For the past two years, attendees at the Latino Issues Conference have seen Santa Fe-based painter Pola Lopez’s colorful artwork. Now they will get to hear from the artist directly when she gives the keynote address at the 16th annual conference, on Oct. 21.
The theme this year is “Latino/a Art in Motion.” Lopez, from New Mexico, will be joined by Midwestern Latino artists Emanuel Enriquez, Jose Treviño and José Luna, who will also give presentations. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in 101 Olscamp Hall. The conference is free, but the noon luncheon costs $10. For tickets, call 2-2642.
Like her mixed cultural heritage, Lopez’s art draws on Mestizo images, European and native influences and a feminine perspective. Her work has been shown at the White House, and she has been designated her state’s portrait artist.
Enriquez’s award-winning work is well known to BGSU and northwest Ohioans. His large-scale sculptures grace the University campus and are featured at Toledo’s Fifth Third Field, the Toledo Botanical Gardens and Schedel Gardens in Elmore, among other locales. Enriquez is a BGSU alumnus.
Treviño, a sculptor and painter from Toledo, is inspired by Mesoamerican and cultural art themes and the colors of the Southwest. Luna, a performance artist, will use conga drums and spoken word in his presentation.
The conference is part of BGSU’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and is organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
For more information, call 2-2642.