Melvin Toledo, Sara (Iran), 2023, Subtitle: Woman Life Freedom, oil on aluminum panel, 36"x44", Courtesy of the artist

Melvin Toledo, Sara (Iran), 2023, Subtitle: Woman Life Freedom, Oil on aluminum panel, 36″x44″, Courtesy of the artist

February 16 – May 19, 2024

OUMA will host a panel event featuring Contrapunto artists on February 29. Read more.

Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (OUMA) welcomes Contrapunto to round out our year-long series of Hispanic/Latino focused exhibitions. This Atlanta-based group of six artists was started by Carlos Solis in 2012, with the mission to increase contemporary Latin American artist representation in the Southeast and to support their members with opportunities for education, exhibitions, and residencies.

Contrapunto’s artists have immigrated to the U.S. from five countries and encompass diverse contemporary styles demonstrating a broad range of expression and the highest standard of technique, including the surrealist landscapes of Carlos Solis (Venezuela), Pedro Fuertes (Peru), Jorge Arcos (Mexico), and Dora Lopez (Peru), and the portraits and still life of Melvin Toledo (Nicaragua) and Catalina Gomez Beuth (Colombia).

From the Contrapunto mission, the collective states: “In music, the word Counterpoint (Contrapunto in Spanish) is the technique of combining two or more melodic lines in such a way that they establish a harmonic relationship with retaining their linear individuality. As artists, we are connected and work together in a unique and harmonious way—the best way to describe our dynamic was to use the musical term: Counterpoint…Contrapunto places great importance in working with the greater Atlanta community, using art as an educational platform to raise awareness about Latin American culture, folklore, and collective history.” For more information about the collective:

Carlos Solis, March of Heroes, 72" x 60", Oil on canvas, Courtesy of the artist

Carlos Solis, 2020, March of Heroes, 72″ x 60″, Oil on canvas, Courtesy of the artist

Sophia Sobrino ’24 will act as curatorial intern for spring 2024 in support of the Contrapunto exhibition at OUMA. This opportunity is made possible by a generous gift from Shelley and Donald Rubin to support DEI internship initiatives.

An artist panel discussion and educational tours will be offered at OUMA.

Group tours for elementary through high school students and members of the community are available and may also be scheduled outside our normal operating hours. Please email OUMA Director Elizabeth Peterson Jennings for more information.

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