Border Lineage: An Exhibition in Two Parts


La Llorona BigFigure paintings bring South Texas narratives to life at STC Pecan Campus

Art Talk: Sept. 24, 1-2pm | Reception: Sept. 24, 5-7pm

The South Texas College Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery is proud to present, in collaboration with Library Services’ annual Hispanic Heritage Month, “Border Lineage: An Exhibition in Two Parts.” The exhibit will be on view from September 8th until December 7th, 2015. On Thursday, September 24th there will be an art talk at 1 p.m. and an exhibit reception from 5-7 p.m. where the artists will discuss their work, inspiration, and process. The South Texas College Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery is located at 3201 West Pecan Boulevard, Bldg. F, in McAllen. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

“Border Lineage: An Exhibition in Two Parts” will encompass both floors of the library and will be comprised of large-scale figure paintings by Rigoberto A. Gonzalez and Philip S. Field. The paintings meditate on customs, rituals, and narrativeLa lloronas of the Rio Grande Valley. Both artists in this exhibit employ iconography that is direct and theatrical in composition that appeals to the senses.

Rigoberto A. Gonzalez holds his M.F.A. in Painting, from the New York Academy of Art. Rich in realism, his current body of work, comprised mostly of large-scale paintings, parallels the turmoil explored by the 16th Century Baroque painters which he applies to contemporary border issues affecting Mexico and the United States. Most notable, Gonzalez’s work has been exhibited in Norway, San Francisco, Chicago, New Mexico, and Reynosa. He has also been profiled on PBS, NPR and Televisa and was the 2009-10 National Association of Latino Arts and Culture grant recipient.

Philip Sidney Field received his M.F.A. at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1965 and has been a member of the University of Texas- Rio Grande Valley Painting Faculty for over 40 years. Among his vast accomplishments, he has exhibited in Japan, Vienna, NYC, and Houston and has been instrumental in cultivating a generation of successful figure painters in the Rio Grande Valley.

“This exhibit serves to show dimensions of the US-Mexico border” said Esther Garcia, Librarian at South Texas College. “Two artists with a mentor/student relationship show a connection through a study of figures and a specific region through disparate points of view.”

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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 contact Gina Otvos, Library Art Gallery Associate, at 956-872-3488, or visit