Public art mural project at UTSA | Hispanic Heritage Month | UTSA
UTSA and the City of San Antonio are teaming up to make downtown murals for the new School of Data Science building. The project will engage local artists in creating a unique focal point within the university’s growing downtown footprint. This roundtable will include members of the City of San Antonio’s Arts and Culture Department and UTSA to outline RFI’s ‘request for information’ process to attract local artists who wish to conceptualize and develop two paintings. murals in the university’s new school of data and data science. Collaborating Center for National Security. Members of the community are invited to take a public art survey created to collect their opinions on the design of the murals.
Moderator: Elvira Leal
Veronica Rippel, PMP, MBA, Head of Public Art Programs, Department of Arts and Culture, City of San Antonio
Veronica Rippel, originally from Mexico City, received her MBA with a major in Finance from Texas A&M Corpus Christi and a Bachelor of Science with a specialization in Industrial Engineering from Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico City. Additionally, Veronica is a Professional Project Manager Certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI).
As an engineer, Veronica has extensive experience managing programs and projects with large and mid-sized capital projects. Veronica has managed large teams of project managers and engineering disciplines working on a portfolio of over $ 500 million. In addition to her project management expertise, Veronica has extensive construction management experience on projects across all engineering disciplines.
His current contributions to the City of San Antonio as Manager of Public Art Programs include managing a team of public art project managers; controlling project budgets, scopes and schedules; and provide strategic advice and technical insight to managers of public art projects.
Veronica’s strategic planning abilities and multilingual skills have been a key asset in her negotiations with international artists like Sebastian and Pedro Reyes, leveraging the city of San Antonio to a position that has resulted in significant art donations. and significant purchase discounts in art acquisitions for the city.
Bianca Alvarez, Public Art Project Manager, Department of Arts and Culture, City of San Antonio
Bianca Alvarez brings her experience and expertise to the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of San Antonio – Public Art Division, having been a university educator and art museum professional, with a master’s degree in history from the art and a bachelor’s degree in painting from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). As an adjunct professor at UTSA and the Baptist University of the Americas (BUA), she has developed a curriculum and taught undergraduate courses in art history, ranging from prehistoric art to art. contemporary. At the McNay Art Museum, she worked in several departments, first as a museum studies intern at the Fondation Semmes in 2017-2018, then as head of grants and sponsorships. She recently received the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) 2020 Award of Excellence for her curatorial role in McNay’s 2019 exhibition, Transamerica / n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today, which was fully funded by the Ford Foundation and Henry Luce Foundation. Her dissertation, titled The Birth of a Community-Based Mural Movement: The Story of San Anto Cultural Arts, places San Anto in the intricate web of community murals and demonstrates her commitment to discovering and revealing the vibrancy of the San artistic community. Antonio. This story is best applied to his current projects located in the western part of San Antonio, which aim to establish connectivity with other parts of the city and showcase the region’s rich cultural heritage. Most recently, she led the permanent installation of famous Mexican artist Sebastian’s major sculptural gift, The Door of Equality, in downtown San Antonio and the Texas Star at San Antonio International Airport. In addition to maintaining the city’s public art collection, it serves as an arts and culture liaison with the city’s public art committee and aviation department. Other projects slated for completion in the near future include the expansion of the Bloom series of oversized metallic flowers that will be installed in several San Antonio parks and new public art coming downtown in the Cultural District. of Zona. His role as public art project manager gives him the opportunity to advance a vision of public art that looks towards a bright future while developing the great talent that the city holds.