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Oddly Normal Exhibit on Display at LRC

Thursday, February 20, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

Art ShowFor artist Shawn Munguia, it was a homecoming of sorts.

Munguia graduated from Texas State Technical College in 2000 with an Associate of Applied Science in Digital Imaging Technology, now Digital Media and Design Technology (DMDT).

And for the next couple of months, Munguia will be one of the seven artists featured in the Learning Resource Center (LRC) as part of the Oddly Normal Art Exhibit. Oddly Normal is a local arts magazine that highlights local artists and their work.

"I like that TSTC, where I received the education that allows me to make a living with my artistic skills, is allowing us to display in the LRC," Munguia said. "My kids are there all the time so I know multiple generations get to see the work there. It gives local artists the opportunity to reach out to fellow Valley residents and specifically students."

The art's been on display for a few weeks now but an official opening on Thursday celebrated the artists' work. Artists were on hand to discuss their work. The art will be on display through the end of April.

For Munguia, it's a combination of comics and line art that has allowed him to communicate his ideas over the years.

"It means a lot to me to get the opportunity to show my work here," Munguia said. "I really believe in TSTC. I was active as a student and I want to stay active now."

Oddly Normal publisher Techy Stratton said LRC Director Nancy Hendricks picked up one of her magazines recently and was intrigued by the content.

Since taking over as director, Hendricks has hosted a couple of art exhibits during the school year for the simple purpose of exposing the students to different works of art.

Stratton said Hendricks invited her to help round up some of the artists featured in Oddly Normal and put them on display at TSTC.

"It's more contemporary art," said Stratton, who will also exhibit her work. "When you look at the art, your instant reaction might be that it's odd or different. But the more you look at it, the more you connect with it. That's what the magazine is about and that's what this art exhibit is about too."

Other artists included Celeste De Luna, Charles Farmer, Hedi Serrate, Jose De Jesus Espinosa, Penelope Bridgewater. Hendricks said she was excited to host these artists at the LRC.

"It's a unique exhibit," Hendricks said. "I wanted to bring in something that might appeal to the students and people who have a unique way of looking at the world."

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