2019-2020 Events

UTRGV Annual Comics Contest
Open now till MARCH 31, 2020

Any UTRGV student enrolled in spring 2020 can enter. First prize is $200 (the money will be deposited
to your UTRGV account).

A second place finisher will receive $100 and two Honorable Mentions will receive $50.  These prizes will definitely be awarded as long as there are at least four qualifying contestants.  There is no entry fee. The first- and second-place winners will be automatically published in Gallery (up to 6 pages); other entries will also be considered for publication.

How to enter:
1. Create a comic of any length, in any genre
(cartoon, strip, graphic essay, etc.)
2. Submit it to Gallery before March 31, 2020
Click Here to see the flyer!

Poetry for Lunch

LOCATION: Edinburg Campus / Borderlands Room 
TIME: 12:15 p.m. -1:30 p.m.
Hosted by Gallery Magazine and the Creative Writing Club


The Magic of Mariachi / La Magia del Mariachi
Exhibit by Reefka Schneider, Artist and Steven Schneider, Poet

In this exhibit, The Magic of Mariachi / La Magia del Mariachi, luminous paintings of mariachi musicians hang side by side with poems inspired by these works of art. Together, these beautiful paintings and lyrical poems, written in English and translated into Spanish, invite you into a colorful world of pageantry and musical tradition. Reefka’s paintings and drawings, done in pastel, watercolor and charcoal, were inspired over the course of many years by her close association with both student and professional mariachi musicians. Steven’s poems, written about the paintings, to the paintings, and in the voice of the subjects of these paintings, reflect his deep knowledge of the classical tradition of Ekphrasis, poets who respond to silent works of art. This exhibit, which was invited to China in 2018, encourages cross-cultural understanding, bilingual learning, and creativity as well as deepens the ties that bind all of us together.

The very first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, wrote about The Magic of Mariachi / La Magia del Mariachi: “The Magic is here! We swoon, dance and enter the true and authentic universe of the mariachi in this exhibit. The paintings are luminous, passion-fired, and bring us into a majestic example of beauty, art, love and life-struggle.”

Opening Reception,
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Performing Arts Complex
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg | (956) 665-3480

Denice Frohman, Poet, Performer, And Educator
Denice Frohman, from New York City, is a CantoMundo Fellow, and a former Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion. Collectively garnering over 10 million views online, she’s been featured on Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, Refinery 29, AutoStraddle, and Upworthy. She also appeared on ESPN’s “One Nacion” TV special and Lexus’ Verses and Flow on TV One, Philadelphia.
PRESENTERS: Center for Mexican American Studies, Emmy Perez, The Texas Poet Laureate

LOCATION: Edinburg Campus / Borderlands Room
TIME: 6:00 - 7:00 P.M.

LOCATION: Edinburg Campus / Borderlands Room
TIME: 11:00 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.

The Future of Comic Studies in the RGV
A writing professor, two art professors, a UTRGV student, and a librarian discuss the future of comic studies in the Rio Grande Valley. Interdisciplinary possibilities include Healing Graphics, Collaborative Authorship, and Collection Development.
PRESENTERS: Jean Braithwaite, Paul Valadez, Jing Zhang, and Sabrina De La Rosa

LOCATION: Edinburg Campus / Library Classroom E.LIBR 3.117
TIME: 9:30 - 10:45 A.M.