The University Museum, under the administration of Director Eric Barnett, opened an exhibit of some of the artwork of Cuban American artist Emilio Sanchez on Sept. 24 at the main office of TheBANK of Edwardsville, located in downtown Edwardsville. The exhibit was opened in celebration of the newly established collaborative agreement between the University of Havana and SIUE.
Thanks to the Emilio Sanchez Foundation, the University Museum has acquired 490 works of the artist. All the works in the exhibit are lithographs with various themes and media that embrace contemporary abstract qualities.
Sanchez was born in Camagüey, Cuba in 1921, and moved to New York City in 1944 to begin his artistic training at the Art Students League. He remained in New York until he died in 1999.
The artist is known for his works of houses and architectural themes. Sanchez’s work is remarkable in its simplicity and exceptional in its display of the brilliance of light on color. Many of the works in the exhibit at TheBANK of Edwardsville are his classic portrayals of architecture.
Sanchez experienced international recognition for his work during his lifetime. He had several exhibits and group shows in the United States, Latin America, and Europe, and his work is now displayed in over thirty museums, including the New York Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum.
The exhibit has attracted several viewers at TheBANK of Edwardsville, and the bank is honored to be housing the exhibit for the community.
“We have enjoyed very much partnering up with the University Museum,” says TheBANK of Edwardsville Vice President and Main Office Manager Steven Grant. “Our staff and our clients have also enjoyed this as well. It gives our customers an outlet to let them know what’s going on at SIUE.”
The exhibit will be on display at TheBANK of Edwardsville until Oct. 26.
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