Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville to sponsor two artist workshops at Art Center of Corpus Christi

Art Center of Corpus Christi - 02/24/12 - 02/24/12

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

As part of the Cultura y Vida: A Tejano Art Exhibition, the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Art, Communications and Theatre Department will sponsor workshops of two artists from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Art Center of Corpus Christi, Friday, Feb. 24. The featured artists will be Liliana Wilson and Peter Ortiz. Both are nationally renowned. 

Ortiz will conduct a workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. about inks and watercolor. Wilson’s workshop is on prismacolor drawing and will be from 1-3 p.m. 

About Liliana Wilson

Wilson was born in Valparaíso, Chile and is a contemporary Chilean artist who immigrated to the United States in 1977.  She studied art at the Instituto de Bellas Artes de Viña del Mar, and law at the Catholic University of Valparaíso, Chile before studying art at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) from 1991 to 1995.  

Wilson was part of a major exodus of artists and scholars who left Chile through forced and voluntary exile during the height of the military regime headed by the late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.  Through her drawings and paintings, she invests her work with a life history based in her transnational experiences.  Her work reflects narratives of exile, migration and immigration, and memory with a surrealist dream-inspired vocabulary of images. 

Her works have been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries throughout the United States, including San Antonio Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, Austin Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of Art, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Francisco State University, San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Art, Wellesley College, San José Center for Latino Arts (MACLA), San Francisco Galería de la Raza, La Peña Latino Arts.  In Mexico, Wilson has shown at Centro Cultural Universitario in Saltillo and Benito Júarez University in Oaxaca.  In Italy, Wilson has shown at Rome’s Circollo della Rosa. 

About Peter Ortiz

Ortiz was born and grew up in the Barrio de Montopolis on Austin’s East Side. His talents were recognized and encouraged at a very early stage by his family, whose Tejano heritage in Central Texas dates back several generations. He graduated from Austin Johnston High School in 1979, and then continued his education at Austin Community College and later the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles. 

He resided in Los Angeles and Long Island between the years of 1981 and 1992. He immersed himself in the varied richness of their arts cultures during this time, which added texture, depth and perspective to the experiences he had while growing up. He has exhibited his work in numerous museums and galleries throughout the United States and Mexico, as well as in Spain. His pieces have been displayed at various cultural centers and universities. His art demonstrates comfort and adeptness with a variety of techniques and mediums. His images express the extent of his journey from early childhood to the present day.

“My works of art are to be explored, allowing for interpretation.  I absorb information on a daily basis, believing that subconsciously at the right time elements of this information will be used in my work, such as examining the structure of a blossom or plant, a small piece of metal which has been weathered and worn creating interesting combinations of texture and color, or watching humankind at its best and worst, hopefully capturing the emotion at that time,” he said.

The workshops are open to the public. Call the Corpus Christi Art Center at 884-6406 for more information.


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