The San Antonio Art League Museum, located in the King William Historic District of the city, highlights Texas artists with over 600 works in its permanent collection and conducting contemporary exhibits to showcase the diverse talent in the area year-round. For 94 years, they have hosted and sponsored the prestigious Annual SAALM Exhibition, juried to create a must-see display of the region’s most diverse fine talent and artistic voice.


Visual artists can submit up to three pieces to be considered for acceptance in January by a selected notable juror, this year Heather Lunsford from Oklahoma City. Over 500 pieces were submitted; and from that 61 works were selected to be exhibited. These works were then judged and awards given totaling over $13,000 in funds in a variety of categories.


Two of Gallery 195’s artists —Linda Manning and Jill Pankey— had works that were selected for the 94th Annual SAALM Exhibition and both received monetary awards in different categories. Their works were on display at the San Antonio Art League Museum from April through the first week of June.


Linda is a ceramic artist who explores the organic nature of hand-built work utilizing the clay’s natural flow of movement and creating interesting texture. Her piece “The Portal” is a large sculptural piece, 17” x 14” x 5”, triangular in form and open within, almost luring you see what might happen if you place your hand inside. Dark indigo marks scratch against the white and ash, lichen-like skin covering most of the surface, with gold and red peeking from underneath. This impressive piece was awarded the Andre and Virginia Baily 3-D Art Award of $500. It can now be seen and is available for purchase at Gallery 195.


Jill paints in oil and enjoys experimenting with the female form, focusing on humor, color, pattern, and movement. Her piece “Line of Ladies Leaning Left” leads you into the room with this fabulous group of six ladies. You can hear the laughter, get caught up in the folds and flow of patterns throughout, and elevated by the exaggerated colors and movement that lead you in and around each personality. Jill’s work received the Betty Rihn Keller Memorial Award of $1000. This oil on canvas, 48” x 60”, can now be seen in the window of Gallery 195 and is also available for purchase. 

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