Cesar Chavez painting by Jesse Trevino to be unveiled March 24

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(March 22, 2006)--UTSA President Ricardo Romo and Dr. Harriett Romo will host an unveiling ceremony March 24 of a painting by San Antonio artist and Jesse Treviño of labor activist Cesar Chavez. Treviño is a 1978 UTSA M.F.A. alumnus.

Free and open to the public, the unveiling ceremony and a reception are 4:30-6 p.m., Friday, March 24 at UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 South Bowie St.

"We are fortunate to have this painting created by one of San Antonio's and the nation's premier artists," said President Romo. "The memory and work of Cesar Chavez is honored in this piece that was beautifully rendered by Jesse Treviño."

As an aspiring artist, Treviño lost his painting hand in Vietnam and adapted to his loss to become a successful San Antonio artist. Painting from photographs in the photorealistic tradition, two of Treviño's paintings are in the collection of the Smithsonian's American Art Museum. In recent years, he has become known for his building-size murals and mosaics.

His "Spirit of Healing" on Santa Rosa Children's Hospital has become a San Antonio landmark. The mural consists of more than 150,000 pieces of hand-cut ceramic tile and stands more than 90 feet tall, making it one of the largest murals in North America.

According to the America's Story from America's Library Web site, Cesar Chavez (1927-1993) was a Mexican American labor activist and leader of the United Farm Workers. During the 20th century he was a leading voice for migrant farm workers. His leadership focused national attention on the laborers' terrible working conditions, which eventually led to improvements.

For more information, call (210) 458-5110.

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