Community Art Exhibits at the Library

This was originally published several months ago, so it may be out of date.

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Contact: Kanya Lyons, 512-974-7379

Community Art Exhibits at the Library

Check out the following Community Art Exhibits at three branches of the Austin Public Library November 12-20, 2016. The art exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information call 512-974-7400 or visit

Jennie Tudor Gray | Student Art
Willie Mae Kirk Branch | 3101 Oak Springs Dr.

Jennie Tudor Gray is an artist and arts educator currently teaching at Westview Middle School in Pflugerville ISD. She is thrilled to be able to premiere her new students' work this year. Students explored the topic of censorship and created artwork expressing their freedom to read making artwork out of old banned books such as 1984, Harry Potter, Twilight, Mockingjay, To Kill a Mockingbird, and more. Students created blackout poetry finding hidden poems inside a page from a banned book and creating a drawing related to their poem.

Juan Salvador Garcia | Watercolor
Southeast Branch | 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd.

The painter Juan Salvador was born close to the Texas border, at Frontera Coahuila. He began painting when he was in middle school and has studied with many artists and institutions throughout Mexico. His passion for watercolor began when he discovered the National Museum of Watercolors in Mexico City. In 2001 he moved to Austin, Texas. He has exhibited his art at La Peña Latino Art, Brocca Gallery, East Austin Studio Tour and Studio 10 Art Gallery. After surviving a major flood and prostate cancer, he decided to dedicate himself to painting for the remainder of his years.

Maria Villanueva | Mixed Media
St. John Branch | 7500 Blessing Ave.

Maria Villanueva moved to the U.S. in 2000 from a small village in Mexico. After high school she attended Columbus College of Art and Design achieving the first college degree for the entire family and graduating with honors. Maria has been working on defining art and exploring new methods of art while staying true to her beliefs and self. The colors and vibrant textures on her paintings resemble those of Van Gogh and Diego Rivera, while she acknowledges Johannes Vermeer and Andrew Wyeth are the artist she admires the most. Her artwork is a contrast of traditional materials, experimental methods and playful results that one cannot yet define as a recognizable style, nor should one. Her style is dynamic.

Sean Lopez | Video Art
St. John Branch | 7500 Blessing Ave. 

Sean Lopez is a video artist working and residing in Austin, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Radio Television Film from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009. Since graduating he has dedicated himself to a variety of art practices including transmedia, video installation and experimental film. Sean is interested in exploring antiquated video recording technology and blurring the line between conventional film narrative and lyrical expressionism. Some of his influences are Ryan Trecartin and Stan Vanderbeek. Sean’s art attempts to realize depictions or articulations of the collective consciousness and unconsciousness (as defined by Jungian psychoanalysis) through expanded cinematic language. His work has the characteristic of a homespun Hi-8 video dipped in acid. He attempts with his art to create a suburban dream-like vision that combines poetry and storytelling in a diaristic expression.