I think that Gustave Courbet sums it up best in the Realist Manifesto of 1855: ". . . to be in a position to translate the customs, the ideas, the appearance of my epoch, according to my own estimation . . . in short, to create a living art."
Benito Huerta received a BFA from the University of Houston, and his MA from New Mexico State University. He was co-founder, Executive Director and Emeritus Board Director of Art Lies, a Texas art journal. He is a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington where he has been Director/Curator of The Gallery at UTA since 1997.
Huerta's work will be featured in an upcoming one-person exhibition at Reavley Gallery, Cole Art Center at Stephen F. Austin University in April 2017, and was recently featured in one-person exhibitions at the Houston Museum of African American Culture, the Wichita Falls Museum of Art, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Other recent one-person exhibitions took place at the Glassell Gallery, Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago; and the Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, Texas.
Huerta was the recipient of the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art's 2002 Legend of the Year Award and Exhibition and was the first Maestros Tejanos Exhibition in 2008 at the Latino Cultural Center, Dