Alumnus and renowned artist Armando Hinojosa will have some of his work on display at the Ben Bailey Art Gallery at Texas A&M University-Kingsville beginning Thursday, Feb. 7, and continuing through Thursday, Feb. 14. A reception honoring Hinojosa and his work, Making History through Art, will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 7, in the gallery. While on campus, Hinojosa also will speak to several art classes.
During the opening reception, Hinojosa will be inducted into the Texas A&M-Kingsville Notable Alumni Hall of Fame. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Texas A&I University in 1966.
This exhibit is part of the President’s Performing and Visual Arts Series. The series is designed to expand the cultural offerings available to A&M-Kingsville students and to the community at large.
Hinojosa, of Laredo, is a sculptor and painter. Making History through Art will feature small models of his sculptures and a collection of western art.
He is one of the nation’s premier artists with public sculpting works through the state and paintings in galleries throughout the nation and in Mexico. Hinojosa is the direct descendant of Don Tomas Sanchez, the Spanish explorer who founded Laredo in 1755.
Two of his statues, Leaders of the Pack, and Dr. Frank H. Dotterweich, are on the Texas A&M-Kingsville campus. He also has sculptures at the Laredo International Airport and Sea World San Antonio.
He considers his greatest contribution to be The Tejano Monument dedicated in spring 2012 on the capitol grounds in Austin. This work establishes an enduring legacy that acknowledges and pays tribute to the contributions Tejanos as permanent testimony of the Spanish-Mexican heritage that has influenced and is inherent in present-day Texas culture.
The 525 square foot statuary honoring the legacy of Tejanos was a $2.4 million, 12 year project for Hinojosa.
The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 361-593-3401.