(June 23, 2014) -- A statue at the Sombrilla Plaza on the UTSA Main Campus is being moved inside to protect it from the weather. Formerly overlooking Sombrilla Plaza, the "Border Crossing" statue by renowned artist Luis Jimenez recently was moved to the University Center second floor. The piece is strikingly framed by a window overlooking the UC paseo.
An additional familiar work by Jimenez, "Fiesta Dancers," will be moved in the near future to the opposite end of the UC second-floor atrium. The statue currently is outside the UC north entrance.
Both pieces were loaned to the university from the William Atwell family collection in 1996. They were purchased for the UTSA Art Collection in September 2012.
Jimenez was born in El Paso and resided much of his life in Hondo, N.M., before his death in 2006. He received a bachelor's degree in art and architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jimenez is known nationally and internationally for his large-scale sculptures depicting ordinary people. He worked with themes such as the treatment of Native Americans and the elderly, drawing on his youth for inspiration. He participated in numerous one-person exhibits in New Mexico and received commissions for his work in Corpus Christi, New York and Denver.
"We are fortunate to have these statues as part of the UTSA Art Collection, and we are excited to be able to share them with the UTSA and San Antonio communities," said curator Arturo Infante Almeida. "Mr. Jimenez was such a talented artist whose work is well known worldwide. There continues to be great interest in his art."
Learn more at the UTSA Art Collection website or call Arturo Infante Almeida at 210-458-4983.
UTSA Associate Dean/Associate Professor Francine Romero will sit down with San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg for a wide-ranging conversation about the Mayor's vision for the City's future. Seating is at capacity but the San Antonio Express-News will stream it live.
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
The sympoisum will focus on the interface between aging and neurodegenerative diseases, will educate the wider research community about advancements in this fast-paced field and stimulate collaborative research in this area. Register online for this free event.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.106), Main Campus
The 23rd International Conference on Historical Linguistics is offering four special panels open and free to the San Antonio public July 31-Aug. 3 to mark the tricentennial next year. The event is co-sponsored by UTSA Research.
Hotel Contessa, 306 W. Market St., San Antonio
Orientation marks a major step toward becoming a Roadrunner. It is a unique experience designed to welcome freshmen and transfers to UTSA and ensure a successful transition into college. They will learn about UTSA, prepare for their first semester and have fun meeting other students. There is also a special Family Orientation program too.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
The UTSA community welcomes students to their on-campus home! Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall are home for 2,300 students during the academic year, and Move-In event kicks off the start of Roadrunner Days.
Laurel Village, Chaparral Village, Alvarez Hall, Main Campus
The College of Engineering hosts this seminar featuring Jeff Adams, Southwest Zone Quality Manager, Siemens Building Technologies Division. The event is free and open to the public.
Engineering Building (EB 3.04.30), Main Campus
After a day full of moving and getting settled into their new UTSA home, students and their families can have some refreshments and snacks at the Welcome Back Reception. The event tops off with the premiere performance of the Spirit of San Antonio, UTSA's Marching Band.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
Can you survive the library wilderness? As a part of Roadrunner Days, UTSA Libraries is hosting a mobile adventure for you to play and find out more about the library!
John Peace Library, 2nd floor, Main Campus
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