Mini Women's Conference features South Texas women artists

Memorial Student Union Building, room 221AB - 10/05/18 - 10/11/18

Contact: Julie Navejar or 361-593-2590

             [Editor’s Note: The previous keynote speaker, Dr. Maria Herrera-Sobek, has canceled due to a family emergency. The new keynote speaker will be Marta Sanchez, an artist from San Antonio who now teaches at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

             She earned her master’s degree in fine arts in painting from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and her bachelor’s degree in fine arts, also in painting from the University of Texas. She taught at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for over 17 years. Her work is currently archived at the Benson Latin American College at the University of Texas.

            She is co-founder of the grassroots organization Cascarones Por La Vida, which assists families affected by HIV/AIDS.]

            KINGSVILLE (October 5, 2018) — Texas A&M University-Kingsville will be the site of a mini-conference about women artists in South Texas, Thursday, Oct. 11, in room 221AB in the Memorial Student Union Building. The conference, Towards an Aesthetics of South Texas Women Artists, is sponsored by Women and Gender Studies and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


            Panels will be held during the day featuring South Texas women writers Jovita Gonzalez, Emma Perez and Norma Cantu and artist Santa Barraza. There will be creative writing readings by Melinda Zepeda, Marisela Barrera, Cathy Downs, Katherine Orozco and Stephanie Salazar-Amaro.


            The keynote, beginning at 6:15 p.m. is Dr. Maria Hererra-Sobek, vice chancellor of diversity, equity and inclusion at University of California at Santa Barbara.  She will talk about Environmental Convivencia: South Texas Visual Artists in Harmony with Nature.


            She received her doctoral degree in Hispanic languages and literature from University of California at Los Angeles and has taught at University of California at Irvine, Harvard University and Stanford University. Her research interests include film documentaries, nationalist and ethnic construction theories and theories on aesthetic activism.


            For more information, contact Dr. Susan Roberson at 361-593-4707 or at