Artist Edward Gonzales Gives Back to Namesake School
The renowned Albuquerque painter collaborated with students on a mural at Edward Gonzales ES and donated three original works to be displayed at the school.
May 22, 2012
Renowned Albuquerque artist Edward Gonzales continues to give back to the school that bears his name.
Gonzales joined nearly 200 parents and students at Edward Gonzales Elementary School to unveil a mural on which he collaborated with 13 students. In addition, Gonzales donated three original works to be displayed at the school, located on Albuquerque’s Southwest Mesa.
The project, funded by the McCune Foundation, represents Gonzales’ life and work, accentuating the importance of family, education and the preservation of Hispanic culture. Parents and community members listened to students as they talked about working with Gonzales, school community liaison Alma McBride and auto sub Alex Morris, both artists.
Gonzales’ donations include “Grandmother’s Wisdom,” “At Home With Books” and “The Gift of Reading,” all valued in the thousands of dollars.
Gonzales also has graciously agreed to be the featured artist at the Sept. 28 A is For Art! celebration, hosted by the APS Education Foundation.