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MOSAIC Student Artist Program


The Contemporary at Blue Star’s MOSAIC Student Artist Program is open to high school students who are interested in developing their professional artistic skills and careers in the arts. The after-school program is a combination of studio practice and exposure to the business side of art and arts administration. An extension of the Contemporary’s educational programs, we are committed to giving MOSAIC students free access to quality arts education, encouraging high standards of achievement, and fostering excellence and leadership.

MOSAIC Visiting Artists mentor students in a diverse range of art mediums in an intensive, independent study format. The MOSAIC Student Art Gallery features student exhibitions, drawing hundreds of visitors and adds to San Antonio’s vibrant and rich visual culture. Students participate in the Contemporary’s programs and have access to visiting artists.

100% of MOSAIC’s students have graduated high school and our concentration on college readiness prepares them for careers in the arts, sharing in San Antonio’s cultural economy and continuing the Contemporary’s mission to inspire the creative genius in us all by nurturing artists through contemporary art.


Apply today! Deadline for next session with Visiting Artist Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson is February 8, 2023.

The Contemporary is currently recruiting students to participate in the MOSAIC Student Artist Program. This program is free and open to high school students upon successful application and portfolio review. In-person and virtual options are available.

To apply, download the application.

For more information contact MOSAIC Coordinator Aminah Parham:

Spring 2023

Visiting Artist: Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson

February 10, 2023 – March 10, 2023

Student Artists will create an original work of visual art and author an original poem as they explore Ekphrastic Poetry for National Poetry Month. This special series of workshops will be led by San Antonio’s Poet Laureate, Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson, in partnership with Gemini Ink.

Session Schedule

Fridays: February 10 – March 10, 5:30 – 8:30pm

Saturdays: February 11 – March 11, 11am – 2pm

Opening celebration: Friday, April 7, 2023 at 7:00pm

Apply today! Deadline for this session is February 8, 2023.


About the Visiting Artist

Andrea SandersonSan Antonio, TX. Poet Laureate 2020-2023, performs as “Vocab” in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas. “Watching her perform, the word “hero” comes to mind. And not “hero” for the sake of just skill, but for her work in her community: Sanderson teaches poetry workshops, mentors, builds up and encourages artists to pursue their art, and gives them platforms to showcase their talent.

Sanderson’s interest in other people’s art and artistic development became a passion of hers, and she started curating her own shows and creating platforms for other artists to hone their craft by hosting open mics.” (San Antonio Current, Jan. 16, 2018.)

Her poetry has been published in The Texas Observer, January 2016 issue; Pariah Anthology, SFA Press, March 2016; Sycorax’s Daughters, Cedar Grove Publishing, January 2017; and Soundbite Vol. 3, Anti-Languorous Project, Spring 2019. Her debut book entitled, She Lives In Music, published by Flower Song Press, was released on Valentine’s Day 2020. Her album She Tastes Like Music is available on all music streaming platforms. To learn more about Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson, please visit