Jaime Arredondo will be speaking on the cultural significance of the flower and how this influences his artwork. Artist talk and reception are on Friday, May 19 at 7pm at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art.  The Friends of the MGMoA host the reception.

For the last 17 years, Jaime Arredondo has created flowers amid the urban jungle of New York.  “In Mesoamerican culture the flower operates not as decorative device as in the Western world but comprises aspects of a dual character, recollecting moments of the living and of the after-life,” writes Jaime.  “As the central motif, it [the flower] plays a significant role in allowing me to embrace issues from Western and non-Western cultures… The flower has been magnified in scale, color intensified, and its voluptuous nature exposed to create a painting that is as tangible as flesh itself.”

Arredondo was born and raised in Dallas, the son of a Native American father of Mexican heritage and a Tejana mother.  This background continues to influence his artwork today. 

“This is a fun and exciting exhibition of large scale flowers focusing on the color and texture of the petals and water droplets.  It is mesmerizing,” said Delaynna Trim, Curator of Collections of the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art.

Jaime Arredondo graduated from Yale University with a Master of Fine Arts in Painting, and from the University of Dallas with a Bachelor of Arts in Art. He has won numerous awards including the Ford Foundation Fellowship, the Mid-Atlantic Foundation Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and in 2009 had his work published as stamps by the United Nations.

He has recently completed a public art project for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority entitled, “Garden of Earthly Delights”,  comprised of 36 mosaics of his flowers, installed at the Zerega Station in the Bronx, New York.

He has taught art and art history at both New York University and Parsons School of Design, and created a course on Mesoamerican art and culture entitled, “Of Fire and Blood: Art and Mythology of Mexico”. He continues to teach at both universities.

The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art is located on the campus of St. Gregory’s University, 1900 W. MacArthur St. in Shawnee.  The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays.  Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors age 65 or older, $3 for students and children ages 6 to 17, and free for children age 5 and younger. Visit www.mgmoa.org for more information.

This exhibition is funded in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, ArtWorks, Allied Arts, Oklahoma Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Wissinger Memorial Fund. For accommodations on the basis of disability or more information on this exhibit, call the museum at (405) 878-5300.