January 2007

Chicano/a Art Symposium

University of Texas San Antonio
Downtown Campus
Buena Vista Street and Durango Buildings
San Antonio, TX

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2007, 9am-7pm

More than 300 inner-city high school students have fodund their voices as a new generation of Chicano and Chicana artists, thanks to a new program at UTSA. The event brings together high school art students with members of the art community.

San Antonio artists Rolando Briseno, Luis Guerrero, Joe Lopez, Luis Valderas and Deborah Keutzpalin Vasquez will discuss their work at the symposium.

Martha Fasci, UTSA assistant vice president for community services, sees the symposium as an opportunity for aspiring artists to speak with professional artists about art as an expression and a profession. Aside from structured presentations, students can socialize with the professionals over lunch and at a gallery reception later in the evening.

For more information, contact Arturo Almeida at 210.458.4983


Contenido Neto

Parker Alemán
301 Overland
El Paso, TX

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 25, 2007
6-8:30pm at 301 W. Overland (behind the Civic Center)
Gallery dates and hours:
Friday, Jan. 26, 3 - 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 1, 3 - 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 2, 3 - p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 3 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 8, 3 - 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 9, 3 - 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10, 11 - 3 p.m.

The exhibit Contenido Neto presents the art of 18 artists including
paintings, sculptures, installation and photography. The title, Contenido
Neto is a rational play on the possibilities of an intercultural world that
reflects no doubt about it's value, but a certain anxiety about the forms it could take.

Participating Artists:
Francisco Delgado, Manuel Guerra, Luis M. Ruiz, Frank Parga, Aryk Gardea, Raul A.Monarrez, Javier Contreras, Jessica Pizaña, Adrian Esparza, Samuel Angel Muñoz, George Rodriguez, Jesse Meza, Eddie Salcedo, Maceo Montoya, Jaime Lazo, Julio Rogers, Jose Rivera and Fernando Fernandez.

For more information call 915.592.4967


Call for Artists: City of El Paso

City of El Paso
Museums and Cultural Affairs Department
Public Art Program

Artist Pool, 2007-2008: The Museums & Cultural Affairs Department seeks to establish a new pre-qualified pool of up to 50 artists and artist teams for consideration in upcoming public art projects. The pre-qualified list will go into effect as soon as it is established by the Public Art Committee, and will be active for two years. Funding for the projects is provided by two percent (2%) of the Capital Improvement Program.

Any professional artist or artist team is eligible to apply. Applicants
must be18 years or older. Current City of El Paso employees, Cultural
Affairs Advisory Board members, and Public Art Committee members may not apply.

Applications must be received by Friday, March 2, 2007 at 5:00 p.m.

Send applications to:
Museums & Cultural Affairs Department
Public Art Program-Artist Pool
2 Civic Center Plaza, 6th floor
El Paso, Texas 79901
Attn: Patricia Dalbin

For more information, including a full Request for Qualifications (RFQ),
contact (915) 541-4894 or e-mail dalbinp@elpasotexas.gov


The Art of Latin Style Art Show & Auction

1426 B. Toomey Road
Austin, TX 78704

Exhibition Date: January 26, 2007, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Admission: $10.00

IN-Latin Style cordially invites art enthusiasts to view Latin inspired artworks from Central Texas. Benefiting the IN Latin Style Scholarship Fund, in partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium. Special guests: Renowned artists Bob "Daddy-O" Wade and Sam Coronado.

Featured Artists: Pablo Taboada, Douglas Brown, Carlos Bronado, Sergio Hernandez, Marie Garza, Pilar Castrejon, Fidencio Duran, Bejat McCraken, Carmen R. Sonnes, Federico Archuleta, David de Lara, Oscar Rivera and Celia Muñoz.

Latin culinary delights, drinks and live music will be provided. Silent Auction.


