SPC to Host Lionel Sosa, artist of the Living In My Skin Portrait Collection

September 30, 2022

SPC Marketing & Strategic Communications


SPC to Host Lionel Sosa, artist of the Living In My Skin Portrait Collection

St. Philip’s College Becomes Permanent Home for Living in Skin Portraits and Interactive Experiences

As part of our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, St. Philip’s College will host a “Meet the Artist” panel discussion on Oct. 13, 2022 at 6 p.m. in the Watson Fine Arts Center, featuring artist Lionel Sosa.

Local businessmen Brandon Logan and Seymour Battle are subjects in the collection and will join Sosa in conversation.

“Living in My Skin” includes 33 oil-on-linen portraits by Sosa of Black men, ages 10 to 90. Each portrait is displayed with a QR Code that links to an interview of the subject and illuminates race relations in America after the death of George Floyd. It shines a light on what it’s like to be a Black man or boy in San Antonio to bring about a better understanding of each other as a community.

The collection toured San Antonio in 2021 and 2022 and a documentary ran in two parts on KLRN. These items are now of SPC’s extensive holding of art and historical artifacts that showcase the college’s 124-year impact in San Antonio.

Sosa is an independent marketing consultant and nationally recognized portrait artist. He is the founder of Sosa, Bromley, Aguilar & Associates, which became the largest Hispanic advertising agency in the U.S. Sosa is an acknowledged expert in Hispanic consumer and voter behavior and was named “One of the 25 most influential Hispanics in America” by Time Magazine.

The Oct. 13 event is open to the public at no cost. Please RSVP to Dr. Sharon Crockett-Ray at scrockett-bell@alamo.edu or call 210-486-2576.

After Hispanic Heritage Month, the collection will be open to the public during the college’s normal operating hours on the second floor of the Watson Fine Arts Center. 

To learn more about Living in My Skin, visit alamo.edu/spc/lims. This is an interactive exhibit with QR Codes. A device with earbuds or headphone capability is recommended to enhance the experience.