Art exhibit pays homage to Hispanic heritage
The University of North Georgia (UNG) Department of Visual Arts and Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) have partnered for the 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month Student Art Exhibit. This is the second time that the event takes place.
Hispanic Heritage Month, an annual celebration of the history and culture of Latino and Hispanic communities in the United States, runs from September 15 to October 15. The exhibition ran from September 23 to October 14 in the new Student Gallery of the Arts and Technology Building on UNG’s Gainesville campus.
“Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month is important to recognize the contributions of Latinx people to the United States,” said MSA associate director Kyle Murphy. “These contributions can take many forms. In the case of this event, it is art. Events like these demonstrate the vibrancy and variety present among Latinx students at UNG.”
The exhibition presented pieces of painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, photography, digital painting and graphic design.
Dr. Ana Pozzi Harris, Senior Lecturer in Art History at UNG, said the event offered UNG students of Latino descent the opportunity to express their experiences through the art.
“Students explored topics such as the importance of family ties; the syncretic ancestry of Mesoamerican, Indigenous, and Christian beliefs; and the expressive power of colorful music and dance during celebrations,” said Pozzi Harris.
Featured artists: Mikey Avila, Nam-Suny Bolles, Roxanne de la Rosa, Julian Díaz, Regan Ferreira, Esmeralda Figueroa, Phia Gomez, Stephanie Leyva, Ivette Mata, Sophia Meneses San Roman, Susana Olivo Sandoval, Victoria Ordoñez, Nancy Pacheco, Elizabeth Padilla Brun, Michelle Perry, Brady Portillo, Kaileigh Riker, Maria-Paola Russi, Amihan Spence, Evelyn Tello-Mendoza, Mirna Turcios-Galvez, Daniel Valencia and Natalia Velez-Carrero.
A reception and awards ceremony was held on October 14 with Wendy Medrano, ’19, as the show’s judge. Six countries were represented in the exhibition: Mexico, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago, and five prizes of equal rank were awarded at the ceremony. The winners were Stephanie Leyva, Maria-Paola Russi, Natalia Velez-Carrero, Elizabeth Padilla Brun and Kaileigh Riker.