“Never Again,” UTRGV’s first senior art exhibit, opened Nov. 30 at the Art Gallery in Rusteberg Hall with ceramics, paintings and sculptures by Edna Escobedo, Abigail Gonzalez and Chantal Lugo.
“‘Never Again’ was a show where the beginning meets the end because three graduating seniors are now approaching the onset of their professional careers,” Escobedo said.
“Uribe-121,” a stoneware clay with reduction glaze sculpture, is one of Gonzalez’s works.
“From my personal work, I want them to enjoy the forms, just feel what the piece is trying to convey through form
even if it’s something from a feeling or an emotion,” she said.
Lugo said all of the pieces seem to go together perfectly even though each artist has her own personal style.
“We have a lot of talent in this school and I love showcasing their talent and,obviously, their hard work. It obviously
pays off in the end,” said Alejandro Macias, a lecturer in the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Visual Arts Department. “To see this kind of presentation, this kind of work up on the walls, it’s just fantastic. I love showing it to not just art students or art enthusiasts but a general population.”
“Never Again” closed last Friday.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts Studio Art exhibit began last Wednesday in the Visual Arts Building in Edinburg and continues through Dec. 17. At 6 tonight,the second senior art exhibit, “Virtuosos,”
will showcase artists Melissa Nicole,Juan Pecina and Bianca Camarillo.
“He’s been doing some figurative, also very energetic abstract, work as well,” Macias said about Pecina. “It’s kind of a mix in between, but it has a lot of paint.”
He explained that Nicole does large and small abstract paintings, while Camarillo does sculpture and ceramics.
“I like to focus on not the gory but like the odd side of art, the stuff that people would think is scary weird, you know, I like to make that beautiful,” Camarillo said.
Camarillo said the exhibit’s title,“Virtuosos,” was a group effort,explaining that they were looking for a title with a powerful meaning.
“We are the masters of what we do right now,” she said. “Since we are seniors, we are supposed to have a good concept of what we do. I believe mine is the masters of ceramics and Juan is the master of gothic religious paintings and Melissa is the master of abstraction and surrealist paintings.”
The gallery’s hours are 10 a.m. to 2p.m. Monday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday,10a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday and noon-4 p.m. Friday.Admission is free for Patron of the Arts members. General admission is $1 and student semester passes are $3. The exhibit continues through Friday. For more information, call Macias at 882-7025.