Symposium: Latino/a Artists in the USA - in conjunction with the We Are You Project Exhibit

Saturday, September 13, 10 am - 4 pm 
Followed by Reception in Gallery 4 - 6 pm
Centennial Hall Auditorium | Free & open to all 

A symposium - Latino/a Artists in the USA - organized by Dr. Andrea Herrera, Professor, UCCS Women's and Ethnic Studies Program, will feature prominent Latino/a artists, art historians, and academics from across the country addressing contemporary aesthetic, artistic, and political issues. The event will run from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm with a 45-minute break for lunch; participants are encouraged to pack a lunch or dine on campus. The symposium is one of many cultural and academic events connected to the We Are You Project International exhibit on display in the UCCS campus art gallery from September 5 through October 11, 2014. 

Moderated by Dr. Herrera, the symposium will feature presentations by We Are You Project artists:  Monica S. Camin, Quintin Gonzalez, Anthony Ortega, Raúl Villarreal, Dr. George Rivera, and Dr. José Rodeiro. The speakers will discuss We Are You Project ideas and will examine the iconology of diverse works created by WAYPI artists, placing into a larger context and sparking discussion and dialogue around issues facing contemporary Latino and Latina artists in the United States.  Brazilian filmmaker, Duda Penteado's documentary film "We Are You" will be viewed. The symposium will be immediately followed by a gallery tour at 3:00 pm and a public reception for the exhibit and artists from 4:00-6:00 PM.

As part of the 2014 national celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, GOCA is featuring 30 world-renowned visual artists. Three artists work in Colorado. The unique transcultural project was coordinated by Herrera, Daisy McConnell, director, UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art, and Raúl Villarreal, chair, We Are You Project International exhibition/events committee.

According to We Are You Project International, the artists were motivated to participate in the Colorado exhibition to highlight inaction on U.S. immigration reform, the plight of 50,000 undocumented Central American child refugees awaiting entry to the U.S. and increasing violence in the U.S. against Latino/as. The dilemmas confronting 21st Century Latino/as are addressed by many of the artists.

About We Are You Project International

Founded in 2005 by Duda Penteado, a Brazilian-American artist and filmmaker, Carlos Hernandez, a Puerto-Rican and former President of New Jersey City University, and Mario Tapia, a Chilean-American, and President of The Latino Center on Aging, the We Are You Project is a comprehensive Latino/a arts initiative. It focuses on current Latino/a socio-cultural, political, and economic conditions; and reflects the triumphs, achievements, risks and challenges affecting all Latino/as within and outside the U.S.

Led by Lillian Hernandez, President, the exhibit combines visual art, poetry, music, performance art, and film. For more information, visit http://www.weareyouproject.org/6201.html.


10:00 am - 4:00 pm