Category Archives: Library Art Gallery

Dream Believer

The library’s art gallery and author events scheduled for March and April have been temporarily postponed. Please check back periodically for updates.


South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery presents “Dream Believer,” an exhibit featuring UFO themed artwork by featured artist Esther Pearl Watson and community artists. The exhibit opens March 31st and will be on view through May 15, 2020. There will be a self-publishing zine workshop held on March 31st  at 10 a.m. at Pecan campus Library Rainbow Room and a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. where the winners of the UFO juried art exhibit will be announced. The STC Library Art Gallery is located at 3201 W Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. 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 academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

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

Bruno: The Legacy of an Artist – Educator

South Texas College Library looks at impact of mentorship in new exhibition

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The South Texas College Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, in collaboration with STC’s Visual Art Department, presents an exhibition that encompasses both floors of the STC Library featuring original work by the late Bruno Andrade, curated by his son Trey Andrade.

The Gallery proudly presents “Bruno: The Legacy of an Artist – Educator”, an exhibit that began in January and lasting until February 27, 2020.

There will be a closing reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the South Texas College Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. on Thursday, Feb. 27th in McAllen. Rolando Reyna and Joe Peña will lead a lecture at 10 a.m. in the STC Library Rainbow Room and a workshop at 1 p.m. in the Art Building, B113. All events are free and open to the public.

“Bruno: The Legacy of an Artist – Educator,” is also comprised by a simultaneous exhibition of artwork by Andrade’s former students, most of whom have gone on to be professional artists themselves. Their work will be exhibited on the first floor of the library, and offers insight into the relationship of mentors and the lasting impact of instructors.

STC Visual Art Professors, Luis Corpus and Richard Smith, were both students of Andrade at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Corpus attending from 2006-2009, and Smith from 1986-89.

“Acknowledging Bruno’s impact is a reflection upon our own successes and the foundation that education provides in general,” said Corpus, who is now Art Department Chair and art instructor at South Texas College.

“Bruno showed me how to find my voice through paint,” Smith said about the late professor.

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 STC Library Art Gallery Coordinator, Gina Otvos at (956) 872-3488, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.

The Wound of the Malinches

STC’s Mid-Valley Campus Library Art Gallery hosts an exhibition of site-specific installation.

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Reception & Performance: March 10 from 6 to 7 p.m. | Lecture: 11:30 a.m.

South Texas College’s Mid-Valley Campus Library Art Gallery presents “The Wound of the Malinches,” an installation exhibition by ceramic artist Leticia Lowry-Garcilazo. On Tuesday, March 10, the library will host a lecture at 11:30 in E 1.106 followed by a performance and reception at 6:00 p.m. in E 1.210 located at 400 N Border Ave in Weslaco, Texas. Admission is free and open to the public.

Leticia Lowry-Garcilazo recently completed her Master’s in Fine Arts degree at The University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley. Through her work she is an advocate for women’s rights.

About her work Leticia Lowry-Garcilazo says, “I was a spectator and I am a survivor of violence. I was tired and overwhelmed from being blamed. I learned to focus and deal with my anger through my work in the arts confronting and advocating for gender equality and women empowerment.”

The exhibit opens January 28 and runs through April 19, 2020.

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 the Library Art Gallery Coordinator, Gina Otvos, at (956) 872-3488 or gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.

Alumni Series: Veronica Matamoros

South Texas College’s Technology Library exhibits photography by recent graduate.
Meet the artist: April 22, 12:00 p.m.

South Texas College’s Technology Campus Library Art Gallery presents “STC Alumni Series,” an exhibit featuring photographs by former STC student, Veronica Matamoros.

An opportunity to meet the artist and a reception will be held at 12:00 p.m. on April 22th at STC’s Technology Campus Library. The library is located at 3700 W. Military Hwy, Building A, in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

Veronica Matamoros studied photography and received her Bachelor’s in Communication from La Universidad Iberoamerica de Puebla. She was recently awarded an Associate Degree in Imports and Exports at South Texas College. In this series of photographs, “Mi Gente,” Matamoros uses 35mm film to document people from her life in Puebla, Mexico.

The exhibit will be on view February 4 through May 4, 2020.

