September 17 - December 17, 2022
From the Beeville Art Museum:
“The Beeville Art Museum (BAM) has announced an exhibition of select pieces by Uvalde victim and aspiring artist Alithia Ramirez, September 17 – December 17, 2022. Eyes on the World was conceived by BAM Executive Director Tracy Saucier after watching the June 7, 2022, press conference when actor and Uvalde native Matthew McConaughey specifically addressed Alithia and her artistic dreams.
“In such a time of tragedy and loss, I realized that this was something I could make happen,” commented Saucier. Since passing, Alithia has been continually remembered for her aspiration of attending art school in Paris and sharing her art with the world. A piece of Alithia’s art has also been personally requested by President Biden.
Eyes on the World will display a variety of Alithia’s work often inspired by items and experiences in her everyday life. While only 10 years of age, she had already developed a signature style that always featured large inquiring
eyes. From still-life to original interpretations like “Cheeto-Girl” and “Super Colorado-Girl”, her work always featured a positive and aspirational view that one would expect from a young artist. Recently she had started focusing on her technical skills by watching YouTube videos and utilizing charcoal for the first time. Alithia’s mother, Jessica Hernandez, encouraged her love of art and travel.
“When I asked her why she wanted to go to Paris, she told me she wanted to go because that is where artists go,” commented Hernandez. She also loved to share her art with everyone, especially her family. Earlier this year mother and daughter had bonded during a virtual live painting event where they created a diptych of flowers. “I thought her painting was so much better than mine, but she insisted that I had done a great job.”
After conceiving the idea, Saucier contacted Alithia’s parents, Ryan Ramirez and Hernandez, with an offer to display their daughter’s art in an exhibition at the museum. “Beeville is a similar size as Uvalde so I could instantly relate to what was happening in the community,” added Saucier, “Our mission of using art education as a positive force makes this museum the perfect place for this exhibition.” Eyes on the World will be installed in
Gallery N, a space dedicated to education programs and student work. BAM serves more than 5,000 students annually with free programs, workshops and camps. Admission to the museum is always free.
Building on Alithia’s ultimate dream of sharing her art with the world, Saucier has envisioned developing the exhibition into a traveling exhibition and is in the process of working with multiple venues around Texas with the
ultimate goal of bringing Eyes on the World to Paris. “Sharing her art keeps her alive,” commented Ramirez and Hernandez.
The Beeville Art Museum, created and operated by the Joe Barnhart Foundation, is first and foremost a teaching museum, providing cultural and educational opportunities for the citizens of Bee County and surrounding areas.
Cited by Texas Monthly magazine as one of the “great small towns for art,” Beeville, with a population of approximately 13,000, is home to one of the most ambitious art and educational programs in Texas. In addition to
exhibiting works by some of Texas’s most renowned artists, as well as selections from private collections and major museums across the state, the Beeville Art Museum provides docent-led tours and art classes for children
and adults and workshops for Beeville educators at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Alithia Ramirez: Eyes on the World on display September 17 – December 17, 2022 at the Beeville Art Museum, l401 E. Fannin, Beeville, TX, 78102. The museum is open to the public 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through
Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. To contact the museum, please call 361-358-8615 or visit our website at www.bamtexas.org.”
On View: September 17, 2022 | 12–5 pm
401 East Fannin
Beeville, 78104 TX
(361) 358-8615Get directions