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Visiting artist Luis Jimenez presents slide lecture

Feb. 21, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Noted artist Luis Jimenez of Hondo, N.M., will present a slide lecture of his work beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, in Room 2302, Sangen Hall. Jimenez' visit and lecture are being sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr./Cesar Chavez/Rosa Parks Visiting Professors Program. The public is invited to the free lecture.

Jimenez does fiberglass sculpture with a metal-flake epoxy finish combined with neon and lights. He's equally well known for his colored pencil drawings and lithographs. From March 3 to 10, Jimenez will be an artist-in-residence in the Department of Art lithography studio making a black and white lithograph with WMU professor Curtis Rhodes and alumnus Mike Sims of Lawrence Lithography, El Paso, Texas.

For more information and directions, please contact the Department of Art Exhibitions Office at 616 387-2455.

About Luis Jimenez

Born in El Paso in 1940, Jimenez studied art at the University of Texas at Austin, where he recieved the B.S. degree in art in 1964. Today, he maintains an active sculpture studio in Hondo, N.M., while teaching at the University of Houston.

Jimenez has broad experience in the museum field, having held positions at: the Long Beach Museum in California; New Orleans Museum in Louisiana; Roswell Museum and Art Center in New Mexico; the National Collection of Fine Arts in Washington, D.C.; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City.

His numerous sculpture commissions include: San Diego Fountain, PY-Vaura Development Corporation, California; Cruzando el Rio Bravo, Otis Art Institute, Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, California; Plaza de los Lagartos, City of El Paso, Texas, and the National Endowment of Arts (1995); Denver Mustang, Denver International Airport, Colorado; and Fire Fighter, Cleveland, Ohio.

Jimenez received National Endowment of the Arts Fellowships in 1990 and 1997; the Hasson Ford Purchase Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1997; and the Artist of the Year Award, from the Art League of Texas in 1998.

Media contact: Jackie Ruttinger, 616 387-4678, jacquelyn.ruttinger@wmich.edu

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