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South Texas College’s 15th Annual Ceramic Showdown: Luck and Skill. Collaborations over Space and Time.

The South Texas Ceramic Showdown, a two-day event featuring three artists, is celebrating its 15th year at STC. 

South Texas College is hosting its 15th Annual South Texas Ceramic Showdown, titled “Luck and Skill: Collaborations Over Space and Time.” The event will feature two days of demonstrations, art talks, a reception, and two exhibitions. The exhibit will be displayed at the STC Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery from June 5 to July 31, 2024. Collaborative works from universities and community colleges will also be displayed at the Art Department Gallery in Building B from June 5 to September 6, 2024. The galleries and ceramic studio are located at 3201 West Pecan Blvd, Building F and B in McAllen.   

The schedule for the event is as follows:

Wednesday, June 5, 2024—
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Clay Demonstration at STC’s Ceramic Studio, Bldg. B115
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Photography Artist Talk – Gordon Fong, Bldg. F102
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Clay Demonstration at STC’s Ceramic Studio, Bldg. B115
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Opening Exhibition Reception, STC Bldg. F & Bldg. B 

Thursday, June 6, 2024—
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Clay Demonstrations at Ceramic Studio, Bldg. B115
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Ceramic Art Talk with Larry Yáñez and Angelina Aispuro, Bldg. B115 

The event will showcase a collection of artworks by Arizona-based ceramicists Alma Aispuro, Larry M. Yáñez, and photographer Gordon Fong. The exhibition will also feature ceramic pieces from nine universities and community colleges from across the United States, including works by students from STC. 

“After a one-year layoff, we are back in action for another round of ceramic collaboration.  ‘Luck and Skill: Collaborations Over Space and Time’ is our show title, and we do have some fingers crossed with time and space being a pair of variables to collaborate with as well.  Or are they constants?  Some Jaguare’d up work is still being glazed and fired as the semester ends at South Texas College, and pieces from Utah to Wisconsin to Pennsylvania hopefully will arrive on time in the right number of pieces to share soon,” said Chris Leonard, STC ceramics instructor and exhibit/workshop co-organizer. 

Participating institutions in the collaborative ceramic constructions include College of the Sequoias, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Lawrence University, Southeast Missouri State University, South Texas College, Texas A&M-Kingsville, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, University of San Antonio, and Weber State University. 

“We are really excited to have a pair of ceramic artists from Yuma Arizona, Alma Aispuro and Larry Yáñez, along with photographer Gordon Fong who is connected over time and space to Larry Yáñez in multiple mediums. These folks are genuine story tellers, and it should be our pleasure to share in their stories and the experience of their long and winding road though more than a half century of connected art making,” said Chris Leonard. 

About the artists:
Alma Aispuro is a ceramic artist who works with bronze and jewelry, living and working in Yuma, AZ. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Northern Arizona University. Aispuro has been featured at the Yuma Art Center and the Museum of Northern Arizona. She has also participated in the Flagstaff Open Studios, an annual event where many area artists open their homes and studios to the public, offering demonstrations and selling their art. 

Larry M. Yáñez is an accomplished ceramic and multimedia artist who draws inspiration from his Mexican-American heritage. Born in Yuma, Arizona, his diverse use of mediums allows him to offer a profound interpretation of the daily experiences within a society shaped by a blend of cultural influences. His ceramics resonate with Chicano cultural symbols, capturing a multifaceted identity. Through his art, he invites viewers to glimpse into tradition meeting modernity, and heritage intertwining with contemporary life. 

Gordon Fong is a photographer who received his BFA from Arizona State University. Now retired, Fong has a long history in marketing and creating artistic campaigns for industry. Among many accomplishments, he served as the manager for art direction at Rio Salado College for twenty years. Fong also served in the US Army, where he worked as a drafter, photographer, map designer, and graphic artist.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and 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 Gina Otvos at (956) 872-3488, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryartgallery/ 

 

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4th Art & Memory Conference

STC presents the 4th annual Art & Memory Conference
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Event Days: April 1 – 4, 2024 at the STC Pecan Campus

The South Texas College Liberal Arts division, in conjunction with Library Services, presents the 4th Annual Art & Memory Conference with four days of lectures, a roundtable, film viewing, a reception and a two-part exhibition. This interdisciplinary collaboration will highlight aspects of memory through a humanities lens in the theme of “youth and memory.”

Starting on April 1, the four-day conference will kick off with a lecture titled, “Immigration and Childhood Trauma: The Case of Family Separation,” presented by Efrén Olivares, author and deputy legal director at Southern Poverty Law.

