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South Texas Ceramic Showdown: Continued Connections. Variable Directions.

South Texas College gears up for its 12th annual Ceramics Conference.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018—
6:00pm –8:00pm Opening Receptions at the STC Library Art Gallery and STC Building B Gallery.

Thursday, June 21, 2018—
9:00am – 12:00pm Clay Demonstrations at STC’s Ceramic Studio, B115
1:30pm – 4:30pm Clay Demonstrations at STC’s Ceramic Studio, B 115

Friday, June 22, 2018—
9:00am – 12:00pm Clay Demonstrations at Ceramic Studio, B 115
1:30pm – 3:30pm Ceramic Art Talk with Benjie Heu & Ron Fondaw, STC Library Rainbow Room

South Texas College brings the Rio Grande Valley its twelfth annual ceramics exhibition and conference, “Continued Connections. Variable Directions.” The exhibit will be on view from June 4 to August 8, 2018, at the college’s Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery and June 4 to July 5 at the Art Building B Gallery. The galleries and ceramic studio are located at 3201 West Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. The event includes a full display of ceramic work by distinguished ceramicists Benjie Heu and Ron Fondaw as well as ceramic work from 15 universities and community colleges across the U.S, including ceramic work by STC and UTRGV students.

The three-day South Texas Ceramic Showdown will begin with an opening reception on June 20 at the Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery and Art Building B Gallery from 6-8 p.m. The workshop will continue with ceramic demonstrations on June 21 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. and June 22 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at STC’s Pecan Campus Art Building (Bldg. B) Ceramic Studio. A lecture by ceramic artists Benjie Heu and Ron Fondaw will be held on Friday, June 22 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., adjacent to their exhibition, in the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room. All activities are free and open to the public.

“For the 2018 South Texas Ceramic Showdown, we will have more collaborations expected than in the past with a few more top notch ceramic programs in the mix,” said Chris Leonard, Ceramic Showdown organizer and STC Ceramics Professor. “We are very happy to have Benjie Heu and Ron Fondaw in the mix as the established clay artists who share the geography of the ‘Show Me State.’ Benjie and Ron share a short but meaningful friendship, are well versed in the ceramic tradition, and have deep histories as productive and innovative artists and teachers. The collaboration that they are dreaming up should be very cool as South Texas heats up.”

Benjie Heu is a Professor of Ceramics at Southeast Missouri State University. He received his MFA in Ceramics at Ohio University and exhibits internationally. His work is deeply personal and a narrative of the journey of self-discovery. His work discusses his family, food, medicine, spirituality, and human nature.

Ron Fondaw is a ceramic artist whose current work investigates the relationship between the mind, body, and environment. Fondaw is known for his more than thirty site-specific installations in locations such as New York City, Denmark, and China. He received his MFA from the University of Illinois and is a Professor of Ceramics at Washington University in St. Louis.

Participating institutions in the collaborative ceramic constructions include: Arizona Western College, Baylor University, Clarion University, Edinboro University, Lawrence University, Mesa Community College, Montana State University, South Texas College, Southeast Missouri State University, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, The University of North Texas, The University of Texas San Antonio, Victoria College, and Washington University in Saint Louis.

South Texas College 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/lag.

Ceramic Showdown Event June 20-22

 

Sabor a Mí

The exhibition Sabor a Mí will be on view from June 1 to July 12, 2018, at the STC Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery on the first floor. The event will include artwork from international and contemporary artists: Macarena Peña, Monica Ramirez, Ana Marie Sanchez Varela, Ruby Avila, Irma Garza Garcia, Fany Mares, Benjamin Varela, and Diana Montemayor.  The exhibit is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Gina Otvos at (956) 871-3488 or gotvos@southtexascollege.edu.

La Spiritu

La Spiritu exhibition in Pecan Library Rainbow RoomLa Spiritu, an exhibition by Leila Hernandez, will be on view May 1 through June 25, 2018 in the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room. There will be a reception for this exhibition, as well as the Ceramic Showdown and Art x Culture, on June 20, from 6-8 pm at the Pecan Campus Library. Hernandez is a native of El Salvador and received her MFA from the University of Florida. Hernandez draws inspiration in nature and art using re-purposed mixed media that she finds in her visits to ropas, pulgas, thrift, craft and art stores.

“The term La Spritu is drawn from the Spanish word Espiritu which means spirit. In the Spanish language the word espiritu/spirit is male (El Espiritu) which becomes incompatible with the portrait of the feminine matriarch energy represented in my work,” said Leila Hernandez. ”I use elephants to represent many concepts and ideas like knowledge, strength, healing, memory and even luck.”

