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12/03/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/03/2021 14:20

San Antonio International Airport Presents Artwork Created by Local and Award-Winning Artists: [email protected] is a Space for Artistic Expression

CONTACT: Tonya Hope, Public Relations Manager
San Antonio International Airport
O: 210-207-1515
[email protected]

San Antonio (December 3, 2021) - San Antonio International Airport (SAT) and the Galleries @ SAT unveiled its latest exhibits by local and award winning artists. The new works are reflective of the dynamic talents, rich culture and history of San Antonio. Each of the visual artists used mixed media, paint or photography to express their creativity in the exhibits. All of the work is featured throughout the airport in both terminals and on every level. The [email protected] is part of the City of San Antonio Aviation Department's Arts and Culture Program. The program was created to provide a "sense of place" throughout the city's airports. The program works collaboratively with local artists, educational institutions, cultural institutions, and other community partners in expressing the cultural identity of the region to the travelers and our community.
" The airport is constantly redefining itself and adding more artwork showcases the talent that is here in San Antonio and around the globe. I invite everyone especially art enthusiasts to visit the Galleries @ SAT because it is not one space but many galleries designed to highlight the work of artists", said Jesus Saenz, Jr., Director of Airports, San Antonio Airport System. "One of the exhibits highlights the biggest MLK March in the country, one captures the essence of very young artists, another invites you to learn about military veteran's experiences and another exhibit features sign language, all of the pieces are a representation of who we are as a vibrant, creative community".
Some of the featured artists include the following:
Giovanna DiZurita

  • 5 Piece Exhibit in Terminal B by the baggage claim area.
  • Giovanna DiZurita is a Mexican-American artist that was introduced to the world of art by her aunt Sofia. From her childhood years, she remembers how her body and mind always craved the fascinating world of lines and scribbles. She embraces every painting as a new adventure allowing her to fall in love with art.

For DiZurita, art was her destiny and salvation, art was the secret language to represent her own emotional roller coaster in her teenage years, after going through the deportation of her dad and staying alone in a strange place. During a time of turbulence art whispered back to her the secret world where her imagination was the sole creator, giving her the self-validation of her abilities and talents as an artist. Her artworks are a colorful composition of mixed media consisting in acrylics, ink, oil paints, paper, fabric and metal. Her inspiration rises from the colors of nature and the beauty of all living organisms, fueled by the everyday connection she gets with all the things that surround her life. Every painting would probably tell you a very different story about DiZurita. Working from a range of unique interpretations, she is deeply attached with everything that deals with her emotional state and the duality of her internal balance, trying to develop the best version of herself. Each artwork is an invitation into a world where she is always trying to reach inner peace, where there is "always more than what your eyes can see". Her artwork reaches the emotional connection with the spectator filling him or her with joy and peace. As a young artist, it is of the upmost importance to her to continue developing and diversifying herself and her career. The work of DiZurita has been exhibited internationally across Europe, North America and Central America. Her art is now part of private collections in Mexico, Canada, San Antonio, Houston, New York, Las Vegas, North Carolina, Miami, Washington, San Diego, Barcelona and Madrid. Some of the collectors include musician Steven Tyler, the mayor of San Antonio and USA presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. In addition to her paintings, Giovanna has started her own brand titled DiZurita. The collection includes a vast variety of products such as apparel, accessories, canvas prints, custom apparel and home décor. Challenging the status quo is the core behavior that allows her to embrace life with the desire to innovate and evolve constantly. The purpose behind her brand is to allow everyone to become a masterpiece by wearing art. In only one year of existence her brand won Brand of the Year. "Art is happiness without boundaries. So make your life art and become a walking masterpiece." Giovanna DiZurita affirms.


