Artist, A&M-Kingsville Professor Santa Barraza Wins National Career Achievement Award
KINGSVILLE - February 13, 2008
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Dallas exhibit, national conference panel discussion part of recognition
Texas A&M University-Kingsville professor of art Santa Barraza has earned the national Women’s Caucus for Art President’s Award for mid-career achievement for 2008.
According to Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) president Jennifer Colby, Barraza and the other two President’s Award recipients for 2008 illustrate the value of visionary women in the arts and add immeasurably to their respective fields.
Receiving the award came as a complete surprise to Barraza. “I had heard that some of my professional art friends were receiving the award, but I was not aware that my name was on the list also. WCA did not solicit any information from me.
“What an honor to be recognized nationally by your own peers in your professional field. It reaffirms that the art production that I have been creating all these years has actually been meaningful to others, besides myself.”
Barraza will receive her award Feb. 23 at the Westin City Center Hotel in Dallas, as part of the WCA National Conference Feb. 20-25. In conjunction with the conference, two of her pieces are currently on display through Feb. 28 in the exhibit, “Broadview Intersection: Texas Women Artists” at the Janette Kennedy Gallery in Dallas. Joining Barraza’s works in the exhibit are pieces from six of her students: Venessa Ramos, a junior from Alice; Adriana Perez, a senior from Corpus Christi; Ryan Evetts, a junior from Kingsville; Christina Sepulveda, a sophomore from Robstown; Brenda Barrera, a senior from Alice; and Diana Lozano, a graduate student from Kingsville.
“The conference will draw artists and supporters from around the country, so I’m very pleased that the students’ work will have a chance to be seen by so many,” said Barraza.
Barraza’s vita reflects a career complete with awards, appearances and lectures, exhibitions and publications. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Texas Tech University, Mexican Museum in San Francisco, Del Mar College, Fondo del Sol Museum, South Texas Museum, Olin Museum at Bates College and the Hispanic/Latino Archives of the Tomas Ybarra Frausto Collection at the Smithsonian Institute.
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