Institute of Texan Cultures
Texas Contemporary Artists Series Final Exhibition wraps up a 5-year exhibition showcasing the talents of 12 homegrown artists. During the five years, the Texas Contemporary Artists series featured local and regional artistic talent. The state has been noted as an emerging scene for progressive and exciting art. Curator Arturo Infante Almeida described a unifying element to the series: each artist expresses a bold vision and unbridled exuberance that are the quintessence of Texan culture. The series featured 12 participating artists. This joint exhibition marks the completion of the series and will include two pieces from each artist. Runs May 3 through Oct. 26 with a special Family Day on May 18 starting at 5 p.m.
Hats Off to Fiesta! showcases nearly 50 Fiesta hats ranging from a pink Bird of Paradise to a colorful beehive, and even the Institute of Texan Cultures itself. Featuring an array of creations in various sizes, Hats Off to Fiesta! Is a sight to behold. In conjunction with this year’s main exhibit, the Academy of Career and Technologies Charter High School’s fashion and design program has prepared “Colors of Fiesta,” a student Fiesta hat exhibit. In addition, the museum will feature a Fiesta Medal Mania! Sash for 2014 Fiesta medals; and, in partnership with the San Antonio Conservation Society, A Night in Old San Antonio: A History in Photographs offers a retrospective photo collage of one of Fiesta’s most attended events. Exhibit runs through July 6.
Admission: $8 for adults (12-64); $7 for seniors (65+); $6 for children (3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. Regular hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Institute of Texan Cultures, UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd. 210-458-2300. www.TexanCultures.com
San Antonio Botanical Garden
Life Size Birdhouses offers a fun and unique experience for guests as they explore six one-of-a-kind “human size” birdhouses, inside and out. The Birdhouse Exhibit is part of an ongoing, award-winning partnership between the San Antonio Botanical Garden and the San Antonio chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), aimed at showcasing both organizations’ commitment to and focus on the environment, recycling, education and sustainability. Exhibit runs through June 29.
Admission to the Birdhouse exhibit is free for garden members, and is included in regular garden admission for nonmembers. Daily admission to the San Antonio Botanical Garden is $10 for adults; $8 for students, seniors and military; and $7 for children ages 3-13. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. 210-207-3250. www.sabot.org
Fairytale Fiesta allows visitors to enter a world of fantasy with fiesta gowns inspired by fairytales, myths and magic. This year’s featured pin dress will be 1941’s Queen of the Court of Legends. The gold lame dress and train worn by Margaret Walker features the underwater kingdom of Atlantis with coral, starfish and seahorses worked in coral velvet and rhinestones. Exhibit runs through August 24.
H-E-B Body Adventure at the Witte is under way and visitors to the Witte can explore a state-of-the-art interactive adventure focused on getting the body up and moving and inspiring a balanced life. Visitors will begin by selecting a Buddy as their virtual guide throughout the exhibit. They will also receive a special POWERpass card to swipe it at each activity station in order to create a custom POWERprofile of their adventure. Four floors of fun activities will feature themes relating to Health IQ, Empowerment and Wellness including: South Texas Trailblaze, Pick Up Your Pace, You Are What You Drink, Demonstration Kitchen, Toddler Discovery Garden, Eat the Rainbow, and Bare Bones. Each themed area features hands-on activities that are both fun and educational. In addition, interactive cart demonstrations and student workshops that explore wellness, empowerment, anatomy, and physiology are available to compliment the H-E-B Body Adventure. Exhibit runs through May 31, 2015.
Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway. 210-357-1900.