About her process and inspiration, Hernandez continues, “The application of garments, largely used by women, applied on the mandalas are meant to create a social and political awareness on several issues such as enslavement, obedience, communion and spirituality. Through the use of clothes worn by women, an alliance is forged and hopefully an understanding is created among viewers—especially female viewers, that binds them through common experience, even if to some it is as simple as knowing how to weave or learning a “simple” craft.”

For more information contact (956) 872-3488, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/lag. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

recycling, misconceptions

Misconceptions of Recycling

Have you ever wondered what the City of McAllen Recycling Center does, if so, here’s your chance to learn some new things or to refresh yourself with some of the “Misconceptions of Recycling”

Join us, Wednesday, April 25 at 10:00 am at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room, Mr. Marco Ortiz from McAllen’s Recycling Center will come speak to us about:

  • Overview of what the facility does
  • Items that we recycle and the ones we don’t
  • The overall impact that not recycling can have on our environment
  • Examples of things students can do to minimize impact on our environment
  • How many recyclables come to our facility and why we need to increase the number
  • Recycling, and its meaning, and common misconceptions.

recycling, misconceptions

 

Veterans Expo 2018

Please join us, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the South Texas College Pecan Campus Library for the 2018 Veteran’s Expo.  Come learn about the services provided by STC to help you succeed.  Some participating agencies will be:

  • Texas Veterans Commission
  • Employers seeking Veterans
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • American Legion
  • Family Endeavors
  • VIDA
  • UTRGV TRANSITION
  • and much more……….

All Students, Staff, Faculty and Veterans Welcome!!!!

For more information please contact Mr. Jessie Luna at 956-872-2606

National Poetry Month Lecture Series Presents Jose Antonio Rodriguez

April is National Poetry Month it is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.

Please join us, April 19, 2018 at the Mid-Valley Campus Auditorium G-191 at 10 am, then at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room at 6 pm as we welcome Jose Antonio Rodriguez, he will be talking to us about his book “House Built on Ashes: A Memoir”

José Antonio Rodríguez, born in Mexico and raised in south Texas, is the author of the memoir House Built on Ashes and the poetry collections The Shallow End of Sleep and Backlit Hour.  His awards and honors include the Bob Bush Memorial Award from the Texas Institute of Letters; a finalist citation for the 2014 Paterson Poetry Prize, a finalist citation for a 2017 International Latino Book Award, the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award from the Paterson Literary Review, the Founders’ Prize from RHINO, multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize, and the Clifford D. Clark Doctoral Fellowship from Binghamton University, where he earned a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing. He is also a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop and CantoMundo. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, POETRY, The New Republic, The Texas Observer, Huizache, the Poetry Society of America online, and elsewhere. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

National Library Week, Open House 2018

South Texas College Libraries Open House 2018

The South Texas College Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

The South Texas College Library is celebrating National Library Week by hosting Open House events at each campus library. The events are free and open to the public.


Wonder Woman FlyerMonday, April  9 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at STC’s Technology Campus Library located at 3700 W. Military Highway in McAllen, attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Wonder Woman, as well as a photo booth, raffle, snacks and drinks.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Wonder Woman FlyerTuesday, April 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at STC’s Pecan Campus Library located at 3201 W Pecan Blvd. in McAllen, attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Wonder Woman,  as well as games, drawings, popcorn and snacks.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thor Ragnarok FlyerTuesday, April 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at STC’s Nursing & Allied Health Campus Library located at 1101 E. Vermont Avenue in McAllen, attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Thor Ragnarok, as well a photo booth, popcorn, drinks and snacks.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Thor Ragnarok FlyerTuesday, April 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at STC’s Starr County Campus Library located at 142 FM 3167 Rio Grande City,  attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Thor Ragnarok, a photo booth, popcorn, drinks and snacks.

 

 

 

 

 


Despicable Me 3 Flyer

Wednesday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at STC’s Mid-Valley Campus Library (CLE A-105) located at 400 N. Border Avenue, Weslaco, Texas,  attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Despicable Me 3, a photo booth, contest, popcorn, drinks and snacks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s History Month Jovita Gonzalez Lecture Series

March is Nationally recognized as Women’s History Month, South Texas College Libraries will be hosting several events to celebrate Women’s History Month.  We begin with Ms. Barbara Cigarroa, Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room.  She will be speaking to us about her book “A Mexican Dream and Other Compositions”  presents a rare collection of interwoven essays chronicling the fascinating history of the Cigarroa family and their influence on the Texas-Mexico border landscape.

