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My Very Own Room: Carmen Lomas Garza & Women of the Collection

Carmen Lomas Garza (San Francisco, CA) was born in Kingsville, Texas, in 1948. Inspired by her parent’s activism with the American G.I. Forum, Lomas Garza joined the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. She earned her M.A. from San Francisco State University in 1981. Lomas Garza is an author, illustrator, and artist. About her work she says, “I saw the need to create images that would elicit recognition and appreciation among Mexican Americans, both adults and children, while at the same time serve as a source of education for others not familiar with our culture. It has been my objective since 1969 to make artwork that instills pride in our history and culture in American society.”

The Carmen Lomas Garza collection of artwork and books is a gracious loan from George Gause and Virginia Haynie Gause who began collecting in the 1970s.

Reception: March 7, 5 PM
Art Talk: March 7, 6 PM
On display at the STC Pecan Library
March 3 – May 3, 2017

South Texas College began collecting artwork in 2006 with a photograph from Ansen Seale. Eleven years later, the college has a collection of over 300 pieces and is a high value asset to the region. To celebrate Women’s History Month and to commemorate the generations of women whose significant contributions have proved invaluable to society, the exhibit will host thirty-eight women in South Texas College’s Collection.

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Intersections of Perception and Self: A Study in Images

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Artist Lecture: March 2, 1-2 pm

Reception: March 2, 5-7 pm

South Texas College Library celebrates Women’s History Month with a special exhibit

The South Texas College Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery is proud to present, in collaboration with the college’s Women’s History Month celebrations “Intersections of Perception and Self: A Study in Images.” The exhibit will be on view from February 18 until April 19, 2016. On Wednesday, March 2nd, there will be a lecture with Socorro Rico at 1pm with a reception to follow from 5-7pm. The artist will discuss their work, inspiration, and process at these events. The South Texas College Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery is located at 3201 West Pecan Boulevard, Bldg. F, in McAllen. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Socorro Rico, “Coco,” uses visual metaphors to explore relationships and experiences of her past. These symbolic images recall the stories of her parents and childhood experiences that impact her identity. Equipped with two Masters of Fine Arts degrees in Printmaking from the University of Dallas and the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Rico spent many years as an art instructor, curator, artist assistant, and working artist in Texas. Since returning to her hometown of Lindsay, California she continues to be an active member of the printmaking community. Rico brings with her extensive knowledge of printmaking techniques.

“This exhibit serves to celebrate women artists,” said Gina Otvos, Art Gallery Associate. “Two artists show a connection through a study of images that have transformed the artists’ perceptions of self through disparate points of view and techniques.”

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, Library Art Gallery Associate, at 956-872-3488, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/lag.

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Intersections of Perception and Self: Deborah Roberts

 

Artist Lecture: Febdeborah robertsruary 18, 1-2 pm

Reception: February 18, 5-7 pm

The South Texas College Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery is proud to present, in collaboration with the college’s Women’s History Month celebrations “Intersections of Perception and Self: A Study in Images.” The exhibit will be on view from February 18 until April 19, 2016. On Thursday, February 18, the exhibit will open with a lecture by artist Deborah Roberts at 1 p.m. and an opening reception from 5-7 p.m.  The artist will discuss their work, inspiration, and process at these events. The South Texas College Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery is located at 3201 West Pecan Boulevard, Bldg. F, in McAllen. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Deborah Roberts is a nationally recognized mixed-media artist, from Austin, Texas, who holds a Master of Fine Arts and a Mater of Arts in both African and African American Studies from Syracuse University in New York. Working predominantly in collage, her artwork seeks to explore traditional and societal interpretations of beauty and how these ideals affect identity. Most notably, Robert’s work has been exhibited in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Little Rock and Austin. Roberts received the San Francisco African American Legacy Scholarship in 2013, the Ginsberg-Klaus Award Fellowship in Los Angeles in 2014, and the President’s Point of Light Award from George Bush for her children’s art program, “Success Comes in Cans, Not in Cannots.”

“This exhibit serves to celebrate women artists,” said Gina Otvos, Art Gallery Associate. “Two artists show a connection through a study of images that have transformed the artists’ perceptions of self through disparate points of view and techniques.”

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, Library Art Gallery Associate, at 956-872-3488, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/lag.

 

We Must Build As If the Sand Were Stone

 

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Artist Lecture:March 28, 6 pm

Mixed-media artist, Xochi Solis, to spark Mid-Valley imaginations

The South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus Library Art Gallery presents “We Must Build As If the Sand Were Stone,” an exhibit featuring small work and a site-specific installation by artist Xochi Solis. The exhibit opens Monday, January 25, and will be on view through March 28. The Mid-Valley Campus Library Art Gallery is located in Bldg. E at 400 N. Border in Weslaco. Admission is free and open to the public.

