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April 16, 1999

Border Crossinginstalled April 19

Border Crossing, an 11-foot sculpture depicting a Mexican immigrant carrying his wife and baby on his shoulders, will be installed April 19 on a grassy spot south of LeBaron Hall.

The 1,100-pound fiberglass sculpture is on loan from the artist through Aug. 10. Border Crossing ties in with the Brunnier Art Museum's Celebration of Resiliency, three current exhibits that address people's abilities to weather challenges and build on their strengths.

Border Crossing artist Luis Jiménez will discuss his work during a public lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in Benton Auditorium, Scheman. A reception will follow in the Brunnier. Earlier in the day, Jiménez will hold a workshop for university art students.

On Sunday, June 27, a family-oriented event exploring cultural diversity through crafts, dance and music will be held in the afternoon near the sculpture.

Jiménez, born in 1940 in El Paso, Texas, was the son of Mexican immigrants. As a child, Jiménez's father taught him to weld, spray paint, blow glass and work with tin.

Jiménez is one of the nation's preeminent Hispanic artists and has completed many public art commissions for U.S. cities. His latest exhibit, Working-Class Heroes: Images from the Popular Culture, currently is touring nationally.

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