The Martha Fenstermaker Memorial Visual Arts Gallery at Laredo College
will once again bring art lovers together by hosting a month-long art exhibit
titled “A Sense of Place,” with the creations of artist Joe Peña.
This art exhibit will display Peña’s popular paintings associated with
Mexican culture and his portrayal of those great days consisting of nightscapes
that usually concluded in taco trucks, which he frequented.
“Ultimately, this series is about the notion of home as a space of
belonging and the search for a sense of place,” the artist said.
As an extension of the current nightscapes, the individuals depicted in
the Perdio series are captured in crowded scenes from the numerous photographs
taken as references. He explained that the individually selected figures are of
those who appear to be lost and searching for both ideals.
Peña is an artist and associate professor
of art with a concentration in painting at Texas A&M University–Corpus
Christi (TAMUCC) and serves as a board member of the Texas Association of
Schools of Art (TASA). He also assisted in the development of a contemporary
art gallery titled MB Modern.
Peña has worked at Babcock
Gallery, now Driscoll/Babcock Galleries, in New York and served as the public
arts manager for the City of Corpus Christi, among many more accomplishments.
He stated, “My work explores
issues of ethnic identity, including aspects of cultural, familial and social
traditions, relating to my Mexican heritage. The subject matter, portrayed
through various elements of still life, portraiture, and urban landscapes, are
a further reference and exploration into traditional Mexican customs.”
We encourage art lovers of all
ages and backgrounds to join us and enjoy a beautiful display of creative
In addition to his exhibit, Peña
will be visiting our campuses to conduct a free workshop on Friday, March 29
from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. for all those who register at the Visual and Performing
Arts Department, Room 128.
He will be demonstrating how to
create unique paintings and drawings on the alternative surface known as Yupo
The show’s opening reception will
be held Thursday, March 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will
be served. This event is free and open to the public!
The exhibit will run until April 26, Monday-Thursday from
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Fridays, the gallery will
be open from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
For more information, contact the Visual and Performing Arts
Department at (956) 721-5224.