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Houston Chronicle Interviews School of Art Director about Latin American Art in the City

Dr. Rex Koontz discusses Houston’s evolution into “a premier center for contemporary Latin American art.”

In the Houston Chronicle article, “On Westheimer, two tons of naked ambition,” writer Olivia P. Tallet explores the prominence of Latin American art in Houston. She begins with the recent installation of a massive, brass sculpture by famed Colombian artist Fernando Botero. The sculpture, called “Reclining Woman with Fruit,” was installed for the grand opening of the Art of the World Gallery and will be on display through February 2017.

Rex Koontz, Director of the School of Art at UH, was interviewed to discuss Houston’s “emergence as the U.S. hub of Latin American art.”

"Houston has become a premier center for contemporary Latin American art,” said Dr. Koontz, crediting the work done by local arts leaders, especially Mari Carmen Ramirez of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. 

Read the full article on the Houston Chronicle’s website.