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World-renowned Cuban artist exhibits and teaches this month at MSU

Students come from around the state, across the country and around the world to obtain a college education at Morehead State University. Soon, a world-renowned visual artist will be making a trip to MSU to both showcase his work and share his knowledge with students.

Alan Manuel González is an award-winning practicing artist and native of Cuba. González, whose work addresses the country’s social and political issues, will be coming to MSU for a near-three-week period. 

He will serve as Visiting Artist in Residence from Oct. 8 through Oct. 24 and have his exhibition “Crystal Glazing in Cuba” on display from Oct. 24 through Nov. 20 at the Golding-Yang Art Gallery. The exhibition’s opening reception takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Golding-Yang Gallery.

In addition to a one-person exhibition, González will participate in numerous activities during his time at MSU. These activities include master classes, demonstrations/workshops, presentations and one-on-one/small-group conversational meetings. This includes an artist lecture scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Claypool-Young Art Building, Room 111.

“González’s paintings contain many valuable components to enhance art and design students’ education beyond the traditional classroom, from his technically superb painting skills to his easily accessible use of images to the personal, cultural and political meaning that drives his work,” said MSU art professor Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido. “This will be González’s first solo exhibition at a university in the United States, making this a point of pride for MSU.”

He will build upon and expand departmental, college and University missions and goals, including supporting diversity initiatives, providing unique cultural perspectives, complementing curriculum within the classroom, providing experiential educational opportunities outside of the classroom and enhancing professional preparation. 

“González’s solo exhibition and associated programming will be an exceptional opportunity for MSU students, faculty, and staff,” said Jennifer Reis, director of the Golding-Yang Art Gallery. “The Golding-Yang Art Gallery is honored to host the contemporary surrealist paintings of this renowned Cuban artist.”

To learn more about Alan Manuel González, visit For more information about MSU’s Department of Art and Design, call 606-783-2766 or visit
Pictured above:  Dulce Tentación. 2015 Mixta (Acrílico) [Sweet Temptation. 2015 Mixed (Acrylic)]