Barbara González Cigarroa brings to life stories of her ancestors and other family members, including: Rebecca Iriarte, who raised her five children during the Mexican Revolution of 1910; Judge Manuel J. Raymond, one of the last of the border patrones who expertly navigated contrasting cultures across border lines; Henry B. González, US Congressman and the first Mexican American elected to the Texas Senate during a time of blatant racial discrimination; Dr. Joaquin González Cigarroa Jr., a revered physician and education activist; Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, pediatric transplant surgeon and former chancellor of the University of Texas system; Barbara Flores Cigarroa, a mother of ten whose values and resolve inspired her children and many grandchildren to excel in the finest universities and beyond.  In presenting richly detailed vignettes with keen observation and grace, Cigarroa offers captivating and original insights not only into her family’s remarkable story, but also into the beauty of the extraordinary traits and enduring spirit of the people of our Texas borderlands

We continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, Dr. Sandra Ledesma will be presenting her book, “Bombolai” on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Mid-Valley Campus Auditorium (G-191), then at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room.  We conclude with at the Starr County Campus Auditorium, Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm. Her book is a  collection of funny stories, that make you laugh, think and reflect. The stories are somewhat feminist, but with warm love with the many teachings from ancestors and semi-modern Mexican wit that strengthens wisdom and the desire to live life fearlessly with not too much or a lot on hand.

For more information, please contact, Angelica Maria Garcia amgarcia@southtexascollege.edu or at 956-872-2277

Flyer for Black History Month

Black History Month

The South Texas College Library has a variety of activities scheduled throughout the month of February to celebrate Black History Month. Festivities kick off on Wednesday, February 7, with guest speaker presentation from Dr. Dawson Barrett, Youth Activism from SNCC to Black Lives. The presentations will be at 6:00 p.m. at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room.

The celebration continues on throughout the month. On Monday, February 12 at 10:00 am, at the Pecan Campus Library in F-102 we will be showing the documentary I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO.  An Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for. There will be a second showing of I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO on Tuesday, February 13 at 1:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library in F-102. 

On Thursday, February 15 at 6:00 pm, the Pecan Campus  Auditorium in building D we will be showing Oscar Nominated film GET OUT. Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.  There will also be a brief introduction and a Q&A after the film.

On Wednesday, February 21 at 10:00 am, the Starr Campus Library and at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room, will be hosting Dr. Marcia Walker-McWilliams author of the book Reverend Addie Wyatt.  Labor leader, civil rights activist, outspoken feminist, African American clergywoman–Reverend Addie Wyatt stood at the confluence of many rivers of change in twentieth century America. The first female president of a local chapter of the United Packinghouse Workers of America, Wyatt worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and Eleanor Roosevelt and appeared as one of Time magazine’s Women of the Year in 1975.

Also on Wednesday, February 21 at 12:00pm, at the Mid-Valley Campus Library in A-105, we will be showing the documentary I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO.  An Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

To conclude the events for Black History Month, on Tuesday, February 27 at 6:00 pm, the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room, we there will be a Round Table Debate: “Is Libertarianism Inherently Racist?” with John Terry, Dr. Aaron Wilson, William Greene and Dr. Andres Molina.

For more information on the events please contact, Angelica Maria Garcia at 956-872-2277 or via email amgarcia@southtexascollege.edu

 

David McGee: New Work

“Ragnar” by David McGee, oil wire and glue on canvas, 60 x 48 in., 2016.

Houston artist David McGee exhibits at South Texas College
Talk by artist David McGee slated for Feb. 22

MCALLEN, TX (Feb 16, 2018 ) – The South Texas College (STC) Library Art Gallery has curated an exhibit entitled, “David McGee: New Work” featuring the work of Houston artist David McGee that will be on display until Feb. 25, 2018.

David McGee’s work explores identity and experience. This exhibition features McGee’s large-scale, heavily textured abstract paintings he made during a one-year sabbatical on the Bolivar Peninsula, a remote area near Galveston, and his signature watercolor figurative drawings. McGee recently finished a 20-year retrospective at the Houston Museum of African American Culture.

“My paintings are also heavily influenced by my love of literature and film. I seldom go back and forth from the style of abstract painting to that of the figure, but by all facts and vocabulary, everything is abstract. So the paintings adhere to no stylistic allegiance, but just the emotional weight of what is to be human,” said McGee.

The exhibit is located on the second floor of the STC Pecan Campus Library. The exhibition and lecture are part of the college’s larger annual Black History Month celebration.

The event is free and open to the public.

WHAT: STC’s Library Art Gallery Exhibition “ David McGee: New Work”
WHO: Houston Artist, David McGee
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at 1pm . A reception will follow from 5p.m.-7p.m.
WHERE: Pecan Campus library Rainbow Room
3201 W.Pecan Blvd McAllen, Building F

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.