Photographs by Ricardo Romo

UTSA exhibit Aug. 25-Sept. 30 features photography of President Ricardo Romo

By Bronwyn Wingo
Special Projects Writer, UTSA '05

(Aug. 22, 2005)--UTSA and the Joan Grona Gallery present the photography exhibit, "Vistas Mexicanas," Aug. 25-Sept. 30 at the Joan Grona Gallery in the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, Alamo and Probandt streets.

An opening reception, free and open to the public, is 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25 at the gallery.

UTSA President Ricardo Romo took the photographs in the exhibit during a recent trip to Guanajuato, San Miguel Allende and Dolores, Mexico. Romo visited Mexico to discuss exchange and study abroad programs with representatives from several universities and municipalities.

The photos in the exhibit are for sale with proceeds benefiting the Fox Tech Scholarship Fund. Romo is a graduate of Louis W. Fox Technical High School, known as Fox Tech.

See more photos from "Vistas Mexicanas."

Arturo Almeida, a photographer and UTSA art specialist, curated the exhibit. According to Almeida, Romo's photos capture colorful views of life in northern Mexico. "In these photographs, Dr. Romo looks closely at the details of everyday items such as buildings, dishes and textiles," said Almeida. "His unique view turns the common items into a new artistic form."

"Vistas Mexicanas" coincides with the tradition of Fotoseptiembre, an annual photography festival conducted each September in San Antonio, across Texas and in other U.S. cities.

The Joan Grona Gallery, 112 Blue Star, is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and noon-4p.m., Sunday, or by appointment.

For more information, contact Arturo Almeida at (210) 458-4983 or the Joan Grona Gallery at (210) 225-6334.

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