stage.

Jose Villalobos

San Antonio, Texas

Jose Villalobos was born and raised in El Paso, Texas to a traditional conservative famliy. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Villalobos juxtaposes distress with comfort deriving from patriarchal and religious social structures which marginalize gay identity. He manipulates material through the context of self-identity as he examines gender roles within family culture. For Luminaria 2018, Villalobos presented a new performance and installation piece titled La Carga de la Tradición.

Juan & Armando Tejeda

San Antonio, Texas

Raiz XicanX is a musical CD project that will include original music written by Juan Tejeda and traditional Conjunto/Tejano covers with accordion and bajo sexto by Juan and Armando Tejeda. The CD will feature musical styles ranging from Indigenous cantos and corridos to blues and jazz. Raiz XicanX illustrates the diversity and synthesis that is Xicanx/Conjunto/Tejano music with roots firmly rooted in American musical traditions. The Tejeda's performed on the UNAM Stage at Luminaria 2018.

This project is funded by NALAC.

Justin Eastman

Lakewood, Colorado

Justin Eastman is formally educated as a computer scientist and engineer and has been a software engineer for over a decade. While his formal education lies in the sciences, his passion is in the arts. He has brought electronics and software together to create visual art since 2010.  The result of this combination creates art from light and motion that is visually organic and ever changing. For Luminaria 2018, Eastman presented de Dar a Luz, an enveloping light dome that boasts a symphony of colorful patterns and lights.

Justin Parr and Adam Smolensky

San Antonio, Texas

Justin Parr is the caretaker and artist-in-residence of the Hot Wells Hotel ruins, as well as the founder & owner of FL!GHT Gallery. Adam Smolensky is a full time glass artist exploring and pushing the boundaries of glass as a medium. Together at Luminaria 2018, Parr and Smolensky presented a glass tribute to the City of San Antonio's Tricentennial year with an installation of 300 glowing glass tubes in the San Antonio River at the Convention Center.

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Kat Cadena, Mary Jendrzey and Malia Gomez

San Antonio, Texas

Kat Cadena, Malia Gomez and Mary Jendrzey are San Antonio based artists combining their individual artistic explorations of light, lingering human presence and the loss or erasure of identity and memory to create an interactive light installation in and around the historic homes of Hemisfair for Luminaria 2018. Their installation, Resident's of Yore featured illuminated lantern-people, representative of the people who lived in the neighborhood that was demolished in order to pave the way for HemisFair ’68.

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Laura D. Schultz

San Antonio, Texas

Laura D. Schultz works with cut paper to create delicate, architectural-scale installations as well as more intimate pieces. Her works exude both power and fragility, a contradiction she finds intriguing and actively cultivates. Recently, she has taken inspiration from the intersection of science and art, particularly sea life. Schultz earned a MFA in fiber and mixed media from John F. Kennedy University, and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. For Luminaria 2018, Schultz presented a series of large illuminated papercut artworks titled Sea Glow that cast intricate shadows across the Alamo Street entrance.

Matthew Steinke

Austin, Texas

Matthew Steinke is an artist and composer working with robotics, sculpture, and animation. His sonic narratives take the form of audio recordings, videos, performances, and installations. Steinke’s work is propelled by the idea of “Métamatic” souls generated by machines through their autonomy and complexity. He explores AI technology to synthesize a range of behaviors, mental states, and emotional experiences. Steinke holds an MFA in Art and Technology Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For Luminaria 2018, Steinke presented an interactive multimedia installation in UNAM titled Deliriums.

Mr. Composition

San Antonio, Texas

Mr. Composition is a writer, musician and documentarian. In 2014, he made a buzz with his album Graffiti the Mind, on which he worked with with London animator Maxim Northover to deliver a stunning music video for his song Pandora's Jukebox. He has opened for acts like Dead Prez, Blu, Master Killah of Wu-Tang and more. Mr. Composition presented a poetic and musical performance celebrating San Antonio's past and hopes for the future on the UNAM Stage at Luminaria 2018.

