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Meet a Roadrunner: Arturo Infante Almeida helps choose public art for UTSA

Arturo Almeida

Arturo Infante Almeida

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(June 26, 2013) -- Meet Arturo "Art" Infante Almeida, the man who arguably has one of the coolest jobs on campus.

Since 2003, Almeida has curated the UTSA permanent art collection. It includes more than 1,600 works of art -- gifts and acquisitions from people all over the world including sculpture and prints by Luis Jimenez, photographs by Elliot Erwitt and Manuel Alvarez Bravo, and paintings by César Martinez and Nick Krushenick.

Originally from Corpus Christi, Almeida is a well-respected photographer who previously owned and ran San Antonio's Café Latino Gallery. It featured exhibitions by now-prominent artists including Nivia Gonzalez, Cruz Ortiz, Alex Rubio, Vincent Valdez and Kathy Vargas.

In 2002, Almeida joined UTSA at the invitation of President Ricardo Romo to curate UTSA's growing art collection. Since that time, he has worked tirelessly to create meaningful relationships between UTSA and the thriving South Texas arts community.

In 2007, Almeida, Romo and UTSA art professor Kent Rush established the South Texas Print Series. The program conducted in UTSA's printmaking studio invites emerging and well-known artists to create prints for UTSA while working with students in the UTSA Department of Art and Art History.

Almeida also has helped create new exhibition spaces and opportunities for cultural exchange. With the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, he initiated the Texas Contemporary Artists Series.

Currently, he is working on "UTSA Art Collection, Volume 1," a book showcasing 200 artworks from the UTSA Art Collection.

"If you can't make it to the museum, take a stroll around the campus," said Almeida. "UTSA has built an outstanding art collection that not only enhances the campus but also celebrates artistic expression in our community. That's something we can all be very proud of."

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
Downtown Campus

Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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