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Poster for "MASA Project III"

UTSA co-sponsors MASA Project III photo exhibit

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Sept. 14, 2007)--UTSA is a co-sponsor of the exhibit, "MASA Project III," curated by Arturo Almeida, UTSA Art Collection curator, and Luis Valderas, local artist and teacher. The exhibition is open through Oct. 5 at Centro Cultural Aztlan, 1800 Fredericksburg Rd.

An opening reception, free and open to the public, is 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14.

"MASA Project III" is the third annual exhibit from the MeChicano Alliance of Space Artists (MASA). According to Valderas, the exhibition combines influences from Meso-American cultures dating to the Aztec and Mayan empires with themes from the modern space race. Using the outer-space theme, images are used to comment on contemporary issues such as immigration, discrimination and alienation.

"The MASA exhibition is another wonderful opportunity for UTSA to work with community artists, some of whom are represented in the UTSA Art Collection," said Almeida.

The exhibit features works by Diogenes Ballester, Rolando Briseno, Kimbery Garcia Campbell, George Cisneros, Denise H. Cadena, Pepe Coronado, Sam Coronado, L.A. David, Jeff Diaz, Jose Esquivel, Carolina Flores, Antonio Garcia, Xavier Garza, Carlos Gomez, Daniel Guerrero, Luis "Chispas" Guerrero, Sergio Hernandez, Paul Karam, Miguel Luciano, Laura Molina, Angelica Gomez Mayorga, Tony Ortega, Omar Ali Oyervides, Felipe Reyes, George Rivera, Martin Rodriguez, Mary Agnes Rodriguez, Gloria Sanchez Hart, Raul Servin, Lawrence Trujillo, Felipe Vasquez, Ramon Vasquez y Sanchez, Grace Barraza Vega, Gabriel Quintero Vasquez, Liliana Wilson and Guillermina Zabala.

For gallery hours, contact Centro Cultural Aztlan at (210) 432-1896.

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This month, two additional UTSA-sponsored exhibits feature the photography of UTSA President Ricardo Romo curated by Arturo Almeida. Photo sales at both exhibits benefit the UTSA Fox Tech Scholarship Fund; for more information, call (210) 458-4983.

  • "Charreada" features photos taken by Romo at San Antonio Charro Association events. The exhibit runs through Sept. 30 at the Joan Grona Gallery in Blue Star Arts Complex Suite 112, Alamo and Probandt streets. Alongside "Charreada" at the Joan Grona Gallery is "New Paintings by Luis Lopez," an exhibit also curated by Almeida. The exhibit runs through Sept. 29. The tradition of charreada, Mexican-style rodeo, is centuries old. The photographs capture events such as Cala de Caballo (horse roping), Escaramuza (formation riding) and Paso de Muerte (pass of death).
  • "Querétaro" runs through Oct. 12 at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) - San Antonio, 600 HemisFair Park. Romo's "Querétaro" photographs were taken on a trip to the historic Mexican city. The photographs capture the famous Spanish colonial architecture including La Plaza de Independencia, along with open-air markets, street vendors and performances of cultural dance. View a photo gallery of "Querétaro."

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