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A reflection of different experiences reflected through the colorful art that tells stories.
Oliverio Balcells is a scholar of the ancient Mesoamerican cultures as well as as a photographer, painter and musician. He is a native of Guadalajara, Mexico and moved to Arizona in 1999.
He creates contemporary art. “I’m interested in social themes like history, culture, human potential development, symbolism and nature. I use self-expression to inspire people in the present moment through paintings, music, photos and films. My influences stem from ancient Mexican manifestations, Wixarika (Huichol) art, the Mexican master muralists and the golden age of Mexican cinema,” Balcells said.
In 2016, he was a selected artist for the In Flux Cycle 6 for the city of Tempe to paint a mural on Apache Boulevard. In 2012, he was selected by the city of Tempe Public Art Program to design and paint a utility box on Mill Avenue. The image was also made into a library card for the city of Tempe. In 2008, Oliverio was awarded first place at the Arte Latino en la Ciudad XII at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, and in 1999, he was awarded Best Artist in the seventh annual Plastic Arts Exhibit of Cancun.
His work has been featured as a cover for a book from the author Ruth Gomber-Munoz, "Labor and Legality: An Ethnography of a Mexican Immigrant Worker," published by the Oxford University Press, Inc. in New York City.
He has done several workshops for XicoInc’s cultural arts program for youth, CALA’s Diego Community Arts Program with Child's Play as an artist in residence in schools throughout Phoenix, created a community garden mural with Free Arts of Arizona and their Professional Artist Series at the Challenger Middle School. He has also been a teaching artist with Arizona Commission on the Arts, creating a portable mural with the students of Mercury Mine Elementary School in Paradise Valley, Arizona and recently participated in an interactive workshops called the “Eagle Sun in Motion” with the International Sonoran Desert Alliance, Vision Gallery and ASU West.
Oliverio Balcells received his bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the Univa University in Guadalajara, Mexico.
For more information, visit http://oliveriobalcells.com
Join ASU Library for a celebration of Constitution Day, which will include a lecture by Peter McNamara, professor of practice. He will focus on the rivalry between Hamilton and Jefferson, as portrayed in the hit musical "Hamilton," which will be coming to ASU Gammage next year. McNamara will pay special attention to each man's views on the Constitution.
The lecture will take place from 1-2 p.m., with trivia and refreshments both before and after, at 12:30 and 2 p.m.
McNamara is a founding member of Arizona State University’s new School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership. His research and teaching interests range across American political thought, early modern political thought, and political economy. He is an expert on the political and economic thought of Alexander Hamilton and author of "Political Economy and Statesmanship: Smith, Hamilton and the Foundation of the Commercial Republic." He has taught at Utah State University, Boston College and Clemson University, where he was a Hayek Visiting Scholar. He has also worked as a research officer for the Australian Treasury.
Constitution Day is an annual event to encourage all Americans to learn more about the Constitution. Established by Congress in 1956, Constitution Week begins each year on Sept. 17, the date in 1787 when delegates to the Convention signed the Constitution. In 2004, Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia included key provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2005 designating Sept. 17 of each year as Constitution Day and requiring public schools and governmental offices to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.
Join Arizona State University Library as we celebrate the legacy and contributions of the Hinojosa and Franco French families in Arizona.
The Fidencio and Diana Hinojosa Collection documents the family’s musical career that began in Phoenix in 1954 and their efforts to preserve Mexican music from Veracruz, Mexico. The Franco French Family Papers document the family's political and social presence in Arizona between the 1930s and the 1990s. Most notably, the Franco French family established the Fiestas Patrias in 1934 and founded El Sol, among the earliest Spanish language newspapers in Phoenix, in 1938.
This special reception will include food and live music performed by Diana Hinojosa DeLugan and Johnny Montoya, and is part of ASU Library's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Reynaldo Hahn (1875-1947) is best remembered for his songs. Of which, the popular “Si Mes Vers Avaient des Ailes,” best exemplifies the easy salon elegance of his style; however, his music for the theatre is much more voluminous.
In addition to several ballets and incidental scores, Hahn composed 17 operas, operettas and musical plays. Most of these works are comedies with singing and dialogue. This is a genre in which Hahn, with his love of classical lightness, wit and good taste, excelled.
“At all costs,” Hahn once said, “heaviness and boredom are to be avoided; the Muses do not wear glasses.”
On display are 10 opera scores, all in first edition, representing the light, frothy and inventive nature of Hahn’s compositional style. Several scores are autographed, including a presentation copy of "Le Carmélite" to Jules Massenet, the quintessential French opera composer and Hahn’s teacher at the Paris Conservatoire.
The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 15 in the Music Library. All scores are from the private collection of Robert Mills, clinical associate professor and vocal coach for the Lyric Opera.
For further information or questions, please contact Robert Mills at Robert.Mills@asu.edu.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by learning about Arizona State University’s Latin@ history!
Christine Marin, founder of the Chicano/a Research Collection at ASU Library, will lead a walking tour that highlights important historical landmarks on the ASU Tempe campus.
Tour begins at the School of Transborder Studies (Interdisciplinary Building B) and ends at the Hayden Library (room C52) with a small reception and makerspace activities.
The art activism — "artivism" — of Jewell Medina will be on exhibit in the second floor of Fletcher Library through Oct. 14.
