Client: The University of Texas at San Antonio
Location: San Antonio, TX, United States
Completion date: 2023
Artwork budget: $-2
Tile Artisan Digital Imaging collaborated with artist Mark Hogensen and J&R Tile installation team to realize his dynamic vision in downtown San Antonio for UTSA’s growth initiative. Veronica Salazar, UTSA’s Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President for Business Affairs, highlighted the university’s dedication to fostering cultural connections through art. The newly unveiled murals, a collaboration between Hogensen, Tile Artisan Digital Imaging, and J&R Tile installation team, serve as accessible art pieces for UTSA students and the broader San Antonio community, enhancing the area with bold and expressive artworks.
Mark Hogensen’s unique style, characterized by perspective and vibrant colors, blends irregular shapes and forms. His creations draw inspiration from architecture and landscape, evoking movement and interaction. Infused with historical references, his work challenges perceptions, creating intriguing associations. Through collaboration with Tile Artisan Digital Imaging and J&R Tile installation team, Hogensen’s murals enrich UTSA’s cultural landscape, inviting the community to engage with the fusion of art and architecture.
The goals for integrating commissioned artwork into this project were to enrich UTSA's cultural landscape, foster cultural connections, and provide accessible art pieces for UTSA students and the broader San Antonio community. This integration was crucial to the overall design as it played a significant role in enhancing the area with bold and expressive artworks, contributing to UTSA's growth initiative in downtown San Antonio. Additionally, the collaboration between artist Mark Hogensen, Tile Artisan Digital Imaging, and J&R Tile installation team ensured that the commissioned artwork seamlessly integrated into the urban landscape, creating engaging access points to art and inviting viewers to explore the captivating fusion of art and architecture.
Overall, the process involved a collaborative effort between UTSA, artist Mark Hogensen, Tile Artisan Digital Imaging, and J&R Tile installation team to conceptualize, plan, develop, and install the commissioned artwork, with the goal of enhancing the urban landscape and fostering cultural connections within the community.