Zeke Peña will be giving a workshop affiliated with the exhibition.
The opening reception for the exhibition "YayBig Southwest" opens Tuesday, November 3 at 6 pm at The Gallery at Rusteberg Hall (UTRGV-Brownsville). Please join us. Refreshments will be served
"Printmakers without horses: Southwest artists don't get the attention they deserve. Perhaps that's because it takes five hours to drive from El Paso/ Juarez to either Tucson or Albuquerque, and eight hours to make Austin. Therefore, we started buying local prints, and showing them in pop-up galleries throughout the region. The idea was to annoy and inspire our peers, and push for a stronger creative dialogue in the desert. This collection started as a modest exchange between Tucson and El Paso. While most contemporary artists look toward the east and west, New York and San Francisco, for inspiration and cues, artists here also feel a strong pull south, from the gravity of Mexican art. Therefore, we included some prints from Oaxaca. The viewers can decide for themselves if there is any unity of vision amongst Southwestern artists or if we are being torn apart in three directions.