San Antonio, TX
photographer, librarian, contemporary art nonprofit administrative professional, archivist, theatre usher, reiki worker, tarot reader, sunscreen enthusiast
BIOChris Castillo is a baby lamb. Born in San Antonio, Texas, Chris Castillo studied Journalism and Photography at San Antonio College before completing a BA in Photography and Art History & Criticism at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Castillo earned a Master of Library Science degree at Texas Woman's University. Currently a Teen Librarian for the San Antonio Public Library, Castillo has previously worked for Artpace and Bexar Bibliotech. Castillo is a founding member of the artist collective The Lullwood Group, which curated Second Saturday exhibitions monthly 2012 through 2017. Since 2008, Castillo has helped contribute to Fiesta Cornyation as a designer's assistant for the House of Uribe, designer Leora Uribe. Cornyation has contributed over $2M to HIV/AIDS charities and scholarships. Castillo serves on the Board of Directors for Spare Parts and the Spare Parts MINI ART MUSEUM. Castillo previously interned for Adriana Lara and Perros Negros in Mexico City. Castillo lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.
LATEST UPDATES2019 Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today June 20, 2019 to September 15, 2019 at the McNay Art Museum.
Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today celebrates the authentic, beautiful, and vulnerable voices of contemporary, North American artists who express their true selves through a broad gender spectrum. Some of the artists identify as LGBTQ+, and some do not. The art in Transamerica/n speaks to family, community, self-discovery, and ultimately identity. Artists’ experiences are highlighted as part of the McNay’s dual commitment to artistic excellence and community impact.
"MORNING GLORY" A large-scale cyanotype was on view at Forest Hills Branch Library, 5425 Ingram Rd. San Antonio, TX 78228, from November 2, 2018 – January January 12, 2019. This 21-foot cyanotype on muslin fabric was my largest cyanotype to date.
Adam J. Kurtz has designed a tarot deck called the OK Tarot. Find out more about his beautiful project here. I helped give insight and research materials during Adam's design process. Buy a deck for you and gift one to your best friend! And/or worst enemy!
I'm a theremin composer, y'all. Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28, 2018, Basement Complex Suite 102, performed live at Jump-Start Performance Co. Experience theatre in the dark. A performance exploring monsters, ghosts, whispers, the limits of legibility and intelligibility, edges and their absence, and human beings’ place in the universe. What do you do when you’re confronted with something you can’t understand, and also it wants to destroy you? Maybe you were wrong the whole time. Daniel Jackson directs an ensemble devised experience that will weird you the heck out.
Thank you for attending these performances!
Click here to read a review of Basement Complex by Deborah Martin published in the Express-News.
The Lullwood Group presented Second Saturday exhibitions monthly at 107 Gallery, 107 Lone Star Blvd from 2012 through 2017. While remaining an artist collective, the Lullwood Group will no longer curate Second Saturday exhibition openings. For the most up-to-date information on The Lullwood Group exhibitions visit our Facebook page.
EDUCATION2017 to 2019, Master of Library Science – Texas Woman's University, Epsilon Omega Epsilon Honor Society
2011 Bachelor of Arts in Art, Minor in Art History and Criticism – University of Texas at San Antonio, Cum Laude
2009 Associate of Arts in Journalism – San Antonio College, Cum Laude Associate of Arts in Photography – San Antonio College
2002 Holmes High School, Cum Laude
GROUP EXHIBITIONS2019 "Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today," Organized by the McNay Art Museum and conceived by René Paul Barilleaux, Head of Curatorial Affairs; and is organized with Jackie Edwards, Assistant Curator; Bianca Alvarez, 2017-2018 Semmes Foundation Intern in Museum Studies; and Lauren Thompson, 2018-2019 Semmes Foundation Intern in Museum Studies.
