VC Fine Arts Gallery to exhibit paintings by Joe Pena

VICTORIA, Texas- Victoria College’s Fine Arts Gallery will exhibit the paintings of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Art Professor Joe Pena from March 26 to April 9.

An opening reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 26.

“My work explores elements of ethnic identity, including aspects of cultural, familial and social notions, relating to my Mexican heritage,” said Pena, who obtained his Masters of Fine Arts degree from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2005. “The subject matter, portrayed through various elements of still life, portraiture and urban nightscapes, is a further reference and exploration into personal narratives as well as traditional and contemporary Mexican customs.”

The exhibit is part of a series designed to expose VC students to opportunities in art careers.

“I want our students to know that they can make a living as an artist, and I believe one of the best ways to drive that point home is for them to meet working artists in the field,” said Jason Valdez, VC assistant art professor.

Victoria College’s Fine Arts Gallery is located on VC’s Main Campus at 2200 E. Red River Street in Victoria. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

The information in this article was provided in a press release from Victoria College.