Original Pickaxe Art by Local Artists to Be Unveiled

By on January 24, 2014

What: Unveiling of original pickaxe pieces by 12 acclaimed local artists

When: 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27

Where: UTEP Union Gallery (Union Building West, 2nd floor)

A dozen acclaimed local artists will unveil their latest pieces – pickaxe sculptures created in honor of The University of Texas at El Paso’s Centennial anniversary.

The roster of artists includes Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado, Margarita Cabrera, Suzi Davidoff, Francisco Delgado, Gabriel Gaytan, Linda Hains, Becky Hendrick, Anna Jaquez, Jeff Litchfield, Candy Mayer, Lyuba Titovets and UTEP student Fabian Uribe.

The line-up of artists was announced last October at an event hosted by UTEP’s Centennial Museum.

Uribe is a senior who plans to graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in art with a concentration in drawing and a minor in painting. Five of the artists received undergraduate and/or master’s degrees in art from UTEP. Davidoff, Delgado, and Jaquez are members of the UTEP faculty, while Hendrick retired from teaching at UTEP in 2013.

Using a five-foot model of the iconic UTEP pickaxe as their canvas, these artists employed a variety of media – from books to bronze to paint to LED lights – to convey their own unique visions for UTEP’s Centennial Celebration.

The pickaxes will be displayed on campus and at GECU branches around town throughout the Centennial year. A final auction of the finished pieces will take place during Homecoming week in October. Proceeds from the auction will go to the GECU Foundation’s R.C. Morgan Scholarship Fund, an endowment fund supporting UTEP students.

Published on Friday, 24 January 2014 18:18 at http://newsuc.utep.edu/

Veronique J. Masterson is UTEP's public information officer and may be contacted at 915-747-7503 or news@utep.edu.