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Latino art exhibit coming to UNGs Gainesville campus
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Dreamers/Soñadores exhibit

When: Jan. 14-Feb. 13

Where: Roy C. Moore Art Gallery, University of North Georgia Gainesville campus, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

How much: Free

More info:, 678-717-3707

The Roy C. Moore Art Gallery, located on the Gainesville campus of University of North Georgia, presents Dreamers/
Soñadores, an exhibit featuring four artists whose work addresses issues of Latino identity.

The free exhibit runs from Jan. 14 through Feb. 13 and features six artists: Nestor Armando Gil, George Lorio, Julio Mejia, Groana Melendez, Roxana Perez-Mendez and Claudia Santillan.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Latino Student Association, accompanied by an essay by UNG Hispanic Leadership Development Coordinator Luis Santos-Rivas.

Perez-Melendez will give a talk at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 13 as part of the Foreign Language Lecture Series, with a closing reception to follow.

The work of Nestor Armando Gil and Groana Melendez also will be featured in Otros Soñadores, an exhibit of Latino artists that will be on display Jan. 16 through Feb. 20 at UNG’s Oconee Campus Gallery.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. For more information, contact Beth Sale at or 678-717-3438.

Gil is assistant professor of visual arts at Lafayette College in Easton, Penn. Gil has created an outdoor sculpture for the exhibit called Oasis.

Lorio’s work has been exhibited widely over the United States and Mexico over the past three decades. He teaches at Delaware State University.

Mejia spent much of his early adult life in his father’s native country of Peru, and now lives in the North Georgia mountains. Mejia creates large-scale abstract oil paintings fused with energetic colors, associated with memories and emotions.

Selections from Melendez’s photographic series “Ni Acquí, Ni Allá: Neither Here, Nor There” were exhibited at the New York Public Library in 2010.

Perez-Mendez is a sculptor and a performance artist who incorporates video into her pieces. She is currently on the faculty at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Santillan, of Lima, Peru, examines “desire, solitude, and the sense of displacement” in her work. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia, and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Memphis.

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