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Otros Soñadores, exhibition of Latino art, opens Jan. 16 on UNG's Oconee campus

(Jan. 7, 2013) The University of North Georgia's Oconee Campus Gallery presents Otros 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. 16 through Feb. 20.

The exhibit will feature four artists, Stanley Bermudez, Nestor Armando Gil, Groana Melendez, and Mabi Ponce de Leon, and is accompanied by an essay by UNG Hispanic Leadership Development Coordinator Luis Santos-Rivas. Bermudez will give a talk at 11 a.m. on Jan. 17 in room 522 of the Student Resource Center. A reception will follow at noon in the gallery, which is located in the Faculty Center/Bookstore Building 700.

The work of Nestor Armando Gil and Groana Melendez also will be featured in Dreamers/Soñadores, an exhibit of Latino artists that will be on exhibit Jan. 14 through Feb. 13 at the Roy C. Moore Art Gallery on UNG's Gainesville campus.

  • Bermudez graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art and from Radford University with a Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in metalwork and jewelry.  Bermudez's painting American Dreaming illustrates the positive contributions Latino immigrants make to the United States. Americano Flag III is part of a series of paintings Bermudez calls Banderas, which incorporates symbolism from flags. With this work, Bermudez hopes to encourage viewers to think about "issues related to diversity, racism, political power, abuse of power, human rights, immigration, just to name a few."
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • Ponce de Leon was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida International University in Miami and a Master of Fine Arts from State University of New York in Stony Brook. Her Migrations series "rreferences the idea of travel, displacement, and foreignness through the juxtaposition of maps, migrating animals, flight and airplanes. "Ponce de Leon combines painting and drawing with collage elements, such as maps and diagrams, to create a sense of place.

For more information about this free exhibit, contact the gallery director at or 678.717.3438. 


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