Category Archives: Current & Upcoming Exhibits

David McGee: New Work

Houston artist David McGee exhibits at South Texas College
Talk by artist David McGee slated for Feb. 22

MCALLEN, TX– The South Texas College Library Art Gallery has curated an exhibit entitled, “David McGee: New Work” featuring the work of Houston artist David McGee that will be on display until February 25, 2018. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the STC Pecan Campus Library. The exhibition and lecture are part of the college’s larger annual Black History Month celebration.

The Library Art Gallery invites students and the community to a special talk by David McGee on February 22 at the Pecan Library Rainbow Room at 1 p.m.

The talk will be followed by a reception from 5 – 7 PM in the Library Art Gallery. The Pecan Campus Library is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd., Bldg. F in McAllen, Texas. All events are free and open to the public.

“My work is an attempt to reset the irregularities between language and image, to reroute the labeling system thus refocusing the body politic to reassess the abstraction of word versus image or the abuse of language and the misdirection of image,” said David McGee. “My paintings also heavily influenced by my love of literature and film. I seldom go back and forth from the style of abstract painting to that of the figure, but by all facts and vocabulary, everything is abstract. So the paintings adhere to no stylistic allegiance, but just the emotional weight of what is to be human.”

David McGee is a Houston-based artist whose work explores identity and experience. This exhibition features McGee’s large-scale, heavily textured abstract paintings he made during a one-year sabbatical on the Bolivar Peninsula, a remote area near Galveston, and his signature watercolor figurative drawings. McGee recently finished a twenty-year retrospective at the Houston Museum of African American Culture.

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 Gina Otvos at or (956) 872-3488. For a complete listing of events visit:

ON DISPLAY: JAN. 16 – FEB. 25, 2018

STC Alumni Show: Priscilla Elizondo & Olga Alanis

South Texas College presents the work of STC Alumni

McAllen, TX – South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery proudly presents “STC Alumni Show,” a 2-D exhibit of both drawings and paintings by former students, Priscilla Elizondo and Olga Alanis.

The exhibit opened Tuesday, January 23 and runs through April 23, 2018. There will be an artist lecture and reception on February 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Technology Campus Library Art Gallery. The exhibit is located at 3700 W. Military Hwy. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

Priscilla Elizondo and Olga Alanis both attended South Texas College before moving to UTRGV to complete their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Alanis and Elizondo’s work both lean towards 2-D figurative work with Elizondo primarily working in drawing and Alanis in painting. The technical skill, quality and stories of the former STC students’ progress will be inspiring to current students and public.

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 at 956-872-3488, or visit

Photo: Ecology of Mind, Olga Alanis, 2014.

ON DISPLAY: JAN. 23 – APRIL 23, 2018

Sarah Castillo: Art as an Embodied Practice

Sarah Castillo

South Texas College Presents: Sarah Castillo | Art as an Embodied Practice: Artistic Expression, Conocimiento, and Identity formation. 

Sarah Castillo is the co-founder of the Chicana Art Collective, Mas Rudas, in San Antonio who create video, photography, painting, sculpture, fiber, performance, audio, and text installations since 2009. She is also the gallerist and founder of Lady Base Gallery whose mission supports women and LGBTQIA+ artists.  She recently received her M.A. in bi-cultural Studies from UTSA with the thesis: Art as an Embodied Practice: Artistic Expression, Conocimiento, and identity formation. 


Macarena Peña: Wings & Love

Exhibit on view: Feb, 7 – Mar. 7, 2018
South Texas College Pecan Library

Macarena Peña, known as Ma K Art was born in McAllen, Texas and started painting in oil in 1997 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Macarena became blind in 1999. She revived her artistic abilities as a blind artist in 2015 when she became the co-founder of Visual Challenges Art Project in conjunction with the National Federation of the Blind. Peña is an active advocate for the blind and visually impaired.

Macarena creates her work using vivid colors and different textures; the artist communicates through the canvas what the eyes cannot see but what the heart can feel. Macarena’s inspiration comes from life emotions that can only be seen with the heart.