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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).



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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