Our mission is to provide an accessible, creative, inclusive environment for artists and facilitate community engagement with contemporary art.


Our vision is to dismantle all barriers within the creation and experience of contemporary art.


  1. Respecting the inherent humanity of all people regardless of identity.

  2. Collaborate to create opportunities for artistic freedom and expression.

  3. Commitment to empowering marginalized communities.

  4. Be a foundation for innovators and risk-takers.

  5. Challenge perceptions about contemporary art.

About Mantle

Started in October, 2016 by Sara Corley Martinez and Sarah Lawrence, Mantle is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, artist-run, creative space in San Antonio, TX. It's a 24/7 studio space that also features an exhibition space in a historical building in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, just outside of downtown San Antonio.

Mantle was founded to be a working space for artists at every stage - from creation to exhibition. We strive to bring new, contemporary artists to San Antonio and support the local community with free events, workshops, and artist talks.

There are currently full-time resident artist, guest artist, and exhibition spaces available, please email us for more information.


Mantle features over 1500 sq. ft. of working space, high ceilings, storage, tiled wet work space and cement floors. We can accommodate most mediums and disciplines and encourage collaborative work between artists. Residents have 24/7 access. Utilities are included in the flat monthly rate. 


Our space is large enough for installation work, and we encourage multiple disciplines, topics, and can host solo or group shows. While we have open call twice a year, if you are interested in having a show at Mantle, please click below and send an inquiry.



Mantle Art Space also hosts an assortment of events throughout the month. If you want to stay up to date on upcoming events, be sure to check our Events page or our Facebook for upcoming exhibits, figure drawing, critique or other events. Interested in hosting an event at Mantle? Email us!