Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

CMAS PlaticArte: Amado Peña, Jr.

Fri, September 15, 2017 | GWB 2.206 (Multipurpose Room), Gordon-White Building (GWB), The University of Texas at Austin

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Join us for another CMAS PlaticArte!
Join us for another CMAS PlaticArte!

Join us for a special PlaticArte featuring a conversation with renowned visual artist, Amado Peña, Jr. Rebecca Gomez, Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at Mexic-Arte Museum, will faciliate the conversation.

Amado Maurilio Peña, Jr. was born in Laredo, Texas. He studied art and education at Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville), where he received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees.

Amado Peña, Jr. is a Mestizo of Mexican and Yaqui ancestry. He is recognized as an Artisan of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona. This is a particularly high honor and one that he cherishes.  He is dedicated to furthering the public's knowledge and interest in the Tribe, its art, its history, and its culture.

Amado Peña, Jr.'s art celebrates the strength of a people who meet the harsh realities of life in an uncompromising land, and his work is a tribute to the Native Americans who survive by living in harmony with an adversarial, untamed environment. His artwork is inspired by places such as Canyon de Chelly, Spider Rock, Monument Valley, Enchanted Mesa, Acoma, and Black Mesa. These sites are part of an enduring landscape that speaks of the ancient heritage of a region that is now known as Arizona and New Mexico. 

 

Sponsored by: The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) and the Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) Program

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