St. Edward's University Hosts Artist Robert Hite
St. Edward’s University will host artist Robert Hite April 5-18. While on campus, Hite will reveal his new sculptural work, Crossing Safely April 12 on the Main Building lawn, and a photography exhibit entitled Imagined Histories will be on display during his visit. He will also give a public lecture, The Search for Social Justice Through the Arts. His visit coincides with the Texas Association of Schools of Art conference being held on campus.
April 12–June 1
Located on the front lawn of Main Building at St. Edward's University
Crossing Safely is inspired by a modest shed-shaped shack in Arrazola, Oaxaca, Mexico, that Hite photographed while he was developing major work for St. Edward’s and the Kozmetsky Center. "This work honors the stories of those who have traversed the border...successfully or not..." says Hite.
Selected Photographs by Robert Hite
April 12–June 1
Scarborough-Phillips Library, second floor
Hite will present a selection of photographs from his Imagined Histories series at the St. Edward's University Scarborough-Phillips Library. In the photographic series "Imagined Histories," Hite resituates his architectural sculptures in outdoor settings, magnifying the effects of dislocation and displacement that is central to all his imagery.
The Search for Social Justice Through the Arts
In conjunction with these two exhibits, Hite will give a public lecture, “The Search for Social Justice Through the Arts” at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 12 in Jones Auditorium, Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center, with a reception to follow immediately.
Hite was born in 1956 in rural Virginia, attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. After studying traditional ink brush painting in Malaysia, he worked as a studio assistant with Washington Color School painter Leon Berkowitz. Informed both by a rich southern narrative tradition and a closeness to natural environments, Hite’s imagery often draws upon his memories of youthful wanderings in the Virginia tidewaters.