Brick is nestled in the middle of Blue Star Arts Complex. Originally part of the farmland belonging to the Mission San Antonio DE Valero (popularly known as The Alamo), the King William neighborhood was settled in the 1860s by German immigrants, who built many of the large historic homes still in the area today. In 1968, the city designated King William as its first Historic Neighborhood.
In 1985, Hap Veltman and Bernard Lifshutz purchased the historic Blue Star Ice and Cold Storage complex across the San Antonio River from King William. Just a year later, in 1986, the San Antonio Museum of Art cancelled what was to be the first exhibition of local, contemporary artists in San Antonio. In response, Veltman and Lifshutz offered to convert one of the warehouses into a gallery to temporarily house the exhibition. The exhibit drew thousands of people, and launched the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, as well as Contemporary Art Month, now celebrated citywide each March.
Over the years, Blue Star has remained a vital center for cutting edge art in San Antonio. As such, we offer a warehouse setting in baroque style that will stimulate your senses. We are your blank canvas where your ideas and vision will come alive. Walking into the main venue, you will be immediately drawn to our two, 80-year-old German chandeliers as the centerpiece of the room. It’s a great venue for special events, programs, pop up anything you want – practically no limitations! Wedding couples with a flair for urban fun, love this reasonable venue!
Perfect for large or small scale art show, dance and music performances, fashion shows, film events. Venue hosts markets, performances, exhibitions, music, fashion and other gatherings associated with community, social justice, and non profit organizations. The gallery can accommodate up to 299 but can also be as intimate with 50 people.
For weekday corporate mixers, you won’t find a better value than the Brick. Our venue offers that perfect space to unwind with a glass of beer or wine and do a little networking. Perfect for evening sales presentations, chamber events, or just your monthly meet & greet! We’ll provide the bar at very reasonable rates, you bring your clients. (Wine, Beer and Bubbly Bar on premise.)
Our day hours are open Monday through Saturday to rent by the hour. We host an Arts Market every Sunday and First Friday of the month.
BRICK OPEN STUDIO DAY RENTALS START AT $100/hr – 8 am to 6 pm (minimum – 1 hour)
Evening rates: Sunday through Thursday – $1,800 – $2,000. Friday – $2,900. Saturday – $3,500.
Over 10 hours goes to hourly rate. Overnight rate changes to hourly rate after 12 hours of use.
Non Profit rates available upon request.