In The Eye of the Beholder is currently the only Black art gallery in San Antonio, Texas. We host exhibitions monthly that feature a new artist every second Saturday.
Located on the east side near Fort Sam, the gallery exists to provide a platform for established, emerging, and aspiring artists from around the world to display, express, preserve, and promote their work to a broader audience.
We recognize the vast expressions and experiences throughout the Black diaspora. These expressions and experiences are explored by our artists through various mediums, including but not limited to, visual art, digital media, dance, theatrics, literature, poetry, and fashion. We aim to serve as a special platform for Black creatives of all different backgrounds and artistic voices to have their work shown and celebrated no matter its content.
Maria M. Williams took notice of the lack of opportunities for Black artists in San Antonio. She took action and began her journey in art advocacy in 2019 with an initiative called the Art of Four, which was a team of four Black artists joining to obtain opportunities and exposure. The need to have a physical space for the Black artists in San Antonio quickly grew. Equipping her 13+ years of event planning, Maria opened In the Eye of the Beholder art gallery in September 2021. What started as a small initiative of 4 has now grown into a collection of 40+ artists. Maria also does work for the community outside the gallery, working as San Antonio's district 2 art commissioner.
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