Then and Now

Guest Speaker: Benito Huerta
Professor/Director - The Gallery at UTA



The presentation will examine the various creative practices of Benito Huerta over a 40 year period. The illustrated lecture will touch on personal experiences that has spurred his interest in issues of art, architecture, race, society, and politics. He will discuss four areas of his practice - Christmas cards, his collaboration in art and architecture with his wife – Janet Chaffee, his own personal studio practice, and his public art projects - which will address the intersection of life and art.

About the Speaker

Huerta received a B.F.A. degree from the University of Houston, and his M.A. from New Mexico State University. He was Co-founder, Executive Director and Emeritus Board Director of Art Lies, a Texas Art Journal. He is a Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington where he has been Director/Curator of The Gallery at UTA since 1997.

Huerta’s work was featured in a one-person exhibition, “Under Pressure: A Print Survey 1976-2018” at Kirk Hopper Fine Art in Dallas in spring, 2019. Other recent one-person exhibitions were “Odd Ducks and Other Assorted Tales” at William Campbell Contemporary Art, “Entr’acte” at Reavley Gallery, Cole Art Center at Stephen F. Austin University. Huerta has also shown at the Houston Museum of African American Culture; the Wichita Falls Museum of Art; the Amon Carter Museum of American Art; the Glassell Gallery, Shaw Center for the Arts, Louisiana State University, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago and at the Ellen Noel Art Museum in Odessa, Texas. His work is in several museum and corporate collections throughout the United States.

Huerta was the recipient of the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art’s 2002 Legend of the Year Award and Exhibition and was the first Maestros Tejanos Exhibition in 2008 at the Latino Cultural Center, Dallas. He recently completed a public art project for the University of Texas at Arlington, Signs of Life, which was installed in August, 2019. Other completed public art projects include the Marine Creek Park Corridor Master Plan in 2014, Fort Worth; SnakePath (Mexican Milk Snake), Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, Texas (2007); Wings, DFW International Terminal D Skylink terrazzo floor designs (2005); and Axis, Henry Gonzales Convention Center, San Antonio.

Event Info


Wednesday, November 13th
12:00 - 1:30pm


Rio Grande B
University Center
The University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX 76019

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