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News Release

Contact: Tom Parisi, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-3635

August 29, 2008

Sept. 17 opening reception set
for exhibit by Chicano artist Malaquias Montoya

DeKalb, Ill. — Malaquias Montoya, one of the nation’s top Chicano artists, will be visiting DeKalb for the opening reception of an exhibit of his artworks.

The reception for Montoya will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Nehring Gallery, 111 S. Second St., DeKalb. The exhibit will run through Oct. 15.

Montoya’s works, titled “Globalization & War: The Aftermath,” depict the consequences of power and conflict. The artist's 23 paintings and prints facilitate the understanding of the destruction, displacement and loss of culture brought on by man-made conflict. Each piece illustrates the human spirit in its most vulnerable state: fighting between obliteration and survival.

Montoya is a leading figure in the West Coast political Chicano graphic arts movement, a political and socially conscious movement. His works are in the collections of the Smithsonian, the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and more than a dozen other museums, libraries and universities.

“Malaquias Montoya is among the most prominent living Chicano artists,” says Emily Prieto, director of the Northern Illinois University Latino Resource Center, which is the organizing sponsor of the event.

“His work is extremely powerful because the edgy imagery evokes many emotions in his audience, and all of the pieces are tied to social protest messages,” Prieto says. “Looking at his art pieces compels a person to do something to positively impact humanity.”

Other sponsors of the exhibit include the NIU Student Association, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Center for Black Studies, Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, Campus Activities Board, International Programs and Unity in Diversity.

More information on Montoya is available online at

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