Con Los Ojos Vendados (Blindfolded) by Victor Cartagena

DA Arts at the Sunnyside Hotel
135 6th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Exhibition Dates: Jan. 8 - Feb. 2, 2007
Reception: Monday, January 8, 6:00pm
Lecture by the Artist: Tuesday, January 23, 6:30pm

In times of a wholesale attack against human integrity, this art installation aims to instigate dialogue. It is an invitation to open one's eyes, to throw away the blindfold as we are faced by our current, everyday reality-a reality that feels like a memory replayed over and over again.

It is a questioning of acollective blindness towards brutality and the
physical, psychological and moral abuse that is perpetrated against our
society-a blindness that brings us close to complicity.

Public information: Victor Cartagena, 415.929.7531 ext. 2
Contact information: Paul Hogarth, Tenderloin Housing Clinic, sponsor of DA Arts, 415.771.9850


OF THEE I SEE: Paintings by Max-Carlos Martínez, 1994-2006

Tweed Museum of Art
University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN

Exhibition Dates: Jan. 21 - Mar. 18, 2007
Reception: Sunday, January 21, 2-4pm
Lecture by the Artist: Tuesday, January 23, 6:30pm

Max-Carlos Martínez is a self-taught artist of Mexican-American heritage, who grew up in the southwestern U.S. against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, 1960s and 70s pop culture, and the Chicano Renaissance, a reassertion of his ancestral culture in which his father was an important leader. As he says, “I was raised on Hot Rods, Van Gogh, Dali, Pollock, Charlton Heston playing Michelangelo on afternoon TV.” As a youth, Martínez experienced several awakenings, on the order of ecstatic visions, about art, light, color and his ancestry. Encouraged by a poor but supportive family, he trusted these visions to guide his life’s work. An intuitive and heartfelt expression of these cumulative experiences, Martínez’ paintings are a wholly unique mixture of autobiographical portraiture, psychedelic vision, and cultural memory. This marks the first time his work has been exhibited in the Midwest.

The exhibition’s title, “Of Thee I See,” obviously refers to America’s national anthem, but also to the homage Martínez’ paintings pay to his ancestors, and to the more personal journey of self-discovery his art has led him on. Featuring twenty-four paintings created between 1994 and 2006, the exhibition presents works from two series Martínez created after struggling to establish his career in the New York art world in the 1980s.

For more information, contact (218) 726-7823 or visit www.d.umn.edu/tma


Images and Imaginaries/Nature and Culture in Tejano South Texas: Lecture by Tómas Ybarra Frausto

Witte Museum
3801 Broadway
San Antonio, Texas 78209

Date: Jan. 25, 2007, 7:00pm

In conjunction with the exhibit "A Wild and Vivid Land:  Stories of South Texas," the Witte Museum in San Antonio presents "Images and Imaginaries/Nature and Culture in Tejano South Texas," a lecture by noted scholar, Tómas Ybarra Frausto. He will discuss several works by artists from south Texas in the context of his lecture.

"A Wild and Vivid Land: Stories of South Texas" runs at the Witte Museum’s Kathleen and Curtis Gunn Gallery June 24, 2006 - March 29, 2007. It tells the story of South Texas conceptually from 1850 to 1950, with hundreds of artifacts dating from the 16th century to the 20th century. The major theme areas include: 1849 San Antonio Plaza, “South Texas Stories” Theater, Changing Borders, Ranching and Transforming the Landscape.

For more information, contact (210) 357-1900


Texas Folklife Honors
Artist Luis Jiménez

Creative Research Lab at Flatbed Press
2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd.
Austin, TX 78702

Date: Jan.17, 2007, 7:30pm

Texas Folklife will honor the life and work of artist Luis Jiménez with a panel discussion featuring three experts on his career: Houston gallery owner Betty Moody, who handles Jiménez's work, Art in America writer Charles Dee Mitchell and University of Texas at Arlington professor and gallery director Benito Huerta. The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 at Flatbed Press, 2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., East Austin. It is free and open to the public.

