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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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Congrats Sadie Shaw (BFA, 2019, Art & Visual Culture Education).

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Arizona Alumni🌟 Please join us in welcoming Sadie Shaw to the Arts Foundation team as the Community Design Manager!

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The world premiere of LUTE, an inspiring documentary of the legendary The University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson, is this Friday at 5:30p at Centennial Hall.

Relive the 1997 NCAA title run on its 25th anniversary!

Directed by UA School of Theatre, Film & Television alumnus Brett Rapkin (BA 2000).

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Presented by Podium Pictures, in association with CBS Sports, this definitive documentary by Emmy Award-winning Director Brett Rapkin celebrates the legendary Coach Lute Olson on the 25th Anniversary of the 1997 National Championship.

“Not long after I showed up in Tucson as a 17-year-old freshman, I got to witness Lute lead the 1997 Cats to the promised land: a National Championship,” said Rapkin, who studied film at TFTV. “It is truly an honor to have the chance to help tell this story.”

“I’m thrilled to be a member of the team making a film celebrating Coach O’s life and legacy,” said Jason Terry, executive producer and member of the 1997 championship team. “This is also a special opportunity to allow the coaches, fans, players and families that he inspired along the way to tell their own stories.”

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The world premiere of LUTE, an inspiring documentary of the legendary The University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson, is this Friday at 5:30p at Centennial Hall.

Relive the 1997 NCAA title run on its 25th anniversary!

Directed by UA School of Theatre, Film & Television alumnus Brett Rapkin (BA 2000).
 
https://azart.fyi/LUTEtix
 
Presented by Podium Pictures, in association with CBS Sports, this definitive documentary by Emmy Award-winning Director Brett Rapkin celebrates the legendary Coach Lute Olson on the 25th Anniversary of the 1997 National Championship.
 
“Not long after I showed up in Tucson as a 17-year-old freshman, I got to witness Lute lead the 1997 Cats to the promised land: a National Championship,” said Rapkin, who studied film at TFTV. “It is truly an honor to have the chance to help tell this story.”
 
“I’m thrilled to be a member of the team making a film celebrating Coach O’s life and legacy,” said Jason Terry, executive producer and member of the 1997 championship team. “This is also a special opportunity to allow the coaches, fans, players and families that he inspired along the way to tell their own stories.”

#lute #BearDown #RiseWithUs

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Five students were selected as the inaugural JustArts Fellows, an Arizona Arts equity initiative to advance diversity and inclusion in the arts by asking student leaders to identify challenges and propose creative solutions. 

🔗 https://azart.fyi/JustArts22

The inaugural cohort includes: 

Dylan Crites
>> UA School of Theatre, Film & Television
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>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
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>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
Ariana Aquino
>> The University of Arizona School of Dance
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