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Panel Discussion on Virtual Arte Chicano Exhibit 

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Sunday, February 21, 2021, 01:30pm

The public can now view the Silver City Museum’s recently released virtual exhibit, Arte Chicano 2020, and will host a panel discussion about it on February 21. Arte Chicano is viewable at SilverCityMuseum.Org under On Exhibit Now > Arte Chicano 2020, or directly at  

This is a virtual iteration of the annual Arte Chicano exhibit celebrating local Chicano artists. which participants found has not limited the creative possibilities but expanded them. It was released at 11:59pm on December 31, making sure that “2020 ended on a positive note.”

“This is one of the most important exhibits the museum presents,” says Museum Director Bart Roselli.

The interactive Arte Chicano website includes photos and videos of the works and the gallery, and interviews with featured artists Chris Alvarez (oil painting) and Buck Burns (mixed media) explaining their work, as well as guest curator Diana Ingalls Leyba talking about conceiving and putting together the exhibit.

Join Examining Arte Chicano, a panel discussion. Click here , or Join Meeting in Zoom and enter Meeting ID 858 6712 2025.  

Moderated by Museum Educator Erin Griffith, the panel discussion will primarily focus on artists’ Buck Burns, Chris Alvarez, and Guest Curator Diana Ingalls Leyba and the impact of the artists’ Chicano heritage on their art. We will also examine the work of some of the other Chicano artists that may have influenced or interested them throughout their careers such as Danny Griego, Fred Barraza and Catalina Delgado-Trunk and compare individual pieces.

Buck Burns is a well-known local multimedia artist, actor, and co-owner of Manzanita Ridge. His bold use of color and expressionistic style is influenced in large part by Mexican folk art and often draws from the traditions and style of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) as well as other Mexican Catholic iconography and symbolism.

Chris grew up in Silver City, New Mexico where his artistic eye thrived in the magical light of our environment. His work is well known in Southwest NM for its romantic depiction of “ordinary” scenery. He now teaches and has a gallery in Colorado Springs.

“Both artists are immensely talented and prolific; and it was great fun to hang the work in the ‘big’ gallery this year,” Leyba says.

The Silver City Museum creates opportunities for residents and visitors to explore, understand, and celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of southwestern New Mexico by collecting, preserving, researching, and interpreting the region's unique history. It is nationally recognized through its accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.

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