"the last straw" Accepted
April 8, - June 10th
About the juror: Benito Huerta
Huerta has a B.F.A. from the University of Houston, an M.A. from New Mexico State University. He was co-founder, Executive Director and Emeritus Board Director of Art Lies, a Texas Art Journal. He is a Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington where he has been Director/Curator of The Gallery at UTA since 1997.
Huerta’s work is currently featured in a one-person exhibition, “Written in the Wind” at Glassell Gallery, Shaw Center for the Arts, LSU, Baton Rouge from March 18 – April 13, 2014 and upcoming exhibitions at Avis Frank Gallery, Houston, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, and at the Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas. His work was also the focus of a 20 year survey exhibition entitled, Intermission, at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago in 2011. Other recent one person exhibitions, September Song, 2013, at William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth; Meaning of Sight, 2010, at the Ellen Noel Art Museum in Odessa, and a 13 year survey exhibition, Soundings: Benito Huerta 1992 – 2005, 2005-2007, at the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi and the El Paso Museum of Art.
He was the recipient of Dallas Center for Contemporary Art’s 2002 Legend of the Year Award and Exhibition and is the recipient of first Maestros Tejanos exhibition, 2008, at the Latino Cultural Center, Dallas. His work is in several museum and corporate collections throughout the United States.
He is currently working on Urban Village: South Main Street public art project and completed work on the Marine Creek Park Corridor Master Plan / Conceptual Design in Fort Worth, Texas. Recent public art projects include SnakePath (Mexican Milk Snake), Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, Texas (2007); Wings, DFW International Terminal D Skylink Terrazzo Floor designs (2005), Axis, Henry Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio (2003), and two Medical Center Light Rail Stations for Houston Metro, in collaboration with PDG Architects (2004).
As a curator he has organized traveling surveys/retrospectives of Luis Jimenez, Mel Chin, and Celia Alvarez Munoz. Recently he organized Flow: Dalton Maroney 1982-2011, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas; San Anto: Pride of the Southside / En El Mero Hueso – Alex Rubio and Vincent Valdez, Museo Alameda, San Antonio, Texas. He is organizing a retrospective of the work of John Hernandez for 2016 at The Gallery at UTA.
The Gallery at UTA was the recipient of the College Art Association’s Exhibition and Catalogue Grant (2007- 2008) for Points of Convergence: Masters of Fine Arts.
Photo by Will Michels