Lubeznik Center for the Arts is proud to present Chicago muralist, Hector Duarte, who will speak to Michigan City High School art students about his work and process as a working artist.
"I'm excited to have a professional artist come to our school to see all the work we have done on an amateur level and provide insight to us on our work. It's an opportunity that many young artists in our area haven't have the privilege of receiving," says MCHS art student Isabelle Voltz.
Hector Duarte studied mural painting at the workshop of David Alfaro Siqueiros in 1977. Since moving to Chicago in 1985, he has participated in the creation of more than 50 murals and has exhibited his paintings and prints in solo and collective shows at such venues as the National Museum of Mexican Art, the School of the Art Institute, the State of Illinois Gallery, the Chicago Historical Society, and Casa Estudio Museo Diego Rivera in Mexico. Duarte has received a number of awards and is the co-founder of the Julio Ruelas Print Workshop in Zacatecas, Mexico, La Casa de la Cultura in Zamora, Mexico, and the Mexican Printmaking Workshop in Chicago.
MCHS Art Teacher, Deanna Ehrhardt, who started an ongoing mural project at the school, says, "I am beyond grateful to Hector for taking time to come an see our mural works. I'm thrilled to hear what he has to say to our students; especially after he takes a tour around the school to see their murals they have created the past two years."
Hector Duarte's studio work is currently on exhibition at Lubeznik Center for the Arts and can be seen as part of the 12-artist multimedia show, Seeking Location: Mapping & Borders in Art, through June 3.
"Lubeznik Center for the Arts is pleased to make this connection between our exhibiting artist, Mr. Duarte, and the high school." says LCA's Director of Education, Hannah Hammond-Hagman. "Our commitment to providing outstanding programming extends beyond our walls. This partnership with MCHS began last fall when the school visited for a field trip, and when discussing a spring trip for this new exhibit, it became evident that bringing Mr. Duarte to the school would provide a better experience. It is a perfect fit with the amazing student mural project and Mr. Duarte's work."
Lubeznik Center for the Arts has provided arts experiences for the public, enhancing education, economic development, and quality of life throughout the region for more than 35 years. Adjacent to Michigan City's lakefront, the LCA welcomes members and guests to experience art through an eclectic mix of exhibitions, classes, cultural performances, and memorable after-hours events.
LCA weekday hours are from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT). Weekend hours are from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT). For more information, please visit www.lubeznikcenter.org or call 219-874-4900.