Category Archives: Previous Exhibits

Food Trucks at Night

 

Drawings by Joe Peña
June 13- August 11, 2017
On display at the Pecan Library Art Gallery (First Floor)

Joe Peña, painting professor at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, will exhibit his recent series, “Food Trucks at Night.” Reminiscent of Edward Hopper’s diner that emanates light into the dark streets, Peña paints South Texas eateries like taco trucks in the late night urban landscape.

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Roma High School Art Exhibit

South Texas College exhibits artwork by Roma High School students
South Texas College’s Starr County Campus Library Art Gallery partners with Roma High School to present its annual Roma High School Art Exhibition from June 5 to August 10, 2017. The display features works of art by students of Roma High School.

The exhibit will be on display at STC’s Starr County Campus Library (Bldg. F), located at 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City. Admission is free and open to the public.

“Every year submissions are always different from the last, reinforcing Roma’s reputation as an incubator for highly inventive art students,” said Gina Otvos, South Texas College Library Art Gallery Associate. “We’re excited to see this collaboration with Roma High School continue into its ninth year.”

The exhibit features mixed media artwork by Roma High School students of all grade levels.

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 Terri Rosalez at mtrosalez@southtexascollege.edu or
(956) 488-5822. For a complete listing of events visit: https://library.southtexascollege.edu/lag.

Emerging Artists: New Additions to the Collection

Technology Campus ExhibitSouth Texas College spotlights emerging artists
STC’s Library Art Gallery celebrates new additions to the college’s Permanent Art Collection with an exhibit that features new artists in Texas (and one from California). The exhibit will be on view at the Technology Campus June 5 through August 11, 2017. The STC Technology Campus Library Art Gallery is located at 3700 W. Military Hwy. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

The exhibit features works by artists who have exhibited and donated within the last two years at one of the college’s four library art galleries throughout the Rio Grande Valley in Hidalgo and Starr counties. Artists include Coco Rico, Xavier Perez, Manny Chapa, Xochi Solis, Jessie Rodriguez, Conrado Gonzalez, and Jesse Burciaga.

“It’s always interesting to be able to bring together our donated works of art into one exhibit,” said Max Garcia, South Texas College Librarian. “It creates a type of visual timeline of what we have exhibited. I’m excited to see the connections we see with these new artists.”

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 gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or (956) 872-3488. For a complete listing of events, visit: https://library.southtexascollege.edu/LAG.

 

My Very Own Room: Carmen Lomas Garza & Women of the Collection

Carmen Lomas Garza (San Francisco, CA) was born in Kingsville, Texas, in 1948. Inspired by her parent’s activism with the American G.I. Forum, Lomas Garza joined the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. She earned her M.A. from San Francisco State University in 1981. Lomas Garza is an author, illustrator, and artist. About her work she says, “I saw the need to create images that would elicit recognition and appreciation among Mexican Americans, both adults and children, while at the same time serve as a source of education for others not familiar with our culture. It has been my objective since 1969 to make artwork that instills pride in our history and culture in American society.”

The Carmen Lomas Garza collection of artwork and books is a gracious loan from George Gause and Virginia Haynie Gause who began collecting in the 1970s.

Reception: March 7, 5 PM
Art Talk: March 7, 6 PM
On display at the STC Pecan Library
March 3 – May 3, 2017

South Texas College began collecting artwork in 2006 with a photograph from Ansen Seale. Eleven years later, the college has a collection of over 300 pieces and is a high value asset to the region. To celebrate Women’s History Month and to commemorate the generations of women whose significant contributions have proved invaluable to society, the exhibit will host thirty-eight women in South Texas College’s Collection.

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The Unexamined Portrait

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New exhibit explores mixed-media

ART TALK: 1 PM – February 22, 2017 (Rainbow Room)
RECEPTION: 5-7 PM – February 22, 2017 (Pecan Library)

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery, in collaboration with the college’s Black History Month Celebration, has curated an exhibit entitled, “The Unexamined Portrait” featuring the work of Los Angeles mixed-media artist Len Davis that will be on display until February 26, 2016. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the Pecan Campus Library.

The Library Art Gallery invites community and students to a special talk by Davis 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.

The exhibit will also feature local printmaker and mixed-media artist, Jessie Burciaga. Burciaga will give also give an art talk with Davis at 1:00 and 5:00 PM.

“The two artists create highly-skilled, layered work that evokes nuanced, overlapping meanings and metaphors; Len Davis through collage and Jessie Burciaga in his mixed-media paintings,” says Gina Otvos, STC Art Gallery Associate. “For centuries, artists have used varying motifs to conjoin real and fantastic to the interior and exterior world. Both Davis and Burciaga join in tradition to help us explore the layers of identity.”

