Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Tejano Civil Rights Museum welcomes first art exhibit

Tejano Civil Rights Museum - 07/14/14 - 07/14/14

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

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The Tejano Civil Rights Museum recently opened in Corpus Christi as a joint venture between Texas A&M University-Kingsville and the LULAC Foundation, and now it opens its doors to the first art exhibit.

The work of Rosendo Sandoval will be on display through Monday, July 14, at the museum located at 1513 N. Chaparral St. in Heritage Park in Corpus Christi.  A reception for the artist will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 12.

Sandoval is a native of Tamaulipas, Mexico, but has lived in the Rio Grande Valley for many years. He is a graduate of Weslaco High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Pan American University and two master’s degrees, one from Texas A&I University and one from University of Texas Pan American. He is an art teacher in the Mercedes Independent School District.

For the last few years, Sandoval has used his culture as the focus of his paintings. “Since the late 1990s, my painting style has been gradually changing. In 1999, I decided to look at my culture for inspiration and came up with a large painting that I call La Piñata and ever since that time, all I am doing is related to themes I can find in the Mexican and Mexican American cultures.

 “My works are done in a semi-realistic, romantic style. I like to use what I call the three Cs in all my works--composition, color and contrast,” he said. “I usually start a painting by researching the theme and working out the composition. My second step is to decide on the color scheme that I will use. After that is done, the next step will be to transfer the sketch to the panel and start the painting.”

Sandoval said he has been inspired by the work of Mexican mural painters like Siqueiros and Jorge Gonzalez Camarena. He is a member of the Upper Valley Art League and has participated in both group and one-man art exhibits, including at IMAS, the Rio Grande Valley Art Museum, the Narciso Martinez Cultural Art Center and the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art.

The Tejano Civil Rights Museum is only open on weekends in the summer, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 361-425-5611 or 361-813-7808. 

About the Tejano Civil Rights Museum

The Tejano Civil Rights Museum is a joint venture between Texas A&M University-Kingsville and the LULAC Foundation geared to highlight the area’s rich history in the context of the Hispanic civil rights movement. Its goal is to preserve the history of the Tejano and Mexican American culture of South Texas. The museum became a reality when the Corpus Christi City Council voted unanimously to approve a five-year agreement with LULAC Council No. 1 to lease the Grande-Grossman House located in Heritage Park. The museum will be known as the Tejano House or La Casa Tejana.

The university is responsible for providing content for the museum, including art exhibits, historical displays and lectures. The exhibits are an extension of the Ben Bailey Art Gallery on the Texas A&M-Kingsville campus. A grand opening is being planned during Hispanic Heritage Month in the fall. The museum is operational thanks to the City of Corpus Christi City Council and Parks and Recreation Department.


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