Art exhibit ‘Origins’ aims to break down walls near Arizona-Mexico border

Art exhibit ‘Origins’ aims to break down walls near Arizona-Mexico border

(Brittany Watson/Cronkite News) SAN LUIS – Sculpted calaveras – skulls – are perched alongside a painting of Frida Kahlo, which hangs next to several rocks used by artists as improvised canvases. They’re all part of an exhibit that recently opened to the public at the San Luis Library, located on the border with Mexico about 25 miles south of Yuma.

Organizers said the art helps to unite two cities that, although separated by walls and fences, share a common history and culture.

“This exhibit is about providing opportunities for artists in our region, artists of all levels, and bringing them together from Yuma, from San Luis, from across the border,” said Julie Floss, professor of fine arts at Arizona Western College. “Providing them the opportunity to share their art with the community.”

This is the fifth year the library has hosted its annual “Origins” exhibition; this year’s theme is “Art Without Borders.” It’s a part of a monthlong program celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which is Sept. 15-Oct. 15. Artists, representing a range of media, were selected from a pool of public submissions.

It’s also the first year the library is collaborating with Mexican organizations to connect artists from across the border, including partnerships with Arizona Western College, Museo Regional de San Luis Rio Colorado and the Mexican Consulate. Organizers said the event is dedicated to promoting visual artists from both sides of the border, while also building bridges between artists and the community.

Melissa Huerta is the curator and director of the Museo Regional […]

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