Len Davis was born in Philadelphia, PA, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Carolina University in North Carolina, and later moved to Los Angeles. Since 2004, Davis has been exhibiting and lecturing across the United States and working on television and movie set designs for popular sets on Showtime, HBO, ABC, NBC and others. Davis works mainly in assemblage and collage where he uses found objects, drawings, graphite, gouache, and acrylic. About his work, he says, “My artwork is about the people we are, what we create, our capabilities and the issues with which we deal.”

Jessie Burciaga (Brownsville, TX) is a local printmaker and painter who received his degree from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Burciaga grasps the soul of his border town and imprints it through portraits of its hardworking people. The intention behind these portraits is to capture, immortalize, and display the level of resilience of each person. He says, “My subjects, often considered average by outsiders, are our local urban heroes.”

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 gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or (956) 872-3488. For a complete listing of events visit: https://library.southtexascollege.edu/LibraryArt

 

This is Not a Cat

Collages by Carl Vestweber
ART TALK & RECEPTION: April 4, 1 PM
On display at the South Texas College Starr Co. Library

January 17 – May 12, 2017

Carl Vestweber’s work explores his interests and experiences as an artist, husband and father living in the 21st century. His preferred media ranges from illustrative drawings and paintings to anthropomorphic cat art and abstracted dot collages. While the materials of this work may vary, the colors, themes of playful interaction, family, culture and power structures overlap and represent his experiences and understandings of the world around him.

Interpreting Vogue

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Paintings by Carlos Ochoa

Art Talk & Reception: March 2, 1 PM

On display at the South Texas College Technology Library

January 24 – March 9, 2017

Carlos Ochoa is a graduate of the UTRGV Studio Art Program. In his recent Vogue series, he paints over models to embellish the commercial ideal of beauty by manipulating ads found within Vogue magazines. In his newest Vogue series, the viewer is left to interpret the altered art form as well as their own perspective on how companies sell their products by misusing the viewer’s notion of beauty.

 

 

 

Personal Topography: Exploring Natural Abstraction

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August 29 – December 2, 2016
On display at the Pecan Campus Library nd  Floor

Art Talk: Oct. 13, 1:00-2:00 PM Pecan Library
Reception: Oct. 13, 5:00-7:00 PM Pecan Library

New painting exhibit shines light on the South Texas landscape

The Library Art Gallery at South Texas College invites the community to a special talk by nationally awarded artist Sylvia Benitez on Oct. 13 at the Pecan Library Rainbow Room at 1 p.m.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery, in collaboration with the college’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, has curated an exhibit featuring Benitez’s work that will be on display until December 2, 2016. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the Pecan Campus Library.

Benitez will give a talk about her Puerto Rican heritage and its influence on her artwork. 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.

“Sylvia Benitez’s highly skilled, large-scale paintings allude to the remote landscapes of 19th century romanticism while honoring the conceptual principals of modern abstraction,” says Gina Otvos, STC Art Gallery Associate. “For centuries, the natural landscape has been a mirror for the self. As we contemplate the abstracted figures in the clouds or the shadows in distant pockets of land, we are given the opportunity to reflect on our own personal topography.

Sylvia Benitezhas been working in sculpture and painting for over forty years. Receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Maryland in 1979, she moved to New York City, where she used sculpture to explore physical space in a densely populated city.

After nearly twenty years in NYC, Benitez’s work changed profoundly when she relocated to the countryside, eventually to a 13-acre property in Seguin, Texas, where she found inspiration in painting the vast rural skyscapes.

“I cannot capture Nature and I do not try to. One might say, however, that it has captured me.” Benitez says of her work.

Over the years, Benitez has received numerous awards including two prestigious Pollock-Krasner Awards, two National Endowment-for-the-Arts Awards, an AICA award, and an Empire State’s Craft Award. She has been profiled in Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, and the New York Times.

“The paintings in this exhibit act as a song without words, allowing us to travel into the undefined and take a walk within natural abstraction,” Otvos said.

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 gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or
(956) 872-3488. For a complete listing of events visit: https://library.southtexascollege.edu/LibraryArt.

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Festival Internacional de Poesia Latinoamericana Exhibit

In collaboration with the Festival Internacional de Poesia Latinoamericana, the STC Library will be hosting “Unaccompanied: Youth Seeking Refuge,” 15 photographs by Oliver Contreras of Washington, D.C. Contreras will give a talk as part of a panel on Friday, Sept. 2 at 1:40 PM.

For more information about the event, visit: http://www.feipol.us/

The exhibit is available digitally: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2015/10/14/they-made-the-long-rough-journey-to-cross-the-u-s-border-alone-here-are-their-faces-and-voices/ Poster promocional con logo consulado