Just before his tragic death in June, the El Paso native created "La voz de la Frontera," a drawn-on-stone lithograph for Texas Folklife to support our “Border Radio” series. The black-on-white print, which measures 21.5 inches by 26.5 inches unframed, was among the last he finished. Print purchases made on Jan. 17 will be tax-free. Advance reservations are being taken. Call Texas Folklife at 512-441-9255 for more details.

"Jiménez: Lithographs and Drawings from the Collection of Juan Sandoval" (which includes a "La Voz de la Frontera" print) will be on display till Feb. 3 at the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, next to Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso. Tthe El Paso Community Foundation has established the Luis Jiménez Scholarship Fund for art students attending an accredited university. All exhibitions are free.

For more information, contact 512-441-9255


Call for Visual Art Submissions: Exhibit at Sor Juana Festival

MECA (Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts)
1900 Kane Street
Houston, TX 77007

Submission Deadline: Feb. 2, 2007, 5pm
Exhibit: March 22-end of April, 2007

Call for visual art submissions to be exhibited at MECA during the Sor Juana Festival.

Please keep the following in mind when submitting artwork:

• Cover letter expressing interest.

•Photographic slides and/or prints must be submitted with application. NO EXCEPTIONS. (Do not send samples of art.)

•Applications MUST be turned in to Liz Salinas or Lizeth Gonzalez
by 5:00 pm on February 2, 2007.

•MECA will choose approximately 20 pieces to be exhibited.

The themes of the artwork must reflect 1. Sor Juana (herself); 2. Feminism in the Americas; or 3. Women's history.

Eligible Media (must be able to hang on wall): clay, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D, pastels, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, watercolor.

For more information, contact 713-802-9370 ext. 26


Linda Vallejo Profiled in Her Circle Ezine

In "Nature Exposed" (Her Circle Ezine, Winter 2007), Diane Leon Ferdico speaks with artist Linda Vallejo about her multi-cultural heritage and creative influences.  Ms. Leon Ferdico states, “Throughout her career, Vallejo has focused on what she defines as human's ‘metamorphic’ relationship with nature. Her many oil paintings, gouaches, sculptures, and installations capture the essence of ecological, spiritual, and political power by contrasting the elements of nature (earth, water, fire, air) and feminine archetypes (mother earth) with that of human intervention. In her feminist works, she transforms the sky, trees, and female figure to reveal mythical interpretations of the earth goddess. In other works the mundane and urban unite nature and the community, while revealing the honesty of the world around us—should we be brave enough to look.”

Her Circle Ezine is dedicated to exploring the feminine experience in the world community. Through thoughtful and intelligent works of writing and visual artistry, women from around the globe contribute to the ongoing discussion about the multiplicity of women's realities and the myriad forces that shape our lives.

For more information, see www.hercircleezine.com/index2.html


Veronica Esscudero: Escudero Surrenders

ASU Kerr Cultural Center
6110 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ

Exhibition Dates: Jan. 4 - 30, 2007
Reception: Monday, Jan. 8, 7-9pm
Gallery Hours: For art viewing during the week, please call the Kerr Box office.

Mixed media drawings/paintings.

For more information, contact 480-596-2660


Leigh Salgado: Pubescent Beatnik

Patricia Correia Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave., # E-2
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Exhibition Dates: Jan. 13 - Mar. 3, 2007
Reception: Sat., Jan. 13, 2007, 5 - 8pm
Hours: Tues. - Fri., 10am-6pm, closed Sun. - Mon.

Patricia Correia is pleased to present Pubescent Beatnik, a solo show by Los Angeles based artist Leigh Salgado. The exhibition is a unified installation-style room of individual artworks that collectively reflect the innocence of the feminine erotic experience.

Salgado is well known for her labor-intensive drawings that involve cutting and burning as much or more than pencil, pigment and ink; they are best described as sculpted drawings. Overtones of a female sexuality outside the bounds of traditional objectification run deep in the artist?s work. The depictions of net stocking, abstracted lingerie and the like all within pierced and fractured drawings alludes to the power of what is discarded during the physical act of love over what remains. In Pubescent Beatnik, Salgado revisits the innocence of childhood femininity as a pleasant yet distant world-view recalled deep within an adult?s emotional memory.

