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painting by Jose Esquivel
Gary Keller
Jose Esquivel painting (top) and Gary Keller

UTSA co-sponsors 'San Antonio Wave: Four Generations of Chicano Art' April 7-9

(April 7, 2005)--The University of Texas at San Antonio, City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs, Gallista Gallery Art Complex, Southway Ford, 1906 Art Gallery and Puro Gallo present three events associated with the exhibit, "San Antonio Wave: Four Generations of Chicano Art," April 7-9.

The exhibit and a reception honoring Gary Keller, Regents' Professor of Spanish and director of the Hispanic Resource Center at Arizona State University, are 6-9 p.m., Thursday, April 7 at the Gallista Gallery Art Complex, 1913 South Flores St. For more information, contact Joe Lopez at (210) 212-8606.

Featured artists in the exhibit are Magda Bowen, LA David, Rachel Delgado, Jose Esquivel, Xavier Garza, Angelica Gomez, Luis Guerrero, Jim Haught, Joe Lopez, Richard Menchaca, Aida Meza, Mike Molina, Fred Orozco, Larry Portillo, Alex Rubio, Elias San Miguel, Victor Tello and Luis Valderas. The exhibition is curated by UTSA art specialist Arturo Almeida.

In a second event, Gary Keller will lecture on "The San Antonio-San Marcos-Austin Corridor: The Key Chicana/o Artworld Phenomenon" at 5 p.m., Friday, April 8 at the UTSA Downtown Campus Durango Building Southwest Room (1.124), 501 West Durango Blvd. A reception follows the lecture.

Keller is widely acclaimed for his contributions to Chicano literature, as well as to bilingual and Hispanic education. A published author of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, he has provided opportunities for other Hispanic writers as founder of the Bilingual Review Press.

Keller is involved in several projects designed to help Hispanic students achieve their academic potential. He founded Project 1000, an effort to increase the number of Hispanic graduate students around the country. He is a key figure in Project Prime, working to increase the educational achievements of minority students in Arizona. His activities have taken him as far as El Salvador and Nicaragua, where he served on the Fulbright Selection Committee.

"The Texas Hill Country has a long-standing cultural relevance for Mexicano-Chicano culture dating back to the period of explorations by Spanish and other European voyagers," said Keller. "The Texas phenomenon shines for having reached a new level of maturity and sustainability that is not apparent elsewhere."

In a third event, Keller will moderate a panel discussion including San Antonio artists featured in the new book, "Triumph of Our Communities: Four Decades of Mexican American Art" from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Gallista Gallery Art Complex. The panel will be followed by a book signing and reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Books will be for sale at all "San Antonio Wave" events.

--Tim Brownlee

University Communications
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