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Berlin Residency Program 2024-2025 Cycle

Deadline: February 18, 2024


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February 6, 2024, 12pm-1pm; RSVP is required. Please RSVP here.

Contemporary at Blue Star seeks applications from artists living and working in Bexar County for three-month residencies in Berlin, Germany. In 2013, the Contemporary began sending San Antonio artists to Berlin and we are excited to embark on the 10th cycle of the program. In partnership with Künstlerhaus Bethanien, the Contemporary awards four artists annually the opportunity to live and conduct their studio practice in one of the world’s most significant art centers, Berlin, Germany.


About the Künstlerhaus Bethanien
A non-profit organization that has earned a worldwide reputation for its international residency studio program, Künstlerhaus Bethanien gives 25 artists from around the world up to yearlong residencies at their fully-appointed facility in the heart of Berlin’s vibrant art scene. It aims to establish a lively dialogue between artists from various backgrounds and disciplines and the public at large. Artists attend residencies as a grantee of various partner institutions. More at


About the Contemporary at Blue Star’s Berlin Residency Program

Four selected artists will be awarded one of four residency slots at Künstlerhaus Bethanien as a grantee of Contemporary at Blue Star.

Each artist receives a $2,000 stipend to aid with travel to residency and living costs.

The Contemporary covers costs of all program fees associated with residency: studio and living space, inclusion in the internationally-distributed BE magazine, curatorial visits, workshop access, etc.

With support from the City of San Antonio’s Global Engagement Office. resident artists will also travel to Darmstadt, Germany (a sister city of San Antonio) to meet with fellow artists and cultural leaders and visit cultural institutions. An additional stipend is provided for this trip.

Each selected artist will participate in a public program following the completion of the residency.

Artists reside in individual live-work studio spaces and have shared bathroom and shower facilities on each floor and shared laundry. For questions about building accessibility please contact KB. More information about Berlin Alumni HERE.


The Berlin Residency application consists of:

artist statement
letter of interest
letter of recommendation
and portfolio of 20 images
There is no application fee


Artist Eligibility

Must currently reside in Bexar County and conduct a significant portion of your artistic practice/outreach in San Antonio.

Artist must have established residency for 12 months prior to application period.

Must have at least five years of relevant work experience and/or specialized arts training, such as a degree or certificate, or intensive period of time developing their skill and knowledge base.

Demonstrate a clear investment of time and resources into your artistic practice and/or derive a portion of individual earned income from your artistic practice or areas related to the field.

Have a professional portfolio that includes publicly displayed and possibly published works.

The four residency cycles are July 15 – October 8; October 15- January 8; January 15 – April 8; April 15 – July 8. Applicants must be able to attend during ANY of these time periods. Artists should not apply if their schedule does not allow them the flexibility to attend during any of these time periods and/or for the duration of the residency. Cycles are assigned after residents selected and through group dialogue.

Students are not eligible to apply.

Artist collaborative teams/collectives not eligible to apply.

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About the 2024 Jurors

Dr. Angelika Jansen Brown
Independent Curator
Contemporary at Blue Star Advisory Board Member

Dr. Angelika Jansen-Brown is a German born, and US and German based, curator and advocate for international and cultural exchanges. During her time in New York City she helped establish an institute at the German Department of New York University that had a sole purpose – bringing Americans and Germans together through learning the German language and exchanging cultural programs. In San Antonio, Angelika launched the Jansen-Perez Galleries, opening communication channels via visual art with Mexico and San Antonio. This work triggered cooperation with Monterrey and The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Angelika is on several cultural and educational boards and has coordinated numerous artist exchange programs for the City of San Antonio. In 2013 she was instrumental in establishing the Contemporary at Blue Star’s relationship with Künstlerhaus Bethanien and the beginning of our Berlin Residency Program. She splits her time between San Antonio and Berlin and is a member of Contemporary’s Advisory Board.

Christopher Blay
Chief Curator
Houston Museum of African American Culture

Christopher Blay is an artist as well as Chief Curator of the Houston Museum of African American Culture. Also a writer, Blay was the News Editor at Glasstire Magazine from 2019 – 2021 and served as curator for the Art Corridor Galleries at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth for the ten years prior to Glasstire. Blay has been a guest lecturer at the University of North Texas, Texas Christian University, Tarleton State University, Sam Houston State University, as well as the University of Texas at Arlington and Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Blay has spoken at length about his work at the Dallas Museum of Art, The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, and the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth where he moderated a panel discussion on the mural boom in Fort Worth. Blay’s engagement in conferences such as the Texas Society of Architects convention in 2014, and the New Cities, Future Ruinspresentation in Dallas in November 2016 are a few of several in a diverse scope of conversations since. His public lectures and panel discussions have also included a 2023 conversation with William Kentridge at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, a 2022 conversation with Mark Sealy of Autograph London, and Witnessing Worlds in Transition, a panel discussion at the Menil Collection in Houston.

