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Public invited to DreamScapes opening reception Sept. 19

EDINBURG – The UTRGV Office of Public Art is hosting a new art exhibit at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex (PAC) exhibit hall on the Edinburg Campus called DreamScapes, a posthumous celebration of the lives and talents of a family of area artists – Maxine McClendon, Edward Edson Nichols and Christopher Nichols.

The public is invited to an opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the PAC exhibit hall.

20190913 utrgvprofessorelenamaciasDr. Dahlia Guerra, assistant vice president for Public Art, said this exhibit is a wonderful way to view the landscape through the eyes of three people who obviously loved the area.

“The artistic creations of the Nichols family celebrate the beautiful landscapes and traditions of the Rio Grande Valley and Mexico,” she said.

McClendon was an internationally renowned artist well-known for her acrylic on stuffed canvas. Her husband, Edward, was an art professor at UTRGV legacy institution UT-Pan American for 33 years, making an impact on hundreds of artists in South Texas before retiring from teaching in 1999. And their son, Christopher, a UTPA alumnus, was known for his watercolor scenes.

The exhibit was curated by Elena Macias, professor of art in the UTRGV School of Art. The exhibit will run through February 7, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily, and during all evening concerts. For questions, call 956-665-3480.

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