silkscreen by Malaquias Montoya
From Romo collection: "La Cruzada" by
Malaquias Montoya, silkscreen, 1994

UT Austin hosts exhibit of Mexican American art from Romo collection

(March 22, 2005)--The University of Texas Libraries host an exhibit of art prints, "Espinas y Esperanzas" ("Thorns and Hopes"), March 23-Aug. 31at Sid Richardson Hall Unit 1, University of Texas at Austin.

The exhibit features Mexican American art prints from the collection of UTSA President Ricardo Romo and his wife, UTSA Associate Professor Harriett Romo. The Romos have donated to the Benson Collection more than 350 art prints by contemporary Latino artists, and 30 of those prints form this exhibit.

The exhibition, curated by UTSA art specialist Arturo Almeida, is part of the third annual "¡A Viva Voz!" celebration of U.S. Latino culture sponsored by the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection and the Mexican American Library Program at UT Austin. The program was established in 1974 by University of Texas Libraries to support the educational needs of students of Mexican American and U.S. Latino culture and history.

According to Almeida, the prints are part of a body of more than 300 works collected over several decades by the Romos. Through various unique styles and processes of creation, the Romo collection documents an epic struggle for Latino political and economic parity and depicts the proliferation of cultural identity in a period of cultural displacement.

Parking is available in lot 38 adjacent to Sid Richardson Hall with entry from Red River Street. (View a library map.)

Visit the University of Texas Libraries Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection Web site.

Exhibit hours are 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Wednesday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday-Friday; 1-5 p.m., Saturday and 2-10 p.m., Sunday.

--Tim Brownlee

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