Nan Cuba

San Antonio, Texas

Nan Cuba gave a reading from her latest novel, He Didn't Kill Nobody but Mom, a tragicomic novel about the equivocal nature of justice and the inability to predict the damaging effects of one’s actions. At the center is a criminal investigation, headed by the Texas Rangers and based in Bandera, Texas. Law enforcement personnel come from across the country to interview a suspected serial killer. However, this is not a simple crime story. The focus is on those surrounding the suspect, particularly a novice journalist. Cuba read a passage from He Didn't Kill Nobody but Mom on the UNAM Stage at Luminaria 2018.

This novel was funded by The Artist Foundation of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture Award for Literary Arts.

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Nancy Wood

San Antonio, Texas

Nancy Wood is a classically trained artist whose work is a synthesis of tradition and technology that embodies the evolving nature of image making. Nancy received her B.A. and M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from Texas A & M University, College Station. Her current work is focused on the mystical beauty of the natural landscape. For Luminaria 2018, Wood presented a body of animated photography titled 300 San Antonio Flowers.

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Nathan Felix

San Antonio, Texas

Self-taught Mexican-American composer, Nathan Felix, presented his latest work, The War Bride, in which the audience experienced an immersive "live" opera through headphones in an interactive space with visuals by Chris Sauter. Listeners were encouraged to explore and follow the singers, actors and musicians as they brought life to Felix's narrative that explored his family history and the river as a metaphor for home, as well as a perceived border.

The War Bride was funded by the Artist Foundation of San Antonio Tobin Prize for Artistic Excellence People’s Choice Award.
Nina Diaz

Los Angeles, California

The debut solo album from Nina DiazThe Beat Is Dead (Cosmica Records)—an expansive body of work that sonically references musicals, alt-metal, indie pop, new wave—powerfully chronicles her journey itself. “This album is the story of my addiction and my sobriety,” she says. Hailed by NPR as “one of the two or three most exciting, scary-good vocalists in rock today,” Diaz's debut solo album, The Beat Is Dead has received raves from everyone from NPR to Elle to the Austin Chronicle. Diaz performed on the Main Stage at Luminaria 2018.
Patty Ortiz

San Antonio, Texas

Patty Ortiz received a BFA from the University of Texas and an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. For Luminaria 2018, Ortiz presented WWKY:I  AM  HERE, the sixth installment of the Work Won’t Kill You series, which addressed the present painful quandary of involuntary childhood immigrants who thought they had qualified for a path to citizenship through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This interactive installation will be located near the San Antonio River.

Proyecto Diáspora

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Proyecto Diáspora is an artistic duo project by Constanza Casamadrid (Mexico) and Juan Camilo León (Colombia). It works with the concepts of memory and human migration using technology as a medium to preserve the human element (voices, faces, memories, etc.) behind migration statistics. Both artists met while studying their master in Electronic Arts at UNTREF, Buenos Aires. Their work has been exhibited in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and the Netherlands. For Luminaria 2018, Proyecto Diáspora presented an installation celebrating the city's Tricentennial titled Near Strangers San Antonio 300.

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Public Art San Antonio (PASA)

San Antonio, Texas

Public Art San Antonio presented ART//craft, a traveling gallery and cultural space that delivers arts and culture to San Antonio communities. Sam Houston High School students in building technology classes designed the mobile gallery from a discarded shipping container. Eastside artist SCOTCH! created the exterior mural. ART//Craft made its debut at Luminaria 2017 and hosted a selection from Common Currents, curated by Monica del Arenal, for Luminaria 2018.

RADI

East Orange, New Jersey

Born and raised in Northern New Jersey, RADI is a spoken word artist who has been writing poetry since she was in the 3rd grade and is now the 3rd top Female Slam Poet in the world! She currently reigns as the Poetry Slam Champion of two national teams; New Jeru Slam and The Nuyorican Poets Cafe. During her last visit to San Antonio, she and her team New Jeru Slam left in the top rank for Individual Slam Finals and Team Slam Finals at the second largest poetry slam competition in America, Southern Fried Poetry Slam 2018. RADI performed on the UNAM Stage for Luminaria 2018.

Ramin Samandari

San Antonio, Texas

Iranian-born photographer, Ramin Samandari, arrived in Odessa, Texas in 1978 at age 17, sent there by his parents in the midst of the Iranian revolution. At the time, he thought he might return to his homeland, but then the Iran-Iraq War broke out, so he stayed and became a U.S. citizen. Samandari's recent portraiture has garnered attention by highlighting San Antonio's racially and ethnically diverse community. Samandari exhibited 300 images from Huddled Masses, Who We Are at Luminaria 2018.

