✓ ARTH 381 Art in Latin America
The term “Alebrijes” originated from the name that Pedro Linares gave to his fantastic creations of paper maché. Pedro Linares, a native Oaxacan, had a hallucinatory dream during a deadly illness in which he was in an unfamiliar place where saw strange animals that looked like composites of several animals. The animals had horns, claws, and wings and changed shapes. The animals were making sounds he could not understand, except he heard the word over and over, “alebrije, alebrije, alebrije.” He was not afraid because he knew these creatures were good. When he awoke, he found himself at home again and his sickness was gone. Don Pedro felt an overwhelming need to recreate the figures that he saw in his dream.
RULES FOR ALEBRIJES:
–should use bright colors
–should be COVERED in a variety of PATTERNS (patterns on the final should follow your submitted drawing)
–paint all areas including the bottom (do not leave any area unpainted paper mache).
–should have legs, arms, and/or tail (need appendages…not blob forms)
–should have one element that is other-worldly: wings, horns, antennae, etc.
–should stand on legs and/or tail (not sit on rear/buttocks)
–should be a combo of at least 2 animals or creatures (NOT human) (2 animals should be recognizable)
–submit drawings in advance including both the design AND the color & patterns plus label the drawing with the types of animals/creatures incorporated.
–IMPORTANT: keep the alebrije SMALL so you can complete it on time (smaller than 8 x 8 x 8”).
DAY OF THE DEAD CALAVERAS (SKULLS and SKELETONS)
STUDENTS AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS TO MEXICO
Maria Lomeli-Garcia received a professional internship position in The Asheville Sister Cities Summer Internship Program in Valladolid, Mexico, 2014. In fact, she was given a leadership position. Although no funding was available through Study Abroad (due to violence in Mexico), I was able to find Maria funds from three sources (note that Valladolid is a small and safe city in the Yucatan, Mexico) that will take care of over a third of the internship fees.
Madeleine Garcia-Johnson was given a leadership position as an Art History intern in The Asheville Sister Cities Summer Internship Program in Valladolid, Mexico, 2013.
GRADUATE STUDY at North Carolina State in the Masters of Teaching program (MAT) (2016).
STUDENTS AWARDS AND PRESENTATIONS OUTSIDE UNCA
Margit Briggs (Studio Art major) had her exceptional Art History paper (from the Fall 2013 course, Art in Latin America) accepted to the 2014 East Carolina University’s 6th Annual Art History Symposium and was awarded an Undergraduate Research travel grants to attend.
Hannah Wiepke (Art History major) had her outstanding Art History paper (from the Fall 2013 course, Art in Latin America) accepted to the 2014 East Carolina University’s 6th Annual Art History Symposium and was awarded an Undergraduate Research travel grants to attend.