(March 4, 2011)--Gallery 23 in the University Center on the UTSA Main Campus will present "El Jardin de la Vida," an exhibition of the art of UTSA alumna Cecilia Paz Mujica, from March 7 through May 20. An opening reception will be 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, March 24. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
The exhibit pieces offer lush colors invoking deep sentiments about the diverse nature of day-to-day life experiences.
"The one element I maintain throughout my artwork is the use of vibrant colors," said Mujica. "Through the use of color, I aim to impart to the viewer my passion for life in its many colorful forms."
Mujica's use of brilliant colors stems from her Latino heritage. Life experiences, female personifications of environmental elements and Texas wildflowers styled as stained glass fill her work. "As an artist, my range of work is as diverse as life -- always changing, always growing. I am ever challenging and expanding my creativity by trying different techniques, styles and subject matter."
Mujica was born to Chilean parents and raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2006 with bachelor's degrees in art and art history and criticism -- both with international honors. Her work was selected by the Fiesta San Antonio Commission as the official poster for Fiesta San Antonio in 2008 and 2011.
In 2008, her "Life Tree" mural was selected for the UTSA Art Collection and hangs in the university's Inclusion and Community Engagement Center. She lives in Schertz, Texas, and works as a freelance artist.
"UTSA played such a pivotal role in my artistic development," said Mujica. "I am honored to share what I've accomplished and revisit the wonderful relationships I've been able to develop with the faculty, students and staff here."
Gallery 23 serves a vital role in creating a vibrant campus community by offering cultural enrichment, enhancing diversity on campus and providing an educational opportunity to explore the arts. The gallery serves as a professional space to showcase student, staff, faculty, alumni and local artists' work. Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday. Gallery 23 takes its name from its room number, University Center Room 1.02.23.
For more information, contact Tyler Alyse Archer, program coordinator, at 210-458-7827.
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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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