The Art Gallery at Musical Bridges Around the World presents professionally curated art exhibitions by emerging and established visual artists working in our community and beyond. Quarterly receptions, artist dialogues and other gallery events bring the community together and invite artists, collectors and visitors from all backgrounds to experience the connection between people, cultures and ideas through the expression of visual art.

23705 Frontage Road, Ste. 101, San Antonio, TX 78257

Current Exhibition

23 OCTOBER – 15 MARCH 2022

Open by Appointment, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm

Rooted in American Modernism, Tim Beard’s classically abstract paintings attest to the enduring value of observation, intuition and the physical act of painting as a means of refining and expressing the inner workings of an active mind. Beard earned a BFA from the Santa Barbara Art Institute and MFA from the University of Maryland, College Park. A longtime resident of the Washington, DC area, Beard moved to San Antonio 10 years ago where he continues to paint and exhibit his artwork.

Conan Chadbourne’s intricate, layered, drawing-based images explore the intersection of mathematics and the organic world, science and mysticism, ancient and modern. Often based on mathematic or scientific phenomena, Chadbourne creates hand-crafted elements that are digitally composited to create enigmatic images “motivated by a fascination with the occurrence of mathematical or scientific imagery in traditional art forms, and the frequently mystical or cosmological significance that can often be attributed to such imagery.” Chadbourne holds a BA in Mathematics and Physics from New York University and has worked in experimental physics research, digital imaging and printing, graphic design, and documentary film production. His artwork has been exhibited throughout Texas as well as at national and international conferences on mathematics and the arts.

Location & Parking Information

How to Get There

The Art Gallery at Musical Bridges Around the World is located at our offices in Leon Springs – gateway to the beautiful Texas Hill Country –  just south of Boerne Stage Road. 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).

 

Parking

Free parking is available in the office parking lot, and there is overflow parking as you go up the hill.

Safety Guidelines & Protocols

MBAW will follow all safety and distancing guidelines for fine arts performance halls per the State of Texas, as well any other measures it feels necessary per event from its own discretion for the ensured safety of its attendees. More details about safety guideline details/protocols being enacted will be provided with each event’s communication and as each date approaches, as per the most updated COVID-19 city and state guidelines and MBAW discretion.
 
Most Recent Updates:
  • For the safety of patrons and staff, masks are strongly encouraged while inside the gallery. Extra Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. Per CDC guidance, we request that unvaccinated individuals wear masks at all times.
  • To allow social distancing, MBAW reserves the right to limit the number of attendees inside the gallery at a time.
  • For gallery receptions, wine and bites will be outdoors. Music may be indoors or outdoors.

Gallery History

 After a fifteen (15) year occupation of our founder’s home (mostly her kitchen and dining room), Musical Bridges Around the World moved into its first-ever dedicated office space in 2012. The open floor plan and generous walls allowed us to realize the dream of incorporating visual art into our multi-pronged programming. In turn, the MBAW Art Gallery made its public premiere in May 2013. Since then, the gallery has taken on a life of its own and become an integral part of our diverse programs; hosting art openings, gallery talks, chamber concerts, poetry readings and book signings. In January 2016, Julya Jara joined the MBAW family as our first dedicated gallerist. After a three-year tenure, Julya became our Director of Development as long-time San Antonio curator Diana Roberts took over as Gallery Director in January 2019. As the only major fine arts entity on the IH-10 Corridor between downtown San Antonio and the city of Boerne, the MBAW Art Gallery is positioned to help bring our mission and vision to the larger community through its culturally and artistically diverse programs. Artworks are available for sale and a portion of all proceeds benefit all of our programs directly.