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José Lozano: New Work

Patricia Correia Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave., # E-2
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Exhibition Dates: Jan. 13 - Mar. 3, 2007
Reception: Sat., Jan. 13, 2007, 5 - 8pm
Hours: Tues. - Fri., 10am-6pm, closed Sun. - Mon.

Patricia Correia is pleased to present the new work by Los Angeles based artist Jose Lozano. In this, his third solo exhibition at the gallery, Lozano continues his ongoing exploration and presenation of what the artist lovingly refers to as la gente (Spanish for “the people”).

Lozano’s new series of paintings of la gente hover between Latin mystical realism and American nostalgia through painted smoke and heat. Reminiscent of his childhood memories of Juarez, Mexico, and contemporary life in Southern California, Lozano’s paintings draw formalistically and stylistically from the Mexican comic book tradition. His paintings are thematically rich and cross-culturally complex dealing with the generic assumptions of Latino culture. Images of weddings, clown faces, masked wrestlers, and strip club scenes address the issues of morality, human interaction and religion with satirical humor. Though the paintings have serious undertones and charged subject matter, Lozano’s portrayal is not heavyhanded. His portrayals are heartfelt and without judgement.

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Hanging In There: New Paintings & Recycled Objects

Centro Gallery at the Centro Library Hunter College
East Building, 3rd Floor
68th Street/Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Exhibition Dates: Dec. 11, 2006 - Jan. 19, 2007
Reception: Thursday, Dec. 14, 6-8pm
Gallery Hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs, 9am-5pm. Tues, 9am-8pm. Fri and Sat, 12pm-6pm

Centro Gallery at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies Hunter College presents "Hanging In There" New Paintings & Recycled Objects by Nitza Tufiño.

For more information, contact 212.772.5714


November

Harris Lieberman Gallery
89 Vandam Street
New York, NY 10013

Exhibition Date: November 30, 2006 - January 6, 2007
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm

Harris Lieberman is pleased to present a group exhibition, curated by
Jeffrey Uslip, of fourteen artists from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tijuana and London. The artists are linked by distinct practices that represent the body in flux, responding to the immediacy and urgency of the current socio-political climate. The artworks question and interrogate notions of ritual, deviance, marginalization, language and historical memory, focusing on the unearthing of situational concerns and political pressures.

Participating artists: Saul Alvarez, Einar And Jamex De La Torre, Francesca Dimattio, Jason Dungan, Jason Keller, Matt Lucero, Shana Lutker, Yasue Maetake, Julio Cesar Morales, Marco Rios, Kianja Strobert, Kara Tanaka and Robert Zungu.

For more information, contact 212.206.1290


“Bliss” at Carlotta’s Passion Fine Art

Carlotta's Passion Fine Art
2012 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Exhibition Date: Friday, December 9 through January 7, Wednesday-Sunday, noon-9pm, or by appointment
Reception: Saturday, December 9, 7-10pm

Bliss, the state of supreme happiness…the feeling of being at one with the world, and sensing the interconnectivity of all things...the feeling of being so comfortable within oneself that self-identity fades, time ceases, and one experience leaps of insight and profound understanding of concepts and ideas. Bliss, the state during which one’s creative ability is at its most extraordinary. The works are as diverse as the artists’ experiences and their chosen media of expression. For example, the renowned artist Martin Charlot, a frequent visitor to the realm of bliss, offers photorealist visual narratives that celebrate life, nature, and humankind, often with a magical realist theme. Linda Vallejo once again joylously references the spiritual and integrates ceremony with nature. More than one viewer is so profoundly influenced by Ms. Vallejo’s compositions as to recall personal stories of vision, catharsis, and healing. Ruben Trejo, whose "Codex for the 21st Century" is part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's permanent collection, surprises us with a wry combination of wit and serious intent. Highly regarded social realist Mark Vallen presents a visual reminder that personal and social struggles are but one aspect of our life experience, that each of us has the ability to attain the state of bliss. Plein air artists James Osorio and J. Dudley Slay III present exquisitely rendered, light-filled scenes.

