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Reception to mark opening of Una Vision de la Mexicanidad exhibit of Winslow art on Oct. 31 at Motlow College

October 22nd, 2012

Una Vision de la Mexicanidad (A Vision of the Mexican), a traveling exhibit featuring work by the renowned artist Harold Winslow, will open at Motlow College on Oct. 31 with a Mexican fiesta reception, according to Jeannie Brown, coordinator of international education and an assistant professor of communication at the college.

The public and Motlow College students are invited to the reception, which is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Eoff Hall. The exhibit will remain on display in the Eoff Hall Art Gallery on Motlow's Moore County campus until Nov. 16.

Winslow was an African-American artist born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1918. In 1940, at the age of 22, he moved to Mexico and enrolled in the National School of Fine Arts, Old Academy of San Carlos. He later studied at the Mexican School of Painting from master artists, including Pastor Velasquez, under whose

tutelage Winslow became a master himself in watercolor. Already a Mexican in spirit, he adopted the country as his own in 1951 when he officially became a naturalized citizen.

"It's as if Harold Winslow submerged his paintbrush in the soil of the country he knows and loves so much and transferred the emotional content of an entire people to the canvas," wrote Keith Perry in a promotional booklet about the artist and his work. "You could say that the predominant color in his paintings corresponds to the earth and clay of the heart of Mexico and even the sometimes rough, coarse, and at the same time muddled textures of the painting itself express the paradoxical nature of the people: their strength and their indestructibility." Winslow continued to produce art until his death in 2001 in Mexico City. The exhibit at Motlow College, which is sponsored by the Motlow International Education Committee and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, reflects the full range of Winslow's production, with special attention given to the works that reveal his understanding of Mexico.