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Ximopanoltih Papalotl, Mi Amor (Welcome Butterfly, My Love) Exhibit

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STC’s Starr Co. Campus Library presents an installation of mixed-media artwork by instructor Leila Hernandez

Mandala workshop and exhibition reception: February 23, 2023, from 10 – 11 a.m.

The South Texas College Starr Co. Library Art Gallery presents “Ximopanoltih Papalotl, Mi Amor (Welcome Butterfly, My Love),” a mixed media art installation by STC Art Instructor Leila Hernandez.

Hernandez is a native of El Salvador and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida. Her international travels have influenced her artwork, where she echoes the color, texture, and compositions of the countries she has visited into images that honor her background and ideas of loss, transformation, healing, and love. Her environmentally sustainable artwork, composed mainly from repurposed used clothing, stems from her studies of Diseño Artesanal (Handcraft Design) at the Universidad Dr. Jose Matias Delgado, where Hernandez learned about ceramics, textiles, and metals.

Instructor Hernandez will lead a workshop on February 23 from 10 – 11 a.m., where participants will learn about and create mandalas, a geometric configuration usually representing a spiritual journey.

The exhibit opens on Monday, January 23rd, and will be on view until July 1, 2023. The display and event will be at the STC Starr Co. Campus Library Art Gallery, Building K, located at 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City, TX. The exhibition, reception, and workshop are free and open to the public.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage student understanding of art, support the academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

For more information, call (956)488-5820, email gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.

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Colorful Paradise Exhibition

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STC’s Mid-Valley Campus Library presents surrealistic artwork.

 Reception: April 26. 10 am -12 pm at the Mid-Valley Campus Library

The South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus Library Art Gallery presents “Colorful Paradise,” a mixed-media art exhibition by artist Gerardo “Jerry” Medina.

Medina earned a BFA at the Art Institute of Dallas in 1991 before returning to McAllen and starting his advertising firm. Medina creates art without boundaries, developing an emotional process with each piece and never sketching first. Using strong illustrative images, bold colors, and abstract backgrounds, each of Medina’s artwork is a puzzle piece that tells stories of his past and present.

colorful paradise flyerThere will be an exhibition reception on April 26 from 10 am to 12 pm during the library’s annual Open House. Medina will be present to discuss his artwork and answer questions.

The exhibit opens on Tuesday, February 21, and will be on view until July 21, 2023. The display will be at the STC Mid-Valley Campus Library Art Gallery, E-1.210, located at 400 N Border in Weslaco, TX. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage student understanding of art, support the academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

For more information, call (956) 447-6663, email gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.

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Cultural Portrait Exhibition

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STC’s Technology Campus Library showcases the ancient art of metalsmithing with a modern narrative

Exhibition reception: April 25, 2023, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The South Texas College Technology Campus Library Art Gallery showcases a University of Georgia Jewelry and Metals MFA graduate Guadalupe Navarro. He uses traditional Copper and Silversmithing techniques to create vessels, wall-hanging pieces, and sculptural objects that focus on his experience as a first-generation Mexican American. Navarro’s artwork was recently featured in a prestigious Craft in America exhibit.

Cultural Portrait flyerThere will be an exhibition reception on April 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the library’s annual Open House. Navarro will be present to discuss his artwork and answer questions.

The exhibit opens on February 13 and will be on view until July 21, 2023. The display and event will be at the STC Technology Campus Library Art Gallery, Building A, at 3700 W. Military Hwy. in McAllen, TX. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage student understanding of art, support the academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

For more information, call (956) 872-6120, email gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.

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Life & Death on the Border 1910-1920

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South Texas College’s Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, History Department, and the Center for Mexican American Studies proudly present “Life and Death on the Border: 1910-1920,” a panel exhibit that includes photographs, postcards, court documents, and rare artifacts that tell the story of daily life and re-examines Texas historical events of the early 1900s–specifically the early 1900s in the Rio Grande Valley and South Texas. STC History Professor and co-founder of the Refusing to Forget project Dr. Trinidad Gonzales, worked alongside colleagues throughout the state and nation to help research and put together this exhibit and event series. These histories inspired Tejano literature, art, and music and influenced the creation of the Mexican American civil rights movement.

The exhibit will be on view from February 9th – June 6th at the STC Pecan Campus Library. A playlist put together by the Bullock Museum, Música Tejana, is a “collection of musical forms, styles, and genres that evolved primarily in South Texas during the 19th century and narrated the lives and challenges of people living along the south Texas-northern Mexican border.”

