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Ongoing Exhibition – The Quilt: Behind the Scenes | MBAW Art Gallery

21 January 2023 | 10:00 am - 31 March 2023 | 5:00 pm

Open By Appointment


This exhibition is a behind-the-scenes look at the cast, crew, musicians and production process of the upcoming MBAW educational documentary, The Quilt: A Living History of African American Music, viewed through the lens of photographers Robert Michaelson, Sarah Jane, Manuel Alejandro Hernández Cardona of CMC Studios, and MBAW staff. The exhibition also features graphics from the film, beautifully designed by Coral Díaz and Noelle Artigue, masterfully printed by our friends at Digital Pro Lab. This Dreamweek exhibition is on view from 21 January – 31 March 2023 by appointment. Go to mbaw.org/art to book an appointment or purchase the works or film merchandise online.

And be on the lookout for the film’s premiere soon! “The Quilt” travels through the time periods and genres of music directly connected to African American history and culture, in an engaging format for both children and adults alike.

MBAW wants to highlight Quilt screenwriter, author and onscreen actress Cynthia Freeman Gibbs, our own Julya Jara, CFRE, who is the film’s director, the fabulous performance and production talent, and the following sponsors and partners who have been a major part of the process: H-E-B, City Council Project Funds, Muriel F. Siebert Foundation, Plum Foundation, Faye L. & William L. Cowden Charitable Foundation, Dominic Anderson, CFP, Digital Pro Lab, Carver Community Cultural, Center, San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum, and the African American Quilt Circle of San Antonio.

MBAW also thanks the following Operational Sponsors and Partners: Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Nancy Smith Hurd Foundation, City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture, Brown Foundation, San Antonio Area Foundation, Betty Stieren Kelso Foundation, Bexar County, National Endowment for the Arts, Joan and Herb Kelleher Charitable Foundation, The Spine Group, Texas Commission on the Arts, Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, Terra Nova Violins, Hayward Gaude Fine Portraits, Muriel F. Siebert Foundation, Kaitlyn and Stewart Skloss Family Foundation, Digital Pro Lab, FASTSIGNS, Texas Public Radio, Visit San Antonio​


Robert Michaelson

Largely self-taught, Rob Michaelson’s photographic interests are centered around subjects that can get him outdoors. He is a passionate bird photographer and wildlife photographer as well as an underwater photographer. He enjoys being one of the volunteer photographers for Musical Bridges, finding it exciting, challenging, and rewarding. 

“Photographing for Musical Bridges is extremely challenging. Concerts are indoors, usually with very difficult lighting situations. You can’t use a flash; you must not be intrusive during the concerts, and you need to get good useable photos.” 

“The rewards are great. I’ve been able to photograph fantastic musicians like Hiromi, Vijay Iyer, Janoska, and the Gurwitz International Piano Competition. What an honor and privilege it was to capture images for The Quilt.”

Rob is the husband of Anya Grokhovski, Founder and Artistic Director of Musical Bridges Around the World. Rob is very proud of having served over 30 years reserve and active duty in the United States Air Force, retiring from active duty in 2011 as a Colonel. 

Sarah Jane

Artist Statement:
Since 7 or 8, I have all these memories of my mom scrapbooking the family photos that she would take with disposable kodaks. I remember going to the local drugstore to get the photos developed, and I would always get so excited when she would give me a page to do! I became a hobbyist photographer in 2008 – taking pictures of nature and beautiful places I traveled to, and then would share those photos on social media.

I didn’t start portraits until 2009 when a friend told me she loved my work and wanted me to be her family photographer. After that session, I was asked by another friend for portraits, and before long I had a client list from friends who shared my work within their social media circles. By 2012, many shoots, gear purchases and learning the ropes of running a small business later – I was running my own company as a wedding and portrait photographer. My primary focus as a portrait photographer is to tell life’s stories – whether it’s a couple in love, boudoir portraits, a graduate who’s finally obtained that degree they worked hard for, photojournalistic or business portraits of people and places. I love that through photography, moments in time can be preserved and shared for generations to come.

My biggest drive and where I am most passionate is in empowering women of all races to shine, grow, and become the greatest versions of themselves in whatever avenue or lifestyle they pursue.

Manuel Alejandro Hernández Cardona (of CMC Studios)

Manuel A. Hernandez is an artist who approaches art as an idea. He uses the art context as a means to communicate, comment, and question society. The material of his works constantly varies so he considers himself more like a modeler of ideas. 

The performativity of the creative act is expressed either implicitly or explicitly in his work. The perceptive element of a specific human group or situation is determinant in the interpretation of his works. 
There are multiple referential games on reality in which the stable notions of identity are questioned over and over again. He questions identity where its predetermined and stable condition does not exist. Hernandez makes an interpretation from the art of social situations of massive scope that have repercussions and affect the lives of men and women. His artwork has been exhibited throughout Cuba as well as at international art events. Currently, he is exploring new means of photography, portrait, and documentary.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Are tickets required for entry to the event?

Yes but they are free. See ticket registration button above.

  • How do I get to the MBAW Art Gallery? Where do I park?

The Art Gallery at Musical Bridges Around the World is located at: 23705 Frontage Road, Suite 101, San Antonio, TX 78257. Parking is free in the office parking areas and up the hill. Tip: If you are coming from the south and heading north, you will need take Exit 551 and do a turnaround under the I-10 freeway. Once on the access road heading south, the turn is directly after Sun Auto Services (and Las Palapas preceding that).

  • Can I take picture(s) or video(s)?

Yes! And we love for you to tag us on social media: @musicalbridges or @MusicalBridgesAroundtheWorld

  • Is there food and drink available?

Yes. There may be free or paid options available.

  • I want to purchase an art piece. What do I do?

If you are attending the event, please find Gallery Director Diana Roberts or an MBAW staff member to make your purchase. Cash, check, or credit/debit are accepted. If you wish to purchase before or after the event at any time when the exhibition is up, go to mbaw.org/art to select and purchase artwork(s) online or contact Diana Roberts at dlr@mbaw.org.

  • I can’t make the reception but I want to come see the artwork. Can I make an appointment?

Yes! Contact Diana Roberts at dlr@mbaw.org to book an appointment. The office/gallery is generally open Mon-Fri, 10 AM – 4 PM.


21 January 2023 | 10:00 am
31 March 2023 | 5:00 pm
Open By Appointment
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MBAW Art Gallery
23705 IH-10 Frontage Road, Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78257 United States