Skagit Valley College invites the community to attend the dedication of the painting, Meditation, by Seattle artist Alfredo Arreguin on Thursday, October 5 at 2:30 pm. The painting will be installed in Laura Angst Hall, located at SVC’s Mount Vernon Campus. The public is invited to attend.
Painted in 2014, Meditation was shown at the Museum of the Americas in Madrid, Spain, in the fall of 2014. The painting is a gift to SVC from Dr. Mindy Coslor, Director of Library Services.
Skagit Valley College mounted an exhibit in the Art Gallery of Arreguin’s works in 2009, the same year that Angst Hall was opened. The dedication of Meditation fulfills Dr. Coslor’s dream to place one of Arreguin’s works in Laura Angst Hall.
Seattle artist Alfredo Arreguin has exhibited his work internationally, most recently at the Museo de Cadiz in Spain (2015). He has exhibited solo shows at Linda Hodges Gallery since 2001. Arreguin has a long and distinguished list of accomplishments. In 1979, he was selected to represent the U.S. at the 11th International Festival of Painting at Cagnes-sur Mer, France, where he won the Palm of People Award. In 1980, he received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the arts. In 1988, in a competition that involved over 200 portfolios, Arreguin won the commission to design the poster for the Centennial Celebration of the State of Washington (the image was his painting Washingtonia); that same year he was invited to design the White House Easter Egg. Perhaps the climactic moment of his success came in 1994, when the Smithsonian Institution acquired his triptych, Sueno (Dream: Eve Before Adam), for inclusion in the collection of the national Museum of American Art. A year later, in 1995, Arreguin received an OHTLI Award, the highest recognition given by the Mexican government to the commitment of distinguished individuals who perform activities that contribute to promote Mexican culture abroad. More recently, success has been cemented by an invitation to show his work in the Framing Memory: Portraiture Now exhibition, at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. One of his paintings included in this show, The Return to Aztlan, will remain in the permanent collection of the gallery. Thus, Arreguin’s work is now in the permanent collections of two Smithsonian Museums: The National Museum of American Art and the National Portrait Gallery.