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Macias featured in four Texas exhibitions

Alejandro Macias, assistant professor at the School of Art, currently has his work showcased in four exhibitions in time for Hispanic Heritage Month all in Texas.

Macias grew up in Brownsville, Texas, along the U.S./Mexico border. His work focuses on what it means to identify with more than one culture and how that can affect an artist’s view on the socio-political climate.

“My work has been driven by my Mexican-American identity and the current social-political climate,” he said. “Raised in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV), my body of work addresses themes of heritage, immigration and ethnicity, which are set in contrast to a critical engagement with the assimilation and acculturation process often referred to as “Americanization.”

“As a figurative painter, I use the figure to discuss identity along with the conflicting feelings that I struggle with,” Macias explained. Alejandro Macias, The Space Between, 2020. Acrylic and graphite on cut panel. 21.5 x 16 in. Courtesy of the artist.

 

Third Coast Biennial National Juried Exhibition
o   The Third Coast National Biennial is a juried exhibition of new works of art from all over the USA. The competition averages 180-200 entrants who submit up to 650 works; 15-20% of the artists who enter are accepted.
o   K Space Contemporary … Corpus Christi, Texas
o   Sept. 4 – Oct. 2

Sacred Americanx
o   “Both Garza and Macias re-contextualize religious, political, and pop culture icons as a means of exploring Hispanic culture unique to South Texas. These motifs define what it means to identify with more than one culture and how that affects the artists’ views of the current socio-political climate.”
o   Rockport Center for the Arts … Rockport, Texas
o   Sept. 11 – Oct. 17

Emerging Latinx Artists 25 | Intersection: Shock & Relief Exhibition
o   Celebrating the 25 years of emerging Latinx exhibitions, this exhibition aims to discover shared life experiences, a mashup or crash (choque) at intersecting lanes of similarities and divergences as expressed in diverse artworks.
o   Mexic-Arte Museum … Austin, Texas
o   Sept. 25 – Nov. 22

Between Two Worlds
o   This exhibition points to the space between two worlds (Spanish and English), highlighting the bilingual aesthetics employed by twelve artists whose identities and artistic practices have been shaped by life in the border region spanning South Texas and Northern Mexico.
o   University of Texas Austin Visual Arts Center
o   Sept. 25 – Nov. 20

“I’m obviously incredibly happy to showcase my work but also a little overwhelmed as all four exhibitions are occurring almost simultaneously,” said Macias. “I didn’t expect to be so busy during a pandemic, but I’m very grateful.”

He is also featured in the University of Arizona Museum of Art’s Picturing 2020: A Community Reflects and featured in Artillery Magazine’s The Democracy Project 2020  curated by fellow Arizona Art Professor Lawrence Gipe.

Having spent most of his professional life in Texas, his transition to teaching in Southern Arizona was difficult at first, however, the “faculty have been great at making me feel welcome and embraced,” said Macias. “Since the University of Arizona is a Hispanic serving institution, I believe I was brought in to bring a different perspective. Students of color can definitely identify with how I feel and the work I make, and that has been incredibly rewarding.”

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The University of Arizona Museum of Art reopens this Sunday with a free Community Day with the institution’s largest exhibition of the last decade. ‘The Art of Food’ is the next event in the Arizona Arts Signature Series.

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Fitting for Tucson, the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the U.S., "The Art of Food: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation" offers something for every palette.

Join us on the exhibition’s opening day, Oct. 24 from 12-4p, for food-inspired art and festivities!

Visitors of all ages can enjoy hands-on art activities like a community food-themed mural, demonstrations by local artists and performances by community organizations. Bring your non-perishable food items for the @uacampuspantry!

(Admission is FREE thanks to support from the Edward J. Gallagher, Jr. Memorial Fund.)

Image: Enrique Chagoya, "The Enlightened Savage, edition 14/40", 2002, Digital pigment prints on paper wrapped around can with silkscreened cardboard box, Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, Photo: Aaron Wessling Photography.
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The University of Arizona Museum of Art reopens this Sunday with a free Community Day with the institution’s largest exhibition of the last decade. ‘The Art of Food’ is the next event in the Arizona Arts Signature Series.

https://azart.fyi/ArtofFood

Fitting for Tucson, the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the U.S., The Art of Food: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation offers something for every palette.

Join us on the exhibition’s opening day, Oct. 24 from 12-4p, for food-inspired art and festivities!

Visitors of all ages can enjoy hands-on art activities like a community food-themed mural, demonstrations by local artists and performances by community organizations. Bring your non-perishable food items for the @uacampuspantry!

(Admission is FREE thanks to support from the Edward J. Gallagher, Jr. Memorial Fund.)

Image: Enrique Chagoya, The Enlightened Savage, edition 14/40, 2002, Digital pigment prints on paper wrapped around can with silkscreened cardboard box, Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, Photo: Aaron Wessling Photography.Image attachment
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