We’re excited to announce that Presa House Gallery co-owner, co-director, and artist Jenelle Esparza has been selected as a recipient of Artpace San Antonio’s international artist-in-residence program for the summer of 2018. Joining Esparza will be Baltimore, MD. artist Zoë Charlton and Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum who currently lives and works between Johannesburg, South Africa and Ontario, Canada. This summers three artists were chosen by art historian, curator and Executive Director of Threewalls (Chicago, IL), Dr. Jeffreen Hayes. The Artpace 2018 summer international artist-in-residence opening is scheduled for July 19, 2018 from 6PM – 9PM at Artpace.

Three times a year, Artpace invites a guest curator to choose three artists to live and create art in San Antonio for two months. Each residency cycle includes one international, one national, and one Texas-based artist. Each resident receives a studio space, honoraria, production money, and the support of a full-time staff. The artworks created are exhibited for two months at Artpace and go on to appear in private and public collections worldwide. All art made during the residency belongs to the artist. The mission of the program is to provide artists with unparalleled resources that allow them to experiment with new ideas, take provocative risks, and realize innovative and ambitious new artworks. www.artpace.com

Jenelle Esparza is a South Texas native, originally from Corpus Christi,Texas. Though primarily a photographer, Esparza also works in multi-media installation and creates abstract photo-based pieces. She received her BFA in photography from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2010 and continues to exhibit annually. She was recently awarded the 2015 NALAC (Nat’l Association of Latino Arts and Culture) Artist Grant for her project El Color de la Obra about the interconnected histories of South Texas cotton fields. Additionally, Esparza is a Museum Educator of Family Programs at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio.

There are stories written in the lines of our palms and in the tree trunks, leaves, and mountain ranges of the world. As I work with this theory I find myself studying the ancestry and identity of people, landmasses, and other organic forms of life as they relate to the culture and communities of a society. The landscape interests me because of the identities that are tied to it and the stories it can tell us. Through found objects, abstracted natural textures, historical anecdotes, and traditional photography I continue this ongoing theme in an attempt to tell these stories.

To learn more about Jenelle’s work and current projects visit www.jenelleesparza.com