Category Archives: Pecan Campus

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

 

Jose de la Luz Saenz Lecture Series Presents – Dr. Anthony Quiroz

The Center for Mexican American Studies and Library Services presents “José de la Luz Saenz Veterans Lecture Series” an author talk followed by a book signing with Dr. Anthony Quiroz, his lecture entitled “Let All of Them Take Heed” Activism and the Ongoing Struggle for Equality.  The event will take place, Wednesday, November 8 at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room.

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.

Border Lineage: An Exhibition in Two Parts

 

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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.

“McFarland USA”
– Movie Screening

Movie-HHM-Flyer-McFarlandTo celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month the STC Libraries will be screening the acclaimed new movie McFarland, USA.

The films will be shown at the following campus libraries: Pecan, MidValley, Starr, and Tech.

Sept. 28 11am Tech campus Library
Sept. 28 12pm Starr campus Library
Sept. 29 1pm Pecan campus F-102
Sept. 30 12pm MidValley campus Library

 

For more information about these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956)872-6485 or egarcia10@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents/.

Mcfarland, USA is based on the inspiring true story of underdogs triumphing over tremendous obstacles. This heartwarming drama follows novice runners who strive to build a cross-country team under Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) in their predominantly Latino high school. Everyone has a lot to learn about each other, but when Coach realizes the boys’ exceptional running ability, things change. Beyond their talent, it’s the power of family, commitment to each other and work ethic that transform them into champions — helping them achieve their own American dream.

See the trailor below or at https://youtu.be/74eJaVQFybI.

For a full listing of events: https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents

John Valadez, filmmaker, presents “The Head Of Joaquin Murrieta”

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We are thrilled to invite you to attend South Texas College’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month festivities.

Filmmaker John Valadez will visit South Texas College Sept. 22 at 6pm at the Pecan Campus Rainbow Room as part of the college’s Hispanic Heritage celebration. We will be screening the film “The Head of Joaquin Murietta” with a special introduction and followed by a Q&A with the director.

Director John Valadez has produced and directed award winning, nationally broadcast documentaries for the past 18 years. Valadez was also a writer, producer, and director of the six-hour PBS series “Latino Americans.”

For more information about these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956)872-6485 or egarcia10@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents/.

For a full listing of events: https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents

Felipe Hinojosa “Latino Mennonites: Civil Rights, Faith, and Evangelical Culture”

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We are thrilled to invite you to attend South Texas College’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month festivities.

On Sept. 30 at 6pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room, historian and scholar, Dr. Felipe Hinojosa will give a presentation and receive the Américo Paredes Book Award for his work titled Latino Mennonites: Civil Rights, Faith, and Evangelical Culture.

Dr. Felipe Hinojosa is a professor of History at Texas A&M University focusing on Latina/o-Chicana/o and Religion.  He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships.

The Americo Paredes Book Award was established through the college’s Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) to highlight the best non-fiction work in the fields of Chicana/o or Latino/a studies.

 

For more information about these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956)872-6485 or egarcia10@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents/.

 

For a full listing of events: https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents