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Common Journey of Mathematics & Art

South Texas College examines the relationship between mathematics and art in new exhibition.

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“Common Journey of Mathematics & Art” exhibition runs January 19 through April 23, 2021 at STC Pecan Library.
(Image: Kirk Clark, “ Sky Angel,” Acrylic on mylar, 2020)

In collaboration with the Mathematics and Fine Arts Departments, the South Texas College Library Art Gallery presents: “A Common Journey of Mathematics and Art,” the first in a monthly spring semester series that highlights the connections between seemingly unconnected disciplines—Mathematics, AEDT, History, and Science– with Art. Each month the library will produce an exhibition supported by virtual lectures, book displays and a library database spotlight that explore how working between disciplines we achieve better outcomes—moving from STEM to STEAM and creating by thinking across boundaries.

“A Common Journey of Mathematics and Art,” will be on view at the STC  Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, January 19 – April 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 Tues., February 16th at 3:00 p.m. with the curators of the exhibit, STC Faculty Mario Morin and Nathan England, as well as select artists they have chosen to interview.

“Throughout human history, two natural elements of human thought and progress can be evidenced by mathematics and art.  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,” said Mario Morin, an organizer of the exhibit and STC Mathematics Chair and Instructor.

Morin continues, “Our Spring 2021 Mathematics + Art Exhibit will highlight these interactions through three themes: Geometry, the Golden Ratio and Infinity.  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.”

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.

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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.

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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.

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Transforming Our World: Civic Engagement

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

 

 

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“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.

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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.

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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.

Jovita Gonzalez Lecture Series Presents: Dr. Brenda Sendejo

Writer and scholar Dr. Brenda Sendejo will be visiting South Texas College this March during our Jovita Gonzalez Lecture Series.

Dr. Sendejo will visit three of South Texas College’s campuses, starting with a visit on March 4, 2020, at 1:00 pm, she will be at the Mid-Valley Campus Library, then she will visit Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room at 6:00 pm. On March 5, 2020 at 10:00 am, Dr. Sendejo will conclude her visit at the Starr County Campus Library.

Dr. Sendejo is a Chicana/Tejana feminist anthropologist who researches spiritual activism and the Chicana feminist movement in Texas. Her book manuscript in progress is titled, The Face of God Has Changed: Chicana Feminism and the Politics of Spirituality in the Borderlands. Sendejo employs feminist and decolonial pedagogies and methodologies as an educator-scholar and Director of the Latina History Project, an intergenerational oral history/digital archival project that documents Chicana/Latina feminism and activism in Texas since the 1960s. She is a contributor to Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era, edited by Maylei Blackwell, Maria Cotera, and Dionne Espinoza (UT Press, 2018). In that essay Sendejo examines the intellectual genealogy of Chicana feminism and its roots in Austin, Texas. Sendejo currently serves as Associate Professor and Chair of Feminist Studies at Southwestern University, and affiliate faculty in Anthropology, Latin American and Border Studies, and Race and Ethnicity Studies

Her research explores how prominent Mexican American writers of Mexican descent, such as Jovita González, used literature to respond to the dominative history of the United States.

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

 

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.

Dia de los Muertos: Los Siglos Nos Llaman. Que Nos Dicen?

In commemoration of Día de los Muertos, come hear about the different (and sometimes startling) roots of Mexican American culture. What do our antepasados (ancestors) have to say to us? Do they speak only through sugar skulls and the movie “Coco”, or can they tell Mexican Americans where they’re going by showing them where they’ve been?  Mr. Gilberto Reyes Jr, will be presenting.

Please join us, Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room.