Category Archives: Pecan Campus

Involution

Involution: A Science & Art Collaborative Exhibit

The STC Library Art Gallery investigates art and science in a new ceramics and mixed-media exhibit.
Involution Banner

 The art exhibit “Involution: A Science & Art Collaboration” currently encompasses both floors of the STC’s library at its Pecan Campus featuring the work of ceramicist and Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford, Dr. Hideo Mabuchi (above) as well as artwork and scientific explorations by STC faculty, students, and the general public. Dr. Mabuchi will discuss his artistic practice and the science behind his ceramics on Tuesday, May 4 at 3 p.m.  

South Texas College Library Art Gallery continues its monthly spring semester series, “Parallels,” which highlights the connections between seemingly unconnected disciplines. “Involution: A Science & Art Collaboration” encompasses both floors of the library with ceramicist and Stanford Professor of Applied Physics, Dr. Hideo Mabuchi on the second floor, as well as artwork and scientific explorations by STC Faculty, Students, and the general public. The exhibit will be on view through July 30th at the STC Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd, Bldg. F in McAllen, Texas.

On Tuesday, May 4th at 3 PM, Dr. Hideo Mabuchi will discuss his artistic practice and the science behind his ceramics. STC Science and Art Department Faculty presentations will follow by Dr. Ravindra Nandigam, STC Physics & Engineering Chair; Chris Leonard, M.F.A., STC Art & Ceramics Instructor; Dr. Enriqueta Cortez, STC Chemistry Chair; and Dr. Maria Cervantes, STC Biology Chair. The event will be live and is free and open to the public with registration.

Hideo Mabuchi earned a Ph.D. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology and an A.B. in Physics from Princeton University. Mabuchi teaches and conducts research as a Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University where he has developed courses that integrate art and science. Mabuchi has previously been named MacArthur Fellow in recognition of the creativity of his scientific work.

About his work, Mabuchi says, “My vessels’ surfaces show a range of hues representative of wood firing without applied glazes, which are produced by intricate microscopic behaviors of iron, oxygen, and silicon as clay cools in the kiln at the end of a firing.  With our eyes, we see flashes of color but with microscopes, we may glimpse dramatic histories of crystallization.  With increasing magnification, we find landscapes within landscapes.

Hideo Mabuchi

STC’s Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage students in understanding art and its role in culture, supporting academic curriculum, and inspiring continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

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

Involution Poster

historic site

Call for Muralist: Historic Bethel Garden

Bethel bannerSouth Texas College Library Art Gallery, in coordination with the RGV Bethel Garden Mural Taskforce and Keep McAllen Beautiful, Inc., is seeking muralists to help portray and preserve the history and culture of African American life and its significant impact on McAllen’s history. Bethel Garden is located at 1322 S. 16th Street, McAllen TX, 78501 (corner of S. 16th and Booker T. Washington Streets).

The City of McAllen recently adopted Bethel Garden, a Texas Historical landmark and the former site of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church – McAllen’s first African American church (1941– 2004). The McAllen City Parks and Recreation Department was tasked to make improvements to the site which included the construction of four additional mural panels. The call for muralists is also an opportunity to focus on the former Booker T. Washington High School (BTW) which was located across the street from the church (1946-1957). The BTW School was the only high school available for African American youth in Hidalgo and its neighboring counties.

Bethel Garden

Those interested are invited to submit up to three designs for one or more of the 4 – six by six foot mural panels in separate themes focused on:

  • Faith – the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
  • Hope – the Booker T. Washington High School
  • Love – Community Charitable Services
  • Unity – the La Paloma Neighborhood (formerly known as the Booker T. Washington Addition)

The Bethel Garden Mural Taskforce is accepting potential designs through June 30, 2021.

A total of four murals will be painted. This mural project is made possible through a grant to provide artist materials and small stipend.Mural Panels

According to Ray Howard, a community organizer, “McAllen’s Bethel Garden is a tribute to its African American heritage and cultural influence. It is a continuous celebration of our inclusion and contributions to the City’s growth and development over time. Under Mayor Darling’s leadership, coupled with interagency collaborations and a host of volunteers, the treasured memories of our McAllen ancestors and their vision for an even better future for all is preserved for generations to come”.

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 the academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

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

The taskforce that will choose muralists include:
Pastor Nick Maddox, Bishop Michael Smith, Sharon Smith, Dr. Ray Howard, Cristela Cano, Valerie Ramirez, and Dr. Lisa Irby.

Mathematically Artistic and Then Some

The STC Library celebrates long-time RGV educator and artist with an exhibition and virtual workshop.

Lisa Irby BannerImage: Lisa Irby, “Face of the Family,” Cut paper on tagboard.

