(May 15, 2014) -- For the last five years, the Institute of Texan Cultures, in collaboration with UTSA art specialist Arturo Infante Almeida, has brought 12 Texas artists to show their work in the museum’s galleries. The series comes to a close with a group exhibit, featuring works from all participating artists, through Oct. 26.
The Texas Contemporary Artists Series was established to showcase the talents of some of Texas’ premier artists. Almeida described the featured artists and a unifying element to the series: their work embodies a bold vision and an unbridled exuberance that encapsulates Texan culture.
Participating artists either were born in Texas or have been long-time Texas residents with Texas inspiring and informing their work: landscapes, people, customs and cultures, colors, cities and symbols.
"We've seen unique perspectives of big Texas cities and small towns," said Almeida. "And, we’ve seen landscapes captured in painstaking, hand-drawn detail. We've seen styles and techniques that recall great Texas artists from the past. We've seen a year captured in daily photographs. The range of subjects and styles these artists have shown us has been fascinating and brilliant."
As curator for the 12 individual shows, Almeida selected the artists and worked closely with them to create their exhibitions. Each artist from the series will contribute two works to the finale. The series has included a variety of media and styles such as painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, photography and textiles.
"It's difficult to single out any one artist as a stand-out from the series," said Almeida. "It has been a wonderful experience to put together these shows and to experience the story they've told us about ourselves and where we live."
"Culture is the sum of everything that defines our way of life," said Angelica Docog, ITC executive director. "Art is a vital part of culture. It adds perspective and depth to our identity and our humanity. It enables us to contemplate and understand the world around us. It has been a pleasure to host this series at the Institute of Texan Cultures."
The Institute of Texan Cultures will host a Sunday, May 18 family day, noon to 5 p.m., with opportunities to interact with some of the series' artists. Activities include a gallery walk with the curator, conversations with contributing artists, hands-on opportunities to create art with found objects and "future contemporary artist" self-portraits.
The Institute of Texan Cultures is on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults (ages 12-64); $7 for seniors (ages 65+); $6 for children (ages 3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit TexanCultures.com.
The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory
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Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus
The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus
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Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus
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The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
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Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus
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Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus
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Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)
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