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This segment of Los Professors interviews artist and former arts administrator Ricardo "Rick" Hernandez, who was one of the first artists to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at El Paso.  He worked with the Texas Commission on the Arts from July 1980 to August 2007.  He was Executive Director at the TCA from 2002 to 2007; Deputy Director from 1988 to 2002; Field Director from 1986 to 1988; Field Representative Visual/Communication Arts from 1982 to 1986 and ESAA Multi-Cultural Arts Coordinator from 1980 to 1982.  Today, Rick is director of the AmeriCorps Program for Imagine Art, a non-profit organization which provides studio space and instruction for artists with disabilities in Austin, Texas, where he resides.  Additional information available at:

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In this episode Los Professors interview artist Gabriel Gaytán. Gabriel is an artist, painter and muralist in El Paso, Texas.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art with a teaching certificate from the University of Texas at El Paso.  Gaytán has over 25 years of art education teaching experience and has worked with children from all age levels, to include education professionals.  He has also lectured about his work both at the University of Texas at El Paso and at El Paso Community College.

In his art, Gabriel incorporates Mesoamerican symbolism with the Mexican-American experience.  He weaves ancient messages within modern-day contexts which present unique connections and discoveries. Mesoamericans used their art to convey historical events, scientific data, cosmological events, and philosophic perspectives about human relations with Creation. 

He has painted murals at area schools, at El Paso Community College and on the highway columns underneath the Spaghetti Bowl at Lincoln Park in South Central El Paso. 

In this interview, he also shares his experiences in Native American/Mexican American Indigeneity in the region.

For more information on Gabriel’s work, see:

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