(March 1, 2010)--As part of the observance of Black History Month, the UTSA Office of Student Activities and the Office of the President will host an exhibit of photography by Tony Andre Gaines through April 30 at the UTSA Downtown Gallery in Durango Building Room 1.124, Downtown Campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
>> An opening reception with the opportunity to meet the artist is 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 2.
Gaines' photographic work uses surrealist and symbolist styles to tell the story of the African-American experience. The exhibit was coordinated by Michelle Montanio, assistant director of student activities, and Arturo Almeida, art specialist in the Office of the President.
Born in Chicago, Gaines was influenced at an early age by the Civil Rights movement, which inspired him as he developed as an artist. He began learning about photography as a high school junior in Las Vegas and went on to earn a bachelor of fine arts degree in photography, sculpture and art history at the University of Iowa. As a developing artist, his strongest influences at Iowa were photography professor John Shultz, painting and design professor Ben Moss and historian Steven Foster, an expert on Dadaist art.
According to Wikipedia, from the early 1900s through the 1920s, Dadaism laid the groundwork for abstract art, sound poetry, performance art, postmodernism and surrealism. It was an influence in the 1960s on pop art, anti-art, avant-garde art and punk rock. Dada activities included public gatherings, demonstrations and publication of art and literary journals, and passionate coverage of art, politics and culture in a variety of media.
Gaines' photographic style was influenced by various jobs in city government, crime-scene, fashion and advertising photography. Feeling his artistic ability wasn't being demonstrated, he returned to his art origins and began producing art photography in both black-and-white and color. Gaines has exhibited fine art prints and sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston.
The UTSA Downtown Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, contact Michelle Montanio at 210-458-2816.
The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory
This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus
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University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus
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Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus
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The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
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Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus
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Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus
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Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus
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The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)
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