Gabe Zeckua - "Perspectives from the Sky"

  • Drone Photography Exhibit Located in Terminal A along the wall of the TSA checkpoint.
  • Gabe Zeckua was born in Mexico City in 1981. He graduated in Computer Science from Tec de Monterrey and in 2013 he had the opportunity to change residence to the city of San Antonio, Texas. In that year, his interest in technology and his love for photography and video editing led him to buy his first drone. Gabriel began to experiment with the perspectives that aerial images offered and began to collaborate with different institutions of the city such as the Alamodome, the San Antonio River Walk, the San Antonio Spurs, Local Television, among others. In 2017 one of his aerial pictures was selected to be printed in the world's first book of aerial photography with drones: Dronescapes: The New Aerial Photography from Dronestagram. In 2018, one of his aerial pictures was on display at Le Salon de la Photo in Paris, France (largest event of the European photography market). In 2019, he collaborated with Forbes Magazine with aerial images of Mexico and in 2021 he released his first aerial photography exhibition: San Antonio: Perspectives from the sky. Gabriel also has a Diploma in Video Editing from the Los Angeles Film School and a Diploma in Cybersecurity from Harvard University. He currently resides in the city of San Antonio Texas and, with his pictures and videos, he continues to show different angles of the City, marveling at the perspectives that only aerial photography and video with drones offer us.
  • Artist Statement: San Antonio: Perspectives from the sky. What you see depends not only on what you look at, but where you are looking from. Using the unique perspective that aerial photography offers, I strive towards capturing these amazing aerial pictures showcasing San Antonio's Landmarks. In the last six years that I have been taking pictures with a drone, my greatest inspiration has been to show images of ordinary elements from a different perspective; taking advantage of the freedom to raise the camera to unimaginable heights and place it at extraordinary angles. My work shows that, as in life, there is more than one way to look at things.


Dee Howard Foundation and UTSA Art Contest - "Mission to Mars"

  • 16 Piece Exhibit in Level 0 Corridor
  • In 2020 the Dee Howard Foundation in partnership with UTSA launched The Dee Howard Foundation/UTSA PreK- 12 Aviation and Aerospace Art Contest with the goal of inspiring young innovators to depict their vision of a human mission to Mars. In its first year the art contest drew hundreds of students from across the San Antonio Area and beyond and had 19 different school districts and charter networks participate. On October 24th, 2021 the foundation launched its newest contest with the theme, The Future of Flight. "For this year's contest we are asking young people to use their imaginations to create art that explores what flight might look like in the next 20 years. There have been amazing innovations in flying technology just over the last 100 years. We can't wait to see what amazing pieces of art are inspired by this year's theme", said Christina Martinez, Executive Director of the foundation. The foundation has nominated and selected Olga Custodio, USAFR LtCol (Ret) AA Captain (Ret), to serve as this year's Honorary Mission Commander, "I am honored to be supporting The Dee Howard Foundation in this capacity, especially stepping in after the esteemed Dr. Bernard Harris." - Olga Custodio. All educators from Bexar, Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, and Wilson counties are invited to participate.


Allee Wallace -"The MLK March"

  • Photographic Exhibit in Terminal A, Upper level in the waiting area.
  • The San Antonio International Airport is honored to host an amalgamation of the decades long work of Photographer, Allee Wallace. The collection of images from past MLK marches captured by Mr. Wallace serve as a poignant reminder of the legacy of Dr. King and of the pursuit of justice nationwide.

The San Antonio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March - Fifty-three years ago the late Rev. Dr. Raymond "R.A." Callies, Sr., a San Antonio teacher and pastor organized the First ever "March for Justice" in San Antonio to call attention to the need for basic infrastructure on the east-side. His efforts have resulted in what has become one of the largest commemorative marches for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the United States and possibly the world. After the death of Dr. King, Rev. Callies worked tirelessly to have a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. erected in what is now MLK Plaza located at the heart of the east-side on New Braunfels Street. Since then, community members along with thousands of others who travel across the country to participate, have gathered each year in increasing numbers to reflect on their own dream of justice, peace and equality for all in America. On January 19, 1987 the MLK, Jr. Commission and the City of San Antonio held its first official Martin Luther King, Jr. March. Each year, a variety of educational, inspirational and celebratory events honor one of the nation's most revered civil rights leaders. San Antonio hosts the largest march in the nation, with approximately 300,000 participants.

