Category Archives: Library Art Gallery

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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/.

Stained Glass Museum: Día De Los Muertos

South Texas College partners with Gelman Stained Glass Museum for a two-day Día De Los Muertos celebration.

The STC Library Art Gallery will kick off the celebration with a live webinar on Tuesday, November 1, at 11:30 am. The presentation will introduce the museum and the history of its stained glass collection, commemorating parishioners from over 100 years ago, and bringing their stories back to life. Admission is free and open to the public with registration: https://southtexascollege.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_48YaSkhiRPGJLbBeoocA1Q

The following Wednesday, November 2, at 6:00 pm, the Gelman Stained Glass Museum will host an in-person celebration and talk for Día de Los Muertos, a day in Mexican culture reserved for prayer and remembering friends and family members who have passed. Attendees may bring candles, flowers, and candies for this memorial. STC students can attend the museum event at a discounted rate.

For more information, email gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://www.gelmanmuseum.org/

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.

Sequence in Print

STC Library Art Gallery showcases printmaking artists in the community.

South Texas College Library Art Gallery presents “Sequence in Print,” an exhibition showcasing two RGV-based printmaking instructors, Eduardo Garcia from South Texas College and Jesse Burciaga, an instructor at UTRGV Brownsville. The exhibit on the first floor also features an array of artwork with different printmaking techniques from community members who participated in the “Creatures of the Night” call for artwork inspired by fright and folklore. 

The exhibit’s opening reception will be held on Oct. 12, 2022, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery.Sequence in Print” is at the STC Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, Bldg. F, 3201 W Pecan Blvd. in McAllen, TX

Artist, Eduardo Garcia received his MFA from the University of North Texas and joined STC in 1997. “Printmaking allows for the creation of multiples from one matrix. I feel that this aspect makes printmaking the most democratic art form since prints can be shared with many,” said Garcia. 

Jesse Burciaga received his MFA from the University of Texas-San Antonio. He got his artistic beginning by making artwork of the people in his community and now teaches students at UTRGV. Burciaga says his artwork reflects his self-described fronteño culture (living on both sides of the Mexican American border).

Along with this exhibition, printmaking workshops will take place every second Wednesday of the month from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. with Eduardo Garcia, Jessie Burciaga, Melissa Terry, and Chris Leonard. The workshops will highlight the artists’ processes and methods. The exhibition and workshops are free and open to the public.

Sept. 14 – Screen print on Clay with Melissa Terry and Chris Leonard
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Oct. 12 – Collagraph Printing with Eduardo Garcia
Room B. 101 Printmaking Studio

Nov. 9 – Monoprint with Jessie Burciaga
Room B. 101 Printmaking Studio

The exhibition will open Sept. 19 and run through Dec. 2, 2022.

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

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.

For more information, contact the library at (956) 872-3488, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.

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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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STC Alumni Series: Mariana Prado

South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery continues its STC Alum Series with an exhibit celebrating STC graduate Mariana Prado. The series seeks to support a new generation of professional artists who started their careers at South Texas College. Prado recently completed a residency at the Chautauqua School of Art in New York after receiving her BFA from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2021. 

Mariana Prado is originally from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, and now resides in the Rio Grande Valley. She specializes in soft yarn sculpture, oil painting, and plastic arts. 

The exhibit will be on view from September 22 through December 9, 2022, at the STC Technology Campus Library at 3700 W. Military Hwy, Bldg. A, in McAllen, TX. 

There will be a reception and art talk on November 17 from 3 – 5 p.m. 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.

Contact (956) 872-6207, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, or visit: http://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryartgallery.

STC’s Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and educational 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 Gina Otvos at (956) 872-3488, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, or visit: http://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryartgallery.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Call for Art: Creatures of the Night

Call for Artwork BannerSouth Texas Library Art Gallery showcases the printmaking talent in the community alongside some of the big hitters in the local scene.

Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to send original printmaking artwork in the theme of “Creatures of the Night: Fright and Folklore.” Artworks must be 2D, in any printmaking medium, and ready to hang on the wall. Prints must be appropriate for all ages. The call for art deadline is September 7 at 5:00 p.m.

Call for Artwork Entry Form

The artwork will be exhibited alongside Eduardo Garcia and Jessie Burciaga, two RGV Printmaking Faculty at STC and UTRGV Brownsville, respectively, at the STC Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, September 19 through December 2, 2022. A reception for the exhibition will be held on October 12 from 4 – 6 p.m. There will also be three printmaking workshops on the second Wednesday of each month, September through November. The exhibit and events are free and open to the public.

To participate, fill out and attach the entry form to your ready-to-hang print by September 7 at 5 p.m.

For more information, visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/callforart or email gotvos@southtexascollege.edu.

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 Simple printmaking : a beginner's guide to making relief prints with linoleum blocks, wood blocks, rubber stamps, found objects & more  Bats of Texas - eBook CoverCreature Image from ARTStor