The "Los Milagros" exhibit features pieces designed by students in the UTEP Department of Art and runs through March 15.
An ex-voto, votive offering, or Milagro is a ritual object, typically made of metal, wood, clay, wax, etc., that is offered to supernatural beings in hope for assistance, or thankfulness for favors received. They most typically take the form of the human body, or body parts, and relate directly to the wish being sought after.
An amulet is also used in connection to the supernatural, yet they are seen to take on lifelike powers. Amulets are symbols worn for good health, strength, or fortune, and also symbols to protect in vulnerable periods or times of reassurance. Collectively ex-votos, Milagros, and amulets represent a strategy of coping and empowerment.
The Department of Art’s 3D students in Ceramics, Jewelry + Metals, and Sculpture created their own contemporary versions of these ritualistic objects. The resulting exhibition, Los Milagros, is a collective investigation speaking to the concepts of thankfulness, consolation, supplication, hope, and/or assistance in our modern times.
Associate Professor Vincent Burke, Head of Ceramics Program
Assistant Professor Jess Tolbert, Head of Jewelry + Metals Program
Assistant Professor Angel Cabrales, Head of Sculpture Program
Sunday, March 15
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