Artist Juan Alonso to speak at CWU October 14 | CWU Public Affairs

Fall 2011 Passages: Contemporary Latino/a Artists, October 8—November 5, 2011

By: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell
Posted: Oct. 12, 2011

As part of the Sarah Spurgeon exhibit, Passages: Contemporary Latino/a Artists, Juan Alonso will give a presentation on October 14, 4 p.m., in Randall 117.

This lecture is presented as part of CWU’s celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month and sponsored by the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies and Sarah Spurgeon Gallery.

 Born in Havana, Cuba, Juan Alonso arrived in the United States in 1966 as a boy. His father sent him to live with an aunt and uncle in Miami, Florida, in the hopes that Alonso would have a chance at a better life. He moved to Seattle in May of 1982, where his interest in painting and drawing flourished.

 Alonso’s artwork harkens to his homeland. His paintings draw on childhood memories of Cuba and have evolved over the years from his trademark sensuous floral works to weathered abstractions inspired by the faded facades of Havana’s ornate, historic buildings and currently focus on the foundation and inner workings of architectural structures.

Alonso’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America. He received a Neddy Fellowship in 1997, the Morrie and Joan Alhadeff PONCHO Artist of the Year Award in 2007, and a Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award in 2010. For more information, visit his website http://www.juanalonso.info.

 The exhibit features works by Juan Alonso, Wanda Benvenutti, Eduardo Calderon, Marcio Diaz, Tatiana Garmendia, and Adela Gonzalez. Presented as part of CWU’s celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month and sponsored by the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies.

 The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and weekends 1 to 4 p.m.

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