50 Artists / 250 Works Second Biannual Exhibition
December 5, 2015 - January 30, 2015

Media Contact: Céleste Wackenhut French & Michigan Gallery, Curator
115 Michigan Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78201
celeste@frenchandmichigan.com 210-452-4840

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50 Artists / 250 Works Second Biannual Exhibition

December 5, 2015 - January 30, 2015

Opening Reception, December 5, 2015

San Antonio, TX–French & Michigan Gallery is pleased to present the Second Biannual Exhibition 50 Artists / 250 Works.

The first iteration of 50 / 250 opened in December 2013 with huge success. Only the second exhibition ever presented by French & Michigan Gallery, it became a critical component in fulfilling the mission of the gallery as a space to present programs that engage with the community and advocate for the benefit of supporting artists and collecting artwork. Turning the program into a biannual exhibition fosters a continuous opportunity for the gallery to reach a broader range of artists from around the region and to exhibit new, approachable work to gallery collectors and supporters.

This year, artists are selected through a regional Open Call submission. The 50 finalists chosen vary between mid-career, emerging, and student artists, and range between architects, ceramicists, collagists, designers, metalsmiths, mixed media artists, painters, performers, photographers, printmakers, sculptors, and woodworkers. 

Artists are asked to create five 8 x 8 inch works each. Every piece is minimally displayed with one magnet in the top center point, resulting in a final installation of 250 objects presented on one wall. A correlating map stands in the center of the room to guide viewers by artist name. All work is priced at an equal value of $250. Collectors are able to take work immediately upon purchase, allowing the overall installation to evolve throughout the presentation.

By combining artists of varying backgrounds and expertise and requesting the same parameters for submission, the exhibition offers an even platform from which to view the artwork. As well, artists are chosen by artistic merit before reputation, creating a process more focused on the quality of the artist’s submission as it relates to their peers in the region, rather than exhibition history or past recognition.

This year, French & Michigan invites Faith Haddad, Creative Director of Haus Collective to co-curate 50 / 250. Haus Collective, a fellow multi-disciplinary studio in San Antonio, serves as a platform to foster visibility for emerging artists, partnering galleries, and small businesses. By collaborating on 50 / 250, both organizations continue to serve as proponents for art and design in the local community through a program celebrating artists from all practices. In addition to the exhibition at French & Michigan Gallery, Haus Collective hosts a F&M pop-up at their location at the Blue Star Arts Complex. The pop-up will platform F&M artwork and products including furniture collections from F&M Workshop, catalogues published by the gallery, and limited edition 50 / 250 exhibition prints. More details to come.

The Second Biannual Exhibition 50 Artists / 250 Works opens to the public at French & Michigan Gallery on Saturday, December 5, 2015, with an open house from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. Exhibition remains on view through January 30, 2016.

Second Biannual Exhibition 50 Artists / 250 Works 2015 Artist List: Fernando Andrade, Sunday Ballew, Chris Castillo,  Shannon Crider, Carol Cunningham, Alyssa Danna, Esteban Delgado, Joseph Duarte, Keeton Foreman Sarah Fox, Jorge Garza, Shannon Gowen, Larry Graeber, Rafael F. Gutierrez Jr., Brittany Ham, Wesley Harvey, Leonardo Hernandez, Kelly Johnston, Soomin Jung, Justin Korver, Jaelah Kuemichel, Qing Liu, Scott Martin, Jack McGilvray, Mark Menjivar, Laura Mijangos, Amada Miller, Michele Monseau, Andrea Moon, Gissette Padilla, Jillian Palone, Justin Parr, Lee Michael Peterson, Lisa Qualls, Rainey, Randi Renate, Anthony Rundblade, Gary Schott, Jen Frost Smith, Polly Lanning Sparrow, Cornelia White Swann, Anabel Toribio-Martinez, Tom Turner, Kristina VandeWalle, Barbara Warren, Sandy Whitby, Ali Wiesse, Jason Willome, Andrew John Wit, Guillermina Zabala.

Exhibition is presented by co-curators Faith Haddad of Haus Collective and Céleste Wackenhut of French & Michigan Gallery.

French & Michigan Gallery represents the creative endeavors of French & Michigan as well as cultivating and furthering the careers of artists through resources, exhibitions, and publications. Gallery programs and events engage with the community and advocate for the benefit of supporting artists and collecting artwork. For questions and high resolution images, contact Céleste Wackenhut at celeste@frenchandmichigan.com or 210.452.4840.