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Twelve acclaimed local artists unveiled their latest pieces – pickaxe sculptures created in honor of The University of Texas at El Paso’s Centennial anniversary – during a ceremony Monday at the UTEP Union Gallery. 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 roster of artists included 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 unveiling program was hosted by SGA President Paulina Lopez and featured GECU CEO Crystal Long, UTEP Senior Executive Vice President Howard Daudistel, and UTEP professor of graphic design Antonio Castro Ho.
The exhibit and event occurred in the Union Building East with the assistance of the Union Services staff: Ale Garcia, coordinator of event services; and student assistants Lindsey Adams, Briana Martinez, Marisa O’Donnell, and Genoveva Fuentes-Cuellar. Special thanks also to Ofelia Dominguez and Felicia Brown of Union Services and Krystal Reyes and Beto Lopez of University Relations. The staff of University Communications provided the photographs and video.
Jessica Molinar Muñoz is the director of communications for UTEP's Centennial Office.