UTSA art professor to speak on the values of art in society.

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Art professor will give guidance on how to prepare for a career in the industry.

By Miranda A. Holden


Ricky Armendariz, associate professor of art and art history at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will speak to students in the visual arts program about a career in the art industry.

The lecture will be 10:50 a.m.-12:05 p.m. Oct. 27 in Room 120 of the visual arts center.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided after the lecture followed by a question-and-answer session with the professor.

Armendariz joined the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2004.

Students will be educated on the preparation of earning a visual arts degree and what to expect beyond graduation entering the workplace.

Visual arts Professor Debra Schafter said she seeks to bring in art professionals to speak to students about the profession and what they do.

Having heard one of his lectures at a previous event, Schafter was impressed by the combination of his compelling work and ability to articulate his artwork to viewers.

She hopes that students who transfer to UTSA can study with him.

Armendariz believes institutions should implement possible strategies to help students tackle the workforce and accomplish their goals, he said in an interview Sept. 30.

Creative people require more thinking outside the box when it comes to jumpstarting their career path, Alamendariz.

Armendariz earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UTSA in 1995 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1999.

In 2013 he was an artist of residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, Germany.

Raised in El Paso, he portrays landscapes from Mexican-American culture that consist of biographical allusions carved into the surface of his paintings and drawings.

In the past decade, his work has been shown in museums, universities and cultural centers in Palestine, Bosnia, India, Berlin, Chile, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala and China.

Locally, his art has been featured at Blue Star Contemporary Art, the McNay Art Museum, and Artpace Contemporary Art, and is included in the San Antonio Museum of Art’s permanent collection.

For more information, email Schafter at dschafter@alamo.edu


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