“The Mid Valley Campus is honored to welcome such a skilled artist with a vast wealth of experience in her profession,” said Gina Otvos, STC art gallery associate. “Solis’ work is playful in color and form and is also intentional in technique. Her approach and extensive mixed-media art knowledge will undoubtedly spark the imagination of both professional and aspiring artists.”

In addition to the exhibit, an artist lecture and closing reception with Solis will be held at the STC Mid-Valley Campus Library Art Gallery on Monday, March 28, at 6:00 p.m. The artist lecture and reception is also free and open to the public.

Originally from Austin, Texas, Xochi Solis received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). She is the director of events and public programming at the Visual Arts Center at UT Austin. Solis brings with her a wealth of both professional and artistic experience having worked in numerous galleries in Texas including Volitant Gallery, Art Palace and the Creative Research Lab, and was the executive director of the 2009 Texas Biennial.

Most notably, Solis has exhibited and participated in residencies in Los Angeles, Houston, Boulder, New York City, Oaxaca and Mexico City, MX and is trained in natural dying techniques for paper, which she utilizes in both her small works on museum board and her larger site-specific installations. Solis’ work is also featured in Collage: Contemporary Artists Hunt and Gather.

South Texas College’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.

 

Contact Gina Otvos at 956-872-3488 or gotvos@southtexascollege.edu for more information regarding “We Must Build As If the Sand Were Stone.” For a complete list of current and upcoming exhibitions, visit library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart .

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Beatriz Guzmán Velásquez: Vitality in the Mortuary Landscape

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Beatriz Velasquez Guzman: Vitality in the Mortuary Landscape
On display at the Starr Co. Campus
January 25 – May 11, 2016
Artist Lecture: February 11, 1pm

Through her brightly painted images of Rio Grande Valley cemeteries, Beatriz Guzman Velasquez seeks to cherish and understand the changing landscape of memorials along the Mexico-Texas border acknowledging indigenous rituals, Spanish Catholicism, and American funeral practices. Guzman Velasquez earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Texas Pan-American. She has also studied at the New York Studio School and in San Miguel de Allende.

“Twenty Feet from Stardom” screening for Women’s History Month

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Twenty Feet from Stardom will be showing at the Pecan and MidValley Libraries in honor of Women’s History Month.

About the film:

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM, Academy award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.

These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom.    Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few.  However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film.

Maria Agui Carter, filmmaker, presents “Rebel: Secret Soldier of the Civil War”

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Filmmaker María Agui Carter will be visiting South Texas College in honor of Women’s History Month on March 16th. She will be screening her film Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War. She will be giving a special introduction to her film at MidValley Auditorium at 1:00 pm and then at the Pecan Campus Library at 6:00 pm.  Following the movie will be the opportunity for Q&A with the director.

Rebel is the story of a woman, a myth, and the politics of national memory. Shrouded in mystery and long the subject of debate, the amazing story of Loreta Velazquez is one of the Civil War’s most gripping forgotten narratives. While the U.S. military may have recently lifted the ban on women in combat, Loreta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant from New Orleans, was fighting in battle 150 years ago — one of an estimated 1,000 women who secretly served as soldiers during the American Civil War. Who was she? Why did she fight? And what made her so dangerous she has been virtually erased from history?

Director María Agui Carter emigrated to the U.S. from Ecuador as a child, grew up an undocumented “dreamer,” and graduated from Harvard University. She produces films for PBS and cable, specializing in visually arresting and complex storytelling as a writer, director, and producer.

For a preview follow this link:http://youtu.be/_GLTY4B8OuQ

For more information on these events please call (956) 872-6485 or email egarcia10@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents. All events are free and open to the community.

Karen Abbott: “Liar Temptress Soldier Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War”

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Imagine being a woman, dressed as a man fighting in the Civil War. This March 4th during Women’s History Month, you will be able to get insight into four women’s lives during the American Civil War when New York Times bestselling author Karen Abbott visits the South Texas College Libraries.

During her visit, Abbott will explore the spellbinding true stories of four very different women – a socialite, a farm girl, an abolitionist, and a widow – who took on the responsibility of soldiers and spies. Her book Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War has received many accolades with many noting Abbott’s pulse-quickening narrative as well as praise for her wealth of primary source materials. It has been named a best book of 2014 by Library Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, Amazon, and Flavorwire, and has been optioned by SONY for a miniseries.

Abbott will visit two of South Texas College’s campuses on March 4th. At 1:00 pm, Abbott will visit the MidValley Campus Auditorium, and at 6:00 pm, she will visit the Pecan Campus Library. Following her discussion, there will be an opportunity to purchase the book and have the author sign it.