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 Library Art Gallery Coordinator, Gina Otvos, at (956) 872-3488 or gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.

Tejanx Borderz

STC Starr County Campus exhibit explores pattern and modern imagery
Lecture and reception: April 15, 11:30 a.m.

South Texas College’s Starr County Campus Library Art Gallery presents “Tejanx Borderz,” an exhibit featuring paintings by Mayra Zamora. The exhibit opens Tuesday, February 18 and will be on view through Monday, May 18, 2020 at the Starr County Campus on the second floor of the Academic Building, located at 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City. Admission is free and open to the public.

Mayra Zamora was born in Austin and raised in a small town of Tivoli, Texas. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. Zamora focuses on what she considers the most important elements of art; line, shape, and color, while incorporating Mexican-American iconography.

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 (956) 872-3488, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.

Connections

South Texas College opens new art gallery at the Nursing & Allied Health Campus Library.


Workshop: Tuesday, April 21 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. 

South Texas College’s Nursing & Allied Health Library Art Gallery proudly presents, “Connections,” an exhibit of hand tufted tapestries by Rachel Comminos. The exhibit opens on February 11 and runs through May 11, 2020.

“Connections” marks the opening of the new Nursing & Allied Health Library Art Gallery. The gallery will feature artwork inspired by creative wellness and the medical field to explore the role art can play in health and healing.

On Tuesday, April 21 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., artist Rachel Comminos will lead a workshop at the Nursing & Allied Health Library Deep Quiet Study Room. In the workshop participants will learn the techniques of creating hand tufted tapestries and how these techniques can be used as sensory therapy. The STC Nursing and Allied Health Library Art Gallery is located at 1101 E. Vermont Ave. in McAllen, TX. All events are free and open to the public.

Comminos has her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is to co-director of Comminos Studio in Harlingen, TX.

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

Borderígena: Many Times Over / Our Lady Of Guadalupe Community Exhibit


South Texas College presents artwork inspired by experiences in South Texas.

Image credit: Jesus De La Rosa, Mexican Candy, Acrylic on wood panel, 12 x 12 in., 2018, private collection & Joshua R. Villareal, Our Lady of Guadalupe, 2019.

1:00 – 2:00 PM         Art Talk: Borderígena by Jesus De La Rosa (STC Library Rainbow Room, F224)
2:30 – 3:30 PM         Art Talk: Christian Art Thru the Ages by Patricia Ballinger (STC Library Rainbow Room, F224)
5:00 – 7:00 PM         Reception: Borderígena & Our Lady of Guadalupe (STC Library Art Gallery, F226)

MCALLEN, TEXAS (Oct. 9, 2019) South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery proudly presents Borderígena, an exhibit with layered mixed-media paintings by Jesus De La Rosa.  De La Rosa was raised in the Rio Grande Valley and Nuevo Progreso, Mexico.  He spent his early life traveling across the U.S/Mexico border as a result of his parents working in Mexico and living in Texas. His borderland experience plays a pivotal role in his art practice.  De La Rosa earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and a Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University at Columbus, where he was awarded a Graduate Enrichment Fellowship. As an Associate Professor of Art at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, De La Rosa teaches introductory and advanced courses in printmaking and graphic design.

Borderígena will be located on the first floor of the Pecan Library Art Gallery, inside Building F.

Also running concurrently is Our Lady of Guadalupe Community Exhibit.  The group exhibit will feature many artwork depictions inspired by La Virgen de Guadalupe.  The purpose of this exhibition is to allow the community to share their artistic vision of La Virgen de Guadalupe as a cultural icon for her day of apparition on December 12.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Community Exhibit will be located on the 2nd floor of the Pecan Library Art Gallery.

Both exhibits open Oct. 17 and run through December 12, 2019.

On Oct. 17, 2019, there will be an opening art talk by Jesus de la Rosa from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Following the artist talk, a second lecture “Christian Art Through the Ages” will be presented by Patricia Ballinger from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Both lectures will be held in the Pecan Library Rainbow Room.  Later in the evening, a reception for both exhibitions will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery.  The exhibits are located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

The South Texas College 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.

