Interplay at UTD Oct. 6–Nov. 10

Art Exhibition Breaks Boundaries Between Media, Culture

RICHARDSON, Texas (Sept. 5, 2006) — The traveling international exhibition Interplay, created in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Center for U.S.–Mexico Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), will run in the main gallery of UTD’s Visual Arts Building from Oct. 6 to Nov. 10.  The exhibit debuted at the University of Guanajuato (UG) in Mexico Aug. 17. 

Interplay features the works of a varied group of UTD students and graduates, including Elizabeth Alavi, Mary Benedicto, Todd Camplin, Shelby Cunningham, Robert Flowers, Tuan Ho, Jin-Ya Huang, Sara Ishii, Kirsten Macy, John Ryan Moore, Polly Perez, Bill Schroeder, Paul Slocum, Raychael Stine, Tim Stokes, Reynaldo Thompson, Kevin Todora and Jeff Yerger.

An opening reception for the exhibition will take place on Friday, Oct. 6, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

UTD’s Center for U.S. Mexico Studies has sponsored or facilitated collaborations with more than 17 institutions related to higher education on both sides of the border and has fostered bi-national research agendas and cultural exchanges.  The center’s 10th anniversary celebration began in March with the dedication of a UG room at UTD and a concert featuring pianist Ana Cervantes and the music group Los Tiempos Pasados.

A delegation of UTD administrators traveled to Guanajuato for the opening, including university President Dr. David E. Daniel and faculty member and exhibition curator John Pomara.

According to Pomara, “today’s young artists have grown up under the influence of computers, the Internet and music videos and now utilize forms of advertising, graphic design, photography and videos in their studio practice, creating an interplay of visual experience.  These influences create the shifting kaleidoscope of ideas, methods and techniques which encompass the exhibit.”

More information about the event is at http://ah.utdallas.edu/season0607/interplay.htm.

Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.  The gallery is closed on Sundays and university holidays. 

For information about the many musical, arts, theatre, dance and other performances and exhibitions held throughout the year at UTD, please call 972-UTD-ARTS (972-883-2787), e-mail utdarts@utdallas.edu, or visit the School of Arts and Humanities’ website at http://ah.utdallas.edu/.  Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations may call 972-883-2982, Texas Relay Operator: 1-800-RELAYVV.

About the Center for U.S.–Mexico Studies

The Center for U.S.–Mexico Studies was created in 1995 in response to UTD’s recognition of the richness of the Mexican–American past, as well as the importance of Mexico to the United States.  The center strives to enhance the academic relationship between UTD and Mexico via international education, research and public service programs.  Goals of the center are to provide curricula and exchange of faculty and students with Mexican universities, to conduct research and present lectures about issues of interest to both Mexico and the U.S., and to prepare individuals for leadership in the fields of business, politics, science, technology and the arts.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls nearly 14,500 students.  The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores.  The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.  For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s website at www.utdallas.edu.