Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Exhibit Features Work by Chicana Artist Yreina Cervantez

- 07/19/12 - 09/27/12

Contact: Santa Barraza
or 361-593-3401

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Texas A&M University-Kingsville will present “Imaganes de una Xicana,” featuring selected works by renowned California-based Chicana artist Yreina D. Cervantez, in the Ben Bailey Art Gallery now through September 27.   

A closing reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the gallery. Cervantez will be making presentations to art students that day as well. The exhibit and closing reception are free and open to the public. For more information, contact A&M-Kingsville art professor Santa Barraza at 361-593-3401. 

A painter, printmaker and teacher, Cervantez was born in Garden City, Kan. and grew up near San Diego, Calif.  She earned her B.A. in fine arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California in Los Angeles. Cervantez, who is presented by the Tropico de Nopal Gallery in Beverly Hills, Calif., is currently a professor of Chicano Studies at California State University, Northridge. 

Cervantez has more than 30 years of experience as a Chicano artist, community activist and scholar. During this time, she painted some of the historical murals in the Los Angeles area, including “La Ofrenda,” done in 1989 and often mentioned in the scholarly study of Chicano art. In the early 1970s, she was one of the founders of the legendary Los Angeles-based art collective Self Help Graphic and from 1990-1993, served as a multicultural coordinator for the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, helping to guide young artists toward success. 

She is a recipient of many scholarships and awards and has had more than 20 shows as a curator and/or artist in venues that include the Armand Hammer Museum at UCLA, the Los Angeles County Museum and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work has been featured in many museum collections and almost all the important books on Chicano art. 

The exhibit features Cervantez’s serigraphs, lithographs, linocuts and color pencils, some of them executed while she was with the Self Help Graphic; others were done for book illustrations. In these works, the same concern of expressing a Chicano feminist imagery observed in her paintings is present.   

Commenting on her artwork's perspective, Cervantez said, “My work consists of personal and cultural imagery that I have been exploring over time, an expression that is rooted in self-determination and a contemporary Chicana worldview. Themes in my art recall pre-Columbian concepts of duality, as well as more historical and autobiographical references, including issues related to a woman’s perspective. Also depicted are spirituality, politics and symbolism that reflect bicultural reality.”

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