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Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist Lecture: Ana Maria Ortiz

Date: Time: 5:30 pm
Richards Hall Room: 15
Additional Info: RH
Contact: School of Art, Art History & Design, (402) 472-5522, schoolaahd@unl.edu
The Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture series begins with a lecture by painter and muralist Ana Maria Ortiz on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 5:30 p.m. in Richards Hall Rm. 15. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Hailing from Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, and currently living in Houston, Ortiz started painting on old wood pieces with tempera paint as a little girl in her dad’s wood shop. Getting into the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez, she studied art and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science.

Ortiz is influenced by scenarios where nature suffers as a consequence of humankind. Known by the local art scene for her humanoid creatures, Ortiz paints and draws animals with exaggerated anthropomorphic features, creating sympathy for her iconoclastic subjects in a society of stereotypes with sensibility and dark humor. These noble beasts, that seem to look at us in silence, represent more than a design, but a language that each must adapt to their own understanding.

Ortiz’s skills to create large-scale murals have been recognized in multiple cities for the subtle brush strokes and shading of hybrid creatures that bear her signature beaks and human-like eyes. Her street pieces reside around the world in London, Miami, Turin, Las Vegas, Hawaii and Kiev, among many others.

She has exhibited in Mexico, London and at the prestigious Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston. She has also participated in many renowned art events such as Life is Beautiful Las Vegas, Pow Wow Hawaii, Unexpected in Arkansas, Wynwood Miami, Artscape in Sweden, SXSW in Austin, Desvelarte in Spain, Saturce es Ley and Yaucromatic in Puerto Rico and Art United Us in Kiev.

Her visit to Nebraska is co-sponsored by the Lux Center for the Arts and the UNL Faculty Senate Convocation Committee.

The School of Art, Art History & Design’s Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series brings notable artists, scholars and designers to Nebraska each semester to enhance the education of students.

Underwritten by the Hixson-Lied Endowment with additional support from other sources, the series enriches the culture of the state by providing a way for Nebraskans to interact with luminaries in the fields of art, art history and design. Each visiting artist or scholar spends one to three days on campus to meet with classes, participate in critiques and give demonstrations.

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