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Minnesota Women’s Press profiles Tina Tavera

Minnesota Womens Press - logoThe Minnesota Women’s Press recently featured a profile of Maria Cristina “Tina” Tavera, director of the McNair Scholars Program at Augsburg College, and her daughter Paloma Giossi. Tavera is an artist and activist whose work often focuses on the relationships between womanhood and culture. “My artistic mission is to create pieces that inspire conversations about topics, about how gender and cultural issues are viewed. I want to create access to arts for women,” Tavera said in the article.

The article also examines how Tavera’s own cultural heritage has impacted her work; she has dual-citizenship with the U.S. and Mexico. “Art has the capacity to teach non-Latinos about our Latino culture,” Tavera said. “To create a sense of community for Latinos, and to create places for conversation.”

Tavera’s work will be featured in “Reconfiguring Casta,” an exhibit in Augsburg College’s Christensen Center art gallery from February 29 to March 31. A reception will be held at the gallery on March 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. Additionally, Tavera has curated a collection titled, “Sus Voces: Female Printmakers from Mexico” that will be displayed at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking from February 5 to March 27 with a reception on March 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Read: Visualizing women’s stories on the Minnesota Women’s Press site for further exhibition and event details.

Superimpositions and The Mysteries of Ordinary Places

art_exhibitsThis week Augsburg opens two new art exhibits: Superimpositions by Shannon Collis and Erik Waterkotte in the Christensen Center Gallery and The Mysteries of Ordinary Places by Nick Conbere in the Gage Family Art Gallery in the Lindell Library. All three will speak at a roundtable discussion moderated by studio manager Joanne Price on Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the Marshall Room, Christensen Center. A reception will follow the discussion. Continue reading “Superimpositions and The Mysteries of Ordinary Places”