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20120706 UVALUTPA Professor, Richard Hyslin will be the featured sculptor at a reception at the Upper Valley Art Gallery on July 14 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The reception is open free to the public and everyone is welcome.

Richard Hyslin is a sculptor and Professor of Art at the University of Texas-Pan American since 1968. He received his MA at the University of New Mexico. His home and sculpture studio are in Mission. He is married to Nancy Gibson Hyslin and has three children.

He uses a number of media for his sculptures including metal, wood, clay, cement and ceramic tile. His work has been selected for many competitive exhibitions; most recently the Grace Museum in Abilene’s 53rd Annual Competition in which his sculpture also received a cash award, and the Ann Moore Legacy Award exhibit at the McAllen International Museum. He has also exhibited internationally, most recently at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Tamaulipas in Matamoros, Mexico, and at the Urasenke Foundation in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Some of Hyslin’s sculptures are included in the permanent collections of the Arkansas Arts Center, the McAllen International Museum, and The University of New Mexico.

Hyslin has also received numerous commissions, many for large-scale sculptures. His largest project to date has been a 50’ high steel, ferrocement and ceramic tile statue of the Virgen de Guadalupe in Windsor, Ohio. Richard has also received commissions for a 20’ bronze fountain at the Del Prado office center in McAllen, designed in collaboration with Frank Manuella, and the ceramic tile altar wall and Christ figure at Church of the Resurrection in Alamo, designed in collaboration with Dino de Lama. Hyslin has created a life size crucifix with Christ figure made of native woods and a glass mosaic Virgen de Guadalupe niche, both at Holy Spirit Church in McAllen. He was also commissioned to create a bronze sculpture of Tejano music star Roberto Pulido for the South Texas Heritage Association’s Edinburg 2020 Cultural Activities Committee.

In October 2002, Richard Hyslin was named to Who’s Who in American Education, and was also awarded honorary membership in the Texas Society of Architects in recognition of his collaboration with various architects on sculpture for public spaces.

The Upper Valley Art League address is 921 E. 12th Street, at 12th and Kika de la Garza Loop. The gallery is open (except for Holidays) Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. till 6 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. till 6 p.m. The gallery’s homepage can be accessed for information at or visit their Facebook page at

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