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Lupita Murillo Tinnen: Portraits of Immigrants

Cedar Valley College Art Gallery

Lupita Murillo Tinnen: Portraits of Immigrants
August 20 through September 28, 2018 

The Art Galleries at Cedar Valley College are pleased to present the exhibition Portraits of Immigrants, by Dallas photographer Lupita Murillo Tinnen. The artist, early in her career, began photographing family and neighbors in the Mexican immigrant community of Ft. Worth, Texas. Fascinated by her subjects’ individuality and personal ways of blending their two cultures, her work has continued to engage with the immigrant community ever since. 

Dr. Tinnen aims to show all her subjects as faces for the viewer to meet and engage with as equals, rather than as stereotypes of the job they might have, or the economic status they might represent. She represents the people she photographs on their own terms, as they want to be seen.

The exhibit combines two bodies of work, one focused on immigrant women, self-possessed, in their own environments. The other work depicts Mexican immigrants who are employed as low low-income workers as distinctive individuals, and not as representatives of their marginalized employment category: laborer, construction worker, maid, housekeeper, or landscaper.

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Collin College, Dr. Tinnen was previously a Professor of Photography at Collin College at several other academic institutions. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States.

Portraits of Immigrants is on view from August 27 through September 28, 2018. The Educational Art Gallery is located on the ground floor of the E Building on the Cedar Valley College campus. The address is 3030 N. Dallas Ave., Lancaster, Texas, 75134. Parking is free. The Gallery is open weekdays, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

For more information, please contact the Gallery Manager, Betsy Belcher at [email protected]


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