Martin Museum of Art to Host Critically Acclaimed Painter, Sculptor and Pieces

Oct. 2, 2014

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 2, 2014) – Artwork by award-winning painter Lilian Garcia-Roig and internationally-renowned contemporary sculptor James Surls will be featured at the Martin Museum of Art from Oct. 4 to Nov. 14. In addition, the museum will host each artist for a gallery talk.

“Both Lilian Garcia-Roig and James Surls will be on campus not only to do public gallery talks about their work, but to spend time with our art students one-on-one and critiquing their art. This is an invaluable opportunity for our students to meet professional, successful artists and learn from them,” said Karin A. Gilliam, director of the Martin Museum of Art.

Garcia-Roig will visit campus Thursday, Oct. 9, and Surls Thursday, Nov. 13. Each will give a free public gallery talk on the day of their respective visits at 5:30 p.m. in the Martin Museum of Art in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. A reception with light refreshments will follow both gallery talks.

Garcia-Roig is best known for her large scale, colorful landscape paintings. Her work, which blends abstraction and representation, has earned her the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, State of Florida Individual Artist Grant in additional to a number of fellowships.

Surls has distinguished himself with monumental scale wood, steel and bronze sculptures, often featured in outdoor spaces. His work has been displayed at venues like the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Guggenheim.

Baylor University’s Martin Museum of Art is located on campus in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, 60 Baylor Ave. in Waco, Texas. The museum operates from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from to 1 to 4 p.m. Events are free and open to the public.

For more information about Martin Museum of Art, please call 254-710-1867 or visit the museum website at

For more information about the mentioned exhibition and gallery talks, please contact Karin Gilliam,

by Sarah Czerwinski, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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The museum’s mission is one of education and service by bringing outstanding art exhibitions, speakers and guest artists to Baylor University and Central Texas. The museum serves as a valuable teaching tool for students and faculty. Exhibitions complement the courses of art history and studio art taught within Baylor’s department of art. The permanent collection consists of approximately 1,300 objects representing a variety of art that has been donated to or purchased by Baylor. The collection contains art by such well-known artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Kathe Kollwitz, Francisco de Goya, and Edouard-Leon Cortes. Included in the collection are approximately 300 paintings by famous watercolor artists, among them George Post, Phil Dike, Edgar Whitney and John Marin.

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