art exhibit
"Push-Pull" photographic exhibit

Student artwork to be added to UTSA collection

By James Benavides
Public Affairs Specialist

(April 19, 2007)--One UTSA student will leave a photographic impression on the university, thanks to "Push-Pull," the annual photography competition sponsored by the UTSA photography club, Exposure. President Ricardo Romo will accept the winning piece for the UTSA Art Collection.

Competition winners will be announced at an opening reception. Free and open to the public, the event is 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, April 20 at the Downtown Campus Durango Building gallery.

"We asked UTSA art students and alumni who have participated in the Exposure club to enter the competition," said Luis Garza, UTSA student and event curator. "There were 22 submissions and the work of 16 artists is in the exhibit. The objective is to create a bigger photographic art community extending from the UTSA program. We want to spotlight more photographic art in San Antonio."

Arturo Almeida, UTSA Art Collection curator, will serve as event juror, evaluating the submitted materials.

"The UTSA Department of Art and Art History produces very talented individuals," said Almeida. "Their work in all mediums including photography, sculpture and painting is excellent, and I'm very excited to be a juror for this competition. These photos are of fine-art quality. The style, composition and depth are all there. They really know what they are doing, and they are incredible photographs."

The competition will have four winners. The Best-of-Show winner will have his or her photo placed in the UTSA Art Collection, and the student will be paid the value of the artwork. First-, second- and third-place winners will receive a cash award.

"Push-Pull" will be on display through May 18. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

For more information, contact Arturo Almeida at (210) 458-4983.

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