Tuesday, October 06, 2015


Rebecca Gomez receives two awards for videos on UTSA Art Collection

Rebecca Gomez

Graduate student Rebecca Gomez and her videos "UTSA Art Collection" and "Interview with Arturo Almeida"

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(April 23, 2010)--Rebecca Gomez, a UTSA master's candidate in art history, recently created two videos (co-produced with fellow graduate student Katherine Scherff) for a media studies class taught by Associate Professor Nancy Membrez in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Working on her master's thesis on the development of Chicano-Chicana art in South Texas, the class projects tied in well with Gomez' work with Arturo Almeida, art specialist and curator of the UTSA Art Collection.

The first video, "UTSA Art Collection," won first place in the creative works category in the Graduate Student Project Competition. In the video, Gomez interviews UTSA President Ricardo Romo about the creation and purpose of the collection.

A second video, "Interview with Arturo Almeida," won third place in the graduate multimedia category in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts 2010 Spring Research Conference. In this video, Almeida describes his work as an artist and curator and the creation of the UTSA Art Collection.

"It was exciting to interview Dr. Romo and to hear his insights and perspectives on the art collection," said Gomez. "This was the first time he had discussed it on video, so I was glad I could make a record of it. I also have learned a lot about art from Mr. Almeida. He came up with many of the ideas for the video and helped me execute them."

"Rebecca is studying how to be an art historian, and she is learning the importance of keeping records," said Almeida. "I think it's great that she is studying film making, and we were thrilled she decided to work on this project. She is smart and very talented."

Gomez has interned for the UTSA Art Collection since May 2009, assisting on projects that include a forthcoming book featuring 200 artists in the collection and an Institute of Texan Cultures-supported publication, "Latino Heritage." She is co-author of two journal articles on Latin American art published in Hemispheres (University of New Mexico, 2009) and Anales del Instituto de Investigaciones Esteticas (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 2010) and is the curator of the exhibit, "Art of Devotion: 18th and 19th Century Mexican Religious Folk Art" (San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, 2007).



Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.

The Impact of the 84th Texas Legislative Session on Public Schools: Any Rain in Sight or Are Those Smoke Clouds on the Horizon?

Join the College of Education and Human Development's Center for Educational Leadership, Policy and Professional Development for a discussion about what passed and what didn't in the last legislative session and what it means for Bexar County Public Schools. 
Durango Building Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (2.03.15-18), Main Campus

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