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A Sense of Place exhibit to be displayed at LC

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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 expression.


JP exhibitIn 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 Paper.


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.