CAM Kick-Off Party at Blue Star Contemporary

It’s that time of year again art lovers. March marks the 31st annual celebration of Contemporary Art Month in San Antonio. What began as a grassroots event at Blue Star Contemporary in 1986 has grown into a month-long celebration of San Antonio’s artists, museums, galleries, and studios. The festivities begin with the Contemporary Art Month Kick-Off Party , held at Blue Star Contemporary —the place where it all started— on March 2nd from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.


CAM sponsors several free, educational programs during the month for the public, as well as an open call for artists.


Contemporary Art Month (CAM), an independent, volunteer-run nonprofit established in 2003, manages the calendar and promotion for the month. CAM’s mission is “…to promote and raise the national profile of San Antonio contemporary art and artists by organizing and facilitating a month-long celebration of contemporary art, providing marketing support, and by coordinating and facilitating public programs.” CAM sponsors several free, educational programs during the month for the public, as well as an open call for artists. On CAM’s website (, artist-run spaces, commercial spaces, and institutions can submit listings for the calendar for a nominal fee. Artists are welcome to list their studios for free.


In addition to the month-long availability of exhibitions and open studios celebrating contemporary art, CAM sponsors several annual events, including the kick-off party. The CAM Kick-Off Party at Blue Star Contemporary will be a veritable feast of the senses. There will be live music, food, art, and the announcement of the 2017/2018 Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Residents. The event is free and open to the public.


Live music will be provided by From Those Who Follow the Echoes (FTWFTE), a 30-member choir accompanied by two violinists and led by musical director Nathan Felix. Felix describes FTWFTE as “a community-centered choir that has a two-fold mission of bringing contemporary choral/classical music to San Antonio museums, art exhibitions, gallery spaces and festivals as well as to serve new and underserved listeners through ‘pop up’ performances in random spaces such as retirement homes, hotels, bridges, cemeteries and more.”


The power of a 30-person choir is sure to reverberate off the walls…


FTWFTE will be performing two original works: Santa-Coloma by Nathan Felix, a piece with three movements including Amor Dei, Fathers & Sons, and Kosovo, and Vestiges by Ben Humphries. The power of a 30-person choir is sure to reverberate off the walls of the converted and recently renovated warehouse space in which Blue Star Contemporary is housed, adding an aural element to the art-viewing experience and a layer of intensity and resonance to the group’s performance.


Later in the evening, music will be provided by D.J. Novasoul of Labkids outside. Two food trucks will be present at the event: AY Papi’s, serving up authentic Puerto Rican cuisine, and Bombay Salsa Company, with its Indian and Latin American fusion cuisine and salsa. Free drinks will be provided by Blue Moon Brewing Company, one of the sponsors for CAM in 2017.


And of course, no shortage of contemporary art on display at BSC’s space. Four exhibitions are up for the CAM Kick-Off Party in Blue Star Contemporary’s gallery spaces. In tribute to The Blue Star Exhibition, the show that started it all in 1986, Blue Star Contemporary (BSC) commissioned eight artists to create work corresponding with pieces in the first exhibition. The result, Homage, features these original works alongside photographs from that transformative exhibition. Also on view are Jessica Halonen’s The Blue Hou r (A Clock Stopped); Julia Barbosa Landois’ M*dres; and Turning Memory, featuring the work of Chicago-based artist John Steck Jr.


Join the party:


Be sure to join the party on Thursday March 2nd at 116 Blue Star at 6:00 p.m. to start the month off right. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:00 p.m., the announcement of Blue Star Contemporary’s 2017/2018 Berlin Residents at 6:15 p.m., a performance by the choir From Those Who Follow the Echoes at 6:30 p.m., followed by a D.J. set by Novasol of Labkids beginning at 7:00 p.m. For more information about CAM, or to donate to the nonprofit, please visit


Contributor: Katy Tuck