The First Annual Latino Arts Fest at Bishop Arts District seeks to present a brief survey of art and cultural practices by contemporary Latino artists in North Texas. Ranging from modern to traditional, this festival will provide a window to the inspired creative impulses of a few of the more distinctive artists who reside in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
This will be a one day multidisciplinary event with programs and performances throughout the day and will also feature interactive projects for young and old.
Visual artists scheduled to create special art installations/ interventions are Bernie Diaz, Patricia Rodriguez, Omar Hernandez, Tina Medina and Steve Cruz; as well as, students from Mountain View College and El Centro College.
Spoken word performances sponsored by Wordspace will be presented throughout the day by Opalina Salas and Carlos Salas. Musical offerings will include performances by the Felix Flores Band, and Mariachi Quetzal. Interactive programs will be provided by the Latino Cultural Center, Oil and Cotton and Wordspace. Come out and spend the day and experience the creative side of life, Latin Style!
Distinguised Event Judges:
- Celia Munoz, -is a conceptual multi-media artist based in Arlington Texas. Her artwork was exhibited in the 1991 Whitney Biennial and in many other exhibits in the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Among the recognitions she has received are two National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship awards for Photography and New Genres, a recognition as Outstanding Centennial Alumnus from the University of North Texas, an Achievement award from the Hispanic Women's Network of Texas, as well as an Honors Award for outstanding Achievement in the Arts by the Women's Caucus for the Arts. Her work has received scholarly attention with the publication of the award winning book "Celia Alvarez Munoz" by Roberto Tejada, Distinguished Endowed Art Chair in Art History at Southern Methodist University.
- Benito Huerta, -is Director of the Gallery at UTA as well as an artist and curator. He was a co-founder of "ArtLies" a Texas Art Journal. As an artist he has been featured in one person exhibits at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, the Ellen Noel Art Museum in Odessa and the University of Texas in San Antonio. He was recently the focus of a 13 year survey exhibition at the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi and the El Paso Museum. He was the recipient of the Dallas Center Of Contemporary Art's 2002 Legend of the Year Award and the recipient of the first Maestros Tejanos exhibit at the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas. He has also completed public art projects for the Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, the DFW International Terminal, the Henry Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio and the Fort Worth Parks Dept.
- Charles Dee Mitchell, -is a freelance writer based in Dallas who has contributed to the Dallas Observer and the Dallas Morning News. He has been a frequent contributer to Art in America and has written essays for exhibits at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio, the UCLA Armand Hammer Museum as well as many other commercial and non-profit spaces.