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McAllen, Texas – The South Texas College Art Department presents “Characters & Creatures,” an art exhibition featuring works by artist, Eduardo E. Aguilar, Sr.
The exhibition opens Monday, November 5, and will be available to view Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Nov. 29, 2018. Aguilar’s artwork will be exhibited in the Art Department Gallery located at the Pecan Campus, Building B-103.
A reception will be held in the Art Department Gallery workshop on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., where Aguilar will give an artist talk and answer questions regarding his artwork. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
A Laredo, Texas native, Aguilar has been creating portraits of family and friends since he was in elementary school. He considers graphite the first drawing media he mastered. In 1975, he earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas, Denton and the following year, became a professor and chair for the visual arts department at Tarrant County College until 2013.
The work represented in this exhibition is a revised theme first explored during Aguilar’s graduate MFA creative project entitled “Life-Size Portraits of My Family,” executed primarily in graphite and mixed media on gessoed surfaces. The single portraits of family, friends, and colleagues are juxtaposed with life-size creatures, such as insects and birds. Colored drawing media is used to emphasize the small creatures.
“As an educator, I am interested in sharing the knowledge that I have accumulated in the 45 years of teaching professionally in all levels of public schools and higher education,” says Aguilar. “As an artist, I am interested in sharing my seventy plus years experience of creativity in visual arts.”