McALLEN -- It’s one of the most exciting times of the year for South Texas College’s Visual Arts and Music Department – the Spring Capstone Art Exhibits. Now through May 11, art patrons from across the Rio Grande Valley can appreciate work created by students that will graduate from STC in May 2011 with degrees in either visual arts or graphic arts. The work is currently on display at STC’s Art Galley located in Building B at the Pecan Campus at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

The exhibits feature artwork by graduating student artists Alejandra “Alleycat” Benavides, Anaid Madrigal, Juliana Aguirre, Monique M. Gonzalez, Pablo Martinez, Sissi “tye5” Yado and a fashion show by Charley Hernandez.

“The students produced the work as part of their Capstone Class, which is a semester-long project culminating in a showing of work and evolution as an artist,” said Phyllis Evans, chair of STC’s Visual Arts and Music Department. “It is traditionally a rite of passage for most artists as they continue on their journey to other institutions of higher learning and beyond. We have some tremendously talented students and it’s a thrill to showcase their work for all to see. We are very proud of their accomplishments.”

More than 36 different works of art from members of the Visual Arts and Music Club at STC will also be on display. The pieces range in medium from painting, to photography, ceramics and digital art.

“This is a great opportunity for the public to come see the great work the student artists at STC are producing,” said Sissi Yado, VAM Club member. “All the art you will find here differs from one student to the next in style, yet you can also see how they influence one another and there’s an interesting exchange of ideas happening. You get a unique glimpse into what they are thinking, their struggles and their passions.”

The general public is invited to a reception for the student artists on May 4 at 6 p.m. at the Pecan Campus Sylvia Esterline Center for Learning Excellence. Admission is free.

For more information about the exhibits or the reception contact Sissi Yado at 956-472-5192 or at tyefive@gmail.com.