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Winning art, "Carrion" by Michael Guest

Corpus Christi studio shows non-metro Texas art

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(May 23, 2007)--The work of Texas artists who live outside the major cities is spotlighted in the exhibit, "Outside the Box," through June 2 at K Space Contemporary Art Studios in Corpus Christi.

Curated by Arturo Almeida, UTSA art specialist and curator of the UTSA Art Collection, the exhibit features two- and three-dimensional works by Texas artists who live at least 60 miles outside the city limits of Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

Almeida juried submissions for the competition and curated the exhibit of art by the top three winners and five honorable-mention awardees. The exhibition includes the wildly vivid acrylic painting of first-place winner Mathew Guest of Huntsville ("Carrion"), the mind-twisting lithograph by second-place winner Ben Hererra of Corpus Christi ("Deteriorate") and photographs by veteran Texas photographer and third-place winner Bob Parvin of Goliad ("Clapboard").

Honorable-mention winners are Joel Kiser (Littlefield), "Roughneck Stabbing the Drill Pipe," screenprint; Paul Valadez (Edinburg), "Buick," acrylic on paper and canvas; Mike Stephens (Corpus Christi), "Camero," wood cut; Shreepad Joglekar (Victoria), "White Flag," photograph and Jesus de la Rosa (McAllen), "Bang," mixed media.

"There are many talented artists who live outside the major cities in Texas and are working out of the spotlight," said Almeida. "We hope this exhibit increases awareness and appreciation of these artists and their art from the other communities across the state."

A native of Brownsville, Almeida attended Del Mar College and studied photography at San Antonio College and Southwest School of Art and Craft. His photography has been displayed in Austin, San Antonio, El Paso and Corpus Christi.

For more information, contact Arturo Almeida at (210) 458-4983 or K Space Contemporary Art Studios at 4150 Starr St., Corpus Christi, Texas, 78403, (361) 887-6834. Gallery hours are 1-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, or by appointment.

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About the artists

Mathew Guest (first-place winner) earned a B.F.A. in printmaking at Texas Christian University and an M.F.A. at the University of South Florida. In a fulfilled teenage fantasy, he published his first comic book with "Fantagraphics." The Contemporary Arts Museum in Tampa, Fla., invited him to participate in the show, "For All the Wrong Reasons," and his work was shown in the 2005 Texas Biennial. Guest lives in Huntsville, continuing to paint and draw comics.

Ben Herrera (second-place winner) is an artist and printmaker from Corpus Christi. He received an A.A. degree from Del Mar College (1998), a B.F.A from Texas A&M Corpus Christi (1998) and and M.A. and M.F.A degrees from the University of Dallas (2002). Herrera currently teaches drawing at Del Mar College and is a professional printer for many nationally known artists and educators.

Bob Parvin (third-place winner) is a resident of Goliad, where his longtime interests in Texas history, architecture, cultural and natural heritage find ample means for expression through his photography and writing. More than 2,000 of Parvin's images have been published and exhibited throughout the state and nation.

Work also was submitted for the competition by Corinne Jones (Nacogdoches), Jake Allee (Tyler), Joel Kiser (Littlefield), Paul Valadez (Edinburg), David L. Phillips (Aransas Pass), Kenny Jones (Abilene), Jesus de la Rosa (McAllen), Karen Sikora (Palacios), Mirtha Gomez Aertker (Allen), Charles Neumann (Lubbock), Barry Phillips the Younger (Odessa), Shreepad Joglekar (Victoria), Dave Martinez (Edinburg), Tamara Robertson (Douglass) and from Corpus Christi -- Marcus Benavides, Stephanie Chambers, Andrew Niemann, Victoria Shields, Mike Stephens, Amy Thomas and Day Wheeler.

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