Ricardo Quiñónez Alemán: Within My Borders

The gallery is welcoming Truman State University’s new painting professor, Ricardo Quiñónez Alemán, by hosting his exhibition Within My Borders.

“I think coming in with an exhibition is great,” said Quiñónez. “It gives the students the opportunity to get to know me as an artist, not just their teacher.”

Before coming to Truman, Quiñónez spent two years conducting observational research at the southern border dividing El Paso, Texas from Ciudad Jáurez, Mexico. Quiñónez is from Ciudad Jáurez, and wanted to go back to his roots after spending many years living and teaching in the Midwest. He spent this time at the border researching the conflicts people face at the line dividing the two nations.

“It is a study of the problematic social events that happen on the south borders relating to politics, immigration, and religion,” said Quiñónez about Within My Borders.

Quiñónez uses painting as his mode of storytelling. He said he uses a process of underpainting and glazing from the 16th and 17th centuries. He calls his work a constant experimentation and makes modifications by applying new techniques in background lighting, layering, paint thickness, and sizing. Quiñónez loves working with a paintbrush has been inspired my many artists over the years.

“Some of my inspirations include Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Frida Kahlo, and many more,” said Quiñónez. “It is possible to see other people’s influences in my work because I admire many artists.”

Within My Borders will be on display in the main gallery form January 21 – February 26. An opening reception with refreshments will be held in the gallery on Tuesday, January 26 at 6:00 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public.

By Anna Lang

Final Events for the Hunter/Gatherer exhibition

As our Hunter/Gatherer exhibit comes to a close this week the gallery will be hosting a few final events.

The gallery will hold a reception in celebration of the Department of Theatre’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

Please join us this evening after the opening performance of “The Drowsy Chaperone” for light refreshments in the gallery. This is a great time to see the exhibition before it closes and to celebrate the hard work of Truman students involved in “The Drowsy Chaperone”.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased from the Severns Theatre Box office between 11:30 am and 5:30 pm this week.

Hunter/Gatherer contributing artist Margaret  LeJeune will be visiting Kirksville this week. LeJeune will be speaking publicly about her work tomorrow, November 13 at 4:30 in Ophelia Parrish 2210 and will visit with Kirksville High School students on Friday.

The gallery talk held on Truman’s campus is free and open to the public. You can see LeJeune’s work on display in the gallery through the end of the week.