Previous Exhibits

Exhibition Title Artist(s) Date(s)
Partituren | Time Stands Still – Fotoseptiembre 2020 Michael Matthews (Montreal, Canada | Berlin, Germany) & Michael Kruscha (Berlin, Germany) 4 September 2020 – 30 September 2021
Within and Without Norma Jean Moore (San Antonio, Texas) & Brian Wedgworth (McAllen, Texas) 14 March – 21 August 2020
Alterations, Interventions, and Other Manipulations Jill Bedgood, Carra Garza (San Antonio, Texas), Gerald Lopez (Corpus Christi, Texas), Paul Valadez (McAllen, Texas) 16 November 2019 – 7 February 2020
Bygone Texas: Photographs by John Mattson and Karen Zimmerly | Fotoseptiembre 2019 John Mattson & Karen Zimmerly (San Antonio, Texas) 31 August – 3 November 2019
Summer Visions: Landscape in the Mind’s Eye Sylvia Benitez, Sabra Booth, Caroline Korbell Carrington, Lorraine Shirkus, & Brian St. John (San Antonio, Texas) 15 June – 16 August 2019
Jean Edelstein: In Tune with Music & Nature Jean Edelstein (Los Angeles, California) 7 April – 18 May 2019
Multi-Colored Universes Paul Martin & Symone Kiyanna Elliott (San Antonio, Texas) 26 January – 31 March 2019
Luchadores Fabian Lainez (Spain | San Antonio) 29 September – December 2018
Celebration of the Art of Calligraphy: Messages of Peace and Reassurance Salma Arastu (India | Berkeley, California) 21 April – 20 August 2018
Puerto Rico: Ritmo del Sol | Dream Week 2018 Antonio Carrion Torruellas (Puerto Rico) 21 January – 13 April 2018
Master of Mystical Scenes Rubén Reséndiz (Guanajuato, Mexico) 9 July 2014
A Few of My Favorite Things | Fotoseptiembre 2017 Rodolfo Choperena (Mexico City, Mexico | San Antonio, Texas) 26 August 2017 – 13 October 2017
Whispers of Wuxi Chen Hao, Ge Qiang, Geng Minxia (Wuxi, China) 13 May 2017 – 18 August 2017
Social Consciousness Bernice Appelin-Williams, James Wyatt Hendricks (San Antonio, Texas) 11 March 2017 – 5 May 2017
From Moussor to Tignon: The Evolution of the Head-tie Juliana Kasumu (London, UK | Lagos | New Orleans) 7 Jan 2017
Chicken Soup Jill Bedgood, Danville Chadbourne, Mark Cheikhet, Alyssa Danna, Albert Gonzales, Rex Hausmann, Paul Martin, Ben McVey, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Kevork Mourad, Justin Parr, Louis Vega Trevino, Tanya Rachickaya, Kathleen Silva, Natalia Sun, Gary Sweeney, Lauren Browning, Sarah Sauer, Ricky Armendariz, Nate Cassie, Chuck Ramirez 19 Nov 2016
Of Lace & Steel | Collaboration with Dock Space Gallery Laura Mijangos, Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga (San Antonio, Texas) 8 Oct 2016
¡Puro San Antonio! | Fotoseptiembre 2016 Darren Abate, Billy Calzada, Mark Greenberg, Josh Huskin, Mark Sobhani, Natalia Sun (San Antonio, Texas) 27 Aug 2016
Northern Lights Louis Vega Treviño (San Antonio, Texas) 18 Jun 2016
Fusion of the Arts Mark Cheikhet (San Antonio | Moscow, Russia) 22 Nov 2015
Land & Sea | Fotoseptiembre 2015 Robert Michalson & Jim Sparkman (San Antonio, Texas) 4 Sep 2015
Fireworks Rex Hausmann (San Antonio, Texas) 26 Jun 2015
Metamorphosis Kevork Mourad (Syria | New York) & Mahdi Vali (Iran | San Antonio) 30 May 2015
Unfolding Dimensions Sandy Whitby & Lauren Browning (San Antonio, Texas) 13 Feb 2015
Sculptures & Paintings Danville Chadbourne (San Antonio, Texas) 4 Apr 2015
Silent World | Fotoseptiembre 2014 Robert Michaelson & Jim Sparkman (San Antonio, Texas) 29 Aug 2014 (Fotoseptiembre)
Dream Worlds Tania Rachytskaya 5 Apr 2014
Feel the Glow Susan Dunis (Blanco, Texas) 25 Jan 2014
On the Way to Work Rex Hausmann (San Antonio, Texas) 5 Oct 2013

Sponsors

Department of Arts & Culture
Ford Foundation
Kronkosky
National Endowment for the Arts
H.E.B
The Brown Foundation, Inc.
Texas Commission on the Arts
Joan & Herb Kelleher
H.E.B
Joan & Herb Kelleher
Texas Commission on the Arts
Alice Kleberg Reynolds