A list of awards Blay has received for his work includes the Featured Artist Grant at ArtPrize, the Otis and Velma Davis Dozier travel grant from the Dallas Museum of Art, a Nasher Sculpture Center Artist’s Grant, and Critics Choice awards from the Dallas Observer and the Fort Worth Weekly.

Blay has served on jury panels for the Inaugural Nest Heritage Craft Prize, at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Southern Methodist University Meadows Museum’s Moss/Chumley award, Big Medium’s Tito’s Prize, and numerous University gallery exhibitions including at Texas State University in San Marcos, and the Juried Members exhibition of the South Central Chapter of the Society for Photographic Education in Dallas.

As an artist, Blay uses photography, video, sculpture, and performance in exhibitions, and his work considers the Black experience in America. His exhibitions and public art projects follow the themes of the Black experience and include the ongoing East Rosedale Monument Project in Fort Worth, Texas, and Dindi (for Annibel) in Dallas’ Coombs Creek park near Oak Cliff. His most recent exhibitions include Ritual SpLaVCe at the Galveston Arts Center, Christopher Blay: SpLaVCe Program at the Crowley Studios, Marfa, TX, and currently at the ION, Houston, Christopher Blay: SpLaVCe Ship, at the Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas, and Power, Traps, and Targets: New Work by Christopher Blay at Big Medium gallery, Austin, Texas. Blay was also included in the Amarillo Biennial-600 in Amarillo, Texas in 2022, and the Texas Biennial in 2017. Blay’s work is in several private collections and at the Old Jail Art Center in Albany, Texas.

Blay is a 2003 Graduate of Texas Christian University with a BFA in Photography with a minor in Art History.

Jacqueline Saragoza McGilvray
Curator and Exhibitions Director
Contemporary at Blue Star

Since 2014 Jacqueline Saragoza McGilvray has curated projects for Contemporary at Blue Star in San Antonio. Her curatorial practice is centered on a collaborative, thoughtful, service-minded approach, committed to a diversity artistic approaches in aims to present a wide range of issues to the public through her projects. She is drawn to work exploring artists’ personal passions and histories that can offer shared truths, and artists who invest in their craft, demonstrating artistic excellence and material expertise. McGilvray’s curatorial projects have been featured and reviewed widely including in Artforum, Hyperallergic, Juxtapoz, Scultpture Magazine, Glasstire, Sightlines, Texas Arts and Culture, Rivard Report, and more. Jacqueline is also a practicing artist with an MFA in Photography and Integrated Media from Ohio University and BFA from Texas State University in Photography.

Hiromi Stringer
Berlin Residency Program Alumna
Senior Lecturer of drawing and painting at the University of Texas at San Antonio

Hiromi Stringer was born in Kyoto, Japan. Currently, she is a Senior Lecturer of drawing and painting at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Stringer received multiple awards and recidency opportunities including the 2019-2020 Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship, the 2022 Dedalus Foundation Funds for Past fellows and Awardees, a grand prize for Eyes Got It!2014, the 2019-2020 Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Residency Program/ Künstlerhaus Bethanien International Studio Program, Berlin, Germany, and the 2021 Summer Arts Faculty Residency program at Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency, Saugatuck, MI. A resident of the San Antonio area, her works are in public, corporate and private collections in Japan and the US.

Mia Lopez
Curator of Latinx Art
McNay Art Museum

Mia Lopez is an arts administrator, curator, writer, and educator with over fifteen years of experience working with contemporary art. In the fall of 2023, Lopez joined the McNay Art Museum as the first Curator of Latinx Art. Throughout her career, she has worked with leading museums and nonprofit organizations on exhibitions, publications, and public programs focused on expanding the art historical canon. Her practice specializations in Latinx art, socially engaged artists, and identity politics. Lopez has recently held curatorial positions at DePaul Art Museum and the Walker Art Center.

Lopez completed dual Masters at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy; She also has a BA in Art History from Rice University. Lopez has interned and worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, and the Museo Alameda in San Antonio. She is a 2012 alumnus of the Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program and a 2016 alumnus of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Leadership Institute. Her writing has appeared in publications by DePaul Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, the Walker Art Center, Prospect New Orleans, and Arte Publico Press. She regularly lectures and participate in juries and projects with organizations around the United States, including Artadia, the Hopper Prize, the Association of Art Museum Curators, the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, The College of New Jersey, Review Santa Fe Photo Festival, Lit & Luz Festival, and many others.