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Contemporary at Blue Star Announces Honorees for its 34th Annual Red Dot

This year’s Red Dot will take place on November 13, 2024

Pricing Your Work and Red Dot Q&A: Friday, April 19, 2024, from 12–1pm | Register Here

Red Dot Artist Open Call: Deadline: May 1, 2024, at 11:59pm | Learn More

Red Dot Art Sale: Wednesday, November 13, 2024, time TBA

Red Dot Show On View: November 13, 2024–January 5, 2025

For over three decades, the Contemporary at Blue Star has presented its signature fundraiser, Red Dot, to foster connections between local artists and our community of art supporters. For its 34th year, the Contemporary will recognize the significant contributions of people that have shaped our cultural community in significant ways:

Our Honorary Artist for this year’s Red Dot is Mark Hogensen. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Hogensen relocated to San Antonio in 1987 to pursue an MFA in studio art at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Hogensen’s artistic practice draws influence from his former career as an architect, utilizing heightened perspective to create images that evoke movement in bold paintings, or recreating everyday objects with layers of hatching, for example. Hogensen is a longtime supporter of the Contemporary, as both an artist and former member of its Board of Directors. His commitment to art expands beyond his personal practice, through his career as an art professor at Palo Alto College (now retired). In honor of Hogensen’s selection as our artist honoree, we are thrilled to present our 2024 Fiesta Medal in tandem with this designation. The medal is inspired by Hogensen’s 2D and sculptural work.

Our Honorary Patrons Martha Martinez-Flores and Dr. Mike Flores are long-time supporters of the San Antonio art community. Through collecting from local artists and supporting art organizations, the couple is also dedicated to contributing to the cultural impact of San Antonio. A practicing artist and owner and creative director of MMCreative, Martha Martinez-Flores has felt deep connection and love to San Antonio since moving to the city 25 years ago — so much so that in 2020, she created a run of special addition prints, dedicating the proceeds to two community funds for students and families negatively impacted by COVID-19. Dr. Mike Flores, the first Hispanic Chancellor of Alamo Colleges, has served in his position for the last five years. The son of migrant farm workers, Dr. Flores’s strategic vision for the Alamo Colleges is to eliminate poverty through education and provide an accessible pathway to obtaining that education. Dr. Flores was named an Alamo City changemaker for his signature AlamoPROMISE program, the Alamo Colleges District’s tuition-free college initiative offering the promise of a quality college education free from financial burden. San Antonio College, the oldest Alamo Colleges campus, was established in 1925. Its Fine Art department began in 1955 and is widely recognized for playing a significant role in launching the arts careers of San Antonio’s most successful artists.

This year’s Arts Education Champion, the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, creates profound good in Bandera, Bexar, Comal, and Kendall counties in Texas. As of 2020, the foundation had distributed $309.1 million to 435 different nonprofit organizations in Bexar and the surrounding counties, including significant contributions to art and culture organizations. The foundation has been a supporter of the Contemporary through the years, most recently with their generous support of the renovation of our Education Space and the investment in our growth through our youth arts education programs and organizational capacity.

This year’s Red Dot will take place at the Contemporary on the evening of Wednesday, November 13, 2024. A night devoted to San Antonio’s art community, the proceeds from this event support San Antonio’s longest-running nonprofit venue for contemporary art in San Antonio. The Red Dot Art Show, opening on the evening of Red Dot, will be on view through January 5, 2025, and will showcase many of San Antonio’s best. To be considered for the Red Dot Show, Bexar County artists can apply to the Red Dot Open Call until May 1, 2024, at 11:59pm.


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Dr. Mike Flores and Martha Martinez-Flores

2024 Fiesta Medal