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Amid acoustic tunes and the poignant smell of acrylic paint, Black, Indigenous and People of Color from the San Marcos community gathered around the Hays County Historic Courthouse Sept. 26 to express themselves through art and share stories at STAND’s Love Canvas Event.

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The Undocumented Migration Project has long sought to bring awareness to the thousands of people who died as a direct result of U.S. policy. Now, the organization is shining a light on it through an art installation at Texas State Galleries. In 1994, the U.S. Border Patrol implemented a stra…

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For over 40 years, The Wittliff Collections has acquired and preserved prized works of art such as photographs, sculptures and literary masterpieces. Its latest exhibition, “Through Her Lens”, showcases the works of 60 women photographers. This show, like most at The Wittliff, places the bea…

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect college classrooms and universities worldwide, Texas State’s Department of Theater and Dance is finding creative ways to explore instruction both on and off stage while maintaining the safety of students and faculty. Due to the ongoing pandemic, t…

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The art gallery scene took a hit after the COVID-19 pandemic began, forcing galleries to close their doors in compliance with social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders. Now, gallery directors are having to make a decision to either postpone showcases or virtualize exhibits. While …

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With displays of signature places and icons special to the city, the newly-installed street pole banners featuring artwork from local artist and San Marcos native Rene Perez are adding excitement and color to downtown San Marcos. There are four banners in total, each featuring a different pl…

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Swapping ink for paint, a local tattoo artist paints pastel floral designs onto mailboxes to secure income and promote creativity while her tattoo shop remains closed due to COVID-19. After Gov. Greg Abbott originally ordered the closure of non-essential businesses, tattoo artist and owner o…

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While San Marcos businesses were swarmed with customers following Gov. Greg Abbott’s May 1 executive order, some local museums decided to keep their doors shut and artifacts put away for the foreseeable future. Throughout a normal year, museums serve as locations for visitors to learn previo…

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Usually wandering the halls and studios of Texas State’s Joann Cole Mitte building are creative minds and colorful palettes. For many students, this is the place where they are able to create freely while surrounded by encouragement and inspiration. Since online classes have become a reality…

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San Marcos intersections are getting a makeover. What are now plain, metal traffic control boxes will soon be transformed into colorful artwork that is bound to make traffic jams more tolerable. San Marcos announced a contest for the city’s Traffic Control Box Art program December 2019. The …

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Against the white walls, detailed drawings and intricate paintings express individuality, while handcrafted ceramics and three-dimensional sculptures sit together to showcase the creative artists of Texas. Located just a block from the San Marcos historic downtown courthouse, 218 Co-op Galle…

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A carton of milk, flowers and naked bodies layer together to unfold the creativity of The University of Texas at Austin alumna, Maddie Mondshine, in the new exhibit “Intuition.” Mondshine graduated from UT with a BFA in studio art and a bridging discipline in media, cultural and identity stu…

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New website Wezmer features local artists specializing in all mediums and was founded on the idea of developing a supportive community around the aspirations of each artist featured on the website. Mass communication senior Christina Castro and Adrian Perez co-founded and launched Wezmer Jun…

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Each month a series of mediums, psychics and tarot card readers visit San Marcos to provide healing and guidance for individuals interested in the metaphysical and holistic world. The San Marcos Metaphysical and Holistic Fair is held on the last Sunday of every month, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at t…

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It is actually quite simple to audition to sing the national anthem at an athletic event. All students are required to do is send in a video submission to the Texas State Athletics department via email and claim their spot. Mady Buchanan, marketing assistant for Texas State athletics, said e…

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Bill Wittliff, founder of the Wittliff Collections, released a new book and had a free signing event at his collections in Alkek Library. Wittliff released, “The Devil’s Fork,” the final book in the Papa trilogy that began with “The Devil’s Backbone” and followed by “The Devil’s Sinkhole.” T…

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Girls are dancing in the woods and accusations of witchcraft are coming from every direction. The town is plucking the accused out one-by-one and sentencing them to hang. No one is safe, in Texas State’s production of “The Crucible.” From Oct. 30 to Nov. 4, the Texas State University Departm…

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One Texas State alumnus is helping locals reveal their inner artists by leading workshops at the Price Center. The Price Center is a community events center with a focus on visual, performing and cultural arts. It offers an array of fun events that are low priced or free, ranging from quilti…

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Underneath strings of lights and neon signs, June 22, Texas country music shook the walls of the Cheatham Street Warehouse. Mason Lively, 20-year-old Texas country musician from Inez, Texas, is currently touring across the state promoting his new album, Stronger Ties. At 9 p.m., an old jukeb…

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Pride Month comes with the celebration of love with students finding different ways to commemorate the history behind the LGBT community. For about 50 years, June has been nationally recognized as Pride Month for the LGBT community. The month is a time to celebrate the historical milestones …

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Saturday night audience members experienced life through the eyes of a drag queen. “Life on Mars,” a documentary about an up-and-coming drag queen named Mars, premiered at Stonewall Warehouse. Life on Mars is a film by Ashley Brown, electronic media senior, that provides a glimpse into the l…

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Students step into the spotlight with a modern form of poetry hitting the San Marcos art scene. Modern Muse Poetry was formed in fall 2017 by Brent Green, creative writing graduate student, and Eliseo Ceja, public relations junior. Both coming from cities with large slam poetry scenes, they …

