— The Gallery at The University of Texas at Arlington celebrates 25 years this
month with an extraordinary exhibit featuring 25 nationally and internationally
Courtesy John Hernandez
group represents the nearly 500 previous exhibiting artists who have been
influential in the history of the gallery, said Benito Herta, curator of the
exhibit and director of The Gallery since 1997.
anniversary exhibition is an important milestone not only for the gallery but
also for the art community in North Texas,” Huerta said. “We celebrate this
time, this gallery and all who have participated in this endeavor – in creating
public is invited to experience the free presentation, “Silver: 25th
Anniversary Exhibition,” Sept. 6 through Oct. 15, 2011 at The Gallery in Room
169 at the north end of the Fine Arts Building, 502 S. Cooper Street.
Courtesy Philipp Scholz Rittermann
exhibit includes artists Tre
Arenz, Connie Arismendi, Frances Bagley, Ed Blackburn, Julie Bozzi, Margarita
Cabrera, Mel Chin, James Drake, Vernon Fisher, Linnea Glatt, John Hernandez,
Annette Lawrence, Hung Liu, Manual: Suzanne Bloom and Ed Hill, César Augusto
Martínez, David McGee, Vicki Meek, Celia Alvarez Muñoz, Robyn O'Neil, Tom Orr,
Jim Pomeroy, Linda Ridgway, Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Ann Stautberg and
Huerta said the selection process began by
reconstructing exhibition history, which he described as “no minor task.”
“We examined the list of artists who had exhibited
here and selected ones who were included in multiple exhibitions under
different directors,” he said.
Other artists were relatively new on the art scene
when they first exhibited at The Gallery but since then have made an impact on
the national level.
Chin, for example, started the national artist-driven
education project, Operation Paydirt/Fundred Dollar Bill
Project, which involves three
million elementary and secondary students, to bring attention, engagement and
solutions to the lead-contaminated areas of New Orleans. He is working with
Andrew Hunt, a UT Arlington assistant professor of environmental science, to
test a unique method for lead abatement in soil.
Other exhibiting artists, including Liu, have paintings
and installations in the permanent collections of renowned institutions such as
the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian American Art Museum
and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
The Gallery at UT Arlington’s 25th anniversary
celebration includes a catalogue funded in part by the National Endowment for
the Arts that will be circulated nationally.
Two former directors, Jeff Kelley (1986-90) and Al
Harris-Fernandez (1991-94) will join Huerta in a panel discussion illuminating
their curatorial process while recalling the illustrious 25-year history of The
Gallery. The symposium is scheduled from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 in the Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building, 700 Greek Row Drive.
The exhibit, “Silver:
25th Anniversary Exhibition,” is free and open to the public. Hours are 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Read more at www.uta.edu/gallery.
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