February 2016, Volume 20, Number 1

Cultural Spotlight

A Moment for Reflection

Honoring those who serve, MDC art students created an exhibition to inaugurate InterAmerican Campus’ events for Veterans Commemoration Month in the fall.

“We wanted people to take a moment to recognize those who serve and remember those who gave their lives in service,” said Professor Diego Tibaquirá, who himself served in the Marines and now teaches in MDC’s School of Engineering and Technology.

The opening ceremony at InterAmerican Campus included a color guard from Coral Gables High School, along with 25 of their cadets. Attendees were encouraged to try military fitness games to test their strength and agility. Throughout the month, talks, documentary films and other events focused on veterans’ issues.

Students worked with Professor Baruj Salinas to develop the art pieces, which they then donated to MDC at the close of the exhibition. The work demonstrated a variety of techniques and genres, including figurative depictions of soldiers, patriotic imagery, a map-like graphic work and a collage depicting a saluting soldier created using a military uniform.

“All of the work is contemporary in style,” said Salinas. “The exhibition was very well received.”

Tibaquirá noted that the collaborative effort brought a new dimension to the month-long activities that occur each year at MDC’s campuses.

“This is the first time that we included an art exhibition as part of the program,” Tibaquirá said. “The students did a magnificent job in capturing the spirit of the event and spurring reflection on what it means to serve your country.”

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