South Texas College Library Art Gallery continues its monthly spring semester series, “Parallels,” which highlights the connections between seemingly unconnected disciplines—Mathematics, AEDT, History, and Science– with Art.

“Mathematically Artistic and Then Some,” featuring paintings and paper cut designs by Dr. Lisa Irby, will be on view at the STC Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, second floor, February 1 to March 23, 2021. The STC Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd., Bldg. F in McAllen, Texas.

Workshop materials:
– 9 x 12” Black tagboard or any thick surface to apply cut paper pieces
– Cardstock, assorted colors
– Glue, craft preferred
– Scissors
– Ruler
– Pencil
– Eraser, white gum Preferred
– Double-sided Tape
– Mod Podge, to cover finished artwork

Dr. Lisa Irby received her Educational Doctorate in 2002 and a Masters of Counseling and Guidance in 1987. From 1988 to 2018 as a teacher, instructional facilitator, and school administrator she served students, teachers and parents in both the public and private school sectors. Her instructional approach to education allowed her to incorporate artwork as a means of connecting the various educational disciplines. Irby is now a full time artist, working mostly in acrylicpainting and more recently, drawing on her previous experience as a stained glass artist, she creates vibrant and intricate cut paper designs. Dr. Irby also serves in local committees that seek to uplift African American history and voices in the Rio Grande Valley.

“My paintings and works are invitations for my viewers to experience color through subtle nuances or bold, dramatic displays.  The unique characteristics of each of my images are meant to inspire conversations, penetrate imaginations, and ultimately entice viewers to linger longer and experience my passion for art and creative expression,” says Irby

Irby Poster

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

Featured Image

Common Journey of Mathematics & Art

New STC exhibition examines relationship between mathematics and art

“Common Journey of Mathematics & Art” exhibition runs January 19 through March 23, 2021 at STC Pecan Library.

Math & Art Banner I
Image: Kirk Clark, “Sky Angel,” Acrylic on mylar, 2020 

South Texas College Library Art Gallery presents the first in a monthly spring semester series that highlights the connections between seemingly unconnected disciplines—Mathematics, AEDT, History, and Science– with Art.

In collaboration with the Mathematics and Art Departments at STC, the Gallery presents: “A Common Journey of Mathematics and Art.”

The monthly series of exhibitions will be supported by virtual lectures, book displays and a library database exploring how, working between disciplines, we can achieve better outcomes—moving from STEM to STEAM and foster the creation of art by thinking across boundaries.

“A Common Journey of Mathematics and Art,” will be on view at the STC Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, Jan. 19 to March 23, 2021. The STC Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd., Bldg. F in McAllen, Texas.

There will be a virtual conversation and tour on Tuesday, Mar. 23 at 3 p.m. with the curators of the exhibit, STC Faculty Mario Morin, Kirk Clark and Nathan England.

“Throughout human history, two natural elements of human thought and progress can be evidenced by mathematics and art,” said Morin, an organizer of the exhibit and STC Mathematics Chair and Instructor. “While not usually combined in outright terms, the nature and behavior(s) of the two schools of thought both complement one another. and sometimes are necessitated in the study of the other.

“Our Spring 2021 Mathematics + Art Exhibit will highlight these interactions through three themes: Geometry, the Golden Ratio and Infinity,” Morin added. “Each of these concepts spans hundreds, if not, thousands of years of human history and has had remarkable impact on our everyday lives (whether we may recognize this or not).  Our intention is to both expose this marriage of thought & art but also to encourage further exploration into the possibilities that may exist.”

M

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

Social Featured Image

Transforming Our World: Art & Social Movements

Artwork by Josue Ramirez
November 5th at 3:00 p.m. – Virtual Panel on Art in Social Movements

[Cover image: Josué Ramírez]

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery presents “Transforming Our World” a series that examines the ways in which physical and social changes to our environment have influenced the work that some artists create. Each first Thursday of the month at 3 p.m., the library will produce a lecture that discusses the many facets of our surroundings that impact each of us: our natural environment, the upcoming election, social movements, and personal health. Each conversation will connect a visual artist whose work has been influenced by these changes with other professionals and will include both local and non-local perspectives.

On November 5, 2020, at 3:00 p.m., Library Art Gallery Coordinator Gina Otvos will speak with Josué Ramírez, Artist and Cultural Organizer for NetaRGV and Dr. Theresa Gatling and Marsha Terry, Co-founders of Village in the Valley in a virtual panel about how art can help us understand and contextualize social movements.

