Southwest School of Art and H-E-B are excited to present the Pandemic Print Portfolio Project; a one-of-a-kind, interactive experience for art lovers. During the COVID pandemic, the importance of art became central to our lives, providing solace, a platform for expressing feelings, and offering inspiration. We invite you to take part in this rare opportunity to collect an exquisite body of work from some of San Antonio’s premiere artists, experience virtual studio sessions to see some of them at work, hear about their processes, and what inspires them in this time of COVID.

Through this project, you can purchase a handmade portfolio of six pandemic-inspired prints created by a collection of San Antonio’s premiere artists including Margaret Craig, Juan de Dios Mora, Leigh Anne Lester, Chris Sauter, Kathy Sosa, and Gary Sweeney.

Each artist will print an edition of 50 prints, but only 38 will be available to collectors. Prints will be numbered and awarded in the sequence in which orders are received.

For only $1500, you will receive:

  • A limited-edition handmade portfolio containing a complete set of six prints; one from each of our guest artists (Completed portfolios will be delivered in February 2021.)
  • Access to three virtual studio sessions with interactive Q&A
  • Access to three private pre-recorded demonstrations
  • Priority purchase for future portfolio collections

Don’t miss your chance to purchase this exciting collection for yourself or for your favorite art lover. The holidays are around the corner, if you purchase this collection as a holiday gift, we will include a special handmade gift card to give the recipient at no additional charge. Just designate your collection as a gift at time of purchase. Completed portfolios will be delivered in February 2021.

Margaret Craig received a degree in Biology Secondary Education, a BS in Art and an MA in Painting from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She received an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Texas at San Antonio. An innovator in printmaking techniques, she invented Tar Gel Pressless Etching and has demonstrated that and other techniques at national conferences. She is often involved in trade portfolios and exhibits locally, nationally, and internationally. Currently she is Professor and Chair of Printmaking/Paper at Southwest School of Art. She has one husband, a number of grown stepchildren, one bird, four cats, and a dog.

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Juan de Dios Mora is a printmaker, painter, and art instructor. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has been part of solo exhibitions across Texas, as well as juried exhibitions in museums and galleries both nationally and internationally (like Mexico and Japan). Recently his prints have been acquired by The Smithsonian America Art Museum.

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Leigh Anne Lester’s work, which has been exhibited throughout the United States and Mexico, addresses the place between the genesis of genetic modification and its aftereffects. She was an artist in residence at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany and is the recipient of several awards including the 2011 Hunting Prize and the 2007 Artist Foundation of San Antonio. Her work is in the permanent collections of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, McNay Art Museum, University of Texas San Antonio. Born in Louisiana, she moved to San Antonio in 1989 and earned her BFA in Painting from University of Texas in San Antonio in 1993. Once she graduated, she set up studio in the Blue Star Arts Complex and since has co-founded and co-curated the cactus bra SPACE that closed in 2012 after 19 years of operation.

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Chris Sauter holds a B.A. from the University of the Incarnate Word and a M.F.A. from The University of Texas at San Antonio. He has exhibited across the United States, Mexico and Europe. His works have been featured at many institutions such as The Kohler Art Center; the Musee d’Art Moderne Saint-Etienne, France; The Drawing Center, NY; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; the Dallas Museum of Art; and PS1, New York. Sauter has been a resident artist at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin and Artpace, San Antonio. He is the Chair of Painting and Drawing at the Southwest School of Art. Drawing from varied sources such as agriculture, history, science and religion, and working across genre, his work explores the links between biology and culture, the present and the past, the personal and the universal. He decorates cakes and designs/builds theatre sets in his spare time.

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In 2007, Kathy Sosa began to explore the artistic expression of mestisaje, the blending of peoples, races, ethnicities, languages, ideas, habits and cultures that characterizes the Texas-Mexico border region that has been her home since childhood. She received national recognition for the result of that passion, the traveling exhibition “Huipiles: a Celebration,” which debuted at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C. as part of the Smithsonian Latino Center’s 2007 summer season “Mexico at the Smithsonian” before traveling to the Museo Alameda in San Antonio in 2008. 2009 saw Sosa’s one woman show at San Antonio’s Blue Star Contemporary Art Space. Her work has been featured on CNNin FiberArtsSkirt!San Antonio Woman, Country LifestyleDestinations, and is available in San Antonio through AnArte Gallery.

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Gary Sweeney appropriates commercial signage and found objects to create paintings, sculptures, and installations that humorously confront controversial topics. In his text-based compositions, he often uses linguistic puzzles and famous quotations to question the progress of society. The artist mocks the patterns of social Darwinism and exposes the discrepancies and contradictions in current governmental, economic, and social milieux.

Sweeney received an MFA from the University of California at Irvine in 1975. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas (2003); Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado (2002); and Tokyo Project, Japan (2002). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including New American Talent, ArtHouse, Austin, Texas (2004); Word, University of Dallas, Irving, Texas (2003); and Texas Biennial, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas (2001).

Support for the Pandemic Print Portfolio Project generously provided by H-E-B

Don’t delay, quantities are limited.