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1000 Parks and a Line in the Sky

Oct. 21 - Apr. 16: Broadway, Avenue of the Future - A collaboration with the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning takes a look back on Broadway's history, and a look forward to envision a possible future for this major thoroughfare.

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40 Years of Texas Folklife Festival Memories

With the 40th annual Texas Folklife Festival taking place in June 2011, the Institute of Texan Cultures looks back on the history of its signature event.

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A Maverick's Texas

Pasadena Memorial High School students, inspired by the works of Texas Highways magazine photographer Griff Smith, document their unique local culture.

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A Photographic Journey across the Camino Real

Christopher Talbot, professor of photography at Stephen F. Austin State University, travels the historic Spanish trail, documents the journey in pictures.


A Salute to Military Flight

Military Aviation Comes of Age in San Antonio was a retrospective exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first flight at Ft. Sam Houston, when Lieutenant Benjamin Foulois took flight on March 2, 1910.

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Arte Chihuahua

A showcase of work by 23 nationally and internationally recognized artists working and living in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

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Bantu Eyez: Somali Bantu of Texas

San Antonio photographer Cristina J. Sanchez captures many powerful stories through her portraits of Somali Bantu people living in the city.


Buffalo Soldiers: Discovering Heritage on the Texas Frontier

Following the Civil War, thousands of black men - and at least one woman - enlisted in segregated regiments, and served the United States on the western frontier.

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Converging Texan Cultures

July 26 - October 5 - High-tech media collective takes a look at Texas architecture, food, and clothing in a unique and contemporary fashion.

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Distinguished Artist Veterans

Nov. 1 - Jan. 4: Art helps veterans confront the scars of war and see beauty of life. Veterans turn to photography, painting, jewelry as theraputic tools as they return from service.

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Faces of Survival

April 15, 2015 - March 6, 2016: UTSA graduate and honor students produced this exhibit to explore the conditions which can lead to genocide at any time, in any place: hatred, intolerance and discrimination, perpetrators and bystanders.

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Faces With Names Online

A volunteer-led effort to locate images of all San Antonio Vietnam casualties has yielded more than 300. An online archive is being made available to the public.

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Fantasyland: Remembering the Holidays at Joske's

For decades, the start of the holiday season in San Antonio was signaled by the arrival of Santa at Joske’s department store. Remember this holiday tradition with a photo exhibit.

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Fiesta Medal Mania

Colorful medals are a hallmark of San Antonio’s Fiesta®. Said to have began with King Antonio XLIX in 1971, Fiesta® medals trace back even earlier to special coins given out at events. Today, nearly every organization involved with Fiesta® issues its own unique creation.

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Fiesta Medal Mania III

Apr. 3 - 29: “Fiesta Medal Mania III” showcases the diverse and creative medals of this year’s annual Fiesta ® San Antonio.

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Folklife in the Piney Woods of Texas

June 6 – Aug. 31: The Institute of Texan Cultures looks into East Texas traditions and craftsmanship with the help of the National Endowment of the Arts.


Football:The Exhibit

There’s a lot more going on at a football game than two teams competing on the field. Aside from being a competitive sport, football is a complex equation of math, physics and biology. Imagine the forces at work in a tackle or try to predict the trajectory of a punt. These are just a few concepts in “Football: The Exhibit,” a traveling exhibit organized by the Arkansas Museum of Discovery.

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Foreign by Land, Native by Heart

Dec. 9 - Apr. 9: The ITC partners with Catholic Charities to tell the stories of four families relocated to San Antonio through Catholic Charities' refugee resettlement program.

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Girl Power!

EXTENDED: Closing Sept. 29, 2013. Produced in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, this exhibit heralds the next century of Girl Scouting.

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Girl's Eye View

July 29 - Oct. 31: The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will empower a group of teenage girls to tell their story of San Antonio’s Eastside through photography and poetry.


Griff Smith's Texas: A Retrospective through the Lens & Images from Texas Highways

For 25 years, the relationship between J. Griffis Smith and Texas Highways magazine has captured, in images, for Texans and people around the world, the history, grandeur, diversity, and uniqueness that is Texas.

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Hats Off to Fiesta

March 28 - July 6: Towering above the crowd, Fiesta hats are an over-the-top part of San Antonio’s Fiesta celebration. Big, small, or covered with twinkling lights, Hats Off to Fiesta! is a must this Fiesta season!


HemisFair 1968: San Antonio's Introduction to the World

In 1968, San Antonio invited the world to HemisFair. The event was a celebration of the "Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas," and it showcased San Antonio's position as an emerging business and cultural center between the United States and the world.

