By perla Arellano
The Amarillo Museum of Art has many upcoming exhibitions that include different tastes in art for the community to enjoy.
The “George Rodrigue: Blue Dogs in Texas” exhibition will run through Oct. 14. Th e exhibition has been popular with many of the visitors.
“I love seeing everyone walk in and go, ‘Oh my gosh,’ because you see these Blue Dog sculptures and you search for him in different paintings,” said Ashton Travis, a general studies major. “It’s a lot of fun.”
Travis has been a student worker at AMOA for almost a year and has liked many of the exhibitions, including Blue Dog.
“I’m really enjoying Blue Dog right now. It’s a little bit more interactive, you know, it has more of a story,” Travis said.
Dr. Arlette Klaric, director of exhibitions and education, has been at AMOA for three months. Klaric said Blue Dog is based on the family of Rodrigue, the Louisiana artist who created the art.
“This dog represents all characteristics that we love about dogs – their trust and their faithfulness,” Klaric said. Students who work at AMOA also have enjoyed opportunities other than the exhibitions.
Michelle Vasquez, a photography major, has been a student worker at the museum since last October. Vasquez has had the opportunity to help with several art classes and in turn has benefited by learning different media techniques.
“It’s really neat because these kids get to learn about all that stuff . It’s really neat to help them out and be a part of it,” Vasquez said.
But even though there is plenty going on in the museum, many people still are not informed that there is a museum on campus.
“I think they don’t know it’s here, and I think they underestimate what we have,” Travis said. “They think it’s boring or something.”
Eduardo Mendoza, a law enforcement/criminal justice major, has been working with the museum for less than a month. Mendoza said the Amarillo community basically built the museum because it was built with the donations of the people.
“It’s an easy job. I get paid just to study, pretty much,” Mendoza said. “All you have to do is watch people, not in a creepy way – just make sure they don’t break anything.”
Other upcoming events include:
“Dust and Depression: Farm Security Administration Photographs from the 1930s” will run from Oct. 3 thru Dec. 9.
The exhibition will display photographs that document tragic events from the Depression.
At noon Nov. 8, Rene’ West, assistant professor of photography, will speak about the exhibition.
Timothy Egan, author of the AC Common Reader book, The Worst Hard Time, will talk about his book at AMOA at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11.
“The book he wrote is horrifying,” Klaric said. “Th e description of how people had to live through that period is so sad.”
The program revolves around the Ken Burns documentaries that illustrate the years of the Depression.
The “Asian Decorative Arts from the Price Collection” exhibit will run from Dec. 14 to Feb. 10. In the exhibition will be art from the Eastern Hemisphere. Klaric said Asian art differs from western art because of the different religions and traditions. The art dates to the second century B.C.
“Asian art is more watercolor, more light; it has more facial expressions,” Travis said.
For more information on other exhibitions, go to the AMOA and use the entrance on Van Buren Street.