STC exhibit features artwork celebrating Women’s History Month


South Texas College’s Pecan Campus Library presents “Women’s Work,” an exhibit featuring etchings by Debbie Little-Wilson. The exhibit opens Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 with an opening reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Talks with the artist will be held the same day at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room, located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. The exhibit will be on display through May 9. Admission is free and open to the public.

Little-Wilson learned to create etchings in the traditional and classical method of dry point, aquatint and intaglio. After much experimentation, she now creates etchings made from her drawings and photos that have been altered, using solar plates and lithography. She then adds color and pattern to the etching using chine collé, a technique of cutting and adhering papers during the printing process. After the print has dried, she often hand colors it. 

 She uses her artwork to showcase the enduring strength of women. Wilson achieves this by depicting cowgirls, suffragettes, and women aviators, as well as other women who exhibit a sense of attitude and humor. Lately she has included women who are the “unsung” heroines of women’s history.

“Women who did the cooking, kept the gardens, washed the clothes, sewed the patches and buttons and other domestic chores,” Little-Wilson said. “These women may not have been center stage and noticed, but they play a crucial part in keeping the world, as we know it, rotating.”

Little-Wilson was born in Rochester, NY and studied art at the University of Texas at Austin. During her studies, she worked under the apprentice Nellie Buel, an award-winning artist and printmaker in Comfort, Texas. Her work has won many awards and hangs in both private and corporate collections.

“Ms. Little-Wilson’s work has a wonderful warm, vintage quality to it,” said STC Art Gallery Associate Dawn Haughey. “Her classic style perfectly complements her female subjects and the character and wisdom that they exude.”

STC’s Library Art Gallery exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.

For more information, contact Dawn Haughey at 956-872-3488 or via email at dhaughey@southtexascollege.edu, or visit http://lag.southtexascollege.edu.