Additional FESTIBA Events

La Magia del Mariachi

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, Thursday, February 27
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Performing Arts Complex
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg | (956) 665-3480

Abstract Narratives Exhibit

Abstract Narratives
Exhibit by Angela Scardigno

Sponsored by the UTRGV Center for Latin American Arts

Abstract Narratives is a series of small size digital collages that reference Edward Hopper's paintings, especially his period between 1920-1960. These paintings are translated into abstract landscapes with engaging shapes, colors, and textures. The challenge for the artist is to reflect in each representation her own temperament, leaving Hopper's aura intact.

Opening Reception, Monday, February 24
Time: 6:30 p.m.
University Library, Entrance Hall Foyer
Exhibit open through March 27, 2020

Invisible Fires Exhibit

Invisible Fires
Exhibit by Gaby Rico, Andy A. Villarreal and Octavio Quintanilla

This exhibition invites you to discover the creative works for three renowned artists, as they share their passion-fueled artistry with the City of Brownsville. Gaby Rico, Andy A. Villarreal and Octavio Quintanilla bring their distinct artistic styles to and art show you will not want to miss!

Opening Reception, Thursday, February 27
Time: 6:30 p.m.
University Library Special Collections
Room, 2.202
Brownsville Campus


FESTIBA 2020: Visiting Author Esteban Rodríguez,
Poetry Reading and Q&A

Esteban Rodríguez, a visiting author and MFA graduate of UTRGV, will speak on the following days:

  • Wednesday, February 26, 9:30 a.m., at ELABS 256 (Edinburg campus)
  • Thursday, February 27, 12:30 p.m., at BMSLC 2.130 (Brownsville campus) Esteban Rodríguez will share his poetry and answer questions from the audience.

The author of multiple books of poetry – Dusk and Dust, Crash Course, In Bloom, (Dis)Placement, and The Valley – Rodríguez, who currently resides in Austin, also works with literary journals and has editorial experience in creative writing.

This event is co-sponsored by the UTRGV Center for Mexican American Studies with the UTRGV Department of Literatures & Cultural Studies and takes place during FESTIBA 2020.

Wednesday, February 26 at 9:30am to 10:30am
Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS), 256
1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539