For immediate release
February 6, 2006

UTB/TSC Patron of the Arts Features the Chupacabra Chronicles

The works of artist and UTB/TSC Professor of Fine Arts Carlos G. Gomez will be featured in an exhibit at the Richardson Art Gallery in the Art Building.

Gomez’s exhibit titled The Chupacabra Chronicles opens with a reception at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21 and runs through Thursday, March 23.

“Brightly colored buildings and the surreal atmosphere of the Mexican border towns gave me the first appreciation of color, line, and the generalization that my chosen images would have to be bold and realistic,” explains Gomez.

The Chupacabra Chronicles is an exhibition that looks at the other side of the fabled Chupacabra. Gomez presents a variety of art pieces that document the milder way of life of the Chupacabra.

Keeping in step with his multi-media and multi-technique approach to his artwork, Gomez presents several large canvases and an array of works on paper.

“Not only are there green ones, but red ones, and some with freckles,” said Gomez. “This idea of producing a body of artwork whose content was the Chupacabra started a few years ago as I traveled in Mexico and the cloud forest of lower Tamaulipas, Mexico, I had to bring the idea into fruition.”

The viewers will see everyday activities that range from harvesting papayas among exotic Caribbean people to their incarceration in South America.

Gomez says that he made an effort in capturing a sense of individuality and gave each one a distinct character.

Gomez was born in Mexico, Districto Federal and found his first artistic expression in the Texas – Mexico culture of the Rio Grande Valley, especially in Brownsville where he was raised. He pursued his Bachelor’s degree of Fine Art at Pan American University, which is now UT-Pan American, and continued his graduate studies at Washington State University for his Master’s of Fine Art in Painting and Drawing.

The Richardson Gallery, located upstairs in the Art Building, is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday and Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday.

The gallery is closed during Spring Break, March 13-18. Admission is $3 and student semester passes are $6.

For more information or special accommodations, please call 882-7097 or email gallery@utb.edu or visit the website at http://blue.utb.edu/artgallery.


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