Short-term Exhibits

The Other Side of the Eagle Ford Shale
13 May – 1 October 2017

The Eagle Ford Shale has had a tremendous technological and economic impact on Texas and the world. What have been the consequences for housing in South Texas communities? Most of the oil is obtained by hydraulic fracturing, turning some locals into overnight millionaires and displacing others who can’t keep up with housing market increases. Key stakeholders and sectors of the economy have been challenged to meet the housing needs of local residents.

The exhibit will include landscape and structure images focusing on housing in Dimmit, La Salle, and Zavala counties. Museum guests can explore four sections to the exhibit, including a general overview of the region, oil activity and state of housing, responses from local and external entrepreneurs, and opportunities for the future. Additionally, some UTSA Architecture students were invited to submit conceptual housing units for an “opportunities for the future” section.


Texas in the First World War
6 April 2017 – 11 March 2018

“Texas in the First World War” Explores the role of the Lone Star State in this pivotal world event. Co-curated by students from the University of Texas at San Antonio, research began with a semester-long course on World War I where students explored the war as a whole, then took a closer look at activities in the state.


The Texas Missions and Churches of Roberto Cardinale
4 March 2017 – 20 August 2017

Featuring wooden sculptures by Robert Cardinale, Texas Missions and Churches presents an artist’s vision of 12 iconic Texas religious sites to explore the critical role missions and churches played in the development of the Lone Star State. The exhibit includes wooden artistic interpretations of San Antonio’s Spanish Missions, San Fernando Cathedral, El Paso’s Mission Ysleta, and other sites.

dsc_0002Perceptions of Texas
February 24, 2017 – May 28, 2017

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will partner with the Ayusa Global Exchange international student program for a new exhibit. High school-level students participating in Ayusa Global Exchange will use a variety of media to express their perceptions of Texas before and during their time here.

From culture shock, to favorite customs, to differences in schooling across the world, Ayusa students will share what they learned and what surprised them about Texas.

To offer a counterpoint to the exchange students’ artworks, each international student is paired with a Texas student at their host high school, who will share what they learned from their Ayusa partners.


Foreign by Land, Native by Heart
9 December 2016 – January 2018

Four refugee families tell their stories about coming to San Antonio. Their accounts describe the conditions that caused them to flee their native countries, and how they have adapted to their new homes.

The families profiled in the exhibit have come to Texas from Malaysia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran. The exhibit will recount the circumstances of the refugee process, such as minimal luggage, a plastic bag containing the family’s vital records, and samples of the necessities and mementos they chose to bring with them on the trip.

For a list of our upcoming exhibits click here.
For a list of our past exhibits click here.

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