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UTPA exhibition May 31-June 7 focuses on integration of art and poetry
Posted: 05/10/2004
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The University of Texas-Pan American Department of English will host a Poetry Art Exhibition, May 31-June 7, in the University Gallery located in the Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS) Building. The exhibition is being held in conjunction with the Creative Writing Institute held the same week and also sponsored by the Department of English.

The exhibition will feature works by poet and critic Dr. Steven Schneider, local artist Rivca Schneider; local artist and poet Kirk Clark; and internationally known interdisciplinary artist Juan José Diaz Infante from Mexico City.

The exhibition will offer a gallery tour and talk with the poetry artists from 4-6 p.m. and an artists' reception from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2 in the University Gallery. The exhibition is open to the public. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A special panel presentation on Poetry and Art will be conducted by the four exhibition artists on the afternoon of June 2 at 2 p.m. in the Library Media Theatre.

"The Poetry Art exhibit will feature the integration of art and poetry with the art giving a vision to a voice and the poetry giving a voice to a vision," said Dr. Schneider, who also chairs the UTPA Department of English. He said this unique exhibition will include poetry collages, poems written in response to charcoal portraits, paintings created in response to the texts of poems and other visual works that incorporate written word.

"The purpose of this show," said Dr. Schneider, "is to demonstrate the interesting ways that written and visual texts can be integrated."

In addition to his role as English Department chair, Dr. Schneider is a poet and critic. He has written five books, including Prairie Air Show, a collection of poems, and A.R. Ammons and the Poetics of Widening Scope, a critical study of the visual poetics of Ammons' work. His poems and articles have been published in many journals, including Prairie Schooner, The Literary Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Tikkun and Critical Quarterly. Schneider has lectured widely on American literature at national and international conferences and is a recipient of a Merit Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council.

Local artist Rivca Schneider has a Bachelor of Arts from the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. She has had extensive art training in workshops and courses in Nebraska and Texas and has received several art awards including second and third place in the drawing category at the 2002 Riofest in Harlingen, honorable mention in the pastel and drawing category in the 2002 International Art Show at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art and a first place in the Annual Creative Arts Recognition Day at the Noyes Art Gallery in Lincoln, Neb. Primarily using charcoal, water color or oil as her medium, Rivca Schneider said she sees "her journey of drawing the face and figure as portals to the inner life of people around me."

Born in McAllen, Clark is a third generation car dealership owner with an interest in art that was greatly influenced by his parent's enthusiastic collecting, writing, lecturing and involvement in the contemporary art scene. Clark studied sculpture and drawing in the 1960s and graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1969. He indicates that much of his exhibited work is typified by patterns of dots radiating out from a form which resembles that of a crucified Christ, symbolizing the moments before, of and after his death. Clark also sculpts and writes poetry in the ancient Chinese form of Bagua.

Infante's works include experimental poetry, photography, video, multimedia, performance and installation. He is the co-founder of "Música de Cámara" and the Institute of the Integration of the Arts. Infante also teaches at Instituto ASEC Sor Juana, Centro Nacional de las Artes and at the Technologic Institute of Monterrey. He has published 25 books and produced and directed 11 experimental videos. Infante has also worked as a curator and artist in many national and international exhibitions.

For more information on the exhibition, contact Gallery Director Patricia Ballinger at 956/381-2655 or the UTPA Department of English at 956/381-3422.

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