Belizean Artists in US Highlight Heritage at OAS Museum

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Updated: January 21, 2016

Two Belizeans who migrated to the United States are sharing their Belizean heritage in Washington DC, USA via an exhibition at the OAS Art Museum of the Americas which opens on February 11, 2016.  The exhibition is in celebration of the upcoming 35th anniversary of Belize’s independence and is being done in partnership with the museum and the Permanent Mission of Belize.  The two Belizean artists, Santiago CalSantiago Cal, the sculptor and photojournalist, Karl VillanuevaKarl Villanueva are installing several exhibitions.  Cal’s works surround Belize’s First Premier, George Cadle Price and the national symbols of the country as he draws a parallel between the mannerisms and dignity of a tapir and that of Belizeans.  Meanwhile, Villanueva’s exhibition takes viewers back to 1981 when Belize was celebrating the country’s attainment of independence.  In that exhibition, Villanueva, for the first time will display historic moments that were captured using a 35mm camera.  The OAS Art Museum of the Americas is dubbed with the responsibility of publicizing and promoting the mission of the organization via profiles of cultural events and milestones of member states.  The museum installs works by both established and emerging artists.  More information on the exhibition by these two Belizean artists can be had by going online at www.AMAmuseum.org .