Lecture And Book Signing By Dr. George Vargas, Art Historian

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N'Namdi Center For Contemporary Art says
Mundo Mericas: Contemporary Art of the Americas and the N'Namdi Center For Contemporary Art presents

"Contemporary Expressions of the New World"
A Lecture and book signing by Dr. George Vargas, Art Historian

Vargas' book "Contemporary Chican@ Art: Color and Culture for a New America" will be available for purchase at the event.

Graduating from University of Michigan with three degrees (BFA, MA, PhD), Dr George Vargas teaches western and nonwestern art history at Texas A & M University, Kingsville (TAMUK). Vargas is a published author, having written Contemporary Chican@ Art (UT/Austin Press, 2010) and various essays, the most recent to appear in Aztlan Journal, UCLA, February 2015. Vargas also has taught literature, civics, Texas and American history, math, studio art, and art history for grades K-12 in Austin, TX. He has a background in arts, education, and employment administration; and experience in grant writing, project development, and education outreach. Additionally, Vargas has worked as consultant for numerous arts groups, from Arts Midwest to Detroit Institute of the Arts. From 2012 to the present, Vargas serves as a museum consultant for El Museo del Norte, American Studies/Latina/o Studies, at the University of Michigan.

Presently, he is project director of two new organizations that he founded: the Institute of Architecture Engineering Heritage and the Rural Arts Program, both based at TAMUK. In Fall 2014 he was awarded a research grant from the Martinez Foundation and an Arts Respond grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, to support these two organizations. . Vargas is Ford Fellow and a Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, and Rosa Parks Fellow.

Vargas is a professional artist as well, currently working on an abstract painting series. He also produces music videos with his son Ben Vargas in Austin, through their digital multimedia group Beat Up. (Two of these videos, "Macho Man" and "Sunflowers Grow" are featured in the current Mundo Mericas exhibition.)
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