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Art Exhibition

LACSI Announces First Annual Art Exhibition

Reflections of the Latin American Natural Environment

Opens: Monday, April 22, 2013

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Athens, GA April 12, 2013  The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute (LACSI) at the University of Georgia announces its first annual art exhibition, Reflections of the Latin American Natural Environment, a national juried exhibition of contemporary art.

The focus of this exhibition is current painting, drawing, textile sculpture, and photography that help the general public develop an appreciation for Latin America’s wealth of biological diversity and its stunning variety of land, water, and cultural resources.  All artworks are for sale.  If an artwork is sold, the artist will receive 70% and 30% will benefit LACSI.

WHERE:       Artwork will be on display at the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, 290 South Hull Street, Athens, GA.

A reception for the artists will be held at the LACSI Ethnobotanical Garden (behind Baldwin Hall on UGA’s north campus) April, 26, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public.

WHEN:          Accepted works will be on display from Monday, April 22 to Friday, May 17, 2013, Athens, GA.           

WHO:             Selected Artists:  Becky Jaffee, Charles Winstead, Kathy Parker,

Lois Correa-Diaz, Waheeda Mumtaz Persaud, William Hudson Temples, and Neca Dantas.



Stanley Bermudez is a visual artist living in Athens, Georgia.  Bermudez was born in New Orleans to Venezuelan parents and was raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela.   Bermudez has been a painter for the last 28 years and has also taught as an adjunct art instructor at the University of North Georgia, University of Georgia, Texas Tech University and Lone Star College.

Valerie Aranda is a visual artist, educator, and cultural activist.  “Aranda’s work develops a vibrant interplay of personal history and cultural reclamation,” notes Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art.  Currently, Aranda is professor of art at Georgia College & State University where she teaches courses in drawing, painting, and community murals.

Bermudez and Aranda chose artworks based on quality and craftsmanship, strength of the visual appeal of the pieces, and how they related to the artists statements on how the work connected to the theme.  They looked for work that best represented the Latin American natural environment and to a certain degree how humans interacted, changed, or influenced the Latin American environment.

“Shows like this one are very important because they demonstrate the rich diversity found in Latin America—diversity of ethnicities, languages and dialects, foods, cultures, flora, fauna, and most of all natural environments,” said Bermudez.


About LACSI:

LACSI brings Latin America and the Caribbean to the state of Georgia and beyond by sponsoring educational activities, artistic performances, interdisciplinary research, training, and public service projects in coordination with Latin Americanists from UGA, other universities, the community at large, and abroad.


For more information or questions, please contact lacsiuga@gmail.com.


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