“Young Masters” features work of Javelina alumni

“Young Masters” features work of Javelina alumni

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Left to right: Art professor Santa Barraza discussing the art pieces with artist and alumnus Elizabeth Lucido. Photo by Marisol Rocha

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, the Ben Bailey Art Gallery hosted a “Young Masters” exhibition to feature the work of eight different artists and alumni of Texas A&M University Kingsville (TAMUK).

The opening reception began at 6 p.m. and gave current students, professors, and community members an opportunity to view several pieces of art. The exhibit will remain open until Feb.13.

The artists who were featured in this exhibit are as follows: Bernardo Cantu, Esteban Delgado, Elizabeth Lucido, Benjamin Martinez, Veronica Moreno, Anthony Trejo, Robert Pena, and Willie Williams.

“The gallery is inspiring to see previous alumni’s work out for display,” said senior art major Omar Gonzalez. “It gives me ideas for my own artwork and I am proud to be a part of this department.”

The artwork for display included still-life work, a digital movie, mixed media, sculptures, and lithography.

Artist Elizabeth Lucido stayed for the duration of the exhibit as the community came for the viewing.

Lucido received her bachelor’s degree in 2003 and her master’s in 2011 and said she was very happy to have so much of her work out for others to see.

“It’s exciting and amazing to be here,” Lucido said. “I have loved art ever since I could pick up a pencil. I’m always thinking about art, and I relish the tranquility brought upon me by the creative process.”

Department Chair of Art, Communication and Theatre Dr. Manuel Flores said he was very happy to be hosting this exhibition.

“This gallery shows the quality of our university over the years,” Dr. Flores said. “It leaves a legacy of artists so strong that it’s no wonder this program has survived. The quality continues, the artwork continues, and that’s what art is all about.”

Charles Wissinger, the director of the art program had message to the current art students who were present at the opening reception.

“Now you’re starting to see what has spawned since the Chicano Movement that began at this university, and I look forward to seeing your own work placed here someday.”