Two UTEP graduates have been named Texas State Artists and can serve one-year phrases to signify the state’s inventive legacy.
Lupe Mendez would be the state’s poet laureate and Celia Álvarez Muñoz would be the state’s two-dimensional artist. They have been nominated by a legislative-appointed committee primarily based on the standard of their work and their dedication to the humanities.
Their phrases begin Could 18, 2022.
“UTEP is positioned in a vibrant border and buying and selling neighborhood with a wealthy inventive heritage,” college President Heather Wilson stated in a press release. “The collection of these two alumni is some extent of delight for the College and the El Paso area.”
Mendez, a Galveston native who lives in Houston, earned his grasp’s in inventive writing from UTEP in 2015. He’s an educator who based Tintero Initiatives, a company that works with writers of colour inside the Texas Gulf Coast Area.
Mendez has earned fellowships from CantoMundo, the Macondo Basis and the Crescendo Literary/Poetry Foundations Rising Poet Incubator. The Texas Institute of Letters awarded him the 2019 John A. Robertson Award for greatest first guide of poetry for “Why I’m Like Tequila.”
“The appointment to this place means the world,” stated Mendez, a well-published writer.
Álvarez Muñoz, a local El Pasoan who resides in Arlington, earned her bachelor’s in artwork from Texas Western Faculty (now UTEP) in 1964 and her grasp’s in superb artwork from the College of North Texas in 1982.
“I’m very joyful to be in a tremendous group of honorees from the State of Texas,” she stated.
She began as an illustrator, however later experimented with totally different media to incorporate guide artwork, sculpture, language, photographic media and installations-based work. She obtained the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award in Visible Arts from the Artwork League of Houston and has earned two Nationwide Endowment for the Arts grants.