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.
Sandy Ramos, adult
Debra Braley Needham, adult
Emily Morales, 6th grade
Cassandra Braley, adult
Jessica Parham, adult
Chico Cheeto Caliente
Deyanira Ortega, 9th grade
Tomas Gonzalez, adult
Victoria Cardona, adult
Miranda Howe, adult
Willis Howe, 1st
Martin Hernandez, adult
Julie Murphy, adult
Nayeli R. Eldred, 9th grade
Laudun Aree’, adult
Janet Sanders, adult
Bertina Chavez, adult
Yolanda Chavez, adult
Andrea Manzanares, 10th grade
Alexis Meraz, 6th grade
Zoey M. Garcia, 8th grade
Xavier Casteneda, 5th grade
Kruz Torres, 1st grade
Kate Davis, adult
Maria Villa, adult
Juan Sotelo, adult
Agustin Pozo, adult
Hector J. Saenz, Jr., adult
La Sandia (with stripes)
Lilly McAlister, 8th grade
Kendy Sanchez, adult
Daisy Pittman, 10th grade
Dia de los Muertos
Grace Lozano, adult
Carlie G., 4th grade
Selah Russell, 6th grade
El Chicago Bulls
David G., 3rd grade
Mauricio Miranda, adult
Amy Ramos, 3rd grade
El Corano Virus (in larger work)
Miranda Carrillo, 8th grade
Riya Yanes, 1st
Maya Gonzalez, 4th grade
Alex Ramos, 4th grade
Emilia Hernandez-Ortega, 6th grade
Lucas Tang, 7th grade
Reese Hunter, 6th
Anna Ostrander, adult
Nathan Hillam, 8th
Chloe Oldfield, 6th
Elizabeth Olivas, adult
Mason Deen, 8th
Cate Erbaugh, adult
Quiannali Olivas, 10th
Jackie Deen, adult
Reagan Deen, 2nd
Elena Howe, 3rd
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.
Q&A with Paul Valadez
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. https://www.collegefactual.com/colleges/the-university-of-texas-pan-american/student-life/chart-living-arrangement.html
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.
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?
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.
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?
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: