Manny Chapa

Pan Dulce: Textures of a Merienda


Pan Dulce: Textures of a Merienda

Paintings by Manny Chapa

September 15 October 14, 2016 (Pecan Library)

October 24 December 1, 2016 (Starr Co. Library)

Art Talk: October 13, 5:00 6:00 PM (Pecan Library)

Art Talk: December 1, 1:00-2:00 PM (Starr Library)

South Texas College’s Pecan and Starr Co. Campus Library Art Galleries present “Pan Dulce: Textures of a Merienda,” featuring paintings by Manny Chapa. The exhibit opens Thursday, September 15 and will be on view through October 15, 2016, with an artist reception and lecture at 5 p.m. on October 13, at STC’s Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery. The Pecan Library is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen, TX. The exhibit will then travel to STC’s Starr Co Campus, located at 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City, on October 26 through December 1, 2016, with an artist reception and talk at 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 1st. Admission is free and open to the public.

“Chapa’s current series of pan dulce is reminiscent of Pop Artists, like Wayne Thiebaud, who depicted commonplace objects–pies, lipsticks, ice cream cones, and pastries–with heavy pigment, exaggerated colors, and well-defined shadows,” says Gina Otvos, STC Art Gallery Associate. “What sets Chapa apart is he pays homage to his heritage by painting objects and traditions of the South Texas household.”

Born and raised in South Texas, Manny Chapa received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 1994. Early in his career, Chapa was given the opportunity to apprentice for landscape painter Bruno Andrade and to move to New York City to assist in the development of a contemporary art gallery, MB Modern. This solidified his foundation as he focused on still life and landscape paintings. The paintings that Chapa creates take him to environments involving childhood traditions, family emotions, and the nature that surrounds him. Chapa has exhibited work in Texas, New York and Los Angeles.

STC’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 contact Gina Otvos at (956) 872-3488, or visit .