CHULA VISTA The Southwestern College School of Arts and Communication is proud to present Art Defends. an art exhibition that promotes the idea that art can play an integral role as a facilitator in a community’s development. Produced by the Border Art Workshop/Taller de Arte Fronterizo(BAW/TAF), and supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the exhibition features works from artists working in the Maclovio Rojas community of Tijuana. Artists from Mexico, Sweden, Argentina, Brazil, France, Australia, and the United States will be featured. The exhibit opens Thursday, October 10 and runs through Thursday, October 31.
In celebration of the group show, a free Opening Reception for the public has been scheduled for Thursday, October 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Southwestern College Art Gallery patio. Free parking will be available during this event. Also part of the show, Cuban-American poet Aleida Rodriguez will read in the Art Gallery on Thursday, October 24 at 7 p.m.
“Art Defends. exposes the historical pressures that have been used to attack the Maclovio Rojas community,” says Michael Schnorr, a professor of art for the Southwestern College School of Arts and Communication. “For 15 years, these residents have struggled against pressures to make them leave property they purchased legally in 1987.”
The BAW/TAF first got involved with Maclovio Rojas after a request was made by the community’s central committee for protection from the municipal, state, federal and international sources applying pressure on them to leave.
Art Defends. will be on display for public viewing October 10 through October 31 in the Southwestern College Art Gallery. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 6 to 9 p.m. The venue is closed on holidays and weekends. For more information, call the Art Gallery at 619-216-6605.