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Please see our Calendar and Gallery pages for current exhibitions and SAAL&M sponsored activities in the San Antonio Area.

Annual Events

Artist of the Year  Billy Keen

Since 1945, the San Antonio Art League Museum has recognized an artist as artist of the Year. The artist is honored with a retrospective exhibition and an accompanying catalogue.


click here for past artists of the year


Annual Artist Exhibition

Each year the San Antonio Art League Museum sponsors this Exhibition. The annual San Antonio Artists Exhibition grew out of the fabled Edgar B. Davis Competitions of the late 1920s. Although not as spectacular in scope as the Davis Exhibitions of 1927, 1928, and 1929, the Annual San Antonio Artists Competitions are juried events and the purchase prizes will add to the permanent collection of the San Antonio Art League Museum (SAAL&M).

The major difference between the shows of then and now is that the national competitions of the Davis era were changed to an eligibility of entrance from from the State of Texas better reflect the mission of SAAL&M to "exhibit and promote local, regional and Texas art." It provides an opportunity for artists of all media, young or old, experienced or beginners, to be judged by a juror of repute for acceptance in the exhibition and to compete for awards and purchase prizes. click here for details on past exhibitions

Sponsored by
The San Antonio Art League and Museum
130 King William Street
San Antonio, Texas 78204

For questions and prospectus please call or email to the above.

Exhibition Date

April 9th to May 27th, 2017 - Opening Reception on April 9th, 2017 from 3 to 5pm.

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Dr William Eiland:

A native of Sprott, Ala., William Underwood Eiland is the Director of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia. He earned his B.A. degree summa cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia. Eiland has been the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, a Danforth Teaching Fellowship at the University of Virginia, a research fellowship from the University of Georgia’s Willson Center for The Humanities and Arts, and a Museum Professionals Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The author of four books, he has edited and contributed to more than 60 publications. He has served on the boards of the American Association of Museums (AAM), the Southeastern Museums Conference and the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries; and was a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors. In 2015 he completed a 6-year term as a member of AAM’s Accreditation Commission. For 6 years he chaired the Indemnity Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts, and since 2013, he has been a board member of the International Council of Museums. Among his many honors, Eiland most recently received the American Alliance of Museums Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of his contributions to the field on a national level.

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Awards and Purchase Prizes

Approximately  $8,000.00 will be awarded.

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  • Artists with established current residence in the State of Texas, including armed forces personnel stationed in the area.
  • Non-resident members of the Art League for three years or more.
  • Entrants must be 18 years or older.

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Specification and Media 

To be considered by the judge, entries must be:

  • Original.  Student work completed under instruction or in direct association with a class is not acceptable.
  • Completed since January 1, 2015
  • Suitable framed and wired for display.
  • Painting may not exceed 50 inches width or 72 inches in height, including frame.  Three dimensional works may not exceed 72 inches x 50" x 30"may not weigh more than 150 pounds. (Indoor)
  • Identification Card must be attached to upper left corner of the back of framed entries or underside of object.
  • No suspended or hanging sculpture.
  • Physical properties of work must be stable.
  • Paint must be dry.
  • SAAL&M reserves the right to restrict entries, if necessary in the interest of safety and ability to handle due to weight or size.
  • A maximum of three entries may be submitted.
  • Computer enhanced photograph will be considered and must be designated as such.
  • Outdoor (Yard) Sculptures may be entered with picture of sculpture and dimension
  • All works that are exhibited are made available for purchase with the exception of the Onderdonk Prize.  The Artists will received 60% or the sale and 40% is retained by SAAL&M.

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Entry Fees, Forms, Dates

  • An entry fee of $10.00 per entry is required of each non-Art League member.

  • Members may submit one entry free. Second and third entries at a fee of $10.00 each. Fees must accompany Entry Form, is non-refundable and are used to defray exhibition costs.

  • Only Artists in the State of Texas are eligible unless the Artist is a member of San Antonio Art League and Museum.
  • All work must be delivered for judging to San Antonio Art League Gallery, 130 King William Street, on February 17 and 18, 2017.
  • The works will be juried and either accepted or non-selected  for the Exhibition on February 19, 2017

  • Non-selected  ENTRIES MUST be picked up on February 25, 2017, 10am to 3pm & February 26, 1  to 4pm, 2017.  The San Antonio Art League will not assume responsibility for entries not picked up by this time.

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 SAAL&M will not be responsible for loss or damage to any work of art submitted, and all works are submitted and received subject to this condition.  All possible care will be used in handling entries.

Submission of work constitutes an agreement to all conditions of the prospectus.


Ethel T. Drought Award

Ethel T. Drought Founders Award for outstanding contribution to the Arts shall be awarded to an art patron at the May Awards and Installation Luncheon.

Previous recipients are:
2001 - Dorothy and Charles Katz
2002 - Edith McAllister
2003 - Walter Nold Mathis
2004 - Margaret Pace Willson and Linda Pace
2005 - Betty Lou and Larry Sheerin
2006 - Libba Barnes
2007 - Chris Hill
2008 - Marie and Hugh Halff
2009 - Dr. Ricardo & Harriett D. Romo
2010 - Ann Griffith Ash
2011 - Babs Baugh
2012 - Jane and Thomas Drought
2013 - Claire Golden
2014 - Mike Casey
2015 - Carol L. Karotkin
2016 - Dr. & Mrs. Dale Wood







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