For Immediate Release
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November 8, 1999
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 National, College and High School Artists Share Exhibition
Pachanga Events Continue

Gallery Northwest will host a fine art; photography and literature exhibit reflecting Latino culture and heritage at Indiana University Northwest from Nov. 8 through Dec. 8, 

Preserving Our Past While Creating Our Future is the theme of the exhibition, and will not only host art of national artists, but college and high school student artists as well. The exhibition is part of the First Annual Pachanga , a series of events sponsored by IU Northwest, LaCasa of Northwest Indiana, and other organizations in the region.

Former Northwest Indiana steel worker, and now nationally known artist, Alfonso Corpus, will exhibit pieces of his work reflecting his heritage during the month-long showing. 

“I have a constant fascination with Mexico and remember the stories my father would tell me about his life there during the Mexican revolution,” says Corpus. “In order to maintain the spirit and values of the Mexican culture, I have been bringing together the best of my ideas of the Mexican experience with my contemporary studies.”

Corpus, who is currently an associate professor of art at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, will return to Northwest Indiana for the exhibition and will also spend several days speaking to college and high school students on arts education.

College and high school students will also bring Latino cultural heritage to the show as participants in a Pachanga sponsored fine arts, photography and literature contest. Local high schools involved in the contest include Andrean, Bishop Noll Institute, Central (East Chicago), Gavit, Hammond, Hanover, Morton, Munster, and Thomas Edison, as well as IU Northwest. 

“This is an excellent educational opportunity for our young artists to be part of an exhibition showcasing their talents with those artists who have already succeeded with their work,” says Ann Fritz, Gallery Northwest director. “It’s a wonderful blend of artistic ability.”

The opening reception for Gallery Northwest’s, Preserving Our Past While Creating Our Future exhibit will be Nov. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gallery in IU Northwest’s Tamarack Hall. Pachanga art contest winners will be announced at the reception.

Other local artists include William Buckley, Christopher Guzman, Miguel Malagon, Felix Maldonado, Ismael Muhammad Nieves, Marco “Buster” Salazar, TRAZ, and Roman Villarreal.
Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information on the exhibit or Gallery Northwest is at 219-980-6891 or email Fritz at

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