The following was submitted by Katie Jackman on behalf of the Beeville Art Museum.
The Beeville Art Museum has announced an exhibition of selected pieces by elementary school mass shooting victim Robb and budding artist Alithia Ramirez.
Eyes on the World, slated for September 17-December 17, 2022, was conceived by museum 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 this was something I could make happen,” Saucier said.
Since her passing, Alithia is continually remembered for her aspiration to attend art school in Paris and share her art with the world.
An Alithia artwork was also personally requested by President Joseph R. Biden.
Eyes on the World will feature a variety of works by Alithia often inspired by objects and experiences from her everyday life.
By the time she was just 10, she had already developed a signature style that still featured large, inquisitive eyes. From still lifes to quirky renditions like “Cheeto-Girl” and “Super Colorado-Girl,” her work has always presented a positive, ambitious outlook one would expect from a young artist.
Recently, she had started focusing on her technical skills by watching videos on YouTube and using 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’s where artists go,” Hernandez said.
She also loved sharing her art with everyone, especially her family. Earlier this year, mother and daughter bonded over a virtual live painting event where they created a flower diptych.
“I thought her painting was so much better than mine, but she insisted 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 a museum exhibit.
“Beeville is similar in size to Uvalde, so I could instantly understand what was going on in the community,” Saucier said.
“Our mission to use arts education as a positive force makes this museum the perfect location for this exhibit.”
Eyes on the World will be installed in Gallery N, a space dedicated to educational programs and student work. Beeville Art Museum serves over 5,000 students each year 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 considered developing the exhibit into a traveling exhibit and is in the process of working with multiple venues across Texas with the ultimate goal of bringing Eyes on the World in Paris.
“Sharing her art keeps her alive,” Ramirez and Hernandez said.
The Beeville Art Museum, established and operated by the Joe Barnhart Foundation, is primarily an educational 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 little towns for the arts,” Beeville, with a population of approximately 13,000, is home to one of Texas’ most ambitious arts and educational programs.
In addition to exhibiting works by some of Texas’ most renowned artists, as well as selections from private collections and major state museums, the Beeville Art Museum offers guided tours and art classes for children and Adult and Beeville Educator Workshops at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
To contact the museum, call 361-358-8615 or visit www.bamtexas.org.