Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Mujeres a Traves del Tiempo Mural Unveiling

Memorial Student Union Building, Texas A&M University-Kingsville - 03/27/14 - 03/27/14

Contact: Adriana Garza-Flores
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

The women who have shaped South Texas will now have a permanent place of honor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in the new Mujeres A Traves del Tiempo mural displayed in Ballroom B of the Memorial Student Union Building.

Created by Javelina alumnus and artist Arnold Gonzales, the mural will be a permanent part of the campus. The mural will be unveiled during a reception at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27 in the Memorial Student Union Ballrooms.

Anchored by South Texas pioneer and philanthropist Petra Vela Kenedy, the 8-foot tall, 16-foot wide mural features 16 women, among them educators, politicians, an ambassador to Great Britain, an artist, philanthropists, an internationally-known music star, a traditional soldadera from the Mexican Revolution and a new college graduate. 

“The Mujeres a Traves del Tiempo mural is a not only a beautiful work of art, it depicts an important part of the history of South Texas by highlighting the women who have influenced our region through their leadership, strength and character,” said Texas A&M-Kingsville President Dr. Steven Tallant. “Arnold Gonzales has done a tremendous job depicting these women on canvas while helping to facilitate a discussion of these historic figures and their impact on the story of South Texas.  We are fortunate that this mural will be a permanent part of our campus.”

Gonzales, who was commissioned by President Tallant to create the art work, said he hopes the mural will shine a light on an important part of South Texas history that often has gone unnoted.

While the women in the mural represent different parts of the South Texas culture and have contributed to the region’s history in various ways, all were leaders in their fields, who continue hope and courage. All are represented at the same height and face the canvas as equals, Gonzales said. The women stand front-facing, with Texas A&M University-Kingsville in the background. The inclusion of the university in the mural reflects the institution’s role in educating the area, Gonzalez said.

The artist said the piece is his effort to ensure the women who helped mold the culture and heritage of Texas are more than mere footnotes in history.

 “I hope that this type of mural, that features such important women who have had a lasting impact in this area, promotes a discussion about their legacies, while prompting more research into their stories,” Gonzalez said.

To find out the availability of the ballroom, please call 361-593-2111 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday-Friday.  

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