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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

 

Ansaros: The Beginnings of a World

Alexis Garza is an illustrator and author of several zines and comic books and is currently majoring in Studio Art at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  The Exhibit Ansaros: The Beginnings of a World will feature a new concept using rich and diverse watercolors, pen & ink. The exhibit will be displayed June 28th through August 10th, 2018 at the Technology Campus Library located at 3700 W Military Hwy, McAllen, TX 78503.  An opening reception and artist talk will take place on June 28th, at 6:00 PM.  Event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Gina Otvos at (956) 872-3488 or gotvos@southtexascollege.edu.

 

Library Website Upgrade


We are excited to announce that our new and refreshed South Texas College Library website is live. The updated site includes changes to navigation, with collapsible menus for the mobile version. We have also improved the structure of our content to make it easier to find and more accessible to persons with disabilities. There’s a host of smaller but impactful changes, all to make your experience of our site that much better for you.

Additionally, Discovery Search now has the capability of searching the library’s physical collection, most of the library’s research databases, and a new collection of online open educational resources.  The link to the Library Catalog is no longer available since the content is now in Discovery Search.

Amongst the new features, the site contains social media buttons for Facebook and Instagram to foster improved communication with our patrons. We will be constantly updating our content with helpful information, blogs, events, and announcements in the Library News section.

We invite you to visit our Library Services homepage to try out these new features.

Contributed by Dr. Jesús Campos, Dean of Library & Learning Support Services.

Pecan Library entrance

Welcome to the Library


Welcome to South Texas College Library! Join us as we highlight some of the services that we offer students, faculty, and the community in this short video.

Whether you need a quiet place to study, print out a research paper, or even find an ebook, the South Texas College Library is here to help. Come visit us!

 

Reserve a Study Room

Reserve a Study Room

Reserve a Study RoomNeed to reserve a study room for this afternoon? What about tomorrow at 2:30pm? Study room reservations are now available for all campus libraries! Did you know you can reserve a room from any mobile device or computer at our Library Reservation page? Kiosks are available at most libraries for reserving the rooms as well, if you are already at the campus, too!

New Library Openings

Come and see the new South Texas College libraries at the Mid-Valley Campus (Building E – expanded and renovated), at the Nursing & Allied Health Campus (NAH-West Building, 1st Floor), and Starr County Campus (Building K). Beginning June 4, 2018, with the start of the FY2018 First Summer Session, three new STC academic libraries will be available to serve students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Among other things, each of the three new campus libraries features a learning commons area for group study and group projects, study rooms, a quiet study area for individual study, and a silent study room for when you really need to focus. Each library is also equipped with a library instruction room for class instruction on research skills.

Stop by any of the three new STC libraries on June 4th between 9:00 a.m. and noon for some popcorn and refreshments to celebrate with us. You may also visit the Library Services website to learn more about library locations, hours, and services.

Contributed by Dr. Jesús Campos, Dean of Library & Learning Support Services

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.