The schedule for the event is as follows:

Opening session: February 9th, BLDG. U, East Ballroom – 2.100

5:30 – 6:00 pm Corridos by STC Conjunto
6:00 – 7:30 pm Roundtable: Landmark Exhibit

Margaret Koch, Bullock Museum Director
Monica Martinez, UT-Austin, Refusing to Forget
Sonia Hernandez, Texas A&M, Refusing to Forget
John Moran Gonzalez, UT-Austin, Refusing to Forget
Benjamin Johnson, Chicago Loyola University
Moderation by: Trinidad Gonzales, STC, Refusing to Forget 

March 9th, BLDG. D, Auditorium

6:00 – 7:00 pm Family Resistencia: The Story of a Family That Survived Rinche Violences

Christopher Carmona, UTRGV, Refusing to Forget
Juan P. Carmona, STC, Refusing to Forget

Bullock Texas State History Museum is located in Austin, Texas, and works to preserve and exhibit Texas history and culture. Refusing to Forget is a multifaceted public history project that seeks to spread awareness of violence against Mexicans and Mexican Americans at the hands of both vigilante groups and state agents, such as the Texas Rangers.

“Life and Death on the Border” was originally produced by the Bullock Texas State History Museum in collaboration with Refusing to Forget. The “Life and Death on the Border” exhibit has been made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Sustaining Humanities through the American Rescue Plan in partnership with the American Historical Association. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the American Historical Association or the National Endowment of the Humanities.

If you’re unable to attend in person, register in advance to join us online: https://southtexascollege.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7KYSBKlzT4OwQgt3N-GUNg.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and programs to engage students in understanding art and its role in culture, support the academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

For more information call (956) 872-3488, email gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryartgallery/.

Canción del Perro Exhibition

South Texas College Library Art Gallery celebrates folklore in new exhibit at the Mid-Valley Campus.

Artist lecture and reception: October 6, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Weslaco)

The South Texas College Mid-Valley Library Art Gallery presents “El Canción del Perro (Song of the Dog),” an installation featuring soft sculpture and painting by artist Angelica Raquel Martinez.

A reception with the artist will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., where she will discuss the inspiration and process that led her to create this exhibition. 

Can’t join us in person? Register for the live broadcast at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom webinar:
https://southtexascollege.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_48YaSkhiRPGJLbBeoocA1Q

Angelica Raquel Martinez is a Texas State University and the University of Texas San Antonio graduate and is now a high school educator. In her multi-disciplinary studio practice, Martinez uses narratives focused on folklore, familial storytelling, and her personal experiences to investigate the ideas of morality and the soul using animal imagery.

Canción del Perro is a celebration of the dog from stories and familial experiences I heard growing up in my hometown of Laredo, TX. A large installation of various soft sculpture techniques will conjure a terrifying moment from my late Grandfather, who told me how the dogs of his neighborhood kept a menacing spirit at bay one night while he was stargazing. Warnings, gritos, and cries appear in many of the works for this exhibition, centering on a leyenda I heard since childhood – ‘If a dog howls three times in a row, it means a spirit is approaching.’ The dog is a connection to our wild other, domesticated, but still, a thread tied to a spiritual side quieted by modernity. As familiar as we are with the dog, they have a mystery and magic that we seldom notice,” says Angelica R. Martinez about the exhibit.

The exhibit opens on August 22 and will be on view until December 9, 2022, at the STC Mid-Valley Campus Library located at 400 N Border, Bldg. E, in Weslaco, TX. The exhibition, artist lecture, and workshop are free and open to the public.

STC’s Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage students’ understanding of art and its role in culture, support the academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

Contact (956) 447-6663, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu for more information or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.

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Roma High School Art Exhibition

Roma High School Art ExhibitionSouth Texas College Starr Campus Library Art Gallery exhibits artwork by Roma High School students who participated in the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE).

South Texas College Starr Campus Library Art Gallery partners with Roma High School to present an exhibition displaying featured works of art by students. The exhibit will be displayed at the STC Starr County Campus from September 6 to December 2, 2022.  

 Roma High School Event flyerA workshop and reception will be held at the library on September 29, 2022, from 10 – 11 a.m. at 142 FM 3167 Bldg. K, Rio Grande City, TX.

 STC’s Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage students’ understanding of art and its role in culture, support the academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

 For more information, contact (956) 872-3488, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, or visit library.southtexascollege.edu/lag.

 

 

 

 

 

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Virtual art talk and in-person meet and greet to celebrate exhibit opening on March 2 at the Mid-Valley Campus Library.

Library Art Gallery features South Texas multi-disciplinary artist Josué Rawmirez in housing-inspired exhibit at Mid-Valley Campus Library

South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery presents “Who’s the Bandit,” a multidisciplinary exhibit with Josue Ramirez (Rawmirez) that features installation, performance, and video.

