FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAN ANTONIO, TX. -- In celebration of Contemporary Art Month, AnArte Gallery and the San Antonio Children’s Museum have collaborated to produce a highly anticipated fundraising exhibit, featuring new work by internationally acclaimed artist Franco Mondini-Ruiz. The event will commence at AnArte Gallery on Thursday, March 24th at 6:00 p.m with an “Animal Crackers Cocktail Reception,” valet parking, and music.
The host and hostess, Dr. Paul and Christine Mayer, are “thrilled to be apart of anything that benefits the San Antonio Children’s Museum. As parents and art lovers, we are committed to educating San Antonio’s youth about the importance of the arts.”
Mondini-Ruiz is well known for his whimsical sculptures and paintings, which will be exhibited throughout the evening. A portion of all proceeds from the evening will benefit the San Antonio Children’s Museum.
Mondini-Ruiz is a native of San Antonio, and has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally; including the 2000 Whitney Biennial, San Francisco MOMA, and the Walker Museum. Mondini-Ruiz has brought his homegrown San Antonio aesthetic to the international spotlight with his playful mix of the vernacular and high-art principles.
His Brillo Box Piñatas have recently been collected by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg. His work is included in permanent collections of major museums throughout the US and Europe. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the prestigious Rome Prize, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. New York Times art critic Roberta Smith states that Mondini-Ruiz’s work “questions notions of preciousness and art-market exclusivity while delivering a fizzy visual pleasure.”
Mondini-Ruiz will be present at AnArte for the majority of the duration of the exhibit, working onsite and delivering more “fizzy visual pleasure.” For more information, please see contacts above.