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Exhibition of Latino art opens Jan. 14 on UNG's Gainesville campus

(Jan. 4, 2013) The Roy C. Moore Art Gallery, located on the Gainesville campus of University of North Georgia, presents Dreamers/Soñadores, an exhibit featuring four artists whose work addresses issues of Latino identity. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be open from Jan. 14 through Feb. 13.

The exhibit will feature six artists: Nestor Armando Gil, George Lorio, Julio Mejia, Groana Melendez, Roxana Perez-Mendez, and Claudia Santillan. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Latino Student Association (LSA), and is accompanied by an essay by UNG Hispanic Leadership Development Coordinator Luis Santos-Rivas. Roxana Perez-Melendez will give a talk at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 as part of the Foreign Language Lecture Series, with a closing reception following.

The work of Nestor Armando Gil and Groana Melendez also will be featured in Otros Soñadores, an exhibit of Latino artists that will be on display Jan. 16 through Feb. 20 at UNG's Oconee Campus Gallery.

  • Gil received a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from New College of Florida in Sarasota, and a Master of Fine Arts in studio art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently assistant professor of visual arts at Lafayette College, in Easton, Penn. Gil has created an outdoor sculpture for the exhibit called Oasis. This project references "the experience of arriving at an oasis, a place where others are reaping the bounty of the land... only to discover that this bounty is either inaccessible or fleeting."
  • Lorio holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of South Florida. His work has been exhibited widely over the United States and Mexico over the past three decades. Conejos y Zanahorias (Rabbits and Carrots) reflects his time living on the border of Mexico. While serving on the faculty at the University of Texas at Brownsville, Lorio was inspired by the mythic river Rio Grande, which he understands as "divider of countries, cultures, families, and landscapes." He has since relocated to Delaware, where he teaches at Delaware State University
  • Mejia was born in New Orleans to a Peruvian father and a Chilean mother. He spent much of his early adult life in his father's native country land of Peru. Mejia now resides in the North Georgia mountains. Mejia creates large-scale abstract oil paintings, fused with energetic colors, associated with memories and emotions.
  • Melendez was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised between Brooklyn and the Dominican Republic. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Syracuse University, in Syracuse, N.Y. Selections from her photographic series Ni Acquí, Ni Allá: Neither Here, Nor There were exhibited at the New York Public Library in 2010. This work addresses "the internal process many bicultural and bilingual individuals face as they struggle to construct hybrid identities across cultures."
  • Perez-Mendez is a sculptor and a performance artist who incorporates video into her pieces. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and has studied at Skowhegan. She is currently on the faculty at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work addresses the "arbitrary nature of contemporary identity through the lens of her own experience as a Puerto Rican woman."
  • Santillan was born in Lima, Peru, and has spent time in Canada. Her artwork examines "desire, solitude, and the sense of displacement." Santillan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia, and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tenn.

The Roy C. Moore Art Gallery is open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  For more information about this free exhibit, contact Beth Sale, director of UNG's Roy C. Moore Art Gallery, at or 678.717.3438. The direct number to the gallery is 678.717.3707.


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