Above: “Nogales Trinity,” a painting by artist Pamela Hoffmeister, whose exhibit will be on display in the Manny Leitao Lobby of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts through November 23, 2013.
The show will encompass a major body of work Hoffmeister has developed centered on the undocumented, including a series of portraits of deportees that feature individuals served by the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) in its soup kitchen in Nogales, Sonora, along the Arizona border. Hoffmeister’s paintings help communicate the realities of the immigrant story, bringing into perspective the humanitarian work of the KBI on the border, its educational outreach, documentation of human rights abuses, and advocacy for the reform of an out-of-date and broken immigration system.
“People with No Names: The Undocumented” is an interdisciplinary, cross-division project organized by Dr. Janie Leatherman, professor of politics and international studies, and Julie Mughal, assistant director of the Center for Faith and Public Life. Hoffmeister’s exhibit is shown in conjunction with a free lecture on September 25 about KBI and its work by Rev. Sean Carroll, S.J., KBI’s executive director. (See the feature story.)