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A good idea, ahead of its time. The Sculptors Invitational is a very creative and exciting arts and cultural effort for San Antonio at large but more specifically for professional sculptors who focus on large scale sculpture. In distinction it specializes in large to colossal sculptures which are the rarest of the classical fine arts. They take more talent, more time, more committment and more money; and likewise it takes more of those same qualities and values to show them annually. One of the goals of Sculptors Dominion is to provide both a local and international high art destination on an annual basis to San Antonio.
From our beginning Certificate of Nonprofit Incorporation in 2003 to our re-organized Sculptors Dominion International, Inc. in 2006 and then newly gained IRS certification in 2007, SDI has organized 8 annual Sculptors Invitational's. In key this is a 'sculpture only' art show that focuses on large outdoor sculptures. These 8 shows a total of some 250 plus sculptors participated and exhibited a total of over 800 sculptures, most were large but some were colossal in size.
The sculptors came from 9 countries and 12 states. This focus on large works for education, exhibit and sale on an annual basis, in a 6 acre residential garden setting, from several states and countries makes this the most unique sculpture show in the U.S. In fact we are the largest annual sculpture show in a residential setting, and one of the largest exhibits in the United States showing 50 or more works per exhibit, yearly. Our gallery is open all year by appointment.
The venue. It is a beautifully landscaped residential 6 acre estate. It has a 90 year old 2 story natural limestone home at center with two additional homes on the grounds. One is the art studio. There are thousands of native trees and some very grand and ancient live oak oak trees. This new sculpture haven is the home of Honorable Roy R Barrera Sr., (former Texas Secretary of State (1968) and still practicing attorney at 83 years) and my mother Carmen Z. Barrera. Roy and Carmen along with Yolanda, Carmen Alice, Roy Jr. and Bobby, Javier and Diane (and their respective families) and Rudi and many friends and neighbor volunteers helped launch and organize this beautiful one of a kind sculpture show. Many thanks to them.
A second distinction for this show is space and a natural landscaping. At the Sculptors Dominion each sculpture gets ample space to be viewed in true 3 dimensional fashion, you can walk around it and see grass and trees in every background view. Top world cities and true sculpture advocates fight hard for this kind of presentation. Spaciousness offers an outdoor sculpture integrity and dignity. A spacious presentation style offers a better first impression and viewing experience for a serious or casual patron. The ultimate collector will find comfort and familiar images in this residential style of organic landscaped presentation. Most will be able to envision the sculpture in their own home garden or at their office park courtyard. Indeed a residential presentation is an ideal background for large three dimensional works. Envision and entertain the possibilities of the culturally prestigious ownership of sculpture. Like jewelry is to the person, so sculpture is to the garden.
A final individuality for an annual show of this size and uniqueness is that it is inside the San Antonio city limits. It is rare if not impossible to find 100 plus large outdoor sculptures on the same grounds inside the city limits of any city in the U.S.
Sculptors Dominion has now been incorporated and become a 501c3 nonprofit cultural, charitable and educational organization.
Its mission is to bring to the San Antonio and Texas areas a beautiful annual sculpture exhibit created by professional sculptors from around the nation and from other countries. No other organization specializes in outdoor sculpture in the highlighted ways that Sculptors Dominion does. No one.
Help spread the word. The exhibit is highly visual and photographically inviting. It offers cultural appreciation through international participation. It is a joy to see. Each year, so far a total of over 3000, school children have had the opportunity to get a free sculpture tour and education. The show is also wheelchair accessible for 90% of the grounds. The city bus stops at the front gate.
Gilbert E. Barrera, sculptor
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