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Remedios Sagrados, curated by Suzy González

San Antonio, Texas

Funded by NALAC, artist/curator Suzy González and author/scholar Luz Calvo curated Comida es Medicina at Galería de la Raza in San Francisco. This exhibit was based on the ideas put forth in the book Decolonize Your Diet: Mexican-American Plant-Based Recipes on Health and Healing. Luminaria 2018 presented a complementary version of this exhibit, Remedios Sagrados, curated by Suzy González. Work focused on concepts of ancestral knowledge in relation to food, healing, spirituality, and the land. As the city of San Antonio celebrates 300 post-colonial years, these artists reclaimed indigenous wisdom while recognizing the complexity of identity. Exhibiting artists were Santa Barraza, Veronica Castillo, Jenelle Esparza, Audrya Flores, Naxieli Gomez, Arlene Mejorado, Mary Agnes Rodriguez, Alán Serna, Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez and Liliana Wilson.

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Riley Robinson

San Antonio, Texas

Riley Robinson received an MFA in sculpture from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1994 and is the Director of Artpace. For Luminaria 2018, Robinson presented Voice Over, an interactive installation made of two engineered sound mirrors installed on either side of the San Antonio River. Voice Over presented material and conceptual challenges that responded to our cultural and political climate. After Luminaria 2018, the work will be installed across the Rio Grande at the Texas/Mexico border.

This project was funded by the Artist Foundation of San Antonio Rick Liberto grant for visual arts.

Roberto Celis

Allendale, New Jersey

Roberto Celis received a BFA in Crafts + Material Studies and a BS in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, and he received an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Celis has shown his work nationally and internationally and has completed artist residencies in Germany and Argentina. Now, Celis teaches and has an active studio presence in New Jersey. For Luminaria 2018, Celis presented a multimedia performance and installation using tesla coils and fluorescent lights.

Rosa Nussbaum, Kevin Choi, Trent Tunks and MaKayla Rutt

Austin, Texas

This collaborative team works at the intersection of visual art, design and architecture, marrying concerns of place, habitation and the poetic and historical resonances of site. Nussbaum, Choi, Tunks and Rutt presented The Ghost of Germantown at Luminaria 2018, an architectural traveling sculpture honoring and studying the homes that stood in Germantown before they were demolished for HemisFair ’68.

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SAFILM

San Antonio, Texas

The mission of SAFILM (San Antonio Film Festival), a nonprofit 501(c)3, is to serve as an accessible and inclusive platform for filmmakers and provide cinematic culture to a diverse audience. SAFILM showcases films from around the world while nurturing, fostering, and developing filmmakers of all ages. For Luminaria 2018, SAFILM screened several short films along the San Antonio River by directors: Natalie MacMahon, Bradley Rappa, Chan'Cellore Makanjuola, David L. Sims, Lorette Bayle, Patricia G. Fernandez and Matt Buikema.

SAY Sí

San Antonio, Texas

For Luminaria 2018, SAY Sí artists presented an exhibit titled Omitted Histories, an investigation of eradicated local narratives through extensive research using oral histories, accounts from historians, local mythology and archival materials. In their work, students acknowledged why these stories have been neglected and the mechanisms that keep them hidden. While the exhibit was mainly focused on 2D and 3D work, the artists showcased interpretive elements that illustrated their commitment to inclusion, equity and social justice, all key components of their core values.

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Susi Lopera

San Antonio, Texas

Born in Colombia, Susi Lopera is a multimedia artist who creates narrative sculptures and videos. She earned a BFA at the University of Southern California and is currently working towards an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Lopera strives to achieve the poetic characteristics of open-endedness, ambiguity, and unusual perspective in her work. She explores and reveals, through stories, the world’s myriad complexities and marvels. For Luminaria 2018, Lopera presented a new stop-motion animation based on two very interesting and famous individuals in San Antonio’s history.

