lag-correaSouth Texas College’s Mid-Valley Campus Library Art Gallery presents “Purpose,” featuring artwork by Cristina Correa. The exhibit opens Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, with an artist lecture at 6 p.m. The exhibit will be on view through May 9 at the STC Mid-Valley Campus Library Art Gallery, located at 400 N. Border in Weslaco. Admission is free and open to the public.

Correa earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Texas Women’s University, is the lead art teacher for IDEA Public Schools and has been a member of the Texas Art Education Association supervisory panel for four years. She was awarded the prestigious Congressional Golden Brush award for excellence in art education in 2011 and has been a two-time recipient of the Target Excellence in Education grant. On the weekends she teaches painting at the Tipsy Canvas studios and gives art lessons regularly within the community.

While many people believe that artistry and creativity is a talent only some are born with, Correa is a passionate advocate for the capacity that every person has to develop as an artist. Her work is motivated by creative re-use of seemingly ordinary things and draws inspiration from her family, community, faith, travels, dreams and love of color.

“Correa’s determination and drive can be seen within her work,” said STC Art Gallery Associate Dawn Haughey. “She is an inspiring member of our artist community.”

STC’s Library Art Gallery 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 Lillian Carrillo at lillianm@southtexascollege.edu or 956-447-1288; or Dawn Haughey at 956-872-3488 or at dhaughey@southtexascollege.edu, or visit http://lag.southtexascollege.edu.