(TYLER, TX) October 25, 2011 – Over 150 works by local students will be on view in the annual “Day of the Dead Art Show” at the Tyler Museum of Art Saturday, October 29 through November 6. Middle school students from schools in and around Tyler have submitted their own original works of art designed to reflect the Mexican holiday, El Día de los Muertos and the works will be on view in the TMA classroom and in the Family Art Corner.
“The Day of the Dead Art Show offers local students the opportunity to showcase their talents in a real museum exhibition, and we look forward to seeing the incredible variety of works each year,” said Ken Tomio, TMA Head of Education. “This year is going to be another record-breaking exhibition with more works submitted than ever before. We hope everyone will stop by and honor the creative efforts of our local students on view at the TMA.” Visitors will also enjoy a selection of Day of the Dead themed artworks from the Laura and Dan Boeckman Collection of Mexican Folk Art on view in the Museum lobby.
Five schools will be represented in the art show including All Saints Episcopal School, Chapel Hill, Dogan, Fairfield, and Hubbard Middle School. Both two- and three- dimensional works feature objects and themes common to Day of the Dead traditional celebration. Day of the Dead celebrations focus on gatherings of family and friends to remember and pray for those who have died.
Observances occur the first and second of November in connection with the Catholic holiday of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. Traditional related activities include building private altars, or ofrendas, honoring the deceased. Cempazúchiles, a kind of marigold, are known as the Day of the Dead flower, and their fragrance is believed to attract the spirits of the dead. Others use sugar skulls and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and place these items at the gravesides of passed loved ones as gifts.
The Tyler Museum of Art, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. (The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.) Lunch is available in the Museum Café from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and the TMA Gift Shop is open during Museum hours. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit www.tylermuseum.org.