TANYA B. FABIAN AND FRANK GARZA: A CELEBRATION OF HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

Sep 15 - Oct 16, 2021

While The Lincoln Center is currently only open to those attending a ticketed or pre-scheduled event, we hope you can join us on our public viewing days:
Wednesday, September 22, noon-6pm
Friday, September 24, noon-6pm
Friday, October 1, noon-7:30 for Mujeres de Colores event at The Lincoln Center
Wednesday, October 6, noon-6pm
Friday, October 8, noon-6pm
Wednesday, October 13, noon-6pm
Saturday, October 16, noon-6pm
If you are unable to see the exhibit during the public viewing days, please contact Todd Underwood at tunderwood@fcgov.com or (970)416-2737 to schedule a private viewing.


About the Work:
This exhibit expresses two unique perspectives of Hispanic Heritage: Tanya B. Fabian’s approach comes from her photojournalist background, telling a story through images she captures, while Frank Garza takes a much more abstract path, using a variety of media to convey his message.
 
Tanya’s work features the stories of Hispanic beet workers and their families. This project evolved from her desire to discover her own family’s history through her grandfather, Lito Gallegos, who worked in the beet fields of southern Colorado as a child. Primarily a photojournalist, Tanya gravitates toward a documentary and storytelling approach. She has chosen to look at Northern Colorado’s Hispanic beet workers, focusing on the last surviving members of their generation and their link to our community’s history. These are the faces of our neighbors and friends.
 
Frank has always been fascinated by biblical allegories. He uses a stylized stained-glass effect, created with oils on a large-scale to bring them to life. Custom building his own canvases, Frank utilizes raw canvas and allows the tooth or grit to remain on the surface after priming. Gauze pieces represent concealing our inner wounds. The crude figures are stripped bare of any aesthetic appeal and represent our moments of emptiness, vulnerability, and despair. He feels it is in these moments we find the strength to face some of life’s pressures.
 
About the Artists:
Tanya B. Fabian is a photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Tanya has a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design, New York, and a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism, University of Missouri, Columbia, where she studied photojournalism. At Parsons, Tanya was introduced to the art of storytelling by Brooke Goffstein, children’s book author and influential teacher. Under Brooke’s guidance, Tanya shaped stories of her family history into a young adult novel, Before the Wildflowers Bloom. As a visual journalist, stories of family continue to touch her. Tanya’s recent documentary project, Faith and Fortitude: Fort Collins’ Earliest Hispanic Families, is a look at the descendants of Fort Collins’ Hispanic settlers. Tanya’s work has appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Dubois County Herald, the Coloradoan, the Roanoke Times, Colorado State Magazine, and STATE magazine.  She received the O.O. McIntyre Fellowship from the University of Missouri to work on a written and photographic documentary project about burley tobacco farmers in North Carolina. Tanya is the 2019 recipient of The Documentary Project Fund’s Mountain West Regional Award, a grant intended for a community-based photography project.
 
Frank Garza, a Loveland based artist, has been creating public art installations in Colorado starting in 1999. Frank attended college in Greeley, planning to major in mathematics and minor in music theory. While taking art electives, Garza realized his true calling, and he has been creating municipal art installations as well as private art commissions ever since. Specializing in architecturally integrated pieces, he strives to make each project unique. Frank uses several mediums including wood, steel, aluminum, porcelain, glass, polycarbonate, fabric, integrated LED lighting, and clay. His works convey community, cultural, and historical themes, and his subject matter ranges from religious iconography to the internal struggles of the human psyche. After more than twenty years in public art, Garza has a wealth of experience collaborating with city planners, architects, builders, engineers, construction crews, and community leaders. His municipal projects are on display throughout the front range including city buildings in Denver, Thornton, Louisville, Greeley, and Evans. Currently, Frank is creating a monumental bronze sculpture that is being donated to the City of Fort Collins. The Hand that Feeds will be installed in Sugar Beet Park.. Although known for public art, he also creates gallery work. Garza will often create distinctly different bodies of work simultaneously. He doesn't believe an artist must develop a single style and become that. It is this “no confinement” approach that has helped him maintain a balance between impulse and strategy.



The images above are detail shots from Tanya B. Fabian and Frank Garza, respectively.