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Art student reflects U.S. Navy service experience in his artwork

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A Texas A&M University-Kingsville art major is creating art that is inspired by his life experiences.

Homer Ramirez III, of Bishop, is a junior art student concentrating on ceramic and sculpture.

He recently showcased his work at the South Texas Art League and received honorable mention.

“I have never entered any of my pieces before into a show until now,” he said. “Having my artwork in the same show with other great local artists is an honor. I have seen some amazing work and it has inspired me to improve my artwork.”

Ramirez said his pieces are inspired by his life from past events during his childhood to when he went overseas and served in the United States Navy. “Being stationed in Japan for four years opened my eyes with the Japanese culture,” he said. Along with other cultures I encountered, it helped expand my horizons with my artwork. With my recent pieces that I've been working on, I can tell my history has influenced my artwork … I get these feelings and ideas when I stare at my pieces and start working onto the next.”

Ramirez said his art is a mix between Aztec culture, art and sea life. He also channels a Japanese lifestyle or design into his ceramic work.

“This has opened doors for me plus for my future and I will continue to keep on working hard to get where I need to be. Without a great professor who has pushed me to my limits, I wouldn't be here where I am today,” he said.

Fulden Wissinger, associate professor, said it is important for her students’ work to gain recognition in the world.

“Students need a real-world experience. Any exhibition, and award helps them build a resume and portfolio. They also learn the process of making a specific piece for a show, coming up with title, taking a picture of the piece, packing and delivering. It’s a good learning experience overall.”

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In October 2020, Both Wissinger and Ramirez were accepted to showcase their ceramic pieces at the Juried National Art Show at the Art Room’s Fourth Annual Small Work Show at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.

“I’m very pleased, honored and fired up,” Wissinger said. “Despite COVID-19, we are rocking, and good things are happening in our department and university.”

 

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