Category Archives: Current & Upcoming Exhibits

Yo Solita Me Enseñé

South Texas College presents Jenelle Esparza’s work about being self-taught.

South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery proudly presents “Yo Solita Me Enseñé,” a multi-media exhibit with photography, handmade paper, bronze sculpture, fabric, found objects, and film by Jenelle Esparza. The exhibit opens Monday, September 11 and runs through October 11. There will be a closing artist lecture on October 11 at 1 p.m. and a reception to follow from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery. The exhibit is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

Jenelle Esparza is a San Antonio-based artist who works primarily as a photographer. She was awarded the 2015 NALAC (Nat’l Association of Latino Arts and Culture) Artist Grant for her project El Color de la Obra about the interconnected histories of South Texas cotton fields. Esparza will be the Texas Artpace International artist in-residence for 2018. She is currently an Education Coordinator at the McNay Art Museum.

“We are excited and honored to work with Jenelle Esparza. Her dedication, thoughtfulness and ability to bring together under told stories of South Texas is exceptional,” said Gina Otvos, STC Art Gallery Associate. “The skill with which she moves between mediums will be exciting to experience.”

Esparza’s work looks both to her own and the collective history of South Texas with artwork such as hand-cast bronze cotton burrs and a photo of a vast cotton field titled, “Si La Tierra Podría Hablar.”

“The exhibit title, Yo Solita Me Enseñé, comes from women, Tejanas, from the early twentieth century in South Texas as they describe how everything in their environment was made themselves or was self-taught (deshilado, bailes, caseros, food, music, artwork, etc.). I like that meaning because everything in this show was not only made by me, but it represents a community and a history of people who made things in their own way,” Esparza said.

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, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.

Mapping Mexican History: Territories in Dispute, Identities in Question

STC exhibits maps from the University of Texas Austin rare documents collection

South Texas College’s Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery presents “Mapping Mexican History: Territories in Dispute, Identities in Question,” a traveling exhibit featuring reproductions from UT’s Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection.

There will be a free digital map workshop on September 19 at 10 a.m. at the Pecan Campus Library, room F220 and at 1 p.m. at the Mid-Valley Campus CLE, room A105. Parking will be available on campus and no citations will be issued for guests. Lunch will be served. Space is limited to 30 people. Registration closes Wednesday, September 13.

“The maps presented in this exhibition span from 1580 to 1847, and reflect the intertwined relationships between indigenous and European, secular and religious, as well as national and foreign identities in Mexico’s evolution from colonial territory to modern state,” said Julianne Gilland, director of the Benson’s Latin American Collection. “Taken together, the maps featured in the exhibition tell a story of Mexican territory as it was defined, redefined, and contested through three centuries.”

The exhibit will be on view from Monday, August 28 through Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Pecan Library. Admission is free and open to the public.

StoryMapJS, a web-based authoring platform will be introduced for the presentation of map and visual material analyses. Using historical Mexican maps held at the University of Texas at Austin’s Benson Latin American Collection, attendees will learn how to create a set of zoom-able images, host them on Github, and bring them into StoryMapJS to create a dynamic visual-based story. No prior knowledge is necessary, and students or faculty from any discipline are encouraged to attend.

STC-McAllen workshop: https://storytelling_mexican_maps.eventbrite.com

STC-Weslaco workshop: https://mapping_mexican_history.eventbrite.com

Workshops will be led by Itza Carbajal (Master of Science in Information Studies Candidate) and Albert A. Palacios (LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Coordinator) from The University of Texas at Austin.

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

 

STC Art Collection in Retrospect: Visual Memories as Preservation

South Texas College remembers its history with a retrospective art exhibit

South Texas College’s Pecan Campus Library presents “STC Art Collection in Retrospect: Visual Memories as Preservation” an exhibit featuring seventy-one works of art displayed in chronological order by the date the pieces were acquired, 2006-2017. The exhibit opens Monday, August 28, and will run through December 1, 2017. On October 11, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a reception to celebrate the history and numerous art donations to the college at the Pecan Campus Library located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

The South Texas College Library Collection began in 2006 and consists of works of art donated by visiting artists. The collection consists of many artistic mediums including painting, photography, ceramics, and sculpture.

This exhibit, like the collection, starts with the first piece ever donated “Temporal Form no. 10” by Ansen Seale and ends with the most recent donation “Peaceful Easy Feeling” by Carl Vestweber. These pieces each represent an exhibit that took place at the STC Library Art Gallery. In collecting them, the Library Art Gallery has accepted the responsibility and honor to preserve the art for future students and community to experience and find inspiration from. This exhibit allows us to see where we started and how the past eleven years have led us to where we are today.

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 (956) 872-3488 or via email at gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/lag

 

Receso

STC Starr County Campus exhibits local minimalist artist Ricardo Benavides

South Texas College’s Starr County Campus Library Art Gallery proudly presents “Receso” an exhibit featuring artwork by Ricardo Benavides. The exhibit opens Wednesday, October 4 and will be on view until December 4, 2017. A talk and opening reception with the artist will be held on October 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the STC Starr County Campus Library (Bldg. F), located at 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City. Admission is free and open to the public.

Ricardo Benavides is a local artist who earned his Master of Fine Art degree in 2014 from the University of Texas – Pan American. He uses painting, digital photography, and ceramics to explore minimalism and construction inspired by the sophisticated and globalized culture of Mexico. In this mixed-media exhibit, Benavides translates complex societal constructs into minimalistic layers and shapes of color.

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 or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/lag.

 

Inspired by the Deep Blue

South Texas College exhibits work by UTRGV Master of Fine Arts Candidate

South Texas College’s Technology Campus Library presents an exhibit, “Inspired by the Deep Blue,” with Natalia Soto. The exhibit opens Tuesday, September 6 and will be on view through Friday, December 8, 2017. An artist lecture will be held at 6 p.m. at STC’s Technology Campus Library on November 14. The library is located at 3700 W. Military Hwy. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

Natalia Soto Sanchez is an active artist with the Women of Action Collective and is in her last semester of the MFA program at UTRGV. In this exhibit of drawings, lithographs, and collage, Soto pays close attention to line detail in a series of fantastical underwater images.

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, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryartgallery.