Animating the Inanimate: Finding Stories within Objects

JerryLylesSouth Texas College’s Starr County Campus Library Art Gallery is proud to present “Animating the Inanimate: Finding Stories within Objects,” featuring paintings by Jerry Lyles. The exhibit will be on display from Sept. 6 to Dec 6, 2013 at STC’s Starr County Campus Library (Bldg. F), located at 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City. An artist lecture will be held on Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

In Lyles’ current body of work, he focuses on the objects that people collect and surround themselves with, and what they say about the person who collects them. Through his skilled still-life paintings, which incorporate color, form, value, shape and space, Lyles suggests a story within these objects that places the viewer in an active role in relationship to his work.

“Lyles’ current exhibition invites the viewer to make up their own stories,” said Dawn Haughey, STC Library Art Gallery associate. “He presents enticing, colorful imagery and then leaves the rest of the work up to the observer. This produces an internal interactive experience.”

Lyles received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the American University in Washington D.C. and works as an assistant professor at the University of Texas Pan-American.

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 Dawn Haughey at 956-872-3488, or via email at