UHV Exhibit Features Local Student Artists

It’s not the Louvre, but the influence of the masters can be glimpsed in the artwork on display at the University of Houston-Victoria. Sixteen paintings, the work of eight student artists, are part of the latest exhibit on the second floor of the University Center building, a space that has been transformed into a “mini gallery” over the past two years. The exhibit will run through September 6.

Diverse in style and subject matter, the paintings range from close-up nature studies reminiscent of the work of Georgia O’Keefe to folk-life paintings that hint at the whimsy of Marc Chagall. However, all of these paintings were created a little closer to home: They are the work of Victoria College students enrolled in Karen Sikora’s art classes.

The exhibit, free and open to the public, features work done in acrylic and oil, as well as mixed media. On the final day of the exhibit, a reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at UHV. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with the artists and ask about their work.

Featured artists include Ismael Valdez, Evangeline Flores, Shelly Tharp, Estefana Diaz, Denise McGuire, Haily Holmes, and E. Mojica Kidder, all of Victoria, and Sarah King of Inez.

A number of the paintings are available for purchase, with 20 percent of the proceeds to benefit the VC Student Art Association. For more information or to purchase work, contact art instructor Karen Sikora at (361) 573-3291, ext. 3239.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.