CONTACT: Claudia Balarin, C: 210-207-2614
O: 407-288-0310, Claudia.Balarin@sanantonio.gov
SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 4, 2019) – The San Antonio Public Library, in partnership with the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture and the National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures (NALAC) hosts a new exhibit by San Antonio artist Fernando Andrade. “Muros/Walls” opens on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 and will be on view through Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Central Library Gallery, 600 Soledad St. The community is invited to an opening reception with the artist on February 6 from 6-9 p.m.
The exhibit is the result of a NALAC 2018 Fund for the Arts (NFA) grant award. “Muros/Walls” originally began with the rhetoric of border walls as the main subject matter, but quickly expanded to a global context rather than a firm focus on the U.S. and Mexico border. This body of work, according to Andrade, remains a poignant call for empathetic reaction to human struggle. Andrade was born and raised until the age of seven in the Mexican town of Acuña. This early childhood experience of living on the cusp of two distinct cultures has formulated his artistic narrative.
“I hope my artwork and this exhibit encourage a discussion about the walls we create as individuals and as a society,” Andrade said. “Overcoming these barriers can help us better understand the world around us. Let's continue overcoming walls.”
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation's premier nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. The NALAC Fund for the Arts is the only national grant program intentionally investing in Latinx artists and nonprofit arts organizations in the United States. (Latinx is a gender-neutral term increasingly used in lieu of Latino or Latina). To date, NALAC has awarded over 500 grants, reflecting an investment of $2.5 million across 35 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and México.
The Central Library Gallery is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call 210-207-2500 or visit mysapl.org.