April 15 – April 28, 2009
Jornaleros is an exhibit featuring drawings and paintings created by UNT graduate student, Adrian Aguirre at Denton's day labor site. They are part of a larger goal to humanize the immigration debate by connecting a marginalized community to the larger public through interaction personal stories and portraiture.
Adrian Aguirre was born in 1980 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Aguirre has tried to play a positive role as an artist by creating work that deals with issues inherent to social concerns and by participating in projects that would directly benefit local communities. While his work addresses sociopolitical issues and current events, he is more interested in creating a link between the viewer and the figures represented humanizing political issues by emphasizing their effect on people.
Aguirre is currently a graduate student at UNT’s College of Visual Arts and Design. He has received several awards and competitive scholarships including the Thomas Norby Memorial Scholarship in painting, and he is currently a finalist for this year’s Hunting Art Prize. His work has been shown locally in select group exhibitions at the Forth Worth Community Arts Center, Latino Cultural Center, 500X gallery, and Projects gallery in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to studio work, Aguirre has taken part in several murals and community art projects in New Mexico, Texas, Pennsylvania and Venezuela.