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From "Sana Sana Colita de Rana" --
Top: "Profiles in Beauty" by Kathleen Trenchard
Middle: "El Plan (The Plan)" by Francisco Delgado
Bottom: "Stockyard" by Ian Tyler Ibarra

Satellite Space shows art inspired by La Cultura

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Sept. 30, 2008)--The UTSA Department of Art and Art History will present the exhibit, "Sana Sana Colita de Rana: Artists Influenced by La Cultura," Oct. 2-26 at the UTSA Satellite Space in Blue Star Arts Complex Suite 115 at S. Alamo and Probandt streets. Curated by Ricky Armendariz, UTSA assistant professor of painting, the exhibition features the work of artists profoundly affected by cultural exchange. Their work includes themes of recombination, renegotiation, healing, ritual and spirituality.

Free and open to the public, the exhibition features the art of Francisco Delgado, Donna Huanca, Ian Tyler Ibarra, Los Supersonicos (Carlos Fresquez and Francisco Zamora), Haydee Victoria Suescum and Kathleen Trenchard.

An opening reception is 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2 at the UTSA Satellite Space. The gallery also will be open 6-9 p.m., Oct. 3 for First Friday, the monthly Southtown gallery open house. Regular gallery hours are noon-6 p.m., Friday-Sunday, or by appointment.

>> Download the exhibit catalog (PDF format) with profiles of the artists and descriptions of their work.

"Like others, I find that the blend of contemporary and traditional aesthetics and the ongoing cultural negotiation among Mexican, indigenous and American influences has been problematically served by labels such as 'Chicano art,' 'Mexican-American art' or 'Latino art,'" said Armendariz. "Having been born in El Paso, and later moving to San Antonio, my own artistic choices result from the mix of direct and subconscious influence of all three cultures... [The exhibit] shows the vibrant character of artistic innovation responding to our histories and nurturing our future."

Armendariz borrowed the title for the exhibit from the opening lines of a common saying used to comfort children upset with the pain of a banged elbow, bruised knee or cut finger. The lines are: "Sana sana colita de rana. Dame un besito para hoy y manaña." (or "Healthy tale of a frog... give me a little kiss today and tomorrow."

Visitors to "Sana Sana Colita de Rana" will have the first look at the makeover of the UTSA Satellite Space. Faculty and graduate students from the Department of Art and Art History volunteered their time to spruce up the student-run gallery. With additional support from the university, the 10-year-old gallery was repainted, lighting was renovated and new signage was created.

"The Satellite Space is a great gallery for highlighting the creative talent of our community, faculty and students," said Greg Elliot, chair of the Department of Art and Art History. "To have a teaching gallery that operates as a professional exhibition space is a rare opportunity for our art students and faculty and a great resource for our community. It's a must-see on the San Antonio art tour."

In downtown San Antonio, the UTSA Satellite Space hosts 12 free exhibitions each year by local, regional and international artists. During First Fridays alone, the gallery welcomes more than 1,000 visitors.

For an appointment or private showing, contact Connie Swann, UTSA Satellite Space coordinator, at (210) 458-4391 (Department of Art and Art History) or (210) 212-7146 (gallery).

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