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The AM Project

San Antonio, Texas

The AM Project is a 501(c)(3) Digital Arts and Music program whose mission is to provide an experience for young people to express creativity, gain confidence and passion, and view the world in a different a way. For Luminaria 2018, The AM Project created an interactive music and light experience called I AM the Show in which some of San Antonio’s top and amateur DJs performed, accompanied by an audience-controlled light show.

The Hemisfair Plaza Poets

San Antonio, Texas

The Hemisfair Plaza Poets, led by Luminaria 2016 Featured Artist DaRell Pittman aka Da Green Lantern, performed spoken word poetry about San Antonio’s iconic landmarks, citing memories San Antonians have attached to the landmarks. The Hemisfair Plaza Poets include Glo Armmer, Chris Billings, Eddie Vega, Jose Arredondo, Sarah Timmons and DaRell Pittman. They performed on the UNAM Stage at Luminaria 2018.

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UNEG

Mexico City, Mexico

UNEG is a graffiti artist and graphic designer from Mexico City. He studied at Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas from UNAM. He’s characterized both by his colorful style and creation of short stories with a sharp sense of humor through the use of fantastical characters, personal experience and the subliminal. UNEG has worked on several projects for: Formula 1, NFL, NBA, Disney Pixar, Tim Burton, and more. UNEG collaborated with Mexican artist Atentamente una fresa to create a temporary mural for Luminaria 2018.

This project was funded by the Mexican Consulate.

Verena Gaudy and Martín C. Rodríguez

San Antonio, Texas

Martín C. Rodríguez is a multidisciplinary new media artist who earned both his BFA & MFA from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Born in Austria, Verena Gaudy is a ceramic artist who acheived her BA in ceramics at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff and her MFA at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Gaudy and Rodríguez have collaborated in performance art since 2016. For Luminaria 2018, the duo presented an illuminated, roving performance called Avatar Walkabout.

Volcán

San Antonio, Texas

Volcán is a 13-piece south Texas based Latin indie orchestra formed in 2014. The group boasts a full rhythm section (comprised of drums, congas, bongos, timbales, piano and bass), a full brass section (comprised of trumpet, trombone, alto saxophone, and mellophone), a state champion accordionist, a prolific lead guitarist, and best-in-class vocals. Volcán is all original, opting never to use covers despite their dedication to bring traditional cultural sounds to a new generation of Latinos. Volcán performed on the Main Stage at Luminaria 2018.

Word Salsa

San Antonio, Texas

Word Salsa is an Official San Antonio Tricentennial Art kiosk traveling around town for the duration of 2018. It was created by Rick Stemm and Stevan Živadinovic, with dozens of San Antonio poets throughout the ages contributing their bodies of work. In all, the Word Salsa robot was fed 110,000 words of poetry and learned to compose sentences similar to those of real San Antonio poets. When prompted, it produced a brand new, unique poem, read it out loud and printed it on a numbered card.

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Xavier Gilmore

San Antonio, Texas

Xavier Gilmore holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Texas at San Antonio. As an interdisciplinary artist, his work largely focuses on the exploration of topical and topographical histories of identity, culture and spaces. Gilmore has exhibited internationally in Mexico and regionally at Artpace, The McNay, Bluestar Contemporary, and more. For Luminaria 2018, Gilmore presented a performance titled Reprise, which paid tribute to San Antonio’s celebrated historic percussionist, Bongo Joe.

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Xelena González

San Antonio, Texas

Xelena González is the author of All Around Us (Cinco Puntos Press, 2017), a picture book illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia that deftly depicts her Mestiza culture and roots on the Westside of San Antonio. González leads various regional workshops in dance, creative writing, drama, and other artforms. For Luminaria 2018, González presented her book All Around Us in an interactive, kid-friendly digital format. 

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Yuliya Lanina

Austin, Texas

Yuliya Lanina is a Russian-born American multimedia artist. Her projects exist at the intersection of visual and performing arts, technological innovation, and social issues like gender perception, sexual objectification and violence, loss, and motherhood. Lanina holds an MFA in Combined Media from Hunter College, CUNY. For Luminaria 2018, Lanina performed in synchronization with her original animation, accompanied by Russell Pinkston's original music composition, exploring the symbiotic relationship that can exist between the artist and her work. Lanina performed Within, Above and Beyond at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

 
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