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The Berlin Residency Program


We will be accepting applications for 2014-2015 residents May 15th through June 2, 2014. Open call guidelines and more residency details coming soon. 

Read More about Kunstlerhaus Bethanian here.


2013-2014 Testimonies 

“This residency has been by far, one of the most important residencies/trips that I have had in my career. Berlin has been an instant influence in terms of evaluating the role that my work plays in a new and foreign environment. This experience has in a very short time, pushed me to approach new concepts which I have been seeking for sometime now. It has also prepared me to finally pursue new formats of creating work when I return home. I am eager to begin several sculptures and have already made plans to begin this work when I return. 

“Most of all, the access to Berlin Museums has been extraordinarily important. I have spent every weekend roaming the museums for entire days at a time until closing. Viewing thousands of various works has reignited a fuse in me and i find that it fuels me during the week as I work meticulously on my own images. 

“And finally, this Berlin residency has provided me with the ultimate gift, which is to be able to focus without distraction in the studio. This residency provides the artist with the necessary facilities, the time, and with the inspiration and learning experience of being in an amazingly creative and extremely active environment. I am convinced that this extremely important experience is now one of San Antonio's most important opportunities for its local artists. Over the course of my career, I had the privilege of attending various prestigious art residencies such The Skowhegan School of Painting, The Vermont Studio Center, etc. The Bethanian Residency has provided me so much more in terms of learning experience. On many levels, this opportunity and experience have altered my perceptions and possibly my future. San Antonio, The SA Art Community and Bluestar MUST keep this residency going for future artists.” 

Vincent Valdez, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum resident at Kunstlerhaus Bethanian, January 15 – April 8, 2014


“As for the residency program itself, I have nothing but glowing words and great thanks for the opportunity to experience this episode of creative flow! This was a window of opportunity to expand beyond my normal parameters of work. I feel that learning about the history and culture of Berlin was an immeasurable gift and just as important as working within the studio. My creative impulse was stimulated by the artwork, galleries, and variety of artists that I met and I feel that my artwork has become liberated. New horizons have appeared. 

“The residency introduced me to a curator that I was invited to meet again in London, gave me the courage to speak to another curator that I met in London, and encouraged a visit with a writer and curator that had good feedback to work with. The chance to meet other artists within and outside of the residency community was a profound experience, and a connection to new friendships. 

“It is difficult to express my gratitude for this emancipating time. I sincerely hope that the program can continue. Without this residence I am doubtful that I could've come close to seeing how competent, hardworking, and opportunity driven artists and galleries are in other parts of the world.” 

Cathy Cunningham-Little, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum resident at Kunstlerhaus Bethanian, October 15, 2013 – January 8, 2014


“My work will forever be changed. The parks and architecture facades are covered with Greek and Roman mythology. It is ubiquitous in Berlin. I was amazed how Berliners don't even see it anymore. Like so many beautiful and historical images washing over them like so much rain. Myth and mythology, oral tradition and how that shapes our culture and identity is what some of my work is about. Another aspect was the repurposing of war machines and evidence of conflict in Berlin. Tanks, anti-aircraft guns, and evidence of war torn Berlin are everywhere—from the bullet holes in the monuments to the Soviet architecture. 

“In short, this was an amazing trip—a life-changing experience because of my exposure to the mix of cultures, art and architecture in a very dynamic city. I had the time to experiment and produce a small body of work.” 

 —Ricky Armendariz, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum resident at Kunstlerhaus Bethanian, July 15, 2013 – October 8, 2013


2013-2014 Announcement

"Kudos to all involved in making the Berlin Residency into a reality. I am very proud of our San Antonio leadership in the arts to have seen this outstanding opportunity for the city's artists and have acted on it. Thanks to everybody's efforts, the four chosen artists will be able to expand their horizons, gain expertise and connections on an international scale, while, at the same time, becoming ambassadors for our city in Berlin, a city to be seen as the most important contemporary art capitol at this juncture in time."

-Dr. Angelika Jansen


Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, the City of San Antonio Department for Culture and Creative Development, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Palo Alto and private sponsors such as Guillermo Nicolas are pleased to announce the selected artists for the Berlin residency program at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, a non-profit organization that has earned a worldwide reputation for its International Residency Studio Program.

Selected Artists:
Ricky Armendariz
Cathy Cunningham-Little
Karen Mahaffy
Vincent Valdez

Thomas Cummins
Chris Sauter

Each of the four selected San Antonio artists will attend the residency program for 3 months at a time, beginning this summer. The projects of the institution's artists are publicly presented in the Künstlerhaus' exhibition venue.

The Künstlerhaus Bethanien, a non-profit arts organization in Berlin, Germany, boasts an esteemed international studio program started three decades ago. Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum has been invited to participate in this prestigious program thanks to the liaising efforts of Dr. Angelika Jansen. The Künstlerhaus Bethanien actively promotes the dialogue among artists of various disciplines and nationalities, whose work it presents to the general public in a professional environment. The wide range of services offered by the Künstlerhaus Bethanien is devised to assist its residents in developing and creating their works of art.


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Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum gratefully acknowledges major support from the City of San Antonio Department for Culture & Creative Development, the Lifshutz Family, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Ricos Products Co., Inc. Additional essential support is provided by Alamo Beer, Alturas Foundation, Argo Group, Boeing Employee Community Fund, The Capital Group Company: Home of American Funds, Citrus at Hotel Valencia, H-E-B, Hotel Valencia, The Flohr Family Foundation, Frost Bank, The Arts Fund, Luther King Capital Management, Mission Pharmacal, Muñoz and Company, The NRP Group LLC, NuStar Energy LP, Rackspace, RBC, Republic National Distributing Company, Silver Eagle Distributors LP, The Smothers Foundation, Strasburger & Price, LLP, Texas Commission on the Arts, The Trust Company, Valero Energy, and the Community Partners, Members, Individual Donors, and Board of Directors of Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum.

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