Thursday, September 03, 2015

UTSA and Blue Star host exhibition by media artist Guillermina Zabala

Juanito Castillo
Guillermina Zabala

Top photo: Musician Juanito Castillo
Bottom photo: Artist Guillermina Zabala

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(March 1, 2012) --UTSA and Blue Star Contemporary Art Center will present a solo exhibition featuring new work by "Arte Latina" alumna Guillermina Zabala. Free and open to the public, the show runs March 1-May 5 in the Project Gallery Space at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center. The exhibit helps launch San Antonio Contemporary Art Month.

>> Also free and open to the public is an opening reception with the artist from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, March 1 at the gallery.

Born in La Plata, Argentina, in 1970, Zabala is a photographer, filmmaker and media artist. Her father instilled in her an early love of film, and the innovative filmmakers of the Nouvelle Vague set the aesthetic standard in her work. She has spent the last five years developing "Juanito's Lab," a documentary film exploring the life and art of Juanito Castillo, a 22-year-old musician who many consider a musical genius.

Zabala has dedicated herself to the exploration of new forms of expression and style. Like the pioneers that forged the French New Wave, she is committed to "capturing energetic beauty" in unprecedented ways.

Exhibition curator Arturo Infante Almeida is the art specialist and curator of the UTSA Art Collection.

The Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, 116 Blue Star, is at South Alamo and Probandt streets in the Southtown district near downtown. Gallery hours are noon-6 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; noon-8 p.m., Thursday.

For more information, contact Arturo Almeida at 210-458-6964. Like the UTSA Art Collection on Facebook, and visit the UTSA Art Collection website.

 

 

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For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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