McALLEN - The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) is pleased to bring to the Rio Grande Valley the photographs of Dr. Ricardo Romo, president of the University of Texas at San Antonio.
His solo exhibition Middle America includes colorful and dynamic photographs of Cuba, Guatemala, and Mexico that were taken over the last 10 years. Middle America will run through Sunday, Oct. 19.
While many Americans are familiar with the urban communities and beaches of Mexico, a 50-year trade embargo between the United States and Cuba has limited travel to that Caribbean island. Earlier decades of insurgency and violence in Guatemala discouraged most Americans from visiting this region.
“This exhibit gives us a glimpse into ancient customs and rich traditions,” explains Arturo Infante Almeida, Curator of the UTSA Art Collection. “Educator, historian and photographer, Dr. Ricardo Romo explores and documents life among cultures with long and complex histories. His photographs, wondrous images captured on his travels through Central America, unearth stories that words alone cannot tell”.
Dr. Ricardo Romo’s photographs have been included in numerous regional art exhibits including Havana, a collection of photographs taken in Cuba, and South Africa, a selection of his photographs taken on a trip to rural South Africa.
His Small Town Texas exhibit was displayed at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures. An assortment of his photographs was featured in China's most respected photography magazine, Popular Photography. Romo and four other Texas photographers showed their work in the exhibit Infinite Horizons: Visions of Texas as a Texas-China cultural exchange.
“I will let the viewer decide if the images provoke new understanding and empathy of something different, something distant,” Romo said.
General admission is FREE for IMAS members; $7/Adult; $5/Senior or Student w. ID; $4/Child (4-12). For more information, please call (956) 682-0123 or visit www.imasonline.org.