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CWU Student’s Art Exhibit Spotlights the Hispanic Experience

Thursday, April 18, 2019



In marginalized communities, art and sculpture were not often recognized or appreciated enough to preserve. In “Amnistia,” Central Washington University art student Alex Solis highlights the reality of his perspective as a second-generation Hispanic man in America.


The metaphorical work allows viewers to see his personal experiences and current immigration issues within the Hispanic American community.


An opening reception for “Amnistia” will be held from 4:00 to 6:00PM on Tuesday, April 23 in Gallery 231, at Randall Hall on Dean Nicholson Blvd. The exhibit will run through April 26.


“The use of the clay in my ceramic work is in itself a metaphor,” Solis noted. “The versatility and pliability of the clay reminds me of struggles my family faced when starting a new life here.


“The clay is sculpted and molded just as one is who is submerged in a new culture,” he continued. “The medium in resilient and with preservation and appreciation, clay can withstand the test of time giving future generations clues to what life was like for a Hispanic American man in 2019.”


Growing up as a 2nd generation Latino in rural Washington, Solis likes to create and work with his hands. The culture and struggles he witnessed throughout his life, inspires his artwork


 Solis employs ancient and medieval strategies and narrative sculpture in his creative process. He is also influenced by Ai Weiwei a Chinese contemporary artist and activist.


“I love that he has something important to say with his work,” Solis said.


Solis works with stoneware clay to build narrative sculptures and relief work. Using metaphorical symbolism, the viewer is left only with clues to decipher what is going on within the context of the pieces. Most of his work is hand-built ceramics and Solis also enjoys working with different mediums like photography, foam, and wood for installations.


There will be a second artist reception on April 25 at 4:00-6:00PM as part of CWU’s first Art Walk with three galleries open displaying more than 20 student artists. Randall Hall is located at 44444 E. Dean Nicholson Blvd in Ellensburg, WA. Parking is free in university lots after 4:30 PM.


You may also see more of Solis’ work and process on Instagram


Media Contact: Alex Solis, (509) 305-0251, ,


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