For immediate release
September 19, 2002
Mural Created by UTB/TSC Student Artists is Unveiled
|UTB/TSC students Lucy Quesada and Alfonso Garza stand with their professor Carlos Gomez in front of the mural they created for Greyhound Lines. The mural is on display at the Brownsville Greyhound Terminal on East St. Charles Street.|
Greyhound Lines, Inc. and the National Council for La Raza (NCLR) honored UTB/TSC students Lucy Quesada and Alfonso Garza for creating a mural, which is on permanent display at the Brownsville Greyhound bus terminal.
In front of family, friends, city and college leaders, the mural was unveiled at a ceremony on Wednesday, September 18. The mural is on display at the bus terminal at 1134 E. St. Charles.
Quesada and Garza began the project in mid-June and worked five to seven hours a day creating the mural. The day before the unveiling, both student artists worked until 3 a.m. to put the finishing touches.
“We are proud that we were able to tackle this huge project and we would like to thank our professor Carlos Gomez for telling us about this program and Greyhound for approving our design. We are happy to share this with the community,” said Garza.
The colorful mural created by Quesada and Garza captures the sprit of Brownsville. Some of the images on the mural are folkloric dancers, jalapeño peppers coming out of a molcajete, a Charro on a horse, and historic Gorgas Hall with the UTB/TSC tower in the background.
“We received plenty of support from our family, friends and people who would drive by and see us working as we were painting this mural. We would like to thank everyone that helped us,” said Quesada.
At the ceremony, representatives from Greyhound presented a check for $1,500 to UTB/TSC President Dr. Juliet V. García for scholarships for students.
“I would drive by and see our students working, even on the hottest days and I could see the mural unfold. You think of Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel and how it must have looked as he had painted it,” said García. “We have our own Michelangelo in Lucy and Alfonso. By creating this mural, they have given this community a wonderful gift.”
Greyhound also presented a $1,000 check to Gomez, Professor of Fine Arts, for his Rancho del Cielo Fine Arts program. Every summer Gomez takes art students to Rancho del Cielo to paint, draw and become inspired. A very special place unlike in the world, Rancho del Cielo is nestled in the mountains of northeastern Mexico in a cloud forest. It is home to an amazing diversity of plant and animal life, particularly birds.
The Greyhound Community Reflections Mural Program, created by Greyhound Lines, Inc. and the National Council of La Raza, provides student artists the opportunity to create murals that captures the pride and sprit of Latino communities across the country.