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

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Einshpahr, a painting major’s purchased piece

Congratulations to all students who participated in the Annual Juried Show.

The show closes on Tuesday, April 16. See it before it comes down!

Photos from Cross Connections Gallery Reception

Cross Connections, an exhibit of design and illustration from around the world opened on Tuesday October 16 in Truman State University Art Gallery. This exhibit curated by Assistant Professor of Art Ping Xu continues through November 16, 2012. China Trade, an exhibition of Qing Dynasty porcelain will be on display in the side gallery as well.

This exhibition can be viewed at the University Art Gallery, open Monday through Thursday, 8:30am to 7:00pm, Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm, and Saturday, noon to 4:30pm. The gallery is closed during campus holidays. For more information contact Aaron Fine at 660-785-5386 or afine@truman.edu

More images from the opening can be found here.

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Cross Connections from Across the World

Cross Connections: Design and Illustration from art schools around the world (October 16 – November 16, 2012) is an exhibition of visual communication art curated by Ping Xu, Assistant Professor of Art at Truman State University.

Cross Connections contains works from The University of Texas-Arlington, the University of Texas-Pan American, Central Academy of Fine Arts (China),  Luxun Academy of Fine Arts (China),  Shanghai University (China), Sint Lucas Ghent (Belgium), National School of Fine Arts (Mexico) and Truman State University and is simultaneously taking place at all the institutions.

Sint Lucas Ghent, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University Fine Arts College have shared photos from the exhibition on their webpages and are available for viewing by following the links below.

Sint Lucas Gent, Belgium: http://www.sintlucas.org/nl/advalvas

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Shanghai University Fine Art College: http://www.arts.shu.edu.cn/Default.aspx?tabid=11265&ctl=Detail&mid=19522&Id=106732&SkinSrc=[L]Skins/fineart-1fen%28nobanner%29/fineart-1fen%28nobanner

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China Central Academy of Fine Arts: http://www.cafa.edu.cn/info/?c=901&N=5845

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Cross Connections opened on Tuesday October 16 at Truman State University and continues through November 16, 2012. China Trade, an exhibition of Qing Dynasty porcelain will be on display in the side gallery as well.

This exhibition can be viewed at the University Art Gallery, open Monday through Thursday, 8:30am to 7:00pm, Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm, and Saturday, noon to 4:30pm. The gallery is closed during campus holidays. For more information contact Aaron Fine at 660-785-5386 or afine@truman.edu