Lee to celebrate Dia de los Muertos with exhibit, reception & workshop

BAYTOWN, TX – Lee College invites the community to join its celebration of Dia de los Muertos, which will include an exhibit featuring original artwork created by students and a hands-on workshop that will give participants the chance to make their own art pieces inspired by the Mexican holiday.

Presented by the Visual and Performing Arts Division in conjunction with International Education, the Dia de Los Muertos Art Exhibit will open with a reception to be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, inside the Performing Arts Center gallery on campus. Houston-based artist Laura Lopez Cano — known for her work capturing the beauty, strength, elegance and pride of Latinas and all women of color — will also guide attendees through the process of creating their own holiday artwork. The reception and workshop are free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

Also known as the “Day of the Dead,” Dia de los Muertos is dedicated to remembering the lives and legacies of family and friends who have passed away. Students produced “retablos” — devotional artwork that stems from Latin American culture — as part of the holiday celebration. Their poignant, personal and colorful pieces will adorn the walls of the gallery through Sunday, Nov. 20.

“We’re honoring the past,” said Elena Poirot, an art instructor at Lee College. “Students chose what they wanted to do; some are traditional, some are non-traditional. We want people to come, enjoy, participate and learn.”

For more information about the Dia de Los Muertos Art Exhibit, reception and workshop at Lee College, contact the Visual and Performing Arts Division at 281.425.6821 or ddehoyos@lee.edu.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.