“We are delighted and honored to be hosting someone of Karen Abbott’s caliber as she visits us to discuss such an exciting topic,” said librarian Esther Garcia. “She seamlessly weaves the thrilling narratives of these four women together who continually put their lives at risk in order to change the outcome of the Civil War.”

Abbott’s previous books include Sin in the Second City and American Rose which were both New York Times Best sellers. She is a featured contributor to Smithsonian Magazine and also writes for the New York Times series about the Civil War. A native of Philadelphia, where she worked as a journalist, she now lives in New York City where she is at work on her next book.

Abbott’s visit coincides with the South Texas College Library’s commemoration of Women’s History Month. Other events throughout the month will include lectures, movies, and book displays.

For more information on these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956) 872-6485 or egarcia10@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents. All events are free and open to the community.

Women’s History Month visit from Ana Castillo and Leticia Garza Falcon

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Don’t forget about these great events celebrating Women’s History Month!

Renowned novelist, poet, and scholar Ana Castillo will be visiting South Texas College this March in honor of Women’s History Month.

Castillo will visit three of South Texas College’s campuses, starting with a visit on March 4 at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library. On March 5 at 10:00 am, Castillo will visit the Starr County Campus Auditorium, and she will conclude her visit on March 5 at 6:00 pm at the MidValley Campus Auditorium.

Castillo is a prolific writer and her work has garnered many awards including the American Book Award for The Mixquiahuala Letters. Her other notable works include The Guardians, I Ask the Impossible, and Massacre of the Dreamers. She has been regarded as one of the most original voices in contemporary literature.

Raised in a working-class neighborhood in Chicago, Castillo credits the powerful storytelling tradition of her Mexican heritage as the foundation and inspiration for her writing. She currently lives between New Mexico and Chicago where she teaches at Northwestern University.

Later in the month, on March 26 at 4:00 pm, Dr. Leticia Garza-Falcon will visit the Pecan Campus Library.

Garza-Falcon’s seminal book Gente Decente: A Borderlands Response to the Rhetoric of Dominance was awarded the Katherine Singer Kovacs Award. The book explores how prominent Mexican American writers of Mexican descent, such as Jovita González, used literature to respond to the dominative history of the United States.

Women’s History Month is celebrated in March in the United States every year, and it highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

Castillo and Garza-Falcon’s visits are part of the annual Jovita Gonzalez Women’s History Month Lecture sponsored by the South Texas College Library and the Center for Mexican American Studies.

In addition there are two special exhibits at the Pecan Campus Library which include “Women’s Work,” an exhibit featuring etchings by Debbie Little-Wilson and the photo exhibit “Mexican American Women.” The exhibits are in partnership with the Library Art Gallery and the Pecan Latin@s Club.

For more information about these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956)872-6485 or egarcia10@southtexascollege.edu.

Ana Castillo to visit STC for Women’s History Month

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Renowned novelist, poet, and scholar Ana Castillo will be visiting South Texas College this March in honor of Women’s History Month.

Castillo will visit three of South Texas College’s campuses, starting with a visit on March 4 at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library. On March 5 at 10:00 am, Castillo will visit the Starr County Campus Auditorium, and she will conclude her visit on March 5 at 6:00 pm at the MidValley Campus Auditorium.

Castillo is a prolific writer and her work has garnered many awards including the American Book Award for The Mixquiahuala Letters. Her other notable works include The Guardians, I Ask the Impossible, and Massacre of the Dreamers. She has been regarded as one of the most original voices in contemporary literature.

Raised in a working-class neighborhood in Chicago, Castillo credits the powerful storytelling tradition of her Mexican heritage as the foundation and inspiration for her writing. She currently lives between New Mexico and Chicago where she teaches at Northwestern University.

Later in the month, on March 26 at 4:00 pm, Dr. Leticia Garza-Falcon will visit the Pecan Campus Library.

Garza-Falcon’s seminal book Gente Decente: A Borderlands Response to the Rhetoric of Dominance was awarded the Katherine Singer Kovacs Award. The book explores how prominent Mexican American writers of Mexican descent, such as Jovita González, used literature to respond to the dominative history of the United States.

Women’s History Month is celebrated in March in the United States every year, and it highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

Castillo and Garza-Falcon’s visits are part of the annual Jovita Gonzalez Women’s History Month Lecture sponsored by the South Texas College Library and the Center for Mexican American Studies.

In addition there are two special exhibits at the Pecan Campus Library which include “Women’s Work,” an exhibit featuring etchings by Debbie Little-Wilson and the photo exhibit “Mexican American Women.” The exhibits are in partnership with the Library Art Gallery and the Pecan Latin@s Club.

For more information about these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956)872-6485 or egarcia10@southtexascollege.edu.