Panel Poster

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 the academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

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

Yunuen Sigler

Transforming Our World: Civic Engagement

Yunuen Sigler
October 1st at 3:00 p.m. – Virtual Panel on Civic Engagement
[Cover image: Yunuén Sigler, Digital Illustration created for Jolt Initiative]

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery presents “Transforming Our World” a series that examines the ways in which physical and social changes to our environment have influenced the work that some artists create. Each first Thursday of the month at 3 p.m., the library will produce a lecture that discusses the many facets of our surroundings that impact each of us: our natural environment, the upcoming election, social movements, and personal health. Each conversation will connect a visual artist whose work has been influenced by these changes with other professionals and will include both local and non-local perspectives.

On October 1, 2020, at 3:00 p.m., graphic designer Yunuén Sigler will speak with Sadie M. Hernandez, Content Coordinator & Curator at United We Dream, Melissa Arjona, STC Librarian and Co-founder of South Texans for Reproductive Justice and moderator Andres Sanchez, videographer and podcast host in a virtual panel about civic engagement and how artists can contribute to the field.

Civic Engagement Panel Poster

For more information about the 2020 Elections, view the STC Library Elections Research Guide & STC Library Civic Engagement Guide:

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 the 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 visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryartgallery.

Daborn

Transforming Our World: The Natural Environment Panel


September 3rd at 3:00 p.m. – Virtual Panel on Our Natural Environment
[Cover image: Erica Daborn, Ahab’s Revenge, Charcoal on canvas, 70 x 203 in.]

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery presents “Transforming Our World: The Changing Climate,” a series that examines the ways in which physical and social changes to our environment have influenced the work that some artists create. Each first Thursday of the month at 3 p.m., the library will produce a lecture that discusses the many facets of our surroundings that impact each of us: our natural environment, the upcoming election, social movements, and personal health and self-care during Covid-19. Each conversation will connect a visual artist whose work has been influenced by these changes with other professionals and will include both local and non-local perspectives.

On September 3, 2020, at 3:00 p.m., visual artist Erica Daborn (M.F.A. Painting, Royal College of Art in London) will speak with Ernesto Herrera (M.S. Biology, University of Texas RGV), Elizabeth Hollenbeck (M.L.S. Texas Woman’s University), and Tamara Mekler (M.A. Earth Systems, Sustainability & Conservation) in a virtual panel about our natural environment and how artists can contribute to the field.

environment poster

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES (Must use Jagnet Username & Password):

Artstor

ArtSTOR

Mimi Smith. (1963 – 1965). Recycle Coat. [Fashion, Costume and Jewelry]. Retrieved from https://library.artstor.org/asset/LARRY_QUALLS_10310738532

 

 

Films on Demand iconFilms on Demand

“The New Environmentalists illustrates how ordinary people are effecting extraordinary change.”

Films Media Group. (2015). From Myanmar to ScotlandFilms On Demand. https://fod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=99118&xtid=162914.

 

SmartHistorySmartHistory – “Art & the Environment” Short Courses

Guided learning in less than an hour about “both man-made and natural changes to the environment” in Art History.

 

 

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 visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryartgallery.

Environment Panel Guide sm

Ceramic Virtual Demo: Carla Hughes

The South Texas College Library begins video series for online students.Carla Hughes
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.

Dream Believer

Dream Believer


South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery presents “Dream Believer,” an exhibition featuring UFO themed artwork by artist Esther Pearl Watson and community artists. The exhibit opens June 1st and will be on view through December 1, 2020. The STC Library Art Gallery is located at 3201 W Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd created a zine exercise called, “Half Empty. Half Full.” You can link to it here.Zine exercise tutorial

Watson’s paintings can be seen featured in this video with music by her daughter, Lili Todd.

Watson also collaborated with the band “Cocoon” to make a music video using her paintings.

Student work inspired by zine exercise: https://www.dropbox.com/s/oao23z83whummyo/ClassWork_2020_.pdf?dl=0

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.

Texas Poet Laureate-Emmy Perez

Emmy Pérez will visit three of South Texas College’s campuses, starting with a visit on Monday, April 13, 2020, at 10:00 am,  at the STARR Campus Library Event Room K1.200, Tuesday, April 14, 2020 she will visit Mid-Valley Campus Library BI Lab E1.106  at 1:00 pm and concluding at Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room at 6:00 pm.

Emmy Pérez, Texas Poet Laureate 2020, has lived in the Texas borderlands for the past 19+ years, the first six in El Paso where she has family roots before she moved to McAllen where she currently lives. She is the author of the poetry collections With the River on Our Face (University of Arizona Press) and Solstice (Swan Scythe Press). A volume of her New and Selected poems is forthcoming from TCU Press, Texas Poet Laureate series.

For more information about these events please contact Angelica Maria Garcia  at (956)872-2277 or amgarcia@southtexascollege.edu.