UHV Exhibit Features Local Artist Ruben Medellin

Visitors to the University of Houston-Victoria this month will notice new art lining the hallways. Ruben Medellin, whose paintings were first shown at UHV last year during Hispanic Heritage Month, is the featured artist in an exhibit currently on display on the second and third floors of the University Center building.

A Victoria native, Medellin developed an interest in painting while still in high school. The exhibit at UHV showcases portraits from the last 20 years of his artistic career, spanning a variety of styles and interests. His work has been shown in galleries in Austin, Corpus Christi and San Antonio.

“I believe art is an expression of our inner souls,” said Medellin. “In my paintings I create an illusion of what could be, like looking through a mirror at what’s on the other side.”

When not working in his studio, Medellin gives motivational art presentations at local schools. He credits a former teacher with helping him find his life’s calling and steering him out of trouble. Now he tries to give back to the community by working with youth.

The art exhibit, free and open to the public, will be on display through April 8. From April 3-8, the show will overlap with an incoming exhibit by artist Frank Aguilar. For more information, contact UHV Director of Special Projects Vic Padelford at (361) 570-4186.

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.