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Works of Leading Rio Grande Valley Artists on Display at A&M-Kingsville Ben Bailey Art Gallery Oct. 2 - Nov.2

KINGSVILLE - September 26, 2007

Contact: Jason Martonj
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

"As of Now: A Collection of Rio Grande Valley Artists" part of Hispanic Heritage Month

Some of the most active and acclaimed artists in South Texas are represented in the new exhibit, "As of Now: A Collection of Rio Grande Valley Artists," at the Ben Bailey Art Gallery of Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Pieces from 18 different artists, working in a variety of mediums, will be on display from Tuesday, Oct. 2 to Friday, Nov. 2. Exhibit opening activities are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 5, with a panel discussion featuring the artists at 3 p.m. and a reception at 6 p.m.

Visual artist and University of Texas-Pan America lecturer Jesus De La Rosa is the curator of the exhibit. An alumnus of Texas A&M-Kingsville, De La Rosa also is a graphic designer for South Texas College and founder of the non-profit art space Progreso Art in Nuevo Progreso, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

"I curated "As of Now: A Collection of Rio Grande Valley Artists" as a survey showcasing some of the most active artists in the area and not so much as a themed show," said De La Rosa.

"There is baggage and stereotypes of what border art and Hispanic art is supposed to look like or be concerned with. Mostly, that border means violence, drugs, human trafficking, Catholic religious images, or the use of a particular color palette. While the exhibition includes pieces that may contain the use or play with these stereotypes, there is a lot more happening with the artistic practices of these Valley artists. Their work is also concerned with asking personal, global and formal aesthetics questions."

The artists featured in the show are:

Brownsville: Carlos G. Gomez; Gabriel Trevino
Edinburg: Leila Hernandez; Paul Valadez
Harlingen: Lenard Brown; Jennifer Rodriguez
McAllen: Celeste de Luna; Phyllis Evans; David Freeman; Aleida Garcia; Veronica Jaeger; Izel Vargas; Brian Wedgworth
Mission: Luis Contreras
Weslaco: Rachel Freyman Brown; Rene Garza

Matamoros: Juan Gonzalez Rosales; Mauricio S‡enz

The exhibit is an Hispanic Heritage Month event. For more information, call 361-593-2619.

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