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Contemporary at Blue Star Announces 2024–2025 Berlin Resident Artists


San Antonio, TX (March 19, 2024)–Contemporary at Blue Star is excited to announce the artists selected for the 2024–2025 Berlin Residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien: Heyd Fontenot, Sarah Fox, Beronica Gonzales, and Jason Willome.

The Berlin Residency Program was established in 2013 in part thanks to the efforts of the Contemporary’s Advisory Council member Dr. Angelika Jansen. Each year, the Contemporary selects four artists residing in Bexar County to take part in a three-month residency at the renowned Künstlerhaus Bethanien (KB). A non-profit organization that has earned a worldwide reputation for its international residency studio program, KB gives 25 artists from around the world residencies at their fully appointed facility in the heart of Berlin’s vibrant art scene. The Contemporary’s Berlin Residents are given a studio and living space, as well as access to workshops, exhibition opportunities, and studio visits with international curators. They are also featured in the dual language and internationally distributed BE magazine.

Annually, the Contemporary hosts an online Open Call process for artists to be considered for the Berlin Residency Program. The selection process is highly competitive, with a panel of jurors evaluating a pool of talented Bexar County artists. This year’s panel was comprised of Christopher Blay, Chief Curator at the Houston Museum of African American Culture; Dr. Angelika Jansen, Independent Curator and Contemporary at Blue Star Advisory Council Member; Mia Lopez, Curator of Latinx Art at the McNay Art Museum; Jacqueline Saragoza McGilvray, Curator and Exhibitions Director, Contemporary at Blue Star;  and Hiromi Stringer, Berlin Residency Program Alum Artist and Senior Lecturer of drawing and painting at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

“As an artist-centric organization, we are grateful to continue to provide unparalleled opportunities for artists in our community to grow. Now, after more than a decade of this international collaboration, we are excited to see how the residency not only supports individual artists but San Antonio at-large as the discoveries made in Berlin positively impact us all through the sharing of innovative ideas in thought-provoking exhibitions and in education programs, augmenting our cultural landscape.” – Mary Heathcott, Executive Director, Contemporary at Blue Star

Beginning this July, and through July 2025, each selected artist will attend one of four residency cycles at KB. Thanks to the support of the City of San Antonio’s Global Engagement Office, the artists will also travel to Darmstadt, Germany (a sister city of San Antonio) to meet with fellow artists and cultural leaders.


About the Artists

Heyd Fontenot (born 1964, Lake Charles, Louisiana) is a multidisciplinary artist.  He has inhabited a variety of artistic roles professionally including designer, art director, producer, while he was working with theatrical groups, retail businesses, and television & film production companies.  A lifelong painter and draftsman, he also developed a significant body of work in the 1990’s as an experimental filmmaker.  While film and video are still in his arsenal, Fontenot’s current studio practice is largely focused on figurative painting, drawing and installation.  The artist recruits his friends and artistic peers to model and has in this process created a comprehensive portrait of his community over the last two decades.   There is a particular effort in Fontenot’s work to reclaim the human body from mass media constructions and exploitations as well as conservative and/or religious assertions that the body is either shameful or inadequate.  Heyd is the former director of two exhibition spaces/residency programs in Texas:  CentralTrak in Dallas from 2011-2016 and Sala Díaz/Casa Chuck 2021-2023. His mid-career survey exhibition “The Very Queer Portraits of Heyd Fontenot,” traveled to the University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland), Rollins College (Winter Park, Florida), and Allegheny College (Meadville, Pennsylvania).  Fontenot is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Texas

Sarah Fox’s multi-media narratives and characters are created from embodied female experience. Stories of life, loss, sex, and love are told through corporeal hybrid creatures. The resulting puppet shows, cyanotypes, drawings and animations suggest a childlike fairytale but with an undercurrent of dark symbolism. Her work has been shown throughout Texas, as well as in the Kinsey Institute (Bloomington, Indiana), Field Projects Gallery (New York, New York), Espacio Dörffi (Lanzarote, Canary Islands), Bedsetter Art Fair (Vienna, Austria), and Casa Lu (Mexico City). In 2019 she was a recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant that allowed her to live and work at the Women’s Studio Workshop in NY with her son. Fox was raised in Houston, Texas and currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas with her 6-year old son, William. Fox received her BA from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and her MFA from University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a Lecturer at Texas State University. She also runs the Nature of Art summer camp for young artists in conjunction with San Antonio River Foundation.

Beronica Gonzales’s work engages with the passage of time and the ways in which both found and created objects can preserve moments in time, treating these objects as vessels for ever-evolving personal sentiments. By repurposing found materials and reproducing her personal effects in her work, she aims to preserve her subjects and create memorials to the mundane that express and resist the erosion of time on her objects and her connections to them. Beronica Gonzales is from San Antonio, Texas. She earned her BFA in Drawing and Painting with a double minor in Art History and Psychology from the University of North Texas in 2021. In 2023, Gonzales received the Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund Award from the Dallas Museum of Art. She was the Cluley Projects Inaugural Open Call recipient in 2022. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings and exhibited in various spaces throughout Texas.

As an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on exploring the associative properties of materials, Jason Willome has developed a diverse body of work that is deeply rooted in an exploration of the boundaries of painting and drawing, navigating the tension between illusionistic denial and assertion of surface. His recent works, depicting disaster and wreckage, challenge conventional representation, transforming space into fantasy that reflects the softened reality of the current moment. Jason’s latest projects delve into the nature of self and seek to explore philosophical interpretations of human consciousness and our connection to the universe. These frameworks examine the liminal realm between the mental and physical, drawing inspiration from childhood explorations and the metaphorical implications of trepanation and astronomy. This new work seeks to investigate the nature of humanity’s enduring pursuit of transcendence, whether by delving into inner realms or gazing outward into the boundless cosmos in search of connection and understanding. Jason was born in rural Texas and earned an MFA from the University of Colorado Boulder. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and works as a Professor of Instruction in the School of Art at the University of Texas at San Antonio.


The Contemporary is grateful for the generous support from Bexar County, the Brown Foundation, Inc., the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture, the Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation, the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. For ongoing support, we are incredibly appreciative of James Lifshutz and the Lifshutz Family, our Board of Directors and Advisory Council, and Contemporary Members and Donors.

Support for the Berlin Residency also comes from the City of San Antonio Global Engagement Office, and our Berlin Brunchers.



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