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South Texas Ceramic Showdown: Continued Connections. Variable Directions.

South Texas College gears up for its 12th annual Ceramics Conference.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018—
6:00pm –8:00pm Opening Receptions at the STC Library Art Gallery and STC Building B Gallery.

Thursday, June 21, 2018—
9:00am – 12:00pm Clay Demonstrations at STC’s Ceramic Studio, B115
1:30pm – 4:30pm Clay Demonstrations at STC’s Ceramic Studio, B 115

Friday, June 22, 2018—
9:00am – 12:00pm Clay Demonstrations at Ceramic Studio, B 115
1:30pm – 3:30pm Ceramic Art Talk with Benjie Heu & Ron Fondaw, STC Library Rainbow Room

South Texas College brings the Rio Grande Valley its twelfth annual ceramics exhibition and conference, “Continued Connections. Variable Directions.” The exhibit will be on view from June 4 to August 8, 2018, at the college’s Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery and June 4 to July 5 at the Art Building B Gallery. The galleries and ceramic studio are located at 3201 West Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. The event includes a full display of ceramic work by distinguished ceramicists Benjie Heu and Ron Fondaw as well as ceramic work from 15 universities and community colleges across the U.S, including ceramic work by STC and UTRGV students.

The three-day South Texas Ceramic Showdown will begin with an opening reception on June 20 at the Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery and Art Building B Gallery from 6-8 p.m. The workshop will continue with ceramic demonstrations on June 21 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. and June 22 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at STC’s Pecan Campus Art Building (Bldg. B) Ceramic Studio. A lecture by ceramic artists Benjie Heu and Ron Fondaw will be held on Friday, June 22 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., adjacent to their exhibition, in the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room. All activities are free and open to the public.

“For the 2018 South Texas Ceramic Showdown, we will have more collaborations expected than in the past with a few more top notch ceramic programs in the mix,” said Chris Leonard, Ceramic Showdown organizer and STC Ceramics Professor. “We are very happy to have Benjie Heu and Ron Fondaw in the mix as the established clay artists who share the geography of the ‘Show Me State.’ Benjie and Ron share a short but meaningful friendship, are well versed in the ceramic tradition, and have deep histories as productive and innovative artists and teachers. The collaboration that they are dreaming up should be very cool as South Texas heats up.”

Benjie Heu is a Professor of Ceramics at Southeast Missouri State University. He received his MFA in Ceramics at Ohio University and exhibits internationally. His work is deeply personal and a narrative of the journey of self-discovery. His work discusses his family, food, medicine, spirituality, and human nature.

Ron Fondaw is a ceramic artist whose current work investigates the relationship between the mind, body, and environment. Fondaw is known for his more than thirty site-specific installations in locations such as New York City, Denmark, and China. He received his MFA from the University of Illinois and is a Professor of Ceramics at Washington University in St. Louis.

Participating institutions in the collaborative ceramic constructions include: Arizona Western College, Baylor University, Clarion University, Edinboro University, Lawrence University, Mesa Community College, Montana State University, South Texas College, Southeast Missouri State University, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, The University of North Texas, The University of Texas San Antonio, Victoria College, and Washington University in Saint Louis.

South Texas College 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, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/lag.

Ceramic Showdown Event June 20-22

 

Place: An Interactive Exhibit about Surroundings

South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery proudly presents “PLACE,” a mixed-media, interactive exhibit. The exhibit opens Thursday, October 26 and runs through Friday, December 8, 2017. There will be an artist lecture and opening reception on October 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery.  The exhibit is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

Three artists explore the psychological, political, and environmental aspects of surroundings. Chavez (BA St. Edwards, Photocommunication) works with dyslexia to create a visual language of her surroundings. Freeman (MFA UTSA, Printmaking) looks at the shadows cast by the US Border Wall and examines how a political barrier in the landscape becomes part of resident’s consciousness. Nicol (MFA UTSA, Drawing) uses minimally altered natural materials to create ecological sculptures that embrace the integrity of the environment and reflect the abstract inner spaces of consciousness.

The exhibit will also be a “makerspace” for students and community to create their own ideas and join the exhibit.

For more information, contact Gina Otvos at (956) 871-3488 or gotvos@southtexascollege.edu.

Receso

STC Starr County Campus exhibits local artist Ricardo Benavides for Hispanic Heritage Month

McAllen, TX (September 27, 2017) – South Texas College’s Starr County Campus Library Art Gallery proudly presents “Receso” an exhibit featuring artwork by Ricardo Benavides. The exhibit opens Wednesday, October 4 and will be on view until Dec. 4, 2017.

A talk and opening reception with the artist will be held on Oct. 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the STC Starr County Campus Library (Bldg. F), located at 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City. Admission is free and open to the public.