  • Allee Wallace - Native Texan Allee Wallace has held in focus a photography career that spans four decades. Mr. Wallace spent two years as an artist-in-residence at the Southwest Craft Center and boasts memberships in several organizations, including; the Texas Photographic Society, Professional Photographers of San Antonio, and Luminous Printmakers Guild. He was staff photographer for Institute of Texan Cultures, where he worked for sixteen and a half years. He has also received an honorary doctorate for his work in Prison Music Ministry. Born in Sugarland, Mr. Wallace was encouraged by his family to fuel his passion for picture-taking. He embarked on a journey of storytelling through the camera lens, where his passion evolved into an artist's craft during his collegiate years at Texas Southern University. He has proved as capable a soldier as a photographer as a laboratory technician in the U.S. Army. With active participation in numerous photographic workshops cross-country, including an invitation to a California workshop hosted by the late Ansel Adams, came a sharper eye and a strengthening of skill. Mr. Wallace's documented works encompass a vast range of human events and circumstance, including frames of then governor Bill Clinton at the National Baptist Convention in Arkansas, activities recorded during the annual San Antonio Martin Luther King March, and Bexar County inmates' interaction with Bexar County Detention Center Ministries. It is in such images that social consciousness and responsibility for fellow man present a clear reflection of Mr. Wallace's desire to reach us by challenging our perception with a sometimes stark and often joyous reality.

San Antonio International Airport Employee Art Exhibit -"Essential Expressions"

  • Located in TA Baggage Claim
  • Features art from SAT Employees and their families: David Castro, Michele Hope, Syed Mehdi, Joseph Perno, Janis Vogt, Karen Wilson and Paxson Amar.
  • Throughout this past year, the world has relied on the Aviation Industry's "Frontline Staff" to keep the world moving. In the coming year, the Aviation Industry will be ESSENTIAL to driving the recovery from the pandemic through the movement of people and goods. In celebration of those who have persevered through unprecedented times, the San Antonio Airport System is announcing its first ever employee and stakeholder art show, "Essential Expressions". The show is intended to elevate the artistic expressions of essential workers and will be on display at the San Antonio International Airport throughout the holiday travel season.


CreatiVets -"From War to Words - A Visual Voices Portrait Series by Jason Myers"

  • Located in Terminal B by the TSA checkpoint and Terminal A just past the security checkpoint.
  • CreatiVets presents "From War to Words - A Visual Voices Portrait Series by Jason Myers" CreatiVets mission is to empower wounded veterans to heal through the arts and music. Founded in2013, CreatiVets has directly helped more than 850 veterans from 48 different states through their art and music programming. CreatiVets facilitates the writing, production, and release of music written by veterans through their songwriting program to reach veterans in their homes. CreatiVets songs are released on the 20th of each month to raise awareness for the staggering statistic that there are roughly 20 veteran suicides each day. To learn more about CreatiVets, please visit www.creativets.org. To stay up to date on releases, follow CreatiVets music at https://creativets.lnk.to/followwe. To donate to CreatiVets, text "GIVE" to (615) 257-9647. The "From War to Words" exhibit is sponsored by the Shamim Sheikhani Foundation and the Alamo Chapter of the Association of the United States Army.
  • Photographer Jason Myers
  • Jason Myers is an award-winning commercial photographer based in Nashville, TN. Although his extensive resume includes his photographs being featured in magazines such as Sports Illustrated and Forbes, Myers describes his work with CreatiVets as "the most important and impactful." Throughout his storied career, he has photographed cultural icons including Muhammad Ali, President Barrack Obama and baseball legend Mariano Riviera and worked with prominent brands like Nike and BOSE, but despite these successes, Myers says, "collaborating with patriots who are finding new paths to heal through art and music is the most rewarding work of my career.
  • Exhibit is scheduled to run through the end of March 2022, when it will then move to another international airport to raise awareness and support of veterans.

The [email protected] is a rotating exhibit series throughout the airport. If you are interesting in learning more about the Arts and Culture Program please visit https://flysanantonio.com/home/at-the-airport/arts-music/