San Antonio's Contemporary Arts Festival - Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Luminaria Team


Kathy Armstrong, Executive Director

In 2015, curator and educator Kathy Armstrong was named Luminaria's first Executive Director. Armstrong has strong artistic vision, long-range planning skills, and extensive experience working with the rich diversity of San Antonio cultural organizations. She served for 18 years as Director of Exhibitions for the Southwest School of Art, where she commissioned and curated dozens of acclaimed local, national and international exhibitions. She was a curator for Luminaria in 2011, and was appointed by Mayor Julian Castro the festival’s Associate Artistic Director for Luminaria 2013. Armstrong has also served as a key selection panelist and guest curator for numerous local arts institutions and nonprofits, including Public Arts San Antonio Capital Projects, Texas State University, Planned Parenthood South Texas, Rockport Center of the Arts, Say Si, ArtPace and San Antonio's Distinction in the Arts Award.  

Armstrong welcomes the opportunity to further develop Luminaria as a multi-disciplinary contemporary arts festival produced by, and featuring the artists, curators, and makers of San Antonio and beyond. She is especially excited to showcase the 10th annual festival in November 2017. 


Kat Berrospe Portrait


Kat Berrospe, Administrative Assistant

Kat Berrospe is an artist who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Native to San Antonio, she has been involved with Luminaria for many years as a devoted attendee, a 2016 Featured Artist, and now as Luminaria's Administrative Assistant. She works directly with Kathy year-round to plan and develop Luminaria's Contemporary Arts Festival and other events.








Production Team

Ethel Shipton, Artistic Production Manager

Ethel Shipton is an artist, curator and producer. Originally from Laredo, she received her BA from the University of Texas in Austin, moved to Mexico City for a few years, and settled in San Antonio. Shipton is a key figure in the visual arts community of San Antonio. She was the Head Preparator at the McNay Art Museum for 13 years and prior to that worked for the San Antonio Museum of Art and Blue Star Contemporary Arts Museum.   Shipton has curated exhibitions for many venues including Guladalupe Cultural Arts Center and Parchman Stremmel Gallery. She directed an independent exhibitions space called The Project Room, giving artists the opportunity to create new works, and she currently directs Vacancy Projects with her partner Nate Cassie. Shipton has been involved with Luminaria since the first one in 2008 -- as an artist, member of the artistic steering committee, and as part of the production team. 




Maritza Quiroz, Logistics Production Manager

Maritza Quiroz, owner of All Services Marketing and Production Manager for the San Antonio Book Festival,has been part of the Luminaria arts festival planning team in vaious roles for many years. For 2017, she is the lead in orchestrating a safe event footprint for the enthusiastic and large festival attendees.






2018 Curatorial Committee

Alana Coates Portrait

Alana Coates

Alana J. Coates is a gallerist, educator, and curator. Academically trained in Art History, Museum Studies, and Nonprofit Leadership, Coates has worked in museums, city-wide-arts programs, and cultural centers. As the Associate Director of Ruiz-Healy Art, Coates works with artists of international acclaim, while supporting emerging artists through independent projects in her free time. Originally from New England, she has called Texas home for almost a decade now. 





Agosto Cuellar Portrait

Agosto Cuellar

Agosto Cuellar is a San Antonio visionary - - Couturier, Entrepreneur, Social Activist, producer, curator, DJ, board member of both SAY Sí and FGI (Fashion Group International), and founder of Planeta Mixteca, a cultural House in the Lavaca neighborhood. He's got deep roots and wide wings having owned and operated the legendary resale/vintage/Art gallery Jive Refried. His collections of irreverent, often recycled garments, landed him in serious Project Runway consideration, where Tim Gunn coined him "Wild Card Cuellar" for his approach. He's currently working as the Merchandising Manager at Goodwill where he combines his unparalleled eye for revolutionary fashion with material re-use. Cuellar is one of the principal founders of "Runway en la Calle", the annual Fashion Show in the heart of the Westside of San Antonio, showcasing community designers.  He has been featured in ELLE, Texas Monthly, the Current, and Out in SA. Cuellar is currently working on his 18th collection for Spring/Summer 2018. 

Adriana Flores Portrait

Adriana Flores

Adriana Flores graduated from Texas A&M University and obtained her Master of Science in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She worked for the San Antonio Public Library for 10 years. Her love of literature, music and education returned her to work with her family business, Alamo Music Center, started by her grandfather in the great depression. Today, Flores is Vice President of Alamo Music Center, which is run by the third and fourth generations of the family. She shares her love of music and the arts with her two sons, as they spend many weekends listening, learning and exploring all forms of art in San Antonio.




Mark McCoin PortraitMark McCoin

Mark McCoin is an internationally practicing performance / sound / installation artist and educator, who heads the New Media program in the Art and Art History Dept. at the University of Texas at San Antonio. As a musician, McCoin has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Merce Cunningham Studio, the (Smithsonian) National Museum of the American Indian, ruin sites in Peru, and villages in Bali, Indonesia. He has composed scores for dance, theater, film, radio, and for multiple seasons of episodic television. His creative collaborations include works with Michelle Ellsworth, Mark Amerika, Dr. Andrew Weil, and Grammy Award winners, Mary Youngblood, and Joanne Shenandoah. His own interdisciplinary works include the evening length performance work, "Gifts From Unknown Islands," and most recently “The Feral Piano,” performed in 2016 at the ATLAS Interdisciplinary Theater in Boulder, CO. Most recently, he installed a vertically hanging, self-playing piano harp at Site Gallery Houston (The Silos) for Sculpture Month Houston.


Andrea Vocab Sanderson Portrait

Andrea Vocab Sanderson

Andrea Sanderson (poet, singer, hip hop artist) known on stage as 'Vocab' has been a spoken word artist since 2001.  She serves as a creative Writer In the Community for Gemini Ink & Barrio Writers, co-hosts: 2nd Verse, Jazz & Poetry with a Purpose, and Fresh Ink Youth Slam. Her poetry is published in The Texas Observer, January 2016 Issue, Pariah Anthology SFA Press, March 2016, and Sycorax’s Daughters, Cedar Groove Publishing, January 2017, which is nominated for a Bram Stoker's Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology. Her debut theatre production 'The Bad Mama Jama Mixtape' premieres at The Little Carver on March 24th. 




Guillermina ZabalaGuillermina Zabala Portrait

Born in Argentina, Guillermina Zabala is a filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist. She graduated from Columbia College Hollywood with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Currently, she is the Media Arts Director at SAY Sí. She has received numerous awards for her work throughout the years from prominent institutions and has served as a Curator for the 28th CineFestival, the On Screen at Artpace Film Series, and the 9th LA Freewaves and LA’s Freecuencia Film Festival.  Undoubtedly, filmmaking is her passion and it continues to be a solid thread throughout her artistic, educational and research endeavors. Her works have been exhibited in museums and art galleries in Los Angeles, New York, Texas, Miami, and San Francisco; and internationally in Germany, Latin America and Spain. Presently, her print No a La Guerra and her photograph Odas Elementales are shown at the exhibit VOZ: Selections from the UTSA Art collection, and its accompanying catalog, at Centro de Artes in San Antonio.




Are you intererested in being part of the Luminaria team? Please send a letter / email of interest to the Executive Director - be sure to include full contact information and support materials. 


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