Family Reading Night 2019

Want to find some fun entertainment for the entire family? Your local library is a good place to start. And you can get to know your South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus Library at its annual “Family Reading Night” on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The free event, which is open to the public, is held in conjunction with Reading Week.

“We want to help children develop a love of reading and to encourage Valley parents to read with their children,” said Lillian Carrillo, Mid-Valley Campus Librarian. “Our college’s libraries are a gateway to the community, and we hope that participants will not only take advantage of these fun activities, but also learn more about some of the great services that the college has to offer.”

The night’s festivities include book distribution by South Texas Literacy Coalition, entertainer Teensy Weensy the Clown, face painting, Census 2020 and a variety of arts and crafts activities for the entire family offered by The Storybook Garden, and Mayor Joe V. Sánchez Public Library. As an added bonus, fun opportunities will be featured by the college’s Architectural & Engineering Design Technology Program, Office Administration Program, Public Administration Program, Construction, Electrician & HVACR Program, Center for Learning Excellence, Learning Commons & Open Labs, Mid Valley Education Club, Jerry the Jaguar, and a special photo booth.

While on campus, attendees have the opportunity to use the library’s free services or anyone 18 years or older may sign up for a Community Library Card, which allows community members to check out books at any of STC’s libraries for free.

The library is located in Building E1.200 at 400 N. Border in Weslaco. For more information about the event contact Lillian Carrillo at 956-447-6663.

Jose de la Luz Saenz Lecture Series Presents – Susan Meissner

The  Library Services presents “José de la Luz Saenz Veterans Lecture Series” an author talk followed by a book signing with Ms. Susan Meissner, her book entitled “The Last Year of the War“.  The event will take place, Monday, November 18, 2019 at 10:00 am at the STARR Campus Library and 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room.

Jose de la Luz Saenz Lecture Series Presents – Marjorie Herrera Lewis

The  Library Services presents “José de la Luz Saenz Veterans Lecture Series” an author talk followed by a book signing with Ms. Marjorie Herrera Lewis, her book entitled “When The Men Were Gone“.  The event will take place, Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 11:30 am at the Mid-Valley Campus Library and 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room.

Borderígena: Many Times Over / Our Lady Of Guadalupe Community Exhibit


South Texas College presents artwork inspired by experiences in the borderlands.

Image credit: Jesus De La Rosa, Mexican Candy, Acrylic on wood panel, 12 x 12 in., 2018, private collection & Joshua R. Villareal, Our Lady of Guadalupe, 2019.

1:00 – 2:00 PM         Art Talk: Borderígena by Jesus De La Rosa (STC Library Rainbow Room, F224)
2:30 – 3:30 PM         Art Talk: Christian Art Thru the Ages by Patricia Ballinger (STC Library Rainbow Room, F224)
5:00 – 7:00 PM         Reception: Borderígena & Our Lady of Guadalupe (STC Library Art Gallery, F226)

MCALLEN, TEXAS (Oct. 9, 2019) South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery proudly presents Borderígena, an exhibit with layered mixed-media paintings by Jesus De La Rosa.  De La Rosa was raised in the Rio Grande Valley and Nuevo Progreso, Mexico.  He spent his early life traveling across the U.S/Mexico border as a result of his parents working in Mexico and living in Texas. His borderland experience plays a pivotal role in his art practice.  De La Rosa earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and a Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University at Columbus, where he was awarded a Graduate Enrichment Fellowship. As an Associate Professor of Art at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, De La Rosa teaches introductory and advanced courses in printmaking and graphic design.

Borderígena will be located on the first floor of the Pecan Library Art Gallery, inside Building F.

Also running concurrently is Our Lady of Guadalupe Community Exhibit.  The group exhibit will feature many artwork depictions inspired by La Virgen de Guadalupe.  The purpose of this exhibition is to allow the community to share their artistic vision of La Virgen de Guadalupe as a cultural icon for her day of apparition on December 12.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Community Exhibit will be located on the 2nd floor of the Pecan Library Art Gallery.

Both exhibits open Oct. 17 and run through December 12, 2019.

On Oct. 17, 2019, there will be an opening art talk by Jesus de la Rosa from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Following the artist talk, a second lecture “Christian Art Through the Ages” will be presented by Patricia Ballinger from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Both lectures will be held in the Pecan Library Rainbow Room.  Later in the evening, a reception for both exhibitions will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery.  The exhibits are located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

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.

This story can be found online at: https://news.southtexascollege.edu/south-texas-college-presents-artwork-inspired-by-experiences-in-the-borderlands/

Hispanic Heritage Month Documentary Series Presents: ALTAR

Click on a movie poster or scroll down to see when and where we’ll be showing ALTAR!

