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UTSA, City of San Antonio unveil new exhibit featuring works by Latinx artists

UTSA, City of San Antonio unveil new exhibit featuring works by Latinx artists

Yo No Te Cuento Pero Debo Contarte by Alberto Mijangos is one of 222 works featured in the exhibit.

(Feb. 6, 2018) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture present a new exhibit featuring works that highlight artistic Latinx expression that UTSA has collected over the last five decades.

“VOZ: Selections from the UTSA Art Collection” opens Thursday, Feb. 8 at Centro de Artes Gallery, with a public reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The free exhibit runs through Sunday, June 10, 2018. The gallery is located at 101 S. Santa Rosa on the grounds of historic Market Square in downtown San Antonio.

The exhibit is the largest to date at Centro de Artes, featuring 222 works by 166 artists including Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Graciela Iturbide, Jesse Treviño, César Martínez, Judy Baca and many other nationally and internationally renowned artists. Curated by Arturo Infante Almeida, art specialist and curator of The UTSA Art Collection Department, the exhibit includes works by 92 San Antonio artists, and an accompanying catalog includes an essay by San Antonio author John Phillip Santos, a University Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies in the UTSA Honors College.

“The University of Texas at San Antonio is proud to share Centro de Artes' dedication to recounting the stories of Latinos and Latinas,” Almeida said. “For 300 years, San Antonio has been a place where different languages, customs and traditions have merged to form a unique cultural history. Like all stories of a particular place and time, the work on these walls is informed by pride, joy and a tenacity that reverberates in the voices that celebrate the Latino experience.”

“VOZ: Selections from The UTSA Art Collection” is part of San Antonio’s Tricentennial commemoration. It aligns with the mission of Centro De Artes as a gallery for showcasing San Antonio and South Texas Latinx artists. Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio’s Zona Cultural, Centro de Artes is a two-story exhibit space dedicated to telling the story of the Latino experience with a focus on South Texas through local and regional art, history and culture, and showcasing Latino artists and Latino-themed artworks.

“San Antonio is a cultural destination known for preserving and celebrating its Latino arts and culture,” said Debbie Racca-Sittre, director of the Department of Arts & Culture. “This exhibit equally shines a well-deserved spotlight on the Latino and Latina artists in San Antonio whose contributions locally and beyond should be recognized and celebrated.”

- Melissa May

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