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‘Going Beyond Art Exhibit’ Celebrates Alumni, 50th Anniversary Posted: 9/11/19

‘Going Beyond Art Exhibit’ Celebrates Alumni, 50th Anniversary


Jesse Shaw

In celebration of Texas A&M International University’s 50thAnniversary, over 50 works of art by 26 alumni will be on display during the “Going Beyond Alumni Art Exhibit.”

An opening reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the TAMIU Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Gallery (CFPA). Admission is free and open to the public.

Additionally, during the reception, a silent auction will take place to support student scholarships.

Before the reception, an alumni artist panel is slated from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the Sam Johnson Experimental Theater, located inside the CFPA. A second panel for the show’s final exhibition day is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 24at the same time and location.   

During each panel, alumni will share their experiences after graduating from the University, both artistically in their work and professionally in their respective careers. A Q&A session for current and prospective art students focusing on future careers in the fine arts field also will be incorporated in the panel discussions.

Featured alumni include Maritza Bautista, Alejandra I. Calderon G., Diego Canales, Bernardo Díaz, Vanessa Filazzola, Oscar Gómez, Sandra González, Rene Gutíerrez, Ilian Hernández, Erika Lamar, Rebecca Leza, Daniela Cavazos Madrigal, Tessa Martínez, Yvette Medellín, Christopher Moncivais, Nahuel Morales, Rachel Morales, Erika Ordoñez, John Peña, Alvaro Pérez, Gloria Pérez, Mike Rodrííguez, Victoria Rosales, Poncho Santos, Sonya Marie Sky and Teresita de la Torre.      

Mediums on display range from ceramics, drawing, painting and photography to printmaking, sculpture, video and more.  

“Art is rewarding, for the artist that creates the work, the audience that experiences the work, and the patron that gives the work a home through a purchase,” explained Jesse Shaw, TAMIU associate professor of art, “The most important thing of all is showing up for one another and this is a great chance to support and see a very expansive grouping of new works from TAMIU’s own.” 

Artwork will be on display through Thursday, Oct. 24.

Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

For more information, contact Shaw at 956.326.2591, email or visit offices in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, room 233C. 

Throughout 2019-2020, TAMIU is celebrating its 50thanniversary and its 25th anniversary at its north Laredo campus.  A dedicated website shares the University’s transformation from a hybrid upper-level university to a full doctoral degree-granting University. The website traces the University’s history, shares its impact in personal stories and includes a calendar of Anniversary events and more at

For additional information, contact the TAMIU Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at 956.326.2180, email, click on or visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 268.

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