2019 Queer Craft, Curated by Andrew Leo Stansbury, Morris, MN
2018 Luminaria, Curated by Monica Del Arenal, San Antonio, TX
2018 "10,000 Years of Love & Resistance: A Celebration of the Arts and Spiritual Union," Bihl Haus Arts, Curated by David Zamora Casas, San Antonio, TX
2018 "Common Currents: 1818 - 1967," Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX
2017 "Worlds Together/Apart," University of Texas at San Antonio, curated by Julie Ledet, San Antonio, TX
2017 "Ebb::Flow::," The Lullwood Group, San Antonio, TX
2015 "Second Biannual 50 Artists / 250 Works," French & Michigan, curated by Celeste Wackenhut and Faith Alexandra Haddad, San Antonio, TX
2015 Herstory Inventory: 100 Feminist Drawings by 100 Artists / Think of Number 6 @ at GUS, Stellenbosch University Art Gallery, curated by John Peffer and Bettina Malcomess, Cape Town, South Africa, ZA
2015 Herstory Inventory: 100 Feminist Drawings by 100 Artists / Think of Number 6 @ at the Point of Order, Wits University Substation Gallery, curated by John Peffer, Johannesburg, South Africa, ZA
2014 "The One and Only," Lady Base Gallery, curated by Sarah Castillo, San Antonio, TX
2013 "A Photography Show," Lady Base Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2013 "Feels so Brite," X Marks the Art, San Antonio, TX
2013 "The Lullwood Group," Ben Bailey Art Gallery, Kingswood, TX
2013 "Art to the Power of Ten," McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
2012 "BYOB-SATX," The Lullwood Group, Gallery 107, San Antonio, TX
2012 Herstory Inventory: 100 Feminist Drawings by 100 Artists / Brooklyn Museum, curated by Eugenie Tsai, New York, NY
2012 Herstory Inventory: 100 feministische Zeichnungen von 100 KünstlerInnen, curated by Eva Birkenstock, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria
2012 "Bootleg T-Shirt Show," Printed Matter, Inc., NYC, NY
2012 "Fonts of CAM eExhibition," Fontmasters, San Antonio, TX
2012 "Geocache Project," The Lullwood Group at Luminaria, San Antonio, TX
2012 "Drip/ Dry," The Lullwood Group at The Historic Southern Music Company Building, San Antonio, TX
2009 "Crístal Contemporáneo," Galería Tonantzin, San Antonio, TX
2008 "FOTOGRAFÍA", Instituto Cultural Mexicano (ICM)
2008 "Annual Juried Visual Arts Student Exhibition," San Antonio College
2007 “Fotoseptiembre”, Santikos Bijou at Crossroads, San Antonio, TX
2006 "Exquisite Corpse Show," North/South Galleries, Oakland, CA
2003 "Annual Juried Visual Arts Student Exhibition," San Antonio College, San Antonio, TX
2003 "Calzones Calientes," Jump-Start Theater, San Antonio, TX
2002 "Mexican American Renacimiento, Revolución Cultural De La Raza Cosmica, San Antonio Central Library
2000 "Not Fun with Barbie and Ken," Galleria Ortiz, San Antonio, TX
SOLO EXHIBITIONS2018 "Ipomoea pes-caprae," Curated by Sandra Griffin, San Antonio Public Library, San Antonio, TX
2016, "Amid the Mighty" Memorial Branch Library, San Antonio, TX
2015 "Of the Self; Amid the Mighty" Cortez Branch Library, San Antonio, TX
2009 "Untitled," Whole Foods Market Cafe, San Antonio, TX
2002 "What? Show," Salazar Studio, San Antonio, TX
2002 "Who? Show," Jai, San Antonio, TX
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS2019 "Jennifer Ling Datchuk: Half" F & M Projects, ISBN 9780996091459
2018 "The Book of Mini," Kate Esme Ünver, ISBN 9780762466689
2017 "untitled (la revolución es la solución!)," Kang Seung Lee, Artpace San Antonio
2015 "Wynne Greenwood: Stacy ... Kelly," Edited by Stephanie Snyder with conversations between Wynne and Emily Roysdon, Co-Author/Editor Johanna Burton, New Museum and Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, ISBN 9780988183827
2014 "Ulrike Müller's Herstory Inventory: 100 Feminist Drawings by 100 Artists," Editor's Choice, Thom Donovan, BOMB Magazine, Issue 127 Spring 2014
2014 "Herstory Inventory: 100 Feminist Drawings by 100 Artists," Ulrike Müller, ISBN 9780985337711
2012 "Coming After: queer time, arriving too late, and the spectre of the recent past," Jon Davies, Sharon Hayes, Zoe Leonard, Powerplant in Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-894212-35-9
2012 "Fonts of CAM," self published exhibition catalog Click here to read
2006 “Just Deserts," self published .pdf magazine Click here to read
CURATORIAL2011 to 2017, The Lullwood Group, 107 Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2011 Curatorial Assistant, "ISTORIA: Exploration in Contemporary Narrative," University of Texas at San Antonio – Satellite Space, San Antonio, TX
2011 Mexico City Curatorial Liaison, “zine library,” Unit B (Gallery), San Antonio, TX
2010 Mexico City Curatorial Liaison, “zine library,” Trouser House, New Orleans, LA
SYMPOSIA2010 A TREMOR IN THE STRUCTURE: LAUREL PTAK EN TÓXICO, Tóxico Cultura : Lab, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, MX
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONSAmerican Library Association Artpace San Antonio Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum Epsilon Omega Epsilon National Association of Latino Arts and Culture NASIG (formerly the North American Serials Interest Group, Inc.) San Antonio Botanical Garden Society of Southwest Archivists Texas Library Association Texas Public Radio