post-Villa Valentines

This past Wednesday the 14th was extra-lovey-dovey, given the special event Saint Mary’s College hosted for artist and professor Carlos Villa.

Carlos Villa

I’ve waxed on about Carlos in the past: he was and still is an exemplary mentor, teacher, and artist. Were it not for having taken a couple of classes with him when I was a student at the San Francisco Art Institute, I don’t know whether I would have found my path. Carlos voiced the notion of the artist-activist-scholar in his Worlds In Collision course, clarifying for me (for the first time, as a young pup) that an artist’s role can and does move beyond the self-serving market/gallery/artworld structures into richer, more diverse, community-oriented terrain.

In a full-circle moment that I’ve been truly enjoying, I am now co-teaching “Worlds In Collision: Filipino American Art History” with Rico Reyes at the University of San Francisco. We brought our students to the St Mary’s event on the 14th, and they seemed to really enjoy it. (We’re setting up a blog for our course, so there will be postings at that site, as soon as it’s up. In the meantime, there’s the Worlds In Collision website, for your enjoyment.)

Carlos in action

Carlos, breaking in down for the kids, Valentine’s style

The Carlos Villa: Master Artist Tribute is only up through March 4. Catch it, if for no other reason than for gems like the last image below. Along with the iconic “Tatu” image at top that is posted at the entrance to the exhibition, there’s also this photo of Carlos back in the day, which just kills everyone who sees it:

carlos at pool hall

photo credit: Jerry Burchard

Who knew the man had leather pants?

Carlos Villa: Master Artist Tribute VII

Hearst Art Gallery, Saint Mary’s College, Moraga California

Wed- Sun, 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m

through Sunday, March 4

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