Monthly Archives: February 2011

Anima Sola by Tina Medina



Richland College’s Lago Vista Gallery is proud to present “Anima Sola” by Dallas based artist Tina Medina. Medina’s works deliver intimate portraiture concerned with cultural identity and symbolic investigation. The works take to the form of small embroidered images, watercolors, and other materials as Medina explores the boundaries between the kitsch and profound. The exhibition will run from February 23 through March 23, 2011 with a closing reception on Wednesday, March 23rd , 2-3 PM.

The title of the exhibition, “Anima Sola,” translates as Forsaken Soul or Lonely Soul, a primarily catholic symbol referencing a soul in purgatory or stasis. The works in the exhibit reference a border between representation and recognition, offering immersion into Spanish, Catholic, popular culture and Mesoamerican imagery influenced by personal narrative.

3rd-month-1-800Medina says of her work: “Recently I’ve found embroidery to be an interesting process. Satisfyingly tactile, yet slow and tedious to build, embroidery is not traditionally thought of as an art process. Usually this technique is associated with gender roles and kitsch, but I use embroidery as another artist might use a pencil. When I embroider I respond to the thread in the cloth intuitively and follow no patterns.”

“Anima Sola” and all associated events are free and open to the public. The Lago Vista Gallery, located in the Library on the Richland College campus, is open Monday- Thursday from 9 to 9, Friday from 9 to 4 and Saturday from 12 to 4. For more information please contact Gallery Coordinator Ryder Richards at  For more information on parking please visit the gallery MAPS.



featuring Nathan Green, Jeff Mueller, Thor Johnson, Monica Vidal

March 10-27, 2011
Opening Reception:
Thursday, March 10, 4-7 PM


 Richland College’s Brazos Gallery hosts “Construct,” featuring Nathan Green, Thor Johnson, Jeff Mueller and Monica Vidal. The exhibition contains undulating video patterning, meticulously crafted narratives, and spatial/perceptual inquiries. The vibrant and multi-faceted art works challenge and captivate viewers while avoiding prescribed methodologies. The exhibition will take place from March 10 through 27, 2011 with an opening reception on Thursday, March 10 from 4-7 PM.

The works in the exhibition offer a complex assortment of experiences united by a perceptual bombast. Each artist creates from individualized methodologies –appropriated graffiti, digital mandalas, personal mythology, and spatial inquiry— offering contemporary diversity charged with visual dynamism.

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About his choices for the exhibition, curator Ryder Richards says, “The ability to attribute rational constructs upon art simultaneously sabotages and enlightens the viewing experience. It seems to be what we do: ask questions of the work we find compelling. For this exhibit the artist’s pieces offer stories of individual construction and process, but in the end can no longer be contained by rational answers as the works form an individual experience.”

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“Nest” curated by Anne Lawrence
curated by Richland College instructor/arts PR person: Anne Lawrence
Featuring Michael Mazurek and Jesse Morgan Barnett
Bows and Arrows
February 19-March 23, 2011

Bows and Arrows presents “Nest” featuring Michael Mazurek and Jesse Morgan Barnett, curated by Anne Lawrence, opening Saturday, February 19, 2011, 6-9 p.m. The exhibition will include site-specific installations by each artist.

“Nest” centers on the question how do artists respond to having a child? While feminist and conceptual artist Mary Kelly’s seminal “Post-Partum Documents” tracked the evidence of the child with forensic precision creating a subtle narrative of the mother’s relationship with the growing child, Mazurek and Barnett, both fathers, are each known for their elaborate constructions and installations; thus turning away from the processes of the body towards the process of making and building.

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