Category Archives: Library Art Gallery

My Very Own Room: Carmen Lomas Garza & Women of the Collection

Carmen Lomas Garza (San Francisco, CA) was born in Kingsville, Texas, in 1948. Inspired by her parent’s activism with the American G.I. Forum, Lomas Garza joined the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. She earned her M.A. from San Francisco State University in 1981. Lomas Garza is an author, illustrator, and artist. About her work she says, “I saw the need to create images that would elicit recognition and appreciation among Mexican Americans, both adults and children, while at the same time serve as a source of education for others not familiar with our culture. It has been my objective since 1969 to make artwork that instills pride in our history and culture in American society.”

The Carmen Lomas Garza collection of artwork and books is a gracious loan from George Gause and Virginia Haynie Gause who began collecting in the 1970s.

Reception: March 7, 5 PM
Art Talk: March 7, 6 PM
On display at the STC Pecan Library
March 3 – May 3, 2017

South Texas College began collecting artwork in 2006 with a photograph from Ansen Seale. Eleven years later, the college has a collection of over 300 pieces and is a high value asset to the region. To celebrate Women’s History Month and to commemorate the generations of women whose significant contributions have proved invaluable to society, the exhibit will host thirty-eight women in South Texas College’s Collection.

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The Unexamined Portrait

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New exhibit explores mixed-media

ART TALK: 1 PM – February 22, 2017 (Rainbow Room)
RECEPTION: 5-7 PM – February 22, 2017 (Pecan Library)

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery, in collaboration with the college’s Black History Month Celebration, has curated an exhibit entitled, “The Unexamined Portrait” featuring the work of Los Angeles mixed-media artist Len Davis that will be on display until February 26, 2016. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the Pecan Campus Library.

The Library Art Gallery invites community and students to a special talk by Davis on February 22 at the Pecan Library Rainbow Room at 1 p.m.

 The talk will be followed by a reception from 5 – 7 PM in the Library Art Gallery. The Pecan Campus Library is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd., Bldg. F in McAllen, Texas. All events are free and open to the public.

The exhibit will also feature local printmaker and mixed-media artist, Jessie Burciaga. Burciaga will give also give an art talk with Davis at 1:00 and 5:00 PM.

“The two artists create highly-skilled, layered work that evokes nuanced, overlapping meanings and metaphors; Len Davis through collage and Jessie Burciaga in his mixed-media paintings,” says Gina Otvos, STC Art Gallery Associate. “For centuries, artists have used varying motifs to conjoin real and fantastic to the interior and exterior world. Both Davis and Burciaga join in tradition to help us explore the layers of identity.”

Len Davis was born in Philadelphia, PA, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Carolina University in North Carolina, and later moved to Los Angeles. Since 2004, Davis has been exhibiting and lecturing across the United States and working on television and movie set designs for popular sets on Showtime, HBO, ABC, NBC and others. Davis works mainly in assemblage and collage where he uses found objects, drawings, graphite, gouache, and acrylic. About his work, he says, “My artwork is about the people we are, what we create, our capabilities and the issues with which we deal.”

Jessie Burciaga (Brownsville, TX) is a local printmaker and painter who received his degree from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Burciaga grasps the soul of his border town and imprints it through portraits of its hardworking people. The intention behind these portraits is to capture, immortalize, and display the level of resilience of each person. He says, “My subjects, often considered average by outsiders, are our local urban heroes.”

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. For a complete listing of events visit: https://library.southtexascollege.edu/LibraryArt

 

This is Not a Cat

Collages by Carl Vestweber
ART TALK & RECEPTION: April 4, 1 PM
On display at the South Texas College Starr Co. Library

January 17 – May 12, 2017

Carl Vestweber’s work explores his interests and experiences as an artist, husband and father living in the 21st century. His preferred media ranges from illustrative drawings and paintings to anthropomorphic cat art and abstracted dot collages. While the materials of this work may vary, the colors, themes of playful interaction, family, culture and power structures overlap and represent his experiences and understandings of the world around him.

Interpreting Vogue

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Paintings by Carlos Ochoa

Art Talk & Reception: March 2, 1 PM

On display at the South Texas College Technology Library

January 24 – March 9, 2017

Carlos Ochoa is a graduate of the UTRGV Studio Art Program. In his recent Vogue series, he paints over models to embellish the commercial ideal of beauty by manipulating ads found within Vogue magazines. In his newest Vogue series, the viewer is left to interpret the altered art form as well as their own perspective on how companies sell their products by misusing the viewer’s notion of beauty.

 

 

 

Collection at 3201: Number One – Landscape

Collection at 3201 is a project to promote accessibility and visibility of South Texas College’s Permanent Art Collection to students, faculty, staff and the community. We invite faculty and staff to pick an artwork from the collection and talk about how it has influenced the way they see the world. We hope this intersection of art and ideas inspires learning about art and culture in the Rio Grande Valley.

