UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures’ Presents “Fiesta Soul, Fiesta Sole”

UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures’ Presents “Fiesta Soul, Fiesta Sole”

Michael Quintanilla is Calling all Fiestanistas, he would love for you to showcase your shoes!
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures’ unveils “Fiesta Soul: Fiesta Sole,” an exhibit featuring your fantastically-crafted shoes as well as shoes you’ve worn in the past that are perfectly-suited for celebrating Fiesta. Fiesta fanatics have an opportunity to see their works on display this Spring. The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures’ exhibit will be featuring crafted shoes turned into works of art for the city’s annual carnival season. However, you’ve got to be quick on your feet because the deadline for submissions is Feb. 28th. Your shoes, the sole, and their story, the soul, could be a part of this Fiesta-inspired museum display.

Original works of art by Michael Quintanilla

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Last year The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures presented “Fiesta Passion, Fiesta Fashion.” For 2020, fashion journalist and iconic Fiesta fashion figure, Michael Quintanilla has been asked to help the ITC team curate once again for this completely new exhibit, all about the passion that Fierce Fiesta-goers have for the fun and fabulous footwear we party in for 11 days.

Original works of art by Michael Quintanilla

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From a Fiesta Royal to a Fiesta Regular, they’d love to show off your bedazzled cowboy boots, your embellished high-top sneaks, your shoes with an homage to the Spurs, sparkly chanclas, heels, platforms, wedges and many more. If you decorated your shoes with a hot-glue gun and glitter, rhinestones, flowers, etc., all the better. But, if you just have loved a pair of shoes because they step into the flavor of Fiesta, they’d love to spotlight them, too.


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This is how the Exhibit is built:
1) Share your shoes by sending them hi-resolution photos of your shoes from different angles: front, side, top.
2) Share your story to them telling them why your shoes are Fiesta “soulful.” What’s their story and emotional connection to Fiesta, their history. Were they a gift? Did you decorate them? Did you purchase them on a special trip? Etc.
3) The deadline for the application is Jan 31. Here’s a link on how you can be part of the exhibit:
If selected, you will hear back ITC team in early March if your shoes made the cut for their museum display, at which point you make arrangements for your shoes to be a part of the exhibit at the The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures this spring.


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Exhibit dates will be announced soon and there will be a grand opening party celebrating the release of the shoes. There will be many surprises in store the day of the Exhibit, such as a wall of on-trend high-fashion shoes for Spring 2020 and many more throughout the exhibit’s run.
The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA Hemisfair Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk.

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Krystal is a Trendsetter Member of the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative currently learning about online fashion media and content creation through its mentorship opportunity. Krystal Navarro is a true fashionista at heart. She thrives off of making people look and feel good through fashion. She is passionate about connecting people with opportunities that is related in the fashion field. Currently, she is a senior in pursuit of a Fashion Merchandise with a minor in Business Administration and Marketing degree from the University of the Incarnate Word. She is an advocate for the growing fashion industry in San Antonio and hopes to be a key player in it.