Luminaria 2020, Contemporary Arts Festival, San Antonio, TX

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Activated: 03/10/2020
Deadline: 04/20/2020
Call Summary
Out of careful consideration for the health and well-being of our passionate and committed supporters – our fans, our artists, our team, and our longtime community partners – Luminaria has announced the cancellation of the 13th annual Contemporary Arts Festival, originally scheduled for November 14, 2020 at Hemisfair.



Luminaria produces San Antonio’s annual contemporary arts festival. The Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival was scheduled for Saturday, November 14th from 6–11 PM in downtown San Antonio's Hemisfair and provides FREE access to the Arts.

Luminaria invites regional, national, and international artists to submit a proposal for this competitive showcase. Apply between March 10th and April 20th to be part of this luminous after-dark celebration of contemporary arts in San Antonio, Texas.
Budget Description
Luminaria is committed to paying featured artists fair compensation for presentation of their new or existing work. Our fee schedule is $750 for a solo artist and $1,500 for an artist group. At the discretion of the Curators and Executive Director headliners could receive up to $2,500. Luminaria provides exposure to an audience of tens of thousands, publicity of your work, and professional production support.* At last year’s festival, an estimated 25,000 people attended, checking in from all over the city, the nation, and the world. Reasonable support for travel and lodging of national and international artists is also provided. International applicants must have a valid passport and visa. Payment to artists will be remitted at the festival in November 2020.

*Luminaria production support includes electricity, stages, sound equipment, site lighting, artist / stage / event managers, and security. Special production elements within application proposals are the responsibility of the artist.
Project Description
Our Mission Statement:
Luminaria delivers an annual contemporary arts program that includes a festival of international stature, supports downtown development, and brings attention to San Antonio's arts and culture.

Art Goals:
The Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival will showcase up to 30 Featured Artists in 2020. Works that are site-specific, highly effective outdoors at night (light art), cross-disciplinary, gallery installations, or stage performances are all appropriate.

Artwork Location Description:
Anchored in Hemisfair, the Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival establishes this downtown district as a cultural and entertainment destination. Site partners for the festival include Hemisfair, the Mexican Cultural Institute, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Hilton Pavilion, and Magik Theatre. The festival will have a designated interior gallery, an outdoor main stage, an indoor theatre, historic homes, and a walking street as the footprint. Luminaria will make final artwork placement decisions within the footprint.

Visitors to the downtown district can enjoy Hemisfair, an exciting 4-acre park dotted with public artwork created by many of San Antonio’s most prolific artists. Additionally, historic structures from the 1968 World's Fair that speak to San Antonio’s culture have been preserved, Yanaguana Garden offers shade and a playground, and the famed River Walk is just a few steps away.
This call is open worldwide. Applicants may apply as an individual or as a group. All proposals must be submitted via this online application process on Artwork sales are prohibited at the Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival as it is a showcase event. Artists are also required to be present at both the tech rehearsal (Friday, November 13) and the festival (Saturday, November 14). We also request all artists be open to interacting with the public and media to promote the festival and their art.
Application Requirements
Resume: 1 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 4 - 10
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Additional Requirements
Project Proposal Document Upload
Selection Information
Selection Process
Luminaria’s Curatorial Committee builds a comprehensive vision for the ever-changing arts festival. The applications are reviewed in both quantitative and qualitative methods to build a cohesive selection of regional, national, and international artists and to ensure all artistic disciplines are represented when possible. Through an open call for proposals and direct invitations, Luminaria’s curatorial committee ensures the festival's dedication to artistic excellence. Members of the curatorial committee are vetted by Luminaria’s Executive Director, and represent a diverse group of San Antonio arts professionals.
Selection Criteria
Applications will be evaluated on their overall professionalism, creativity, originality, and innovation. There is only one application form, whether your work is visual, performance, literary, musical, architectural, fashion, film, dance, comedy, or a combination of artistic genres. Cross-disciplinary works and site-specific works are encouraged. All works must be new or created within the last three years, and all artwork / performance must be entirely your own creation.
Upon successful completion of the application process, you will receive a confirmation email from We will contact applicants with the results of this year’s open call for proposals – applications will be declined, accepted or waitlisted. Final programming and featured artists for Luminaria 2020 will be announced publicly in the fall.

Tuesday, March 10 – Call for proposals opens online at ($10 application fee)

Sunday, March 15th – Application Information Session at the Schultze House in Hemisfair, San Antonio (Noon - 1PM)

Tuesday, March 24 – Application Information Session at the Schultze House in Hemisfair, San Antonio (5:30 - 6:30 PM)

Monday, April 20 - Application deadline

Sunday, May 31 – Artists Notified

Friday, November 13 – Tech Rehearsals and Installation (featured artist attendance is mandatory), VIP & Press Preview (ticketed)

Saturday, November 14 – 2020 Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival from 6 - 11 PM in San Antonio's downtown Hemisfair. Featured artist attendance is mandatory. The event is Free to the public.
Additional Resources
Contact Information
Kathy Armstrong
Executive Director
PO Box 120188
San Antonio TX 78212 United States
Submission Instructions


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