Rawmirez, is originally from Ciudad Mante Tamaulipas, Mexico, and grew up in the Rio Grande Valley. In this exhibit, he uses found objects to create an installation that engages the conversation of housing advocacy. Rawmirez received his B.A. in Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and serves as the Cultural Organizer at Trucha RGV. Rawmirez is currently continuing his education by taking courses with the STC Art Department.

The exhibit begins on March 2 through August 5, 2022, at the STC Mid-Valley Campus Library located at 400 N Border, Bldg. E, in Weslaco, TX. Admission is free and open to the public.

There will be an opening virtual artist talk on March 2 from 1 – 2 p.m. with an in-person opportunity to view the exhibit and meet the artist that same day from 3 – 5 p.m.

STC’s Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage student understanding of art and its role in culture, support the academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

There will be an opening virtual artist talk on March 2 from 1 – 2 p.m. with an in-person opportunity to view the exhibit and meet the artist that same day from 3 – 5 p.m.

 

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Inside the Artists Studio

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The STC Library presents a series of five virtual art workshops.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery presents a virtual art workshop series “Inside the Artist Studio” every second Wednesday of the month beginning in February at 1 p.m.

At every session, a different artist will lead participants in an hour-long workshop teaching specific visual art skills like figure drawing, collaging, and visually interpreting written poems.

Each workshop will broadcast from inside each artist’s home studios giving us a glimpse into their work, inspiration, media, and path it has taken to become the artists they are.

Artists featured within this series are Divine Agbeko, Jaden D. Blango, Aimaloghi Eromosele, and Marcelina Gonzales.

Artists Jason Valdez and Josue Ramirez will give virtual presentations about their exhibits at the STC Technology and Mid-Valley Campus Libraries. All events are free and open to the public.

This series is scheduled on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. via Zoom.

Feb. 9 – Figure Drawing with Jaden Blango
Feb. 16 – “Time and a Half” with Jason Valdez
March 2 – “Who’s the Bandit” with Josue Ramirez
March 9 – Resin Collage with Marcelina Gonzales
April 13 – Visual Poetry with Aimaloghi Eromosele and Divine Agbeko

For more information, contact (956) 872-3488, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, or visit library.southtexascollege.edu/lag.

STC’s Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage student understanding of art and its role in culture, support the academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

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Time and a Half

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Virtual art talk and in-person meet and greet to celebrate exhibit opening on Feb. 16 at the Technology Library.

Library Art Gallery Features STC Alum in automotive-inspired exhibit at Technology Campus Library

South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery presents its latest exhibit highlighting the connection between the visual arts and vocational careers such as welding and auto mechanics.

“Time and a Half,” featuring artwork by Jason Valdez, an STC graduate andValdez Headshot now a professor at Victoria College, reflects Valdez’s upbringing in a family of mechanics and welders in the Rio Grande Valley.

The exhibition also features a call for automotive-themed artwork.

Valdez’s work will be exhibited beginning on Feb. 16 through Aug. 5, 2022, at the STC Technology Campus Library located at 3700 W. Military Hwy, Bldg. A, in McAllen, TX. Admission is free and open to the public.

STC’s Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage student understanding of art and its role in culture, support the academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

There will be an opening virtual artist talk on February 16 from 1 – 2 p.m. with an in-person opportunity to view the exhibit and meet the artist that same day from 3 – 5 p.m.

For more information, contact (956) 872-3488, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, or visit library.southtexascollege.edu/lag.

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South Texas College Library Art Gallery Announces a Call for Art titled, “Driving Ambitions”

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The deadline to submit artwork is January 14, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. to the STC Pecan or Technology Campus Library.

 

In an art exhibit, South Texas Library Art Gallery seeks to connect the visual arts with welding and auto mechanics.

 

Community, students, faculty, and staff are invited to send original car-themed artwork for an upcoming exhibit. The artwork will be exhibited alongside STC Alum and now Professor at Victoria College, Jason Valdez. The deadline to enter the exhibition is January 14 at 5:00 p.m. Artworks must be original 2D automotive-themed, in maximum size of 8 x 8 in., and ready to hang with wire firmly attached to the back. 

 

The exhibition will be at the STC Technology Campus Library in Building A, February 7 through August 7, 2022, and is free and open to the public.

 

Born and raised in McAllen, Jason Valdez is an Art Professor at Victoria College who creates artwork in the theme of welding and cars. “Blue-collar workers heavily influenced my MFA show because that’s my family background,” Valdez said. “My father was a diesel mechanic. As a kid, my dad worked two jobs, as a mechanic and welder, because it was hard to make a good living to support the family.”

 

 

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and programs to engage student understanding of art and its role in culture, support the academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

To participate or for more information about the call for art, please visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/callforart or email gotvos@southtexascollege.edu.