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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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Tejanx Borderz

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STC Starr County Campus exhibit explores pattern and modern imagerySouth Texas College’s Starr County Campus Library Art Gallery presents “Tejanx Borderz,” an exhibit featuring paintings by Mayra Zamora. The exhibit opens Tuesday, February 18 and will be on view through Friday, October 9, 2020 at the Starr County Campus Library, located at 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City. Admission is free and open to the public.

Mayra Zamora was born in Austin and raised in a small town of Tivoli, Texas. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. Zamora focuses on what she considers the most important elements of art; line, shape, and color, while incorporating Mexican-American iconography.

On April 22, 2020, Library Art Gallery Coordinator, Gina Otvos, and Amanda Jasso, MLS, spoke with Mayra Zamora about her artwork, inspiration and process. The artist interview can be viewed here:

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 (956) 872-3488, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.

Black History Month Lecture Series

February is nationally recognized as Black History Month, South Texas College Libraries is proud to present Ms. Virginia Cumberbatch and Ms. Leslie Blair on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:00 am at the Starr County Campus Library, then at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room.  They will be speaking to us about their book “As We Saw It: The Story of Integration at the University of Texas at Austin”   In 2016, the University of Texas at Austin celebrated two important milestones: the thirtieth anniversary of the Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights and the sixtieth anniversary of the first black undergraduate students to enter the university. These historic moments aren’t just special; they are relevant to current conversations and experiences on college campuses across the country. The story of integration at UT against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South is complex and momentous—a story that necessitates understanding and sharing. Likewise, this narrative is inextricably linked to current conversations about students’ negotiations of identity and place in higher education . 

 

A South Texas Ceramic Showdown Book Display

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While you observe the exhibit which will be on view from June 11-August 7, also take note of the library’s vast collection of Ceramics books and magazines.  For more information about the exhibit and about the Library Art Gallery, visit their website: library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryartgallery/.

These books are available to check out!

The book display is on the 2nd floor of the Pecan campus library.

Pecan Campus Library exhibits environment-inspired art

From the Series “After 2002” by Sara Waters.

From the Series “After 2002” by Sara Waters.

The Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery is proud to present “Parallels of Concept: Interpreter and Translator” featuring artworks by Sara Waters and Suzanne Paquette. The exhibit opens Thursday, Sept. 10 and will be on view through October 23, 2009. On Thursday, Sept. 24 art talks will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in STC’s Pecan Campus Building D Auditorium. A reception will take place that evening from 6 to 8 p.m. in STC’s Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, Bldg. F. located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

Waters is a professor of art at Texas Tech University in Lubbock where she teaches sculpture and drawing. She earned her Masters of Fine Art in Clay/Sculpture from Indiana University. Her work can be found in art collections at The Institute of Contemporary Ceramic Art in Shigaragi, Japan, Southwestern Bell, Compaq Computers, and the Texas Tech University Museum.

In regards to the exhibition Waters says, “The work reveals my interest in history and in documenting, or capturing, the moment. I attempt to work from a place of discovery and of response to my thoughts, emotions and environment.”

“Ascension” by Suzanne Paquette.

“Ascension” by Suzanne Paquette.

Paquette is from Quebec, Canada and earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has lived and worked as a professional artist in San Antonio, TX for the past 30 years. Her art can be found in permanent collections at the San Antonio Museum of Art, Tyler Museum of Art, and the San Angelo Museum of Art.

Paquette’s passion for natural sciences and the environment influenced her art since childhood. Today her paintings, sculptures and installations focus on images of heaven and earth.

Regarding her work, Paquette says, “I enjoy working in natural materials with a low-tech process. I attempt to manipulate materials to evoke some quality of the inherent nature of that particular substance. I am most satisfied when the energy of the image and the medium carry an equal balance of visual interest.”

“Waters and Paquette both approach sculpture through shaped mixed media paintings and installation intermingling,” said David Freeman, curator and programs coordinator for STC’s Library Art Gallery Program. “They expand the range of sculpture, performance, and painting to discover new visual concepts in a powerful and demanding manner.”

South Texas College’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 call 872-3488.