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Opossum painted in the colors of a deep red-orange sunset.

¡Tlacuachismo! 2021 Art Exhibit at Mid-Valley

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery & the STC Mid-Valley Art Department present artwork inspired by the beloved opossum. Previously held in 2003-’06, this exhibition expands with pieces created by community members that visually describe the tlacuache (opossum) and what the idea, term, and animal mean to each artist.

¡Tlacuachismo! 2021 will be on display from October 28, 2021 – February 10, 2022, at the STC Mid-Valley Campus Library.

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.

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

Featured image by Azul Granados, titled Fire Eater.

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South Texas College Announces a Call for Art titled, “Tlacuachismo 2021!”

Deadline to deliver artwork has been extended to October 18, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. to either the Pecan or Mid-Valley campus libraries. 

Weslaco, TX– In partnership with the STC Mid-Valley Art Department, South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery presents a community art exhibition for tlacuache (opossum) themed artwork–expanding from a previous STC exhibit held in 2003-2006. The deadline to submit artwork is October 11th at 5:00 p.m. From October 18th through February 10th, 2022, attendees will explore various works from local artists at the Mid-Valley Campus library. Admission is free and open to the public, students, staff, and faculty.

According to blog writer Yure Pérez (2019), the tlacuache is considered an ancestral animal. Its name comes from the Nahuatl term Tlacuatzin which means “the little one who eats fire.” Britannica notes Mexico has around six species of opossum, with 103 species found from Canada, North, Central, and South America. Thoughtful to our ecosystem, the tlacuache name has gained popular track and is used by the Rio Grande Valley community for personal humor and quirky fascination. In this exhibit, we will see artwork that defines this and look at the many ways the artists approach the theme and engage the visitors.
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The South Texas College Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and programs to engage student understanding of art and its role in culture, support 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 https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryartgallery.