1989-2009: Time and Incremental Progressions

“The End,” an oil on canvas painting by Benito Huerta.

Pecan Campus Library exhibits work by acclaimed Texas artist Benito Huerta
“1989-2009: Time and Incremental Progressions,” an exhibit of artwork by Benito Huerta, will be on display at South Texas College’s Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery from April 8 to May 21, 2010. On Thursday, April 22, talks with the artist will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at STC’s Pecan Campus Auditorium, Bldg D. A reception will take place that evening from 6 to 8 p.m. in STC’s Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, Bldg. F located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. Admission to the exhibition and all events is free and open to the public.

Huerta was born and raised in Corpus Christi and earned his Master of Arts from New Mexico State University. He is an artist, writer and curator, and currently associate professor of art and director of The Gallery at The University of Texas at Arlington. Huerta is also co-founder and director emeritus of “ArtLies.”

He has exhibited his art in various galleries and museums including the Art Museum of South Texas, the El Paso Museum of Art, and the Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, TX. Huerta’s works are included in the public collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Menil Collection, the Albuquerque Museum of Art, the Sheldon Museum of Art in Omaha and the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas, to name a few.

“During his 30 year career, Huerta has investigated a myriad of diverse artistic styles, from abstraction, to low-brow art, and everything in between,” said David M. Freeman, STC art instructor. “Throughout his artistic practice, he has remained faithful in courageously battling social and international border issues that are very often suppressed or forgotten.

“Huerta’s process and concept encompass this same spirited theme involving moral and political dilemmas,” Freeman continued. “He actively challenges viewers to face cultural conventions, identities, and realities that, at times, conflict with development and growth. All together, his works overlap and express a depth of perspective. He continually redefines his commitment to express global issues through exploration and execution of his process.”

“STC is thrilled to have Huerta’s artwork in the Valley for our students and community to enjoy and learn from,” said Sofia K. Vestweber, STC’s Library Art Gallery associate.

STC’s Library Art Gallery Program 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 visit http://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryartgallery or call (956) 872-3488.