UTPA hosts Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibit
Posted: 11/26/2001
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The University of Texas-Pan American will host "Handmade BFA Studio," a Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibit, from Nov. 19 through Dec. 5 in the Clark Gallery.

A reception with the artists - Adriana Aramburo, David Chavez, Tabatha Martinez and Rebecca West - is Nov. 29 from 7-9 p.m. in the Clark Gallery in the Fine Arts Building.     

Aramburo was born in Chiapas, Mexico, and grew up in Guadalajara. She is interested in ceramics, and her vessels stress form and function and are utilitarian in design. She stresses calligraphic forms related to writing as well as painterly glaze effects in which black and brown are the predominant colors symbolizing the earth where the clay came from.

Chavez, of McAllen, believes all art is functional and is inspired by Mexican muralists Orozco and Rivera, who depict Mexican people in different situations. Much of his work shows the military, soldiers, and acts of war and destruction.   

Born in Gaylord, Mich., Martinez is the youngest of six siblings. She has always been interested in drawing and painting and has been influenced by the portrait painters Rembrandt and Sargent, whose portraits provide a sense of the personality of their subjects. She has focused on painting portraits of family and friends whose faces and personalities she is familiar with.     

West was born in Indiana, grew up in Florida and took art classes at Polk Community college in Florida and at Arizona State University. She has focused on jewelry/metalwork, and her work involves faith in God and also depicts seasonal changes.

Admission to all exhibits is free, and the gallery is open Monday through Friday except University holidays. For more information or special accommodations, contact gallery director Dindy Reich at 956/381-2655 or at