POSTED: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 9:49am
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 10:59am
El Paso, TX — Pops of color and creative designs will delight thousands of Sun Metro’s daily patrons on the fixed-route buses and at the Downtown Transfer Center as the city’s bus service celebrates UTEP’s Centennial.
“This collaboration with Sun Metro is especially exciting because of the huge audience it provides,” said Anne M. Giangiulio, UTEP associate professor of art and graphic design. “It also gives the community a sense of the high-level of education these students are receiving and the professional quality of graphic design of which they are capable.”
Sun Metro, which moves about 17 million people each year, will display seven pieces of art created by the UTEP students at the Downtown Transfer Center. The graphic design students also created six horizontal pieces of art that will be displayed in groups of two or three in nearly all of Sun Metro’s fixed-route buses. Each of the pieces commemorates both Sun Metro and UTEP’s Centennial Celebration.
“We are very excited to partner with The University of Texas at El Paso,” said Sun Metro Director Jay Banasiak. “This partnership brings to light the important roles Sun Metro and UTEP play in moving and advancing the lives of our community, but more importantly this partnership highlights the wonderful creative talent that moves and grows in El Paso.”
Sun Metro believes that art not only helps beautify El Paso, it also enhances the experience for Sun Metro commuters, while at the same time providing artists an opportunity to showcase their perspectives of El Paso’s people, places and culture. Public art can be found at each of Sun Metro’s transfer centers in the shape of sculptures or murals, such as the two 15’ 9” x 18’ 3” mosaic murals by artist Mike Mandel found at the Glory Road Transfer Center. Sun Metro also features more than 30 pieces of artwork by local nonprofit arts education organization Creative Kids at bus shelters throughout the community.
“We believe that art should be easily accessible to anyone,” Banasiak said. “You don't have to go into a museum or an art gallery; it can be embedded in the community."
The UTEP Graphic Design 4 students whose work was chosen are: Yvonne Aceves, Adrian Batista, Monique Deitrick, Luis Larrieu, Patricia Menchaca, and Diana Saenz.
“I want the world to see their talent, energy and imagination,” Giangiulio said. “It is so important to give the students' designs a life outside the walls of a classroom and for them to see their work here.”
As UTEP commemorates 100 years of providing access and excellence in higher education to the people of the Paso del Norte region, the University continues to strive to enrich its students’ educational experience while preparing to become the first national research university serving a 21st century student demographic.