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Honor: Student Remembrances through Altars

The Institute of Texan Cultures has teamed with art students from the International School of the Americas for a perspective on remembrance in cultures around the world.

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Honoring Texas Military Members

Nov. 11 - Feb. 14: Brandeis High School 11th grade AP History students pay tribute to Texas service members through images, oral histories, artifacts and more in this companion exhibit to "Our Part of Victory: Texans in World War II."


In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez

Throughout his youth and into young adulthood, César Chávez experienced the hardships of being a migrant farm worker and the sting of racial discrimination.

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IndiVisible: African-Native Lives in the Americas

The Institute of Texan Cultures welcomes a Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition

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Is This My Shangri-La

Feb. 1 - Apr. 20, 2014: Dr. Lopita Nath is currently working on a book about the Bhutanese refugee resettlement in the United States. From her research trips, she offers a glimpse of life as a refugee, as well as insight into how a people reconstructed their community, and preserved their culture in the face of life-changing events.


Leaving Home, Finding Home: Texas Families Remember the Mexican Revolution

The Mexican Revolution of 1910 set in motion dramatic changes for many families, both in Mexico and Texas. “Leaving Home, Finding Home: Texan Families Remember the Mexican Revolution,” explores the turmoil and social upheaval that caused thousands of Mexicans to flee their homeland and seek a new life in Texas. The exhibit looks at these families’ triumphs, contributions and challenges.

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Little Texan, Big World

June 24 - Oct. 29: EXTENDED - NOV. 12 - Student exhibit including photography, shadow boxes and statement pieces, created by students ranging from kindergarten to sixth grade, at City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation centers across the city.


Lone Star & Eagle

The Humanities Texas exhibit Lone Star & Eagle, was an exploration of German immigration to Texas. Its name comes from the iconic images of Texas and German heraldry.

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Los Tejanos

The Institute of Texan Cultures presents an exhibit on the Tejano experience. A thematic approach to 500 years of history, the exhibit draws upon major themes in Tejano life: migration, making a living, struggles for inclusion, and cultural traditions.

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Made in Texas

How has Texas changed the world? Every day, people use products, inventions and ideas conceived right here in the Lone Star State. See how we've influenced food, music, technology, art, manufacturing and more.

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Mas Rudas

"Ruda Phat" Aug. 17 - Dec. 1: The Mas Rudas Chicana arts collective presents a multi-media installation incorporating video, photography, painting, sculpture, fiber, performance, audio, and text focusing on the theme of body image.

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Medal Mania IV

April 1 - May 29: Used as giveaways, fundraisers, to trade, or just for fun, the range of imagination seen each year is always enjoyable to behold! Fiesta Medal Mania celebrates the creativity of each year’s new medals.

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Native Words, Native Warriors

Oct. 19 - Dec. 29: Developed by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), the exhibit tells the remarkable story of soldiers from more than a dozen tribes who used their Native languages while in service in the U.S. military.


Nativity Art of Ferdinand Pribyl (1840-1915)

During the 2009 holiday season, the Institute of Texan Cultures displayed two family nativities created by Texas Czech artist Ferdinand Pribyl in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Pribyl nativities have been passed down four generations as family heirlooms.

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Nuestra Historia

May 4 - Sept. 4: Featuring documents from the General Archive of the Indies in Seville, Spain, which was the launching point of Spain’s exploration and expansion of the northern frontier of their new territory. Presented in partnership with Bexar County, at the Bexar County Presidio Gallery. EXTENDED through Sept. 11, 2016

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Our Community: The History and Heritage of New Braunfels, Texas

November 11, 2016 – February 12, 2017: Students throughout Comal Independent School District celebrate their region’s cultural heritage through a multi-media exhibit highlighting the history of New Braunfels and surrounding towns.

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Our Part of Victory

Through artifacts, images, anecdotes, and audio and video clips, Our Part of Victory will chronicle lesser known Texas involvements and contributions to World War II.

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Painted Churches of Texas

EXTENDED - March 12, 2017 (Original dates: Nov. 19 - Mar. 5): Large-scale Gigapan photographs of the painted churches of Texas reveal astounding details along with our state’s rich history of immigrant artistry.

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Patriots & Peacemakers

JAN. 24 - JUNE 14: A traveling exhibit from the Arab American National Museum details how Arab Americans have contributed to our nation in military service, diplomatic missions and through the Peace Corps.

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Perceptions of Texas

Feb. 4 - May 28: The ITC collaborates with the Ayusa (Academic Year in the USA) to see Texas through the eyes of international students, and those students from the eyes of their Texas hosts.



