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UTSA co-sponsors Botanical Garden sculpture shows

(July 12, 2006)--The San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio Botanical Society, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center and UTSA present "Art in the Garden: Sculpture/Escultura," featuring solo exhibitions of work by two of Texas' most important sculptors, Jesus Moroles and Roger Colombik.

Explore how art and nature come together in the third annual Contemporary Art Month exhibition at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. On opening day, Saturday, July 15, there will be a variety of art-related family activities.

The contemporary sculptures can be viewed daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston. Preliminary plans are for the exhibitions to remain in the garden for a year.

The exhibits were curated by Arturo Almeida, UTSA art collection curator, and Bill FitzGibbons, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center director.

The San Antonio Botanical Garden is one of the most beautiful areas in South Texas, and it's a premier setting for any sculptor to show his pieces," said FitzGibbons. "Just picture Moroles' native granite pieces and the bronze and aluminum castings of Colombik against the colorful, natural environment of the garden."

"'Art in the Garden' is becoming a wonderful tradition at the Botanical Garden," said Candace Andrews, San Antonio Botanical Society managing director. "Each year we look forward to showcasing Texas artists in our beautiful setting. Sculpture is a natural for us."

The exhibit is supported by the Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts, the Brown Foundation and J.P. Morgan Chase.

The San Antonio Botanical Garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. "Art in the Garden" is free with paid admission to the garden: $6 for adults; $4 for students, military and seniors; $3 for children. Group rates for 15 or more are available.

For more information, call (210) 829-5100.

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About the artists

Jesus Moroles has established himself as one of the premier sculptors of his generation. He has more than 2,000 works in place in China, Egypt, France, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, United States and in esteemed private, museum, corporate and public collections. Moroles' sculptures have been included in more than 300 museum and gallery exhibitions worldwide.

Some of his works include the site sculpture, "Houston Police Officers Memorial," in Houston; "Sculpture Plaza," for the Edwin A. Ulrich Museum, Wichita, Kan.; and his most visible work, "Lapstrake," for E.F. Hutton, CBS Plaza, New York City. Moroles also created the Moroles Cultural Center in Cerrillos, N.M., to serve as a multipurpose exhibition space to showcase artists from around the world. He is one of the few artists to be invited to the 2008 Olympics held in Beijing.

Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Moroles received his bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of North Texas, Denton, in 1978. In 1979 and 1980 he worked in Pietrasanta, Italy. Moroles is a board member of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. He lives and works in Rockport, Texas.

Roger Colombik is a respected sculptor in Texas, as well as an internationally known lecturer and artist. His large-scale public sculptures, DVD-based installations and oral history transcriptions attempt to create visual environments that soften the flight of time for the viewer.

Colombik's first book, "A Quiet Divide," published this year, examines the fragile social milieu of post-Berlin wall Eastern Europe. He is currently working on a book of photographs and essays based on his experiences in the Republic of Georgia.

His sculpture exhibitions include shows at the Navy Pier in Chicago, the B'nai Brith Klutznick National Jewish Museum in Washington, D.C., and a sculpture installation at the San Angelo Museum of Art. His work is in private and public collections in the Republic of Georgia, Poland, Macedonia, as well as in the United States.

Colombik received a master of fine arts degree from Southern Illinois University with an emphasis in sculpture/foundry and a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Illinois. He is a founding member of the Texas Sculpture Network and a recent Fulbright Scholar. He currently teaches 3-D design and sculpture in the Department of Art and Design at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Colombik lives in the Texas Hill Country with his wife Jerolyn, two dogs and approximately 30 chickens, depending on the appetite of the hawks, foxes and raccoons.

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