Artist statement: "My own art activism started as a young girl when I would design altar installations with my grandmothers and grow medicinal herbs in our gardens for healing. As early as second grade with Ms. Martin, I wrote an award-winning testimony about my mother and grandmother's life growing up in Guadalupe, Arizona. I was living with my parents and two sisters and a brother in a one-bedroom home in Barrio Campito. El Campito was named the camp because this was once the outskirt of the city and city dwellers would see campfires out in this location because that is where the migrants lived. The teacher told me I had a flare for writing. After this I wrote all our grief, pain and suffering into the stories and design of installations in the forms of altars and cajitas.
"My artist career grew in graduate school while working an internship for the Arizona State Chicano archives. At the archives, I learned about arrangement and stories through oral history and visual ethnography. I further expanded my perception and knowledge about art as activism. All of my work is targeted to speak to a revolution. In my time before becoming an artist, most of the time I worked on human trafficking networks, domestic violence councils and as an art historian and ethnic studies professor. I feel strongly that art is a tool to mobilize people to take action on the issues that are most passionate to their hearts. I believe, as Frida Kahlo stated, that 'I paint my own reality.' Art shapes reality and influences the outer. It all starts in the mind, and our creativity shapes the world we live in and create. Currently I am working on a piece to assist women in the arts. I am mostly interested in how women navigate the political climate and speak truth to power. Women are powerful agents of change to create their own stories and herstories with their artivism.
"I am a cultural arts productions visual scholar with research interests in art as it relates to social justice. I have a permanent collection of my art and papers in the Chicano Archives at Arizona State University."
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Arizona State University Fine Arts alumna Brenda Edwards brings the color of the desert to Polytechnic campus Library.
“I consider everything art. My home, nature, the desert, animals and people, all are works of art," Edwards says. "I approach everything as an artist, and take a creative approach to all that I do. I made a decision to live in Arizona when I was 18 years old. I have never regretted that. I love the color and the light of the Sonoran Desert, and spend a good percentage of my week hiking near my home in South Mountain. In the heat of the summer I am on the mountain at 5 a.m. with my dog — and the coyote, owl, javelina and rattlesnake — whoever shows up. Nature preserves all that is precious to us, and I honor nature with my paintings. Arizona is breathtaking and is the inspiration for many of my paintings. I hope to impart to my audience a unique, smile-provoking perspective.”
The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 30.
For more information on the artist, please visit: artistbrendaedwards.com
Mixed media artist Jeffrey Falk has been a fixture of the Downtown Phoenix arts community since 1984. Although he concedes there wasn’t much of an art scene here at that time, he was one of the pioneers, believing that arts and culture are “important in the life and development of a city.”
Falk’s work will be on exhibit at the Downtown Phoenix campus Library’s Vault Gallery through August 9. His work also can be found in both private and public collections, including the Sky Harbor Airport Art Collection, the Tucson Museum of Art and the Mesa Contemporary Arts/Mesa Arts Center.
Falk draws upon collage, construction, found objects, created objects, paint, assemblage and “whatever is at hand to make art.”
“Art is very important to me, making it and seeing the art of other artists in museums and public places,” he writes.
Falk’s art begins in his subconscious, or in other words, he often doesn’t have a clear idea for his art before he begins making it.
“I just begin,” he writes. “At the risk of sounding cliché, I tend to let the materials I use guide me in a direction. Of course, images from my head begin to come to the surface and it all becomes a collaboration of materials and mind.”
Falk took art classes at Arizona State University in 1980 and at Phoenix College and Glendale Community College, while drawing on “life experience” for his work.
“I try to get as close to the personal story without revealing too much,” he explains of his technique. “I like an air of mystery to the work. I like the work to have meaning, but if you don’t understand what the meaning is as I intended it, nevertheless, if it speaks to you, that’s terrific.
“Picasso said something like, once a piece of art is done, it mocks the maker, because it doesn’t need them anymore,” he says. “It has a life of its own.”
Falk can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
An international travel photography exhibition by Paula Cullison is now at Fletcher Library on Arizona State University's West campus.
Born in New York City, Cullison is a long-time Phoenix resident with a passion for international travel. Traveling the world independently, she has visited over 30 countries. Upon graduating from college, she worked in Switzerland on an AIESEC traineeship and has attended several international conferences through her involvement with the United Nations Association.
She has published numerous international travel articles and her first book, "Daughers of the American Dream." She is a member of the Sonoran Arts League and the United Nations Association of Phoenix Chapter. There, she was a past president, as well as president and founder of the Arizona Women's Partnership, Inc.
Her two other photography exhibits include: "To Cuba with Love" and "Journey through the Emerald Isle."
Presentations are available upon request: email@example.com.
In a new exhibition at Fletcher Library, photographer James R. Thompson focuses his camera lens on everyday Americans: "As I travel around this country, I am fascinated by the many stories there are to be told. Every face has a story. I have tried to capture a bit of this and show them with the respect they deserve."
Thompson became interested in photographing people while walking the streets of Minneapolis/St. Paul and meeting a vast variety of folks as they went about their daily lives. "I have since expanded my search to fairs, rodeos and other public events," he says. "Everywhere I go, I look for interesting people or those who might have an interesting story to tell."
Born in Minnesota, Thompson graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1974 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in filmmaking and photography. He spent 33 years in the motion picture and video production business, and now lives and works in the Phoenix area as a freelance photographer.