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From science to art

Exhibit exemplifies UNT’s bond with Mexican university

Works by Mexican artists Agapito Rincon Pina, Leopoldo Flores and Armando Pineda will be on exhibit at UNT on the Square beginning next week.

The exhibit is part of the 10th anniversary of the joint research between the University of North Texas and the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico in Toluca. All of the works are part of the permanent collection at the Toluca university.

Witold Brostow was the first UNT faculty member to connect with the Mexican university when he began collaborating on research with chemistry faculty member Rafael Lopez Castanares. Brostow is a UNT regents professor of materials science and engineering.

In 2002, the two schools signed an agreement to collaborate on the academic training of students from both institutions and in research projects in materials science, environmental science, physics and related fields. The agreement also called for both universities to establish joint postgraduate degree programs in materials science, environmental science and physics.

Supplementary agreements over the past decade expanded the research and degree programs to other academic disciplines. Among them was visual art.

The exhibit is presented by the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts.

Plastic artist Leopoldo Flores reflects on social problems and human nature in his work, which is most often large. In 2008, the Global Foundation awarded him the Excelsis prize, and the Mexican university gave him an honorary doctorate for his career as an artist.

Painter Agapito Rincon Pina reflects a regionalist sense in his interpretations of nature and light. The exhibition includes 24 prints by Pina that are part of the cultural heritage collection of the Toluca university. The exhibit is the second time after his death that his collection will be displayed outside of Mexico.

Armando Pineda is a painter and sculptor who has exhibited work individually and collectively. He was a guest of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica. His works are characterized by his colors, which emphasize the roots and flavors that people live every day.

The exhibition is free, and an opening reception will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 12. It runs through Nov. 9.

UNT on the Square is located at 109 S. Elm St. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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— Staff report