Professional artist and Alice native Servando Hinojosa’s exhibition "Vistas Tejanas," is currently on display at the Tejano Civil Rights Museum and Resource Center, located at Grande-Grossman House Heritage Park in Corpus Christi.
The exhibition depicts the struggle and highlights of Tejano history, which is left out of most textbooks.
The display opened March 1 and will be at the museum through June 13, will close with a reception honoring Hinojosa and his family. The reception will start at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 13 and is open to the public.
Pieces displayed include items that have appeared in academic journals and personal art that reflect the lives of the Tejanos in South Texas. Five ink drawings of Tejano history dating back to 1519, was originally done for the dedication of the Tejano Monument on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol.
Hinojosa received a bachelor's and master's degree in art from Texas A&I University-Kingsville.
He was an art teacher for Alice Independent School District for more than 30 years and continues to educate the public on the history of Tejanos.
"Many people still don't know what we did and how our land was taken away," Hinojosa said. "Books are white-washing our history but the truth is still there and it will be known."
Alice houses one of Hinojosa's works he completed with John Farias in 2008. The seven by 12 foot plate metal sculpture "Alicia y Juan," features a couple dancing traditional Tejano style circa in 1850. Hinojosa said the piece reminds him of how his grandparents would dance and how they would dress up. The sculpture is on the corner of San Diego and Almond Streets.
At the display in Corpus Christi, he has more than 30 pieces on display which he says is "just the tip of the mountain." Hinojosa said he has numerous murals and sculptures dealing with the Tejano culture and its struggles.
"It means a lot to me and our people because it tells more about our history and how we started to fight for our rights," Hinojosa said of the opportunity he had of displaying his artwork to the public.
"My goal is to make everyone aware of what Tejanos did and who we are."