Alithia Ramirez: Coming to the Eyes on the World exhibition Beeville, Texas AND Paris, France
HUSTON, August 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Beeville Museum of Art (BAM) will host an exhibition of selected pieces from Uvalde victim and aspiring artist Alithia Ramirez, September 17 – December 17, 2022. Eyes from the World was conceived by the Executive Director of BAM Tracy Saucier after watching June 7, 2022press conference when the actor and Uvalde Mother Matthew McConaughey specifically addressed to Alithia and her artistic dreams. IN January 2023the exhibition will then travel to be presented by L’AiR Arts at Atelier 11, an international artist residency in Paris, France.
“In such a time of tragedy and loss, I realized this was something I could make happen,” commented Saucier. Since her death, Alithia has been constantly remembered for her aspiration to attend art school in Paris and sharing her art with the world. A piece of Alithia’s art was also personally requested by the President Joe Biden.
Inspired by articles and experiences in her everyday life, Eyes from the World includes 48 pieces from the 10-year-old’s work, which often featured her signature style of incorporating large, searching eyes. From still lifes to original renditions like “Pink-Girl” and “Super Colorado-Girl,” Alithia’s work always displayed the positive and aspirational outlook one would expect from a young artist. She had recently begun to focus on her technical skills by watching artist videos on YouTube and using charcoal for the first time.
After conceiving the idea, Saucier contacted Alithia’s parents, Ryan Ramirez AND Jessica Hernandez, with an offer to display their daughter’s art in a museum exhibit. “Beeville has a similar size as Uvalde so I could immediately relate to what was happening in the community,” added Saucier, “Our mission to use arts education as a positive force makes this museum the perfect place for this exhibit.” Eyes from the World will be installed in Gallery N, a multi-purpose exhibition gallery that also hosts educational programs. BAM serves more than 5,000 students each year with free programs, workshops and camps. Entrance to the museum is always free.
Building on Alithia’s ultimate dream to share her art with the world, Saucier connected with Lillian Daviesa writer and curator based in Paris about possible opportunities to display Alithia’s work. Davies, a board member of L’AiR Arts, founded and directed by Mila Ovchinnikova, immediately suggested the Atelier 11 Cité Falguière space as an ideal location. Atelier 11 is one of the last representatives of the School of Paris and continues to nurture the artistic community through international arts residency programs at Paris. During its 150 years of artistic history, the site has served as a workplace and residence for more than a hundred French and international artists, including Amedeo Modigliani, Constantin Brancusi, Chaïm Soutine and Paul Gauguin. “The L’AiR Arts residency at Atelier 11 is exactly the type of program Alithia would have followed to explore her craft,” commented Saucier, “It’s the perfect way to honor her and inspire other up-and-coming artists. “
Alithia Ramirez: Eyes from the World, September 17 – December 17, 2022, Beeville Museum of Art, l401 E. Fannin, Beeville, Texas78102. The museum is open 9am-5pmFrom Monday to Friday, 10 o’clock in the morning – 2 pm Saturday. To contact the museum, call 361-358-8615 or www.bamtexas.org.
The Beeville Museum of Art, created and operated by the Joe Barnhart Foundation, is first and foremost a teaching museum, providing cultural and educational opportunities for the citizens of The county of the bee and surrounding areas. Quoted from Texas Monthly magazine as one of the “big little towns for art”, Beevillewith a population of about 13,000, it is home to one of the most ambitious arts and education programs in TEXAS. In addition to exhibiting the works of some of Texans top artists, as well as selections from private collections and major museums across the state, the Beeville Museum of Art offers docent-led tours and art classes for children and adults, and workshops for Beeville lecturers at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
SOURCE Beeville Museum of Art