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UTPA hosts international visual communication exhibition through Feb. 12
By Office of Public Affairs
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Posted: 02/05/2013
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The Department of Art at The University of Texas-Pan American is presenting Cross Connections 2012-2013, an international visual communication juried show that includes work by UTPA faculty and students.


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The international Cross Connections 2012-2013 exhibit, which includes work from UTPA faculty and students, will be on display through Feb. 12 at the Art Gallery in UTPA's Visual Art Annex on Closner Blvd. The exhibition features 90 juried works of faculty and students from the United States, China, South Africa, Mexico and Belgium.
The show, on exhibit until Feb. 12 at the Art Gallery in UTPA's Visual Arts Annex at 2412 S. Closner Blvd. in Edinburg, has been held at many different locations worldwide. It was organized by UTPA Department of Art Chair and Professor Susan Fitzsimmons, in conjunction with other chairs and directors from Art institutions around the world.

Nine institutions have hosted this exhibition, which features 90 juried works of faculty and students from the United States, China, South Africa, Mexico, and Belgium. The exhibition represents a significant overview of international visual communication in different fields and already made a mark within their respective countries. It has been exhibited at the following schools:

• Central Academy of Fine Arts, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts and Shanghai University in China;

• National School of Fine Arts in Mexico;

• Sint-Lucas Ghent in Belgium;

• University of Pretoria in South Africa; and

• The University of Texas at Arlington and Truman State University in the USA.

Approximately 10 best works from each institution were selected from hundreds of entries within the categories of Poster; Logo; Collateral design and retail design; Package design; Information design; Illustration; Traditional/Digital/Print-making; Photography; Traditional/Digital, Animation and 3D modeling.

Besides Fitzsimmons, other art chairs and directors who organized and curated the exhibition are Russell Nelson, chair, Department of Art, Truman State University; Robert Hower, chair, Department of Art and Art History, UT Arlington; Ma Jun-Cheng, assistant dean, School of Urban Planning, Central Academy of Fine Arts; Sun Ming, vice president, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts; Du Shiying, College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University; Dr. Marijke Dirickx, director, Department of Visual Communication, Sint-Lucas Ghent; and Elfriede Dreyer, Department of Visual Arts, University of Pretoria.

The gallery's hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The public is invited to a closing reception at 5:30-8 p.m. on Feb. 12.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Fitzsimmons at (956) 665-3480 or fitzsimmonssg@utpa.edu.