Ricardo Benavides is a local artist who earned his Master of Fine Art degree in 2014 from the University of Texas – Pan American. He uses painting, digital photography, and ceramics to explore minimalism and construction inspired by the sophisticated and globalized culture of Mexico. In this mixed-media exhibit, Benavides translates complex societal constructs into minimalistic layers and shapes of color.

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 Gina Otvos at gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, (956) 872-3488 or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/lag.

 

Inspired by the Deep Blue

South Texas College exhibits work by UTRGV Master of Fine Arts Candidate

South Texas College’s Technology Campus Library presents an exhibit, “Inspired by the Deep Blue,” with Natalia Soto. The exhibit opens Tuesday, September 6 and will be on view through Friday, December 8, 2017. An artist lecture will be held at 6 p.m. at STC’s Technology Campus Library on November 14. The library is located at 3700 W. Military Hwy. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

Natalia Soto Sanchez is an active artist with the Women of Action Collective and is in her last semester of the MFA program at UTRGV. In this exhibit of drawings, lithographs, and collage, Soto pays close attention to line detail in a series of fantastical underwater images.

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, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryartgallery.

Hispanic Medal of Honor Exhibit

South Texas College is proud to house this exhibit in honor of our veterans, at the Mid-Valley campus, the exhibit will be in the Atrium in building G and at the Pecan Campus Library

The exhibit will be at the Pecan Campus Library from October 12-16, 2015.

The Hispanic Medal of Honor Society is dedicated to promoting an awareness of the patriotism, gratitude, and loyalty which Hispanic Americans have for the United States. We honor the sacrifices of all who serve in the US Military Armed Forces to protect the freedom that we Americans enjoy.

The Hispanic Medal of Honor Society focuses on the stories of sacrifice of Latinos. We believe it is necessary to give visibility to their stories, because the general public is just not aware of that fact that Latinos have been contributing to the strength and safety of the United States since it’s foundation.

Sixty years ago, General Jonathan M. Wainwright, in an article published in Pageant June 1950, stated.

“I can’t forget the Latin-American boys shed their blood fabulously during the World War II; 80% of the names on San Antonio’s casualty lists were names of Latin Americans.”

The Hispanic Medal of Honor Society believes that an awareness of the military contributions of Hispanics to the United States will be a uniting, unifying force. We are a nation of diverse Americans.

We are together engaged in a battle for the future freedom of our nation, at home and abroad. The opportunity for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is only possible in a nation which respects life and the individual. We pay homage to the dedication, bravery and sacrifices of all the noble men and women, giants, who have put the welfare of others before themselves. To them America is eternally indebted. God bless them and God bless America.

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Border Lineage: An Exhibition in Two Parts

 

La Llorona BigFigure paintings bring South Texas narratives to life at STC Pecan Campus

Art Talk: Sept. 24, 1-2pm | Reception: Sept. 24, 5-7pm

The South Texas College Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery is proud to present, in collaboration with Library Services’ annual Hispanic Heritage Month, “Border Lineage: An Exhibition in Two Parts.” The exhibit will be on view from September 8th until December 7th, 2015. On Thursday, September 24th there will be an art talk at 1 p.m. and an exhibit reception from 5-7 p.m. where the artists will discuss their work, inspiration, and process. 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.

“Border Lineage: An Exhibition in Two Parts” will encompass both floors of the library and will be comprised of large-scale figure paintings by Rigoberto A. Gonzalez and Philip S. Field. The paintings meditate on customs, rituals, and narrativeLa lloronas of the Rio Grande Valley. Both artists in this exhibit employ iconography that is direct and theatrical in composition that appeals to the senses.

Rigoberto A. Gonzalez holds his M.F.A. in Painting, from the New York Academy of Art. Rich in realism, his current body of work, comprised mostly of large-scale paintings, parallels the turmoil explored by the 16th Century Baroque painters which he applies to contemporary border issues affecting Mexico and the United States. Most notable, Gonzalez’s work has been exhibited in Norway, San Francisco, Chicago, New Mexico, and Reynosa. He has also been profiled on PBS, NPR and Televisa and was the 2009-10 National Association of Latino Arts and Culture grant recipient.

Philip Sidney Field received his M.F.A. at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1965 and has been a member of the University of Texas- Rio Grande Valley Painting Faculty for over 40 years. Among his vast accomplishments, he has exhibited in Japan, Vienna, NYC, and Houston and has been instrumental in cultivating a generation of successful figure painters in the Rio Grande Valley.

“This exhibit serves to show dimensions of the US-Mexico border” said Esther Garcia, Librarian at South Texas College. “Two artists with a mentor/student relationship show a connection through a study of figures and a specific region through disparate points of view.”

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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-stg.southtexascollege.edu/lag.

