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Juneteenth Observance 2020

South Texas College Library Hosting 2020 Juneteenth Observation
Series of events to celebrate the history of African American culture in McAllen

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The South Texas College Library and the RGV Juneteenth Committee observe Juneteenth 2020 with three days of virtual programming beginning June 17th – 19th on the STC Library Blog: https://library.southtexascollege.edu/tag/juneteenth/.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the abolition of slavery in the United States, enacted on June 19, 1865, when news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached Texas. It is celebrated every June 19 and is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in forty-five states, including Texas.

McAllen celebrations and events will begin on Saturday, June 13 and run until June 19, 2020, with a proclamation of the historical observation with McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. Clean-up events, cultural arts and book displays, a documentary and screening are just some of the events scheduled for the celebration this year highlighting the theme “Perfecting Unity.”

“It is important to recognize the historical and cultural contributions of African Americans to the city and appreciate the value of diversity. We are devoted to ensuring the equitable and inclusive treatment of all citizens and visitors to our community,” said Mayor Darling. “In fact, now more than ever, we need healthy and respectful dialogue that addresses the issue of race relations of this and every community in the United States. I hope everyone in the community can come take part of this celebration.”

McAllen’s celebrations will be capped off with a brief reflection service on Friday, June 19 that will begin at Bethel Garden, 1322 S 16th St., starting at 10:00 a.m. Immediately following the ceremony, a “CARavan” will take off from Faith Fellowship Church, 600 S. 21st St., and make its way to McAllen City Hall, 1300 W. Houston Ave., for a proclamation celebration at 12:00 p.m.

Here in the Rio Grande Valley, the African American community continues to grow, especially in McAllen where the African-American population is roughly 1% of the total 143,000 residents.

For a full list of events and activities go to the Rio Grande Valley Juneteenth website at http://juneteenthrgv.com or contact the South Texas College Library at (956) 872-3488, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit: https://library.southtexascollege.edu.

  1. “Just a Ferry Ride to Freedom”


“Just a Ferry Ride to Freedom” showcases stories about the Texas-Mexico border and its connection to the Underground Railroad.

About the film, the Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS) at UTRGV says, “Rooted in pre-Civil War Texas along the Rio Grande between the emerging cities of Laredo and Brownsville, this film highlights mixed-race ranches in Hidalgo County and illustrates how culturally diverse the Rio Grande Valley really is. Lifeways developed during that time still influence life along the border and across the US today. Featured in the film are community leaders, ranchers, scholars, and historians who find out how a just a ferry ride across the border to freedom altered the course of US history.”

2. Mural of Bethel Baptist Missionary Church & Booker T. Washington School

Interview with muralist Cristela Cano about her painting located at South 16th St and Booker T. Washington Avenue. The mural depicts the importance of the African American church and the Booker T. Washington School that were a part of what was once a thriving African American neighborhood in McAllen.

Interview with Mrs. Lula Eugene Stroud, a former student of Booker T. Washington school:

Juneteenth 2019 Tribute to Mrs. Stroud; This video was prepared for the Juneteenth 2019 Tribute to Mrs. Lula Eugene Stroud. It is comprised of a portion of her 2018 UTRGV oral history interview along with images of Booker T. Washington School, Bethel Garden, and Restlawn Cemetery., 2019-06-18. University Library, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, Texas. https://archive.org/details/StroudTribute_Juneteenth2019 

3. McAllen City Hall – Reading of the RGV Juneteenth Observance Proclamation (Proclamation begins at 8 : 30 after community speakers)

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Ceramic Virtual Demo: Carla Hughes

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The South Texas College Library Art Gallery presents a virtual ceramic demonstration with Carla Hughes, a complete instructional video on mug making. The ceramic demonstration will premiere on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at 8 am.

About her artwork, Hughes says, “As the world seemed to become more and more polarized, I began to see pots as a way to bring people together. If you have beautiful serving pieces, aren’t you going to want to invite people over for meals? Aren’t you going to want to fill the pots and then the people with nourishment? Won’t those bright colors and unique pieces help set the tone for optimism and cooperation? Potential mealtime conversations are the driving force behind my making pottery.”

Carla Hughes received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from The University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas.

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 Gina Otvos at (956) 872-3488, 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.

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.

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Fragmentos y Suturas

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New exhibition at STC’s Weslaco campus explores identity between two cultures.

Artist Lecture and Reception: Oct. 21, 2019 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The South Texas College Mid-Valley Library Art Gallery presents “Fragmentos y Suturas,” an art exhibition featuring artwork by José Villalobos.

The exhibit opens on Thursday, September 5th and will be available to view until October 21, 2019, at the STC Mid-Valley Campus Library Art Gallery, Building E 1.210 located at 400 N Border in Weslaco, TX.

José Villalobos grew up in El Paso, Texas. In his artwork, Villalobos transforms seemingly everyday objects into artwork that traverses gender and orientation as it exists living between two cultures.

José Villalobos will give a lecture about his work on Monday, October 21, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the STC Mid-Valley Campus Library. A performance and reception will follow that same evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 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, 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 gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.