Throughout the week, there will be several other events, such as a release party for the yearly magazine Tierra Firme, with local high school students reading their published entries, an art workshop where participants will create art based on their memories and other interactive events sponsored by the STC English and Philosophy departments.

“The Art and Memory sessions serve as a unique platform for the community and South Texas College to explore memory’s significance through art. This year, our focus is on childhood. Youth will engage with STC’s instructors and express memories through the visual arts, poetry and storytelling,” said Andrés Molina Ochoa, Ph.D., conference organizer & STC assistant professor of Philosophy. “Parents can also refine artistic skills through workshops, films and expert-led conferences. Our goal is to nurture creativity, deepen understanding and foster connections within our community. Join us for an enriching experience where memories come to life through art.”

The Art & Memory Conference and Exhibition Reception will take place April 2, from 5 to 6 p.m. to celebrate continued collaborative efforts and events as well as two exhibitions. One exhibit features artwork from youth ages 6-18 and the other, curated by Melissa Terry and Andrés Molina Ochoa, showcases the works of five professional artists, including Conrado Gonzalez Brownsville elementary school teacher, Adriana Gordillo from the University of Minnesota, Leila Hernandez STC Art Instructor, Lisa Irby local artist and retired educator, and Carl Vestweber from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). Both exhibitions explore memory, experiences and emotions in and about childhood and adolescence.

The Art & Memory Conference exhibition will be on view from April 2 – May 15, 2024, at the STC Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, Building F.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Brittany Leckey at 956-872-5528, email bleckey@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/3artandmemory.

The schedule for the conference is as follows:

DAY 1 | Monday, April 1 Location: STC Pecan Building D, Auditorium 4 p.m. Efrén Olivares Immigration and Childhood Trauma: The Case of Family Separation DAY 2 | Tuesday, April 2 Location: STC Pecan Building U 2.100 9:30 a.m. Tierra Firme Release with readings in Spanish from the Authors 1 p.m. Art Workshop: Creating with Memories led by Gina Otvos and Melissa Terry 5 p.m. 4th Annual Art & Memory Conference Reception (STC Pecan Campus Library) 6 p.m. Coco Screening DAY 3 | Wednesday, April 3 Location: STC Pecan Building D, Auditorium 1 p.m. Dr. Liana Anderson Literary Journal Alecart: Where the Youth of Romania takes the Pulse of Regime Change 6 p.m. Panel: Constant Change: Memory, History, and Art Dr. Andres Molina Ochoa, Dr. Trinidad Gonzales, Dr. Sarah Rowe, Andres Sanchez (The Gremlin, Downtown, McAllen) DAY 4 | Thursday, April 4 Location: STC Pecan Building D Auditorium 1 p.m. Art & Memory Fiction Reading: Life and the Craft of Literary Fiction Dr. Charles Alcorn and Joseph D. Haske 4 p.m. Dr. Claire Katz Professor of Education, Texas A&M University 5 p.m. Philosophy for Children Demo Led by Dr. Katz, Texas A&M University
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Visions of the Heart: The Blind in Action

Local artist group “Visionaries” showcases artwork at STC’s Mid-Valley campus library
Exhibit Reception: April 9 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the STC Mid-Valley Campus Library

The South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus Library Art Gallery showcases a mixed-media exhibit of 13 artworks called, “Visions of the Heart” by local artist group Visionaries: The Blind in Action will be introduced in an exhibit reception on April 9.

Visionaries: The Blind in Action is a nonprofit organization committed to bringing together the community through workshops and events that involve people who are blind and the wider community.

Macarena Pena, the exhibit’s organizer, began painting in 1997 and lost her sight two years later. In 2015, she co-founded the Visual Challenges Art Project in partnership with the National Federation of the Blind. This project enabled her to reignite her love for art and rediscover her artistic abilities.

This exhibit includes community artists Mary Rios, Samantha Lopez, Jesus Garza, Macarena Pena, Zorayda Pulido, Dali Cantu, Carolina Gonzalez, Alejandra Perez, Reyna Wadhawan, Juani Rodriguez and Gabriel Pinon.

The “Visions of the Heart” exhibit will be available for viewing at the STC Mid-Valley Campus Library, located at 400 N. Border in Weslaco. The exhibit will be open from March 1 to May 1, 2024.

On April 9, visitors can attend an artist reception from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. During this event, visitors can meet the artists, view their artworks, and enjoy light refreshments. The event and exhibit are free and open to the public.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery curates exhibitions and educational programs to foster student understanding of art, support the academic curriculum and inspire 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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STC Architectural Students present Arch Thru Art

Reception: April 10, 2024, from 12 – 1 p.m. at the STC Technology Campus Library.

The South Texas College Technology Campus Library Art Gallery and Architecture Department proudly presents Arch Thru Art, an exhibit by STC Architectural History students. In this showcase, students visually reflect on structures from ancient civilizations through the evolution of architecture over time using contemporary designs. Their artwork shows how buildings have changed, revealing the creative ways architects adapt to different times. Visitors can explore the exhibit to see the unique blend of history and modern ideas that these students bring to life through their art.

**Title**: Arch Thru Art **Artist**: South Texas College Libraries **Venue**: South Texas College **Dates**: April 2022 **Event**: Art & Architecture Series **Description**: The poster features an artistic representation of a stone arch bridge over a blue stream, surrounded by green grass. A QR code provides additional information about the event. For more details, contact **(956) 872-3488** or email **gotvos@southtexascollege.edu**. ![QR Code](https://i.imgur.com/QRCode.png)

The exhibit will be on display from January 8 – May 1, 2024, with a reception on April 10, from 12 – 1 p.m. at the STC Technology Campus Library Art Gallery, Bldg. A, at 3700 W. Military Hwy. in McAllen, TX. The exhibition and reception 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.

For more information, call 956-872-6120, email gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.

The ‘T’ is Silent by Japheth Asiedu-Kwarteng

Contemporary Ghanaian artist explores themes from traditional ceramic and mixed-media art at STC’s Mid-Valley Library Art Gallery.

South Texas College Library Art Gallery presents artist Japheth Asiedu-Kwarteng’s ceramic and mixed media exhibit. Asiedu-Kwarteng was born in Ghana and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Illinois State University. He was awarded a fellowship through the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and has exhibited on the east and west coast of the U.S. Asiedu-Kwarteng has previously served as a studio and lab Teaching Technician in ceramics for eight years at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. He is now a Lecturer at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas.

“My work acknowledges the legacy of Ghanaian ceramics history and contemporary presence without restriction and often utilizes complex cultural symbols, such as those associated with Kente, the meanings of which are specific, layered, and nuanced. I make an imminently contemporary statement and exemplify an approach to my work which transcends form and questions the relationship between tradition and modernity, cultural exchange, and tension.”

 

Title: “The ‘T’ is Silent” Art Exhibition Artist: Japheth Asiedu-Kwarteng Venue: Mid-Valley Campus Library Dates: February 7th to April 30th Event: Artist Talk & Reception on March 6th, 10-11am Description: The flyer features an abstract collage artwork with architectural elements, printed text, and colorful patterns. Contact details include a phone number (956-872-3488) and a website (library.southtexascollege.edu). A QR code provides additional information. !QR Code

There will be an artist talk and reception on March 6 from 10 to 11 a.m.

The exhibit opens on Wednesday, February 7, and will be on view until April 30, 2024. The display and event will be at the South Texas College Mid-Valley Library Art Gallery, E-1.210, located at 400 N. Border in Weslaco, TX.

The exhibition and reception are free of charge and open to everyone who wishes to attend.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage students’ 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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El Movimiento Continúa by LUPE & the Center for Mexican American Studies at UTRGV

Lupe 20th anniversary blog imageClosing reception: Feb. 28, 5 – 6 p.m. | Flag-making workshop: Feb. 28, 3 – 4 p.m. at the Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery.

The South Texas College Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, in collaboration with La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), proudly presents “El Movimiento Continúa: Cultivando Nuestras Semillas.” This exhibit explores key themes that illuminate the under-told stories of the farm worker movement in South Texas and participate in a broader conversation about the lasting impact of these stories on our understanding of social justice, labor rights, and the rich cultural tapestry of South Texas. Join us in this enriching experience as we honor the past, celebrate the present, and collectively shape a more informed future.

Title: LUPE 20th ‘EL MOVIMIENTO CONTINÚA’ Venue: South Texas College Pecan Campus Library Dates: January 16th to February 28th, 2024 Event Highlights: The exhibition explores 8 prominent themes related to the under-told stories of history, culture, and the present-day influence of the farm worker movement in South Texas. Workshop: February 28th, 3 - 4 p.m. (Building F - Room 102) Reception: February 28th, 5 - 6 p.m. (Building F – Library) Description: Don’t miss this unique showcase as part of LUPE’s 20th anniversary series. For more information, contact 956-872-3488 or visit library.southtexascollege.edu.A creative flag-making workshop will take place on Feb. 28 from 3 to 4 p.m., providing an interactive opportunity for attendees to engage with the content personally. Following the workshop, a closing reception will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Pecan Campus Library located at 3201 W Pecan Blvd., Bldg. F in McAllen, TX. This occasion connects individuals passionate about preserving and understanding the diverse stories that contribute to the region’s history and identity.