Faces & Places of the Chihuahuan Desert

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McAllen, TX—Beginning September 14, 2015 the STC Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, will present “Faces and Places of the Chihuahuan Desert,” an exhibition organized by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“Faces and Places of the Chihuahuan Desert” is composed of thirty-one photographs from the work of University of Texas at El Paso professor emeritus Dr. Robert H. Schmidt. Dr. Schmidt’s background is in natural resources and physical geography. For the last three decades he has tracked changes in the Chihuahuan Desert. This exhibition presents, in visual form, an interpretation of scientific information about the region of the Chihuahuan Desert.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery presents “Faces and Places of the Chihuahuan Desert” as a means to promote ongoing dialogue about the significance of natural landscapes and the effect of human actions upon them.

The exhibition will be available to the public from September 14 to October 26, 2015. For more information about viewing hours or to arrange group visits, contact Gina Otvos, Library Art Gallery Associate at (956) 872-3488 or gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/lag.

Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, traveling exhibitions and documentary films. For more information, please visit Humanities Texas online at http://www.humanitiestexas.org or call (512) 440-1991.

Virtuosa

 

Virtuosa BannerSouth Texas College’s Mid-Valley Campus Library Art Gallery presents “Virtuosa,” an exhibit featuring paintings by Gaby Rico. The exhibit opens Thursday, Sept. 24 with an artist lecture at 6 p.m. and will be on view through Dec. 10, 2012 at the Mid-Valley Campus Library Art Gallery located at 400 N. Border in Weslaco. Admission is free and open to the public.

“Gaby Rico’s work is a delicate balance between the real and the abstract,” said STC Library Art Gallery Associate Gina Otvos. “While her skill in color usage and blending is truly spectacular, she is also able to ignite a variety of emotions through her bold style. This exhibition is sure to speak to a very large audience.”golden present

Gaby Rico is a self-taught artist currently living in Edinburg, TX. She has exhibited prolifically throughout the Rio Grande Valley since 2006. Her work is an expressionistic, social self-portrait, where she transcends established art standards by mixing materials and techniques. In this exhibit Rico will explore the human condition through a series of self-portraits.

STC’s Library Art Gallery Program exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and th
eories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.

For more information contact Lillian Carrillo at 956-872-3488 or lillianm@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/lag.

Rosendo Sandoval: Musica, Cantos, Costumbres y Leyendas

 

Starr Co. Campus celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with special exhibit

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The South Texas College Starr Co. Campus Library Art Gallery presents a unique exhibition, “Rosendo Sandoval: Musica, Cantos, Costumbres y Leyendas” featuring paintings by artist Rosendo Sandoval on September 8, on view until December 10, 2015. An artist lecture will be held at 1 p.m. on September 16th where Sandoval will discuss his technique, inspiration, and the evolution of his artistic style. In support of the artist lecture, the library will be hosting an art reception and festivities in celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day the same day. The Starr Co. Campus Library is located at 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City. Admission is free and open to the public.

Rosendo Sandoval holds two Master’s degrees in Art from Texas A&I University in Kingsville and UTPA in Edinburg. Moving to the United States when he was 14, Sandoval draws from his experience and the culture across the unique region of Northern Mexico and Southern Texas to create his semi-realistic, romantic, large-scale painting styleSandoval_El Charro Negro.

“Rosendo Sandoval has a very keen eye on the world,” explains Gina Otvos, STC Library Art Gallery Associate. “He creates art about people and culture around him, is highly meticulous and methodical, and pursues a style and way of thinking about art that transports visitors into a world of his own.”

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 Terri Rosalez at mtrosalez@southtexascollege.edu or
956-488-5822, or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/lag.

Still: An Art Exhibit

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South Texas College’s Technology Campus Library presents “Still: An Art Exhibit,” featuring artworks by Sandra de la Fuente. The exhibit opens Thursday, September 8, 2015 with an artist lecture held on October 15 from 6-7pm to coincide with the International Wave of Light celebration. Artwork will be on view through December 7 at the Technology Campus Library, located at 3700 W. Military Hwy. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

“Still: An Art Exhibit” is a meditation on loss, tragedy, solitude, spirituality, and memory. Through the use of mix-media, artist Sandra de la Fuente explores feelings of profound personal depth. The challenging topic deals with the sudden passing of family and the pieces are used to convey a message to the viewer and translate the incomparable loss of a child. Media used includes ink, spray paint, oil sticks, acrylic paint and charcoal pencil.

“Sandra de la Fuente explores her own personal tragedy to bring understanding and awareness to our community,” said Gina Otvos, STC Library Art Gallery Associate. “Her use of various media and techniques produces a unique internal interactive experience.”

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 Max Garcia at max@southtexascollege.edu or (956) 872-6207; or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.