Arts and Culture

Loteria (Mexican Bingo) Art Contest Submissions

-more to be added soon-

Thanks to everyone who entered! What a great array of materials and subjects. We will be announcing the final deck and a prospective game day (in the fall) soon. All entries will stay on display at the Anderson Museum through March.

Loteria Winners

El Diablito

Sandy Ramos, adult



Debra Braley Needham, adult


La Mano

Emily Morales, 6th grade


La Pera

Cassandra Braley, adult


Los Estudiantes

Jessica Parham, adult


Chico Cheeto Caliente

Deyanira Ortega, 9th grade


El Buitre

Tomas Gonzalez, adult


El Apache

Victoria Cardona, adult


La Mascarilla

Miranda Howe, adult


El Cantarito

Willis Howe, 1st


La Troca

Martin Hernandez, adult


Sapo Cornudo

Julie Murphy, adult


Los Amantes

Nayeli R. Eldred, 9th grade


La Luna

Marissa Vale


La Dama

Laudun Aree’, adult


Nave Espacial

Janet Sanders, adult


La Rana

Bertina Chavez, adult



Chili Ristra

Yolanda Chavez, adult


Globo Aerostatico

Andrea Manzanares, 10th grade

El Tortuga

Alexis Meraz, 6th grade


La Garza

Zoey M. Garcia, 8th grade


La Escalera

Xavier Casteneda, 5th grade


El Girasol

Kruz Torres, 1st grade


El Chupacabra

Kate Davis, adult


El Juez

Maria Villa, adult


La Adiccion

Juan Sotelo, adult


El Conejo

Agustin Pozo, adult



Stephen Fleming


La Tacita

Elaine Howe


La Cresta

Jeremy Howe


El Caballo

Hector J. Saenz, Jr., adult


La Sandia (with stripes)

Lilly McAlister, 8th grade


La Rosa

Kendy Sanchez, adult



Daisy Pittman, 10th grade



Dia de los Muertos

Grace Lozano, adult


El Sol

Carlie G., 4th grade


El Cazo

Selah Russell, 6th grade


El Chicago Bulls

David G., 3rd grade


La Botella

Mauricio Miranda, adult

La Sirena

Amy Ramos, 3rd grade


El Corano Virus (in larger work)

Miranda Carrillo, 8th grade


La Sandia

Riya Yanes, 1st


El Escuela

Maya Gonzalez, 4th grade


La Arana

Alex Ramos, 4th grade


El Gato

Emilia Hernandez-Ortega, 6th grade


La Avispa

Lucas Tang, 7th grade


El Corazon

Reese Hunter, 6th


La Palma

Anna Ostrander, adult


El Jawa

Nathan Hillam, 8th


La Rosa

Chloe Oldfield, 6th


La Taza

Elizabeth Olivas, adult


La Muerte

Mason Deen, 8th


El Goloso

Cate Erbaugh, adult


El Universo

Quiannali Olivas, 10th


La Bota

Jackie Deen, adult


La Cascada

Reagan Deen, 2nd


La Maceta

Elena Howe, 3rd


La Playa

Veronica Gutierrez, 4th

Paul Valadez brings his Potlatch Project to Roswell as part of the Big Read Roswell 2021! Mark your calendar for March 20 from 1-3 p.m. when Paul will give away his artwork FREE at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, 409 E. College. Examples of his drawings and painting of Mexican food are on display at AMoCA! More details about how this event will be structured will be posted on this website in March!

Paul currently teaches art at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (formerly the University of Texas-Pan American), on the U.S. / Mexico border. His art career began by his earning a BFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

My goal has been to make art as a Mexican American artist that challenges the viewer’s preconceived notions of what Mexican American art can be.
Paul Valadez

Q&A with Paul Valadez

Teaching Q’s

How long have you taught at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley?

I have been teaching at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and at the University of Texas-Pan American the legacy institution since 2004.

What are the main classes you teach?

Recently, I have been teaching Graduate Level, MFA courses-Portfolio, Art Appreciation, and Design.

What class do you enjoy teaching the most?

I enjoy teaching in general, I do not have a favorite, each one has different challenges.

What is the demographics of your students – from U.S. mexico, other places(?)…

The population of students is 91.2% hispanic/latino, as for a specific number we have students that commute daily from Mexico. UTRGV enrolls over 700 international students from 62 different countries, with 22% of graduate and 78% of undergraduate students.

Do most students room in dorms or commute from their homes (pre-pandemic)?

84% of freshman live with family

What are the unique challenges (if any) of teaching at a college so close to the border of another country?

Challenging during emergency border closures, sometimes students can not make it to class. Happens frequently.

How have you adapted to the Covid world?

I don’t go out, I mask-up, avoid crowds, don’t travel, Zoom classes, Hybrid in person classes. Have had opportunities for online exhibits, learning how to use instagram to connect with other artists etc.

Personal Q’s

How did your parents meet?

At a dance

Did you grow up bilingual – are your parents bilingual?

No, I am not bilingual; my father is and my paternal grandparents spoke Spanish. My mother if from Appalachian-area of North Carolina.

Did you ever experience racism in the U.S. even though you were born here?

Unfortunately, yes.

In what ways has your background in two cultures been an attribute and a hinderance?

I do not think of it as an attribute or a hinderance, it is who I am.

What is the best part of being an American and the best part of having Mexican heritage?

Best is the freedom that many people take for granted, my Mexican heritage is an enrichment of my American experience.

What were some of the more distinct or memorable differences you experienced between the two cultures when you were growing up?

Language and religion. I have the distinct memories of my maternal grandfather taking me to tent revivals and also participating with my paternal grandparents at Catholic celebrations.

Art Q’s

What type of art – or artists – do you most enjoy looking at?

Much like music, it depends upon my mood

Do you remember the first artwork you made (at any age) when after making it you thought of yourself as an artist?

I didn’t think of being an artist until I was in my twenties.

What body of artwork (or an idea you had) are you most proud of?

It is always what I am currently working on. This project I am pretty excited about.

When did you come up with the Potlach Project idea?

About 3-4 years ago. I am living so far away from larger metropolitan areas, it’s a way for me to connect with the art community at large.

How many artworks have you given away to date?

Thousands-too many to count.

Do you have any special stories or memories about a person or a comment made during your artwork give-away events?

Not yet.

Random Q’s

What is your best advice or a few words of wisdom to any budding young artist?

Don’t stop, keep working, don’t get discouraged, and don’t give up.

The wonderful photo of Paul Valadez led us to learning about the photographer who took the picture, and it turns out his work is also very relevant to the Roswell Big Read 2021 theme.

Since 2008 Falke has “visited over 200 artists who live and work on both sides of the 2000 miles long U.S.- Mexico border to document the vibrant culture of the region for his ongoing project.” For our Roswell Big Read 2021 website, Stefan has allowed us to showcase three additional photos from his project: