July 9, 2001

Contact: Sarah Ray
Posted: July 9, 2001

MIDDLEBURY, VT-"Escultura solar," or "Solar Sculptures," a collection of works by Mexican artist Armando Santa Ana Chávez, will be on display at Middlebury College through Aug. 10. Santa Ana Chávez is a professor of art history at La Universidad Internacional de Cuernavaca, and an editorial cartoonist for the daily paper La Jornada de Morelos and the weekly publication Política. He is also currently artist-in-residence at Middlebury's Spanish School.

Santa Ana Chávez calls the works in the exhibition solar sculpture and habitable sculpture because they combine art with new technologies learned at science museums in Mexico where he and his wife, sculptor Cristina Martínez, create their art. Various museums in Mexico and a number of universities in the United States have displayed one-man shows of works by each of them, as well as group exhibitions that include their sculpture.

Santa Ana Chávez describes his work as representing the symbiosis of art, science and nature. According to him, sculpture is an ideal expression of art, one that conveys human relationship with the cosmos. Sculpture is an art of space related to the sun, stars, water, earth and time - a living expression of elements, energy and the universe itself.

The Middlebury College Spanish School is sponsoring the exhibition, which is open from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. "Solar Sculptures" is located on the second floor of Bicentennial Hall just inside the entrance to the Armstrong Library. Bicentennial Hall is on Bicentennial Way off College Street (Route 125), west of the blinking light. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Robert Keren of the Middlebury College Language Schools at 802-443-2095.