Play! is designed to allow families, school groups and business professionals to explore how people connect socially through play. The exhibit employs larger-than-life games that invite visitors to become part of the experience.

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Progression of a Dream

Following an early 2013 trip to significant sites from the African American Civil Rights Movement, UTSA students have selected the content for a photo exhibit at the Institute of Texan Cultures.

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RACE: Are We So Different?

RACE: Are We So Different? encouraged our visitors to explore the science, history, and everyday affect of race and racism in order to understand what race is and what it is not.

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Ramp It Up

Nov. 2 - Jan. 5: A new exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, together with the National Museum of the American Indian, celebrates the vibrancy, creativity and history of American Indian skateboarding culture.

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Ramp it Up: Texas Style

Students from MacArthur High School in San Antonio's Northeast Independent School District depict skate culture in Texas through their deck art. Their drawings give a glimpse at the culture associated with the sport.

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Sikhs: Legacy of the Punjab

Feb. 21 - Apr. 24, 2016: Sikhs have been in Texas since the early 1900s. Take a look at this unique culture through a new Smithsonian-produced exhibit.


Small Town Texas

The Institute of Texan Cultures hosted UTSA President Ricardo Romo’s Small Town Texas photo exhibition.


Taichung City Da Dun Cultural Exchange Exhibition

The Institute of Texan Cultures, the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taichung City, Taiwan, the East Asia Institute, and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office of Houston presented the Taichung City Da Dun Cultural Exchange Exhibition.

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Texas Art Quilts and Modern Masterpieces

Sept. 5 - Jan. 11 - From the Texas Quilt Museum, “Modern Masterpieces by Texas Quilters, 1989-2010,” and “Texas Art Quilts, 1993-2011,” showcasing more than 40 quilts with themes such as science, fantasy, political causes, natural beauty, gardens, and more.


Texas Contemporary Artists Series

May 3, 2014 - Oct. 26: Through the past five years, the Texas Contemporary Artists series at the Institute of Texan Cultures has showcased local and regional artistic talent. The state has been noted as an emerging scene for progressive and exciting art.

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Texas Contemporary Artists Series: Ana Fernandez

Fernandez's work examines the stories told by the joyous bits and mundane pieces of everyday life in San Antonio’s neighborhoods


Texas Contemporary Artists Series: Carmen Oliver

Carmen Oliver was born in Mexico City. Over the last three decades, she has been painting and showing her work in both Mexico and the United States. In 2000, Oliver’s work was included in the Biennale Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea di Firenze, Firenze, Italy.

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Texas Contemporary Artists Series: Franco Mondini Ruiz

A San Antonio lawyer turned artist, with no formal training, Franco Mondini-Ruiz felt compelled to create. His entry in the Texas Contemporary Artists series pays tribute to early San Antonio artists.


Texas Contemporary Artists Series: Henry Cardenas

Henry Cardenas earned a master of business administration in personnel management from St. Mary's University in San Antonio. He is a resident artist at the Little Studio Gallery in La Villita, San Antonio, where he maintains a continuing exhibition of his paintings and sculptures.

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Texas Contemporary Artists Series: Henry Catenacci

Henry Catenacci's surrealist art captures a deep love of nature and humanity’s connection to it. Curator Almeida describes it as an examination of the ephemeral space between what is real and what is possible.

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Texas Contemporary Artists Series: Lauren Browning

A geologist, Browning brings a unique understanding of stone to her artwork.

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Texas Contemporary Artists Series: Leigh Anne Lester

Leigh Anne Lester's works address the place between the genesis of genetic modification and its aftereffects. Genetic modification offers humans the means to change the composition of species from the microscopic level to the macroscopic system. Lester wants the viewer to consider all the possible outcomes of introducing new species, from upsetting the natural balance, to successfully creating new species.


Texas Contemporary Artists Series: Luis Valderas

Born and raised deep in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, Luis Valderas is a prolific native son whose work frequently includes references to both modern and ancient cultural roots. In his ever-growing and evolving body of work, Valderas creates contemporary narratives, inimitably expressed through a filter of Meso-American myth and iconography, that chronicle the Chicano experience on the borderlands and beyond.

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Texas Contemporary Artists Series: Luisa Wheeler

The 10th artist in the series. The exhibit features digitally manipulated photographs, chronicling Wheeler’s life experiences through the present.

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Texas Contemporary Artists Series: Pepe Serna

The Texas Contemporary Artists Series showcases the talents of some of Texas’ premier artists. Common to all of their work is the bold vision and unbridled exuberance that is the quintessence of Texan culture. The Texas Contemporary Artists Series is curated by Arturo Infante Almeida, curator for the UTSA art collection.

