Gallery 23 at The University of Texas San Antonio’s University Center will host contemporary artist and UTSA Alumna Mira Hnatyshyn’s “Dear Garden: Anonymous Letters from You.” This exhibit is free and open to the public and will run March 19, 2012 through May 14, 2012. On Thursday, March 29, a reception will be held at 3:00 p.m. just outside Gallery 23 to meet the artist.
“Dear Garden: Anonymous Letters from You” mixes classical oil painting on canvas with more non-traditional installation techniques allowing the work to extend into the exhibit space. The exhibit features a large-scale, mixed-media work of the artist’s garden gathering and an interactive trellis for audience participation and interaction.
“[Dear Garden] invites the viewer to return to the physical – to seek solace in oneself and share anonymously in writing,” Mira said. “Enter the garden. Take up a pen and share your thoughts on relationships, people, and places. Then post the message on the trellis for all to see.”
Mira has a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Design from the University of Maryland. She received her Master of Fine Arts in painting from UTSA in 2009. Since then her work has been displayed around San Antonio at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, Robot Art Gallery, San Antonio City Hall, and in San Antonio’s Contemporary Art Month. Her work hangs in London’s Saatchi Collection, as well as in private collections in New York, Puerto Rico, Dallas, and San Antonio.
Mira has recently received national recognition when her work was published in New American Paintings #96, West Edition. Her San Antonio Contemporary Art month piece “Bus Stop” was featured, along with “Tudors” and “Queen Takes Night.” The latter two pieces share both style and technique with “Dear Garden.”
“I consider it an honor to be showing at the university where I studied and Gallery 23 is located in a prime position on the UTSA Campus,” Mira said. “I hope that the people who come and visit ‘Dear Garden’ will stop for a few moments and write a letter to the Garden as a means of communicating anonymously something pertinent or not, as a release or something therapeutic.”
About Gallery 23
Gallery 23 serves a vital role in creating a vibrant campus community by offering cultural enrichment, enhancing diversity on campus, and providing an educational opportunity to explore the arts. The gallery serves as a professional space to showcase student, staff, faculty, alumni, and local artists’ works. Operating hours are Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gallery 23 takes its name from its room number—UC 1.02.23.
Tyler Archer Moran, Program Coordinator