Thursday, March 17, 2022

By Amanda A. Taylor-Uchoa

MCALLEN, TEXAS – MARCH 17, 2022 – Uncovered Spaces, an exhibition and event series centered on female artists and LGBTQIA+ artists exploring the social structures that mediate everyday experiences, will be hosted by the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) from March 26 through July 10 in McAllen.

UTRGV students, faculty and staff have free admission to IMAS courtesy of the university’s Center for Latin American Arts. An artists’ roundtable and student studio visits will be held at UTRGV on March 25, but workshops and the exhibition will be hosted at the IMAS.

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Dr. Katherine Moore McAllen, assistant professor of art history, UTRGV School of Art & Design, and director of the CLAA (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)
 The exhibition is a collaboration with the UTRGV Center for Latin American Arts, curated by Raheleh Filsoofi of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and directed by UTRGV’s Dr. Katherine Moore McAllen, assistant professor of art history, UTRGV School of Art & Design, and director of the CLAA.

Through a series of workshops, studio visits, artists’ roundtables, performance pieces, gallery and discussions, the exhibition is meant to connect the creative process with shared knowledge and feminine solidarity in a collaborative and community-based arts research project in South Texas.

An opening preview reception will be hosted at IMAS from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the IMAS. Artists Linda Behar, Margarita Cabrera, Erika Diamond, Jana Harper, Zac Thompson, and art historian Rebecca VanDiver will attend.

“Not the First, Nor the Last,” a performance piece by Jana Harper, will be presented by the artists and UTRGV students at the opening.

The reception is free for IMAS members and one guest. General admission is $10. UTRGV students, faculty and staff have free admission.

To register for the opening reception, visit the IMAS website: or direct link:

For a complete list of workshops and to view the exhibition schedule, visit and

Director, UTRGV CLAA, Uncovered Spaces / (956) 665-3480


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.