Opening Reception I Fernando Andrade Muros/Walls
The Department of Arts & Culture, in coordination with the San Antonio Public Library and the National Association for Latino Arts & Culture (NALAC) is hosting an opening reception of new works by San Antonio based artist Fernando Andrade at the San Antonio Central Library Gallery. The Opening Reception is Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The exhibit runs through March 22, 2019.
Andrade was born and raised until the age of seven in the Mexican town of Acuña. This early childhood experience of living on the cusp of two distinct cultures has formulated his artistic narrative. Andrade’s work in this exhibition is the fruit of a NALAC 2018 Fund for the Arts (NFA) grant award. Andrade states that the impetus for the Muros/Walls project was the rhetoric of border walls; however, the idea quickly expanded to a global context rather than a firm focus on the U.S. / Mexico border. This body of work remains a poignant call for empathetic reaction to human struggle, Andrade has expanded his focus to encapsulate the universal rather than a regionally specific thesis.
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation’s premier nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. The NALAC Fund for the Arts is the only national grant program intentionally investing in Latinx artists and nonprofit arts organizations in the United States. To date, NALAC has awarded over 500 grants, reflecting an investment of $2.5 million across 35 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and México.