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DATE:  November 15, 2007       
CONTACT: Joe Pena, 361.825.2386 or 361.510.0918 (cell); Leonel Monsivais, 361.442.8820; or Cassandra Hinojosa, 361.825.2337

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s First MFA in Sculpture Candidate Captures Hardships Faced by Illegal Immigrants

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WHO: The Art Department at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and University Galleries

WHAT: Opening Reception for “El Esfuerzo Humano (The Human Endeavor)”

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Islander Art Gallery, 4024 Weber Road in the Hamlin Center


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –The Department of Art at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the University Galleries will hold an opening reception for “El Esfuerzo Humano,” by Leonel Monsivais Friday, Nov. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Islander Art Gallery, located at 4024 Weber Road in the Hamlin Center. The public is invited to meet the artist.

The exhibit, which will be on display through Saturday, Dec. 1, features the work of Monsivais, the University’s first candidate for a master of fine arts in sculpture. Monsivais’ exhibit includes a narrative of his own family’s crossing of the border into Texas and uses imagery to represent the common language and bond that exists among those who live on both sides of the border.

“My perspective on illegal immigration is not one of protest, but one of existence,” Monsivais said. “This perspective on illegal immigration is neither for nor against illegal immigration. Immigrants from Mexico exist as human beings and crossing into the United States is a catalyst for progress, which is a testament to the American Dream.”

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