Sylvia Benitez, Guadalupe, Guadalupe, Oil on canvas, 84 x 72 inch. benitez

Contributed by Jessie Rodriguez, STC Library Art Gallery

When I look at Guadalupe, Guadalupe by Sylvia Benitez I am reminded of a Sigmund Freud quote: “the mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.” The analogy works here. Like the tip of the iceberg, what can clearly be seen in Benitez’s Guadalupe, Guadalupe is a view of a natural landscape depicting an inky orange sunrise at the Guadalupe River near her home in Seguin, Texas. Though the work is skillfully painted, I’m most drawn to the part of the painting that draws the subconscious mind. The emotions and feelings lie underneath the surface like the base of the iceberg that stretches far below the ocean. Beyond what we see, landscape painting, the viewer is transported into pockets of distant shadows and allowed to discover and walk into the depths of the painting or the corners of the subconscious mind. The viewer is drawn in, transported, submerged into the memory of the previous dawns and the context of those experiences.

Benitez’s large scale painting alludes to the Romantic era of the 1800s and explores the vastness of the natural world in her landscape paintings. By placing the horizon line lower in the painting, she creates a dreamlike atmosphere of a bright orange morning where we can catch a glimpse into a moment in Benitez’s vision. The dreamlike environment that she paints draws the viewer into this otherworldly realm. What fascinates me about Guadalupe, Guadalupe is how sublime the nature is even with the gestural brushstroke landscape. It becomes a vehicle for expressing a range of psychological and emotional states by the artist. Although I could never know the emotions and feelings going through an artist’s mind, I can only interpret what it means to me and connect in a more spiritual way or remember a feeling that I only experienced at a certain time and place.

Sylvia Benitez trained as an abstract painter in the 1970s at the University of Maryland. She moved to NYC in 1980 and lived there for twenty years until eventually relocating to Seguin, Texas. Her painting was accepted into South Texas College’s Permanent Art Collection in 2016.

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Personal Topography: Exploring Natural Abstraction

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August 29 – December 2, 2016
On display at the Pecan Campus Library nd  Floor

Art Talk: Oct. 13, 1:00-2:00 PM Pecan Library
Reception: Oct. 13, 5:00-7:00 PM Pecan Library

New painting exhibit shines light on the South Texas landscape

The Library Art Gallery at South Texas College invites the community to a special talk by nationally awarded artist Sylvia Benitez on Oct. 13 at the Pecan Library Rainbow Room at 1 p.m.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery, in collaboration with the college’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, has curated an exhibit featuring Benitez’s work that will be on display until December 2, 2016. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the Pecan Campus Library.

Benitez will give a talk about her Puerto Rican heritage and its influence on her artwork. The talk will be followed by a reception from 5 – 7 PM in the Library Art Gallery. The Pecan Campus Library is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd., Bldg. F in McAllen, Texas. All events are free and open to the public.

“Sylvia Benitez’s highly skilled, large-scale paintings allude to the remote landscapes of 19th century romanticism while honoring the conceptual principals of modern abstraction,” says Gina Otvos, STC Art Gallery Associate. “For centuries, the natural landscape has been a mirror for the self. As we contemplate the abstracted figures in the clouds or the shadows in distant pockets of land, we are given the opportunity to reflect on our own personal topography.

Sylvia Benitezhas been working in sculpture and painting for over forty years. Receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Maryland in 1979, she moved to New York City, where she used sculpture to explore physical space in a densely populated city.

After nearly twenty years in NYC, Benitez’s work changed profoundly when she relocated to the countryside, eventually to a 13-acre property in Seguin, Texas, where she found inspiration in painting the vast rural skyscapes.

“I cannot capture Nature and I do not try to. One might say, however, that it has captured me.” Benitez says of her work.

Over the years, Benitez has received numerous awards including two prestigious Pollock-Krasner Awards, two National Endowment-for-the-Arts Awards, an AICA award, and an Empire State’s Craft Award. She has been profiled in Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, and the New York Times.

“The paintings in this exhibit act as a song without words, allowing us to travel into the undefined and take a walk within natural abstraction,” Otvos said.

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. For a complete listing of events visit: https://library.southtexascollege.edu/LibraryArt.

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Festival Internacional de Poesia Latinoamericana Exhibit

In collaboration with the Festival Internacional de Poesia Latinoamericana, the STC Library will be hosting “Unaccompanied: Youth Seeking Refuge,” 15 photographs by Oliver Contreras of Washington, D.C. Contreras will give a talk as part of a panel on Friday, Sept. 2 at 1:40 PM.

For more information about the event, visit: http://www.feipol.us/

The exhibit is available digitally: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2015/10/14/they-made-the-long-rough-journey-to-cross-the-u-s-border-alone-here-are-their-faces-and-voices/ Poster promocional con logo consulado

Pan Dulce: Textures of a Merienda

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Paintings by Manny Chapa

September 15 October 14, 2016 (Pecan Library)

October 24 December 1, 2016 (Starr Co. Library)

Art Talk: October 13, 5:00 6:00 PM (Pecan Library)

Art Talk: December 1, 1:00-2:00 PM (Starr Library)

South Texas College’s Pecan and Starr Co. Campus Library Art Galleries present “Pan Dulce: Textures of a Merienda,” featuring paintings by Manny Chapa. The exhibit opens Thursday, September 15 and will be on view through October 15, 2016, with an artist reception and lecture at 5 p.m. on October 13, at STC’s Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery. The Pecan Library is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen, TX. The exhibit will then travel to STC’s Starr Co Campus, located at 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City, on October 26 through December 1, 2016, with an artist reception and talk at 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 1st. Admission is free and open to the public.

“Chapa’s current series of pan dulce is reminiscent of Pop Artists, like Wayne Thiebaud, who depicted commonplace objects–pies, lipsticks, ice cream cones, and pastries–with heavy pigment, exaggerated colors, and well-defined shadows,” says Gina Otvos, STC Art Gallery Associate. “What sets Chapa apart is he pays homage to his heritage by painting objects and traditions of the South Texas household.”

Born and raised in South Texas, Manny Chapa received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 1994. Early in his career, Chapa was given the opportunity to apprentice for landscape painter Bruno Andrade and to move to New York City to assist in the development of a contemporary art gallery, MB Modern. This solidified his foundation as he focused on still life and landscape paintings. The paintings that Chapa creates take him to environments involving childhood traditions, family emotions, and the nature that surrounds him. Chapa has exhibited work in Texas, New York and Los Angeles.

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 .

Line of Sight: Photos by Hector Astorga & Conrado Gonzalez

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Photography by Hector Astorga and Conrado Gonzalez

August 29 – October 15, 2016 [Starr Co. Library]

Art Talk: September 28, 1:00-2:00 PM [Starr Co. Library]

October 20 – December 1, 2016 [Pecan Library]

Art Talk: October 26, 1:30-2:30 PM Pecan Library

Reception: October 26, 5:00-7:00 PM Pecan Library

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery will host a photography exhibit entitled “Line of Sight” with two professional photographers, Conrado Gonzalez and Hector Astorga. The exhibit serves to explore two artists with disparate points of view and their connection through photography and a specific region. Astorga explores the medium in the natural landscape while Gonzalez photographs humans and their interaction with the urban environment. The exhibit will be on view August 29 – October 15, 2016, at STC’s Starr Co. Campus and Oct. 26 – Dec. 1, 2016, at STC’s Pecan Campus. Hector Astorga will give a talk about his work on Sept. 28, at 1p.m., at the Starr Co. Library and again on Oct. 26 at 1:20 p.m. at the Pecan Campus Library. Conrado Gonzalez will also give a talk Oct. 26 at 5-6 p.m. at STC’s Pecan Library in McAllen where light refreshments will be provided. The STC Starr Co. Campus Library is located at 142 FM 3167, Bldg. F in Rio Grande City and the STC Pecan Campus Library is located at 3201 West Pecan Blvd., Bldg. F in McAllen. All exhibitions and talks are free and open to the public.

Hector Astorga is a professional nature photographer and guide at Santa Clara Ranch in South Texas. Growing up in Honduras, Astorga was exposed to the rich biodiversity of a vast number of rare birds and mammals in a region that bridges two continents’ migratory paths. Working since 2008 as a professional photographer, Astorga has received national attention with Natures Best Photography, which is an exhibit that culminates at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. He also received first place in the National Wildlife Federation photo contest, in the “Connecting People with Nature” category, and continues to dazzle and win top prizes from Texas contests and conservation organizations.

Conrado Gonzalez is a photographer based in Brownsville, Texas, who received a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas-Austin and a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from the University of Texas at Brownsville. Of photography, he says, “Light is king in photography, but without the emotional, story-telling aspect of a picture, even light tends to become devoid of any interest.” Gonzalez is an educator for the Brownsville Independent School District.

“Astorga and Gonzalez both have a very keen eye on the world,” explains Gina Otvos, STC Library Art Gallery Associate. “Highly meticulous and methodical, they pursue a style and way of thinking about art that make us feel as if we were behind the camera ourselves—in the Honduran rainforest or historic, downtown Brownsville.”

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. For a complete listing of events visit: https://library.southtexascollege.edu/LibraryArt.

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Images: (Left) Hector Astorga,Juvenile Margay, Rio Santiago Nature Preserve (Honduran Rainforest), Photograph from a Nikon digital SLR body, 2016. (Right) Conrado Gonzalez, Beach Scene #1, Photograph from 35 mm black and white film, 2014.