ALTAR: Cruzando Fronteras, Building Bridges

A documentary film directed by Paola Zaccaria and Daniele Basilio (2009). Research, script and executive production: Paola Zaccaria. Produced by Università di Bari and Regione Puglia. Assessorato al Mediterraneo.

In this documentary on Gloria Anzaldúa, the effort has been to document how her creative mind worked visually, how she was interested in art, and consequently her influence on women artists. After having gone through Anzaldúa’s papers (published and unpublished works, graphic works, collection of posters, buttons and t-shirts, etc.) collected at Austin University, Texas, I have been able to map her links with artists, activists and cultural centers and interviewed women who were inspired by her thinking and poetics (such as Liliana Wilson, Santa Barraza, Juana Alicia, Amalia-Mesa Bains, Antonia Castañeda, Betita Martinez, Graciela Sanchez, Gloria Ramirez, Irene Reti, and al.). We have also shot articrafts, photographies, video, painting, murales inspired to other artists by her poetics and theory of la frontera.

On the Texas borderlands in McAllen, Mission, and Hidalgo (shot in April 2008, before the actual building of the wall), we captured the material passageways between Mexican and American borders along the Rio Grande-Rio Bravo River which were the source for the texture of crossing which makes her work so special (insider guide: Daniel García Ordaz ).
A special attention has been devoted to the poet’s altares reposited in the University Library of Santa Cruz, CA (curator: Irene Reti), which were an integral part of her spiritual life and creative process as a writer and may be the best picture to visualize the frame of her creative process.

Visit the ALTAR: Cruzando Fronteras, Building Bridges website


 


 



*Artwork courtesy of Celeste De Luna*
For more information, please contact, Angelica Maria Garcia amgarcia@southtexascollege.edu or at 956-872-2277

Viacrucis

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New photography exhibit by a former STC student explores themes of migration.

Artist Lecture and Reception: Oct. 3, 2019 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery presents “Viacrucis,” an art exhibition featuring photographs by Verónica Gabriela Cárdenas and paintings by Pedro Perez.

Cárdenas is a documentary photographer and former South Texas College Architectural Drafting and Language Arts student. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, The Texas Tribune, and TIME exploring themes of migration and social justice. In this exhibition, Cárdenas documents the journey made by Central American asylum seekers.

Cárdenas will give a lecture about her photojournalism on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the STC Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room, F224.

The exhibit opened on Aug. 27, and will be available to view until October 3, 2019, at the STC Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, Building F-226 located at 3201 West Pecan Boulevard in McAllen, Texas.

Also running concurrently is an exhibition of paintings by STC art instructor Pedro Perez on the first floor of the library. The series of paintings come after Perez’s half-year sabbatical in Spain, Italy and France. In this exhibition, the artist invites his close friends and colleagues to sit in as a “saint” for each of the paintings.

A reception for both exhibitions will take place on Thursday, Oct. 3rd, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The artists will give a short talk and be available to answer questions. The exhibition, artist talk, and reception are free and open to the public.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery 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 or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.

Hispanic Heritage Month Lecture Series Presents Dr. Valerie Martinez

The South Texas College History Department, Center for Mexican-American Studies and Library Presents Dr. Valerie Martinez.  Dr. Martinez will be presenting on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room.  She will be discussing her current project, Latina Ambassadors: The Benito Juárez Squadron and Hemispheric Politics during World War II, embodied Pan-American unity during a historical period that emphasized wartime cooperation in the region.

Hispanic Heritage Month Lecture Series Presents: Latino Educational Leadership Panel

Please join us Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 10:00 am, 2:30 pm and 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room and Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Mid-Valley Campus Auditorium G-191.  We will be having a five-member panel, where each will be discussing their research based on the findings of their book.

 

McAllen Poet Laureate-Edward Vidaurre

McAllen Poet Laureate-Edward Vidaurre will be visiting South Texas College Libraries on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 11:30 am and Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room. He will also be visiting the South Texas Higher Education Center-La Joya (Jimmy Carter Early College High School) on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 10:00 am.

JazzHouse ~ compelling love songs to the intensity of everyday life; from the magic in the routine to the marvels and miraculousness of living. Edward Vidaurre takes us with him on his life trip, from East LA to the Rio Grande Valley and the all the far reaching roots that accompany him in the form of ancestors, spirits, family, and other familiars. JAZzHOUSE is a base camp, and a life. We are invited in to share some food, some cafecito, or a glass of wine – to sit awhile and be grateful for every minute we are alive.