New Art Resource Center Opens at Central Library
The San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) officially opened and dedicated a new educational space within its Central location on November 12 with an official ceremony and reception attended by local city leaders including Hon. Diego Bernal, District 1, Honorable Nelson Wolff, Bexar County Judge, and City Manager, Sheryl Sculley.
The Marie Swartz Art Resource Center is a partnership with the Southwest School of Art (SSA) that will serve as the library of record for the School’s new BFA degree program beginning next year. The 4,500-square-foot center, on the second floor of the Central Library, will house print materials and periodicals, and will include access to art-databases within the Library, all accessible to both SSA students and the public.
Ms. Swartz was a Library Board member, Library Foundation Board member and artist who passed away in 2009. Swartz made a mark on San Antonio’s cultural and civic life and indelibly changed the city’s skyline with the landmark Central Library.
Renovations and purchase of materials for the space were facilitated through a significant gift to the SSA from Mary Elizabeth Droste. Additionally, former SSA board member Richard Mogas designed the space pro bono.
SSA will contribute collection materials, such as books, journals and databases, which will be combined with the current SAPL art resource collection.
This project was also made possible by support provided by the San Antonio Public Library Foundation.
The Marie Swartz Art Resource Center will be open to the public on Wednesday, November 13.