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Texas Czechs

Immigrants from around the world have settled in the Lone Star state, each contributing to its unique and dynamic culture. The exhibit highlights the vibrancy of Texas Czech culture in the 21st century.


Texas Football: In Their Words

Nobody does football like Texans do football. Nobody. Presented as a Texas perspective to complement “Football: The Exhibit,” the Institute of Texan Cultures sent oral historians into the community to find the answer to the question, “What does football mean to you?”

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Texas in the First World War

Opens Apr. 6, 2017: A century since the U.S. formally entered World War I, the events that unfolded continue to have a profound impact on modern international affairs and society.

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Texas in the First World War

Opens Apr. 6, 2017: A century since the U.S. formally entered World War I, the events that unfolded continue to have a profound impact on modern international affairs and society.

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Texas Missions and Churches of Roberto Cardinale

Mar. 4 - Aug. 20: San Antonio’s Spanish Missions have been an inspiration to artists and storytellers for generations. This spring, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will offer an exhibit capturing the missions and other religious sites in sculpture

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Texas Photographers: Descriptions of China

Opening April 7: New work by returning artists Ricardo Romo, Peter Brown, Ansen Seale, Al Rendon and Joel Salcido.


Texas Trails & Tales

For six weeks every summer, the ITC opens the five period buildings of the Back 40 and the junior docents lead guests on an adventure across the Texas frontier.

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Texas Vietnam Heroes

Through Sept. 8: 3,417 dog tags memorialize Texans who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War.

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Texas, Our Texas!

February 21 - May 28: Students from the Monarch Academy at Morgan's Wonderland tell their story of Texas in this student art exhibit.

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The 201st Fighter Squadron

Aug. 3 - Jan 12: Featuring the courageous Mexican volunteers who trained and fought alongside American soldiers during World War II.

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The Chisholm Kid

Jan. 13 - Apr. 1: Paying homage to the 5,000 to 9,000 Black cowboys who drove cattle along the Chisholm Trail from Texas to Kansas following the Civil War, and recognizing the Centennial of the Chisholm Trail, this exhibition features panels from the original comic strip.

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The Life and Legacy of César E. Chávez, Dolores Huerta, and Farm Workers

March 11 - June 5, 2016: This student art exhibit from Columbia Heights Elementary School captures the life and lessons of Civil Rights icons in art.

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The Other Side of the Eagle Ford Shale

May 13 - Oct. 1: While the Eagle Ford Shale represented a significant economic boom to South Texas, what did it take to sustain the people and workforce that relied on the region for their well being?

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The Struggle for Civil Rights in Texas

Extended: May 4 - UTSA student exhibit examines Texas leaders in the battle for equality.

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The Upshaws of County Line

March 11 - April 30, 2017: As newly emancipated slaves, Guss, Felix and Jim Upshaw founded the settlement of County Line in East Texas. Generations later, descendants of the Upshaws still live in County Line. Photographer Richard Orton of Nacogdoches has photographed family members over the course of 25 years.

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The Will to Adorn

Dec. 16, 2017 - The Institute of Texan Cultures takes on a cohort of student curators as part of a Smithsonian special project on African American dress and identity

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Time Before Memory

Oct. 7 - Nov. 5 - To prepare for the traditional holiday of Dia de los Muertos, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures has tapped local artist David Zamora Casas to prepare an ofrenda.

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Timeless Texas Toys

Toys not only reflect life and culture, they also teach it. Explore the roots of historic folk toys and modern toys they inspired.

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Traveling on Fredericksburg Road

Sept. 19 - Dec. 15: The UTSA College of Architecture presents a student exhibit about one of San Antonio's busiest thoroughfares.


TUSKS! Ice Age Mammoths and Mastodons

TUSKS! Ice Age Mammoths and Mastodons was a traveling exhibit created by the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, Fla. The exhibit featured 80 fossil specimens, replicas and artifacts, along with graphic panels, murals and interactive video modules.

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Walter Eugene George

Feb. 1 - 28, 2014: From the first UTSA Endowed Professor in Historic Preservation, a sample taken from more than 500 drawings and 16,000 photographs in the lower Rio Grande Corridor from Brownsville to Eagle Pass, Texas. Included are images and drawings of several significant historic buildings and sites in danger of being lost or degraded.

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Why We Came: The Immigration Experience

Whether it was 10,000 years ago or 10 days ago, everyone in Texas today is here because someone endured a life-changing journey.



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