Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Heaven & Earth can be seen at John. E. Conner Museum

KINGSVILLE - September 14, 2006

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

An alumnus will come home this month with an exhibit of his own at the John E. Conner Museum at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Alfredo B. Cruz will display his photo-digital compositions beginning Monday, Sept. 25, and continuing through Tuesday, Oct. 24. His exhibit, Heaven & Earth, features cemetery angels in 20 black and white images.

“I call my works photo-digital compositions since they are not traditional photos nor are they strictly created within the computer imagery,” Cruz said. “They are high resolution, full-color digital photographs of a found cemetery angel. At a later time, images are processed in order to accent the aesthetics as seen during the original moment of photography.

“The ongoing series Heaven & Earth materialized after a prolonged period of dealing with enormous personal pressures, concerns with health, and questions of faith being in the forefront,” Cruz said in his artist statement. “As the journey through this darkness became more and more oppressive, the atmosphere around (it) thickening and palpable, inspiration – literally, as if hit with a warming shaft of sunlight – came in the form of angels…cemetery angels.”

Cruz received his both his bachelor’s degree in fine arts and his master’s degree in art from Texas A&I University. He is currently in his 17th year as an art faculty member at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.

While in Kingsville, Cruz was a graduate television production assistant for KTAI-TV and paste-up and layout artist for Kingsville Publishing, owners of The Kingsville Record.

This is not Cruz’ first exhibit at the university since receiving his degree; he had a solo exhibit in 1993. His Heaven & Earth compositions also have been on display at the Blue Star Arts Complex in San Antonio. In 2003, he participated in the CowParade in San Antonio by painting a life-size fiberglass cow for an international public art exhibition. Cruz contributed Moo-chelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. He also has exhibited his work several times at Our Lady of the Lake.

Cruz received the Bronze Quill Award from the San Antonio International Association of Business Communications and has received several Presidential Commendations from Our Lady of the Lake. He earned the School-Business-Community Partnership Award from the Northside Independent School District and the Stell-Ball Award as voted on by the education faculty and students. He also is a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

The Heaven & Earth exhibit is part of Hispanic Heritage Month. The museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 361-593-2810.

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