This story can be found online at: https://news.southtexascollege.edu/south-texas-college-presents-artwork-inspired-by-experiences-in-the-borderlands/

Viacrucis

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New photography exhibit by a former STC student explores themes of migration.

Artist Lecture and Reception: Oct. 3, 2019 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery presents “Viacrucis,” an art exhibition featuring photographs by Verónica Gabriela Cárdenas and paintings by Pedro Perez.

Cárdenas is a documentary photographer and former South Texas College Architectural Drafting and Language Arts student. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, The Texas Tribune, and TIME exploring themes of migration and social justice. In this exhibition, Cárdenas documents the journey made by Central American asylum seekers.

Cárdenas will give a lecture about her photojournalism on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the STC Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room, F224.

The exhibit opened on Aug. 27, and will be available to view until October 3, 2019, at the STC Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, Building F-226 located at 3201 West Pecan Boulevard in McAllen, Texas.

Also running concurrently is an exhibition of paintings by STC art instructor Pedro Perez on the first floor of the library. The series of paintings come after Perez’s half-year sabbatical in Spain, Italy and France. In this exhibition, the artist invites his close friends and colleagues to sit in as a “saint” for each of the paintings.

A reception for both exhibitions will take place on Thursday, Oct. 3rd, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The artists will give a short talk and be available to answer questions. The exhibition, artist talk, 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 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 (956) 872-3488 or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.

Latinx Comic Book Poster Exhibit

Latinx Comic Book poster exhibit arrives at South Texas College Sept. 15

(Above) “Relampago” created by Judge Margarito C. Garza with art by Sam G. González, 1977. The work of five artists will be featured in a month long exhibit at STC’s Pecan Campus Rainbow Room Sept. 15 – Oct. 15.

As part of South Texas College’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, STC’s Center for Mexican American Studies, along with the college’s History Department and Library Art Gallery present a Latinx Comic Book Poster Exhibit featuring the work of five artists beginning Sept. 15.

The exhibit, curated by José Alaniz, Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures and the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Washington in Seattle, will include sixteen posters by five artists: Myra Lara, Roberta Gregory, T. Edward Bak, Javier Hernandez and José Alaniz.

The poster exhibit will be on display Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 in the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room.

Alaniz chaired the Executive Committee of the International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF), a US Comics Studies Conference from 2011 to 2017 and is a founding board member of the Comics Studies Society. His current projects include a history of Czech comics and a study of Chicano/a art’s intersections with comics.

Alaniz also makes comics. His work appeared in the 2018 collection “Tales From La Vida: A Latinx Comics Anthology.”

He will present his lecture entitled, “’…And I Don’t Plea Bargain!’: RELAMPAGO AND CRIME” September 17 at 6 p.m. in the Rainbow Room located on the second floor of the library at STC’s Pecan Campus.

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 Trinidad Gonzalez at tgonzale@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryartgallery.

What: Latinx Comics Exhibit curated by José Alaniz
Where: Pecan Library Rainbow Room, 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. McAllen, TX
When: Exhibit runs Sept. 15 – Oct. 15. Lecture by José Alaniz on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m.
Who: Exhibit sponsored by STC’s Center for Mexican American Studies, History Department, and Library Art Gallery.

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New Gallery in Starr Co.

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South Texas College Library and Art Department partner to offer exhibits in Rio Grande City.

Q & A and Reception: September 26th at 11:30 a.m.

South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery and Art Department partner to bring rotating exhibits and art talks to the Starr County region. In this first collaboration, local artist Jose Suarez displays nine of his paintings in the upstairs corridor gallery of the STC Starr County Academic Building.

Suarez attended South Texas College after graduation from Juarez-Lincoln High School in La Joya and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In a baroque style that is rich in realism and dramatic lighting, Suarez paints theatrical scenes inspired by his life in the Rio Grande Valley.

A talk with the artist will take place on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 11:30 AM at the Starr County Campus Academic Building E, 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City, TX. Light refreshments will be provided. Admission is free and open to the public.

The exhibit opened on Sept. 10th and runs through Dec. 6, 2019.

STC’s Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage student understanding of art, support academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

For more information, visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart or contact gotvos@southtexascollege.edu.