35th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival Poster Revealed

Poster by Therese Spina 

Poster by Therese Spina 

San Antonio was/is  known throughout the country as "Metal Capital of the United States" but what many don't know is that San Antonio is also known as Tejano Conjunto capital of the world, having the genre being born in our own backyard during the 19th century.

What makes Conjunto different from traditional Tejano and Norteño music is the bajo sexto instrument that is used to compliment the accordion. 

According to a news release, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center's 35th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio 2016 will take place from May 11-15 at the historic Guadalupe Theater and Rosedale Park.

The event will feature over 30 of the very best bands in Conjunto music; inductees into the Conjunto Music Hall of Fame; the San Antonio Premiere of Conjunto Blues; a theatrical/musical/multi-media performance piece by San Antonio-based artist Nicolas Valdez; a Free Seniors Conjunto Dance; a Conjunto Student Showcase; a workshop on Accordion Tuning, Maintenance & Repair; a special edition of the Tejano Conjunto Festival magazine; TCF Poster Contest Exhibit & Awards Presentation; Hohner Accordion raffles; food & beverage booths; and plenty of dancing and fun for the entire family. 

Each year, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center hold an open call for artists to submit their craft for a chance to have their piece chosen as the official poster for the festival. This year's winner, was an artist and graphic designer graduate student from Texas State University Therese Spina.

“I love history and I’ve always loved the image of the Virgen de Guadalupe, so I wanted to use that as the basis of the poster,” said Spina in the press release. “I did a lot of research and created it based on imagery that’s embedded in Latino culture,” 

Though Spina's design was the overall winner, there are other artists who's contributions will be rewarded and those are as followed:

Overall Winner: Therese Spina

Top Selection Open Category: Fernando Andrade & Samuel Morales

Honorable Mention Open Category: Rae Cabello

Top Selection College Level: Eva Tamez

Top Selection High School: Christopher B. Garza

Honorable Mention High School: Caitlin Backus

Top Selection Middle School: Jennifer Herrera

Honorable Mention Middle School: Ana Davila

“This year's winning poster design is a classic and a great symbol for this year's landmark 35th anniversary celebration,” said Juan Tejeda, Director of the Tejano Conjunto Festival. “I especially like the contemporary musical representation of the Virgen de Guadalupe and how her fingers are floating over the buttons and keyboard of the accordion as if she's getting ready to play a polcita.”

Full line up for the 2016 Conjunto Festival will be released next week.