(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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Celebrate 40 years of BestFest, an annual event hosted by Roadrunner Productions as a part of UTSA Homecoming festivities. The event will feature a carnival, food and drink booths, a golf cart parade, firework and live music from Anthem.
Brackenridge Lot 1, Main Campus
Celebrate homecoming as the Roadrunners take on Rice. Come early for the Spirit Walk, tailgating, games, music and food. Stick around for a halftime show with SOSA and the crowning of Mr. and Ms. UTSA.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St., Downtown San Antonio
The Leadership Storytelling Homecoming Brunch brings together UTSA alumni and students to share a delicious meal as well as a roundtable conversation about how experiences in college carry us forward on unique leadership journeys.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
The conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.
Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA students to "Pizza With The Prez." Come grab a slice of pizza and take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President. Pizza while supplies last.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
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