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Volume 72, Issue 34, Friday, October 6, 2006

Life & Arts

Show honors prof, student

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The Association of Student Sculptors will present Unedited and Dedicated, a memorial show in honor of UH professor Luis Jimenez and UH student Brandy Fitzpatrick. 

Fitzpatrick died of a heart attack on May 14 and Jimenez died on June 13 following an accident in his studio.

Unedited and Dedicated is a memorial show in honor of sculpture professor Luis Jimenez and studio sculpture senior Brandy Fitzpatrick, who both died over the summer break.

Image courtesy of Paul Kim

"Brandy Fitzpatrick and Luis Jimenez were both very influential in our lives as art students," Association of Student Sculptors President Chloe Stewart said. "Luis was a mentor to us and he brought out the best in us and it was unfortunate that he passed way so quickly. Brandy was a colleague of ours; she was a friend and a nice person. It is such a loss because they challenged us and inspired us so much."

Jimenez was a professor in the UH sculpture department and a nationally recognized artist. His work has been featured in the National Museum of American Art and he had received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. A small selection of his works will be featured in the show for viewing only.

"People should come to see Luis Jimenez's work because it is just fantastic," Stewart said. "He was a world-renowned artist and it is an experience to see his work."

Fitzpatrick was entering her senior year at UH. She was pursuing a double major in studio sculpture and art history. 

Fitzpatrick was also an active member in the Association of Student Sculptors. Project Row House awarded her a summer residency before her death. Works selected by her family and fellow students will be featured for viewing only. 

"It is important for people to come to kind of understand the essence of what their art was talking about and what their passion was. Artists have a passion for something and they try to make a statement," Stewart said. "Especially Brandy's work -- she had a big statement to make. 

She had this big voice and people were beginning to here it but she just passed very soon. 

"We wanted to show her voice in the best possible way we could as a tribute to her. And we think by people seeing what she wanted to say, we're bringing her life to peace."

The Association of Student Sculptors has been working hard on the exhibit for some time.

"A lot of work went into the show," Stewart said. "We have to design the flyers, organize everyone, and make sure everything in running smoothly and that we get everything done on time. 

"It is a big project, but it is so important that we get the word across that these people were such wonderful blessings in our lives that we have to do it, and that is what makes me charge up everyday to do this."

Current students' work will also be on display, and they will sell recent works in a show to benefit the Association of Student Sculptors.

Unedited and Dedicated will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Commerce Street Artists Warehouse, 2315 Commerce St. 

There will be live music by the band Brown v. Board and DJ Paul Castro. Beer, wine and passed canapes will be served. 

Admission for the event is free, but donations will be accepted at the door.

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