University of Texas at Tyler's The Fine Arts Complex is displaying a collection of vibrant art by three  graduates, Mario Munguia Jr., Veronica Vinaja and Erick Rodriguez. Showing during Hispanic Heritage Month, the works feature influences of Latin American culture.


"Reflejos: An Alumni Exhibition" is showing through October 1. The Spanish word reflejos means reflection and is evident in the various sculptures, paintings, and drawings featured in the exhibit. 

Curator Mario Munguia Jr. recently spoke about the exhibit and how it features Hispanic art traditions in a recent interview with KETK.

"It was a really good opportunity to start some conversations, not just about our shared cultural and individual identities, but also in general with artwork," he said. "I think everyone of us that participated in the show has a very individual point of view but also references those stories and traditions that have been passed on to us." 

National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the cultural contributions of Americans descended from peoples of Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The 30-day period begins September 15 and ends October 15 when several countries in Central and South America gained their independence.

The FAC gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UT Tyler Department of Art & Art History at 3900 University Blvd. For information call (903) 566-7000.

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