CULTURA Y VIDA: A Tejano Art Exhibition
February 15, 2012-March 13, 2012 Opening Reception: February 17, 2012 CULTURA Y VIDA: A Tejano Art Exhibition Art Center of Corpus Christi 100 N. Shoreline Blvd. Corpus Christi, Texas 78401 Organized by Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Art, Communications and Theatre Department with support from LULAC Council No. 1 of Corpus Christi About 40 renowned Tejano artists from around the country have provided artwork for the Cultura y Vida (Culture and Life) art show beginning Friday, Feb. 17, at the Art Center of Corpus Christi, 100 N. Shoreline Boulevard in Corpus Christi. The exhibit concludes Tuesday, March 13. The exhibit has been curated by Santa Barraza, well-known Tejano artist and art professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and is sponsored by the Ben E. Bailey Art Gallery. The exhibit is part of a month-long Tejano Arts celebration sponsored by LULAC Council No. 1 in Corpus Christi, the Art Center of Corpus Christi, Texas A&M-Kingsville, the Javelina Art Association and Corpus Christi physician Dr. Roberto Vela. The different kinds of art media is as long as the list of artists and varies from acrylics on canvas, to silkscreen, to oils on metal, to acrylics on dish towels and linen. The exhibit includes work from several artists with connections to Texas A&M-Kingsville as either alumni or faculty. University alumnus Amado Pena, currently of Santa Fe, will have a piece in the exhibit, as will fellow alumni Arnold Gonzalez and Vanessa Ramos of Corpus Christi, Jose Trevino of Austin and Christina Garza of Syneider. In addition to Barraza, other faculty with work in the exhibit includes Jesus de la Rosa, Hector Greg Rubio and Julian Rodriguez. Other artists represented include Peter Ortiz, Mary Ann Ambray, Raul Valdez, Nivia Gonzales, Sylvia Orozco, Fidencio Duran, Tita Griesbach, Ana Salinas, Luis Gutierrez and Luis Guerra, all of Austin; Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez, Alba de Leon, Ben Mata, Terry Ybanez, Carolina Flores, Cesar Martinez, Rolando Briseno and Angel Rodriguez, all of San Antonio; Freddy Martinez and Adriana Perez, both of Corpus Christi; Viola Delgado, Leticia Huerta, Ivonne Acero and Maria Teresa Garcia-Pedroche, all of Dallas; Teodoro G. Estrada of Brownsville; Laura Lopez Cano of Houston; and Natalia Anciso of Mercedes.