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The Society for Professional Journalists awards the Mark of Excellence Award to student journalists throughout the country and this year, a Texas State student was honored as a national finalist for general column writing. Tafari Robertson graduated with a public relations degree, but not be…

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Texas State alumnus Michael Menchaca has made a name for himself as a printmaking artist in San Antonio. Menchaca is known for his controversial and politically explosive art, as it contains anti-Trump elements. Menchaca’s art has made him distinct from other artists by creating art dealing …

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The man who has made America laugh since 1997 made his mark on comedy animation with two of the most quintessential television shows of American history: King of the Hill and Bob’s Burgers. Jim Dauterive is one of the most important screenwriters in American television history. He developed …

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Every semester, Texas State University showcases the greatest talent of the art department with the BFA Thesis Exhibition at the University Galleries. In the BFA Exhibitions, all mediums of art are featured including photography, painting, ceramics, printmaking and metals. Here are three of …

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A traditional fairytale that has been around for hundreds of years is undergoing a modern twist by Texas State theater students. The Texas State Opera Theatre is going to present a contemporary adaptation of “Hansel and Gretel” March 22-25 at the Texas State University Performing Arts Center…

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NPR Music hosted a music showcase March 14 at Stubbs in Austin, Texas to promote Slingshot, their spotlight channel for up-and-coming musicians. SXSW festival-goers crowded the indoor stage while onlookers observed from the balcony above as the venue reached maximum capacity before the first…

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From jailhouse to dance hall to community center, the Calaboose African American Museum celebrates the contributions of African-Americans in San Marcos. The Calaboose African American Museum was originally a jailhouse in San Marcos, established in 1873, drawing its name “calaboose” from a co…

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The history behind popular dance moves such as the ‘whip’ and hairstyles such as cornrows is often lost and disregarded. That is why the Black Art Association’s goal is to bring people together through art to remind students of the origins of black creativity. Sammera Fadul, interior design …

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Austin is not the only city with a booming art scene now that Texas State students and alumni are ensuring San Marcos has its own space for artists. Evan Ferguson, business senior, hosted his first pop-up art exhibit for with the support of SMTX Ripple Market Feb. 17, held at Splash Coworkin…

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A camera made from beer cans may not be the most conventional way to capture the course of the sun over several months in a single image, but one man has used it to reveal the abstract beauty of Texas landscapes. Bill Wittliff, co-founder of the Wittliff Collections, opened his new solargrap…

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San Marcos welcomed in the promise of spring with a celebration of light and Celtic tradition. Sunday, Jan. 28, the San Marcos Activity Center burst to life with Celtic music, Irish dancing, art gallery exhibits and more. For the third year, O’Malarkey and the Walkers’ Gallery hosted a Celti…

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Tucked away in a studio with creaking wood floors, a group of students surrenders to the movement of their dancing bodies and the beat of the bass rattling the studio’s mirrors. “Plié, relevé, press those knees wide,” Kiira Schmidt Carper, a ballet and jazz technique professor said. Her live…

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San Marcos is about to see its very own film convention, The Lost River Film Festival, just after the Austin Film Festival comes to an end. Producers and members of the San Marcos Cinema Club spent months and thousands of dollars to bring San Marcos its first and very own film festival that …

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Wonder World Park might sound like a tourist attraction from the ’80s rather than a movie set, but for one indie film director it had the perfect charm. “When We Burn Out,” a psychedelic slacker comedy directed by Vanessa Pla, will be shown at the inaugural Lost River Film Fest hosted by the…

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Students and faculty worked for six weeks leading up to the moment the Texas State Theatre Department could debut “A Chorus Line,” made perfect by the cast and the crew. The musical, “A Chorus Line” was written in 1975 and is about the backstories of several dancers auditioning to be in a ch…

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Alkek library is joining the political sphere with the new Film Talks project addressing racism, fascism and other hot issues facing the country and campus in addition to pop culture topics. The Film Talks project is intended to spout discussion among campus experts and student film lovers. …

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A new collection featuring articles from Tejano artists throughout history is now on display in the Witliff Collections on the 7th floor of the Alkek library. The exhibit contains items from collector Ramõn Hernãndez, a long-time journalist, photographer and historian, who has worked closely…

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Southwest Texas State had a handful of black students in 1974, including graduating actor and playwright, Eugene Lee. Lee was one of the few black actors to grace the university’s stage, one of the founding members of the Ebony Players, a student theater group, and one of the first actors to…

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San Marcos is home to a plethora of beloved public art and murals and locals are always on the lookout for the latest public art installment. Earlier this month, The Good Stuff Community Store reached out to local artists and school children to help paint a mural on their building. Carmen Fr…

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Mermaids are set to re-inhabit downtown San Marcos this fall. As per the city’s Arts Commission, ten greatly anticipated mermaid statues will be erected this summer for locals and visitors to see. Standing at eight feet tall each, the colorful statues will be scattered throughout San Marcos …

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Members of the San Marcos community are finding unique and artful ways to educate students while protecting the environment. In May, the Katherine Anne Porter School teamed up with University Camp to bring some color to the camp’s bathhouse with a mural created by students. The mural was pai…