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Carlos Donjuan / Arely Morales

October 19 - November 21, 2020

Virtual Gallery Talk by Carlos Donjuan: Thursday, October 22, 12:30 p.m.

Virtual Gallery Talk by Arely Morales: Wednesday, November 11, 12:30 p.m.

The Gallery at UTA is pleased to present an exhibition by Carlos Donjuan (Dallas) and Arely Morales (Nacogdoches) on view at the University of Texas at Arlington from October 19 through November 21. Utilizing painting as their primary medium, the artists, who were both born in Mexico, emphasize conveying intensely personal narratives through their artworks.

Carlos Donjuan received his MFA from UT San Antonio in 2009. He has lived in Dallas since 1985 and is currently an assistant professor and area coordinator of drawing at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he has taught since 2009. He is also the project manager for the Sour Grapes Art Collective based in Dallas. His work has been featured in 16 solo exhibitions and 121 group exhibitions in museums and galleries all over the world since earning his MFA. His art explores societal constructs and perceptions of illegal immigration. His work takes on the pejorative term "alien" and playfully appropriates its meaning with figures cloaked in colorful shapes and patterns. As he comments, "The masked hybrid characters of people and creatures allows the viewer to be comfortably confronted."


Arely Morales lives and works in in Nacogdoches, TX where she is an adjunct professor at Stephen F. Austin State University. She earned her MFA in painting and drawing from The University of Washington, Seattle in 2017. Her work "focuses on issues of identity, humanity and invisibility of the Latino immigrant community in the United State." and has a deep connection to her personal life experiences. In her artist statement, Morales writes about moving to the United States from Mexico at the age of 14 and how that inspires her work: "Many times I felt displaced, invisible... I am interested in exploring these issues and the vulnerabilities that take place within the immigrant community."

In association with the exhibition, the artists will discuss their work in virtual hour-long gallery talks starting at 12:30 pm. Using the Microsoft Teams live event format, Donjuan will speak on Thursday, October 22 and Morales will speak on Wednesday, November 11.

Carlos Donjuan, The Home Team, 2019, mixed media on birch panel, 48" round

Arely Morales, Una por Una, 2019, oil on canvas, 95" x 75"


Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Saturday, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Location: First floor of the Fine Arts Building, room 169, at 502 S. Cooper St., Arlington, Texas.

Free parking is available by reservation.

For more information, contact Benito Huerta 817-272-3143 or Patricia Healy 817-272-5658 or the gallery desk 817-272-3110.

Please note: all visitors are required to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing while on campus.

The 2020-2021 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, the Art+Art History Department and Students, and Abe Lopez Ortega Studio.



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