On display from Jan. 16 – Feb. 28, 2024. Admission is 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.

For more information, call 956-872-8330, email gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.

1910 – 1920: Life & Death on the Border

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An early 1900s history exhibit travels to STC’s Starr Co. Campus. Lecture: April 17, 1 – 2 p.m. at the STC Starr Co. Campus, Bldg. E auditorium.

The South Texas College Starr Co. Campus Library Art Gallery and History Department proudly present “Life and Death on the Border: 1910-1920”, a 42-panel Texas history exhibit that features postcards, court documents, photographs, and artifacts from the early 1900s in the Rio Grande Valley. These histories inspired Tejano literature, art, and music and influenced the creation of the Mexican American civil rights movement.

Dr. Trinidad Gonzales, a History Professor at STC and co-founder of the Refusing to Forget project, collaborated with colleagues across the state and nation to research and curate this exhibit.

“The award-winning Life and Death Along the Border: 1910-1920 exhibit is the first time the State Museum of Texas addresses the history of state-sanctioned violence by Texas Rangers against Mexicans and Mexican Americans. The history of the Rio Grande Valley cannot be understood without fully acknowledging these events that affected hundreds of families and how they survived and overcame them,” said Gonzales.

The exhibit will be on view from February 7 – April 30, 2024, with a lecture April 17 from 1 – 2 p.m. at STC Starr Co. Campus, Bldg.—E, 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City, TX. The exhibition and lecture are free and open to the public.

To view the original exhibition this panel exhibit is based on, visit the Bullock Texas State History Museum link.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage students’ 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.

Washed Up Texas: Saving the Ocean One Sculpture at a Time

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery has teamed up with Washed Up Texas and artist Connie Lovell to present a captivating eight-foot Great Blue Heron sculpture made from discarded plastic trash found at South Padre Island and Boca Chica beach. The artist, Connie Lovell, has utilized plastic bottles, toy brushes, phone parts, and other items to create intricate details on her approximately 300-pound sculpture. The organization collaborates with various state programs and volunteers who participate in beach cleanups to create thought-provoking artwork that promotes awareness and education. As of August 2023, approximately 3,653 pounds of trash has been picked up from the beach at South Padre Island.

The sculpture was on display at the STC Pecan Campus Library, 3201 W. Pecan Blvd Bldg. F in McAllen, TX from September 18 to November 14, 2023. 

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage students 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) 872-3488, email gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.

Handmade paper sculptures of churches

STC Alumni Series: Karla Gabriela De La Fuente

Two handmade paper church sculpturesArtist Talk: November 28, 3 – 4:30 p.m. with a reception to follow at the STC Technology Campus Library

The South Texas College Technology Campus Library Art Gallery celebrates its annual STC Alumni Series, featuring “Hecho a Mano: Paperworks,” an exhibition of handmade paper by artist and alumna Karla Gabriela De La Fuente. The series aims to support artists who began their education at STC and have since continued their work in the arts.

Flyer for Karla. All information in blog post.De La Fuente is in her last semester of the Master of Fine Arts Program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. In her handmade paper art, De La Fuente investigates the human experience on the border, incorporating Rio Grande Valley organic materials and traditional Mexican techniques developed by the Otomi people from Central Mexico.

De La Fuente will lead an artist talk on November 28, from 3 – 4:30 p.m., where participants can learn about her process, techniques and inspiration behind her artwork.

Admission is 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.

For more information, call 956-872-6120, email gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.

Showcase by Roma High School Art Teacher at the STC Starr Co. Library


Artist Talk: Oct. 19, 10 – 11 a.m. at the Starr Co. Library Art Gallery.

The South Texas College Starr County campus Library Art Gallery proudly presents a new exhibition featuring artwork by STC alumna, local painter and Roma High School Art Teacher Yesenia Toscano. The exhibit opened September 12 and will be on view until December 7, 2023.

An artist talk and reception with Toscano will be held on October 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the STC Starr County Library Art Gallery, Bldg. K, located at 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City. Admission is free and open to the public.

Toscano is an artist and educator who earned her Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Toscano is also an STC graduate, receiving her associate degree in Elementary Education. She said, “At South Texas College, I took my first art class, where I discovered myself as a painter.” She leads the Roma ISD art program and encourages her students to submit artwork to the Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE), with students often advancing to the state-level event.

Toscano’s paintings are a means of expressing herself and overcoming fears and uncertainties in life. Influenced by Giorgio de Chirico’s metaphysical paintings, she uses familiar objects to represent mystery, dreams and childhood.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage students’ 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.