Interpretation. Introspection. Appreciation.

The Carver Gallery, located in the Jo Long Theatre lobby, connects audiences to established and emerging visual media artists through diverse and accessible exhibitions that demonstrate unique vision, original voice, and quality craftsmanship.

For booking inquiries, please email

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8–4:30, and two hours preceding each Jo Long Theatre season performance. Free Admission.

Artists and schedule subject to change.

Sylvia Benitez

September 9, 2021 – October 21, 2021

Reception, Thursday, September 9, 2020, 6-8 PM

A recognized installation artist, painter, and curator, Benitez is the recipient of many national awards, including two Pollock-Krasner awards, an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Individual Support Grant, an AICA award, and Two National Endowment for the Arts Visiting Artist Fellowships. She is also president and founder of The Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association (GAGA), a non-profit arts organization that helps women artists find their voices through art. Her exhibition, Hiding Places, is a collection of new landscape paintings representing amalgams of memories of places to escape to and to protect.

Anthony C. Edwards

October 28, 2021 – December 21, 2021

Reception, Thursday, October 28, 2021, 6-8 PM

Being defined as an artist is still difficult for the self-taught Edwards, more than three decades after he began painting at age 41 – even though his work has been sold in galleries, resides in San Antonio Museum of Art’s permanent collection, and was included in the Harriet and Harmon Kelley Collection of African American Art exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute. Edwards’ exhibition will provide the public a rare opportunity to view his own paintings and stained-glass creations alongside curated pieces from his personal Afrocentric art collection, including three Jonas Perkins sculptures and rare photographs by E.O. Goldbeck.

Swerv O Harold

January 6, 2022 – February 18, 2022

Reception, Thursday, January 6, 6-8 PM

Named one of “20 creatives who are shaping the city’s artistic landscape” by San Antonio Current, Swerv O Harold (né Shawn Oliver Harold Ervin) is a self-taught, contemporary artist and creator of The Orange Noir street fashion line. Influenced by Piet Parra, Keith Haring, and Modigliani, Swerv’s primary objective of his acrylic, ink and spray paint on canvas art is “to draw the viewer in and evoke a strong, lasting, emotional attachment through minimalistic imagery that can be serious yet playful at the same time.”

Shawn Artis

February 24, 2022 – April 15, 2022

Reception, Thursday, February 24, 6-8 PM

Houston’s Shawn Artis’ prolific style and out-of-the-box approach has established him as one of the nation’s top emerging visual artists. His work has been displayed at numerous museums, including the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Houston Museum of African American Culture, and the Art Institute of Houston. His multi-faceted exhibition, ARTis The Imitation of Life, is designed to create an environment for dialogue and resolutions.

John A. Coleman

April 21, 2022 – May 27, 2022

Reception, Thursday, April 21, 2022, 6-8 PM

Long a fixture in San Antonio’s art scene, Coleman returns to the Carver with new works influenced by Cubism’s geometric depiction of humans and other forms. Inspired by fellow African American artist Robert Blake’s portraiture and a desire to tell African American history, Coleman evolved his work into its current medium, acrylic on canvas portraiture of life in African American society.

San Antonio Street Art Initiative

July 21, 2022 – September 1, 2022

Reception, Thursday, July 21, 2022

SASAI is an artist-run, independent, non-profit charity that focuses on two areas of advocacy: education in career development and mural art programming. Composed of leaders within the city’s diverse street art scene, member artists have produced exciting mural art that represents unparalleled quality and memorable experiences. The exhibit will include works reflecting the diversity of the individual artists and the city.

Zane Thomas

September 9, 2022 – October 21, 2022

Reception, Thursday, September 9, 2022, 6-8 PM

Black Moon Print owner and creator Zane Thomas’s screen prints and graphic design combine his unapologetic obsession with vintage 40’s and 50’s advertisements, film, and pop culture to create a Neo-Americana and mid-century mashup style lovingly dubbed “Alternative Americana.” His creations invoke in him the same ghoulish grin he felt when he tried to sneak a naughty novelty toy from a truck stop as a kid, and he hopes to make things for those that revel in the same cherished aesthetic – and, at the end of the day, get the joke.