Participating artists: Maria Elena Castro, Martin Charlot, James Osorio, Ramon Ramirez, Sergio Rebia, Frank Romero, Sharon Romero, Sonia Romero, Hector Silva, J. Dudley Slay III, Gregg Stone, Otto Sturcke, Ruben Trejo, Linda Vallejo and Mark Vallen.

For more information, contact 323.259.1563


Patssi Valdez: Turn The Tables

Patricia Correia Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave., # E-2
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Exhibition dates: November 18, 2006 - January 6, 2007
Hours: Tues. - Fri., 10am-6pm, closed Sun. - Mon.

Patricia Correia is pleased to present new paintings by internationally
renowned intermedia artist, Patssi Valdez. In this exhibition, "Turn The
Tables," her eighth solo show with the gallery, Valdez presents the viewer with magical, limitless domestic spaces whose dramatic compositional staging suggests scenes of intimate, private histories of the organic and inorganic worlds are enacted. Valdez's signature Neo-Expressionist style balances luscious, whimsical curves and dangerously sharp lines realized through a seductive, luminescent palette. The objects in Valdez's paintings vibrate with spectacular light and pulsate with an ecstatic, otherworldly energy.

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Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge

Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
One East Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Exhibit Dates: Nov. 18, 2006 - May 1, 2007

Up to 80 works by 26 Chicano artists, drawn mostly from the collection of actor and comedian Richard "Cheech" Marin, who in less than two decades has built one of the largest collections of Chicano art in the world. "From its earliest roots in the grape fields of Delano, California ­ where Carlos Almaraz was one of the official sign painters of the United Farm Workers ­ to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's retrospective of GRONK, the Chicano School of Painting has always been about re-interpreting a culture," says Marin. Whether through the autobiographical paintings of Carmen Lomas Garza depicting her childhood in South Texas or the deeply psychological urban-honed paintings of Patssi Valdez, that culture has been shown to be diverse, yet unified, profane and spiritual, traditional and avant-garde.

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Chairs

Tempe Library
3500 S. Rural Rd.
Tempe, AZ

Exhibit Dates: Nov. 9, 2006 - March 3, 2007
Library Hours: 9am - 9pm Mon-Thurs; 9am -
5:30pm Fri-Sat; Noon to 5:30pm Sun
Reception: December 6, 6-8pm

"Chairs," an exhibition designed to make viewers "sit down and think," is made up of pieces in a chair form or that make reference to chairs. Artists have included one-paragraph fairytale-like stories about the chair's mythical owner.

Participating Artists: Marco Albarrán, Ron Brimrose, Cyndi Coon, Ralph
Cordova and Paul Jacques, all of Tempe; Barbara Burton and Denise Currier, both of Mesa; Manny Burruel and Rhonda Carter, both of Glendale; Carrie Marill, of Goodyear; and Christine Sandifur, of Phoenix.

For more information, contact 480.350.5287 or click here.


Consuelo Jimenéz Underwood: Material Histories

Patricia Correia Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave., # E-2
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Exhibition Dates: November 18, 2006 - January 6, 2007
Hours: Tues. - Fri., 10am-6pm, closed Sun. - Mon.

Patricia Correia is pleased to present the art of internationally renowned
mixed media artist, Consuelo Jimesnéz Underwood. In this exhibition, Material Histories, her first solo show with the gallery, Underwood pushes
the tradition and concept of the fiber medium to its boundaries. The
daughter of migrant agricultural workers, her mother a Chicana and her
father of Huichol Indian descent, Consuelo Jimenéz Underwood?s work
transforms the act of weaving and quilting to a dialogue of social protest,
expressing “the quiet rage that has permeated indigenous peoples of the
Americas for over five hundred years.” By combining untraditional materials such as barbed wire and plastic with silk and thread, Underwood weaves stories that speak of cultural opposition and her own history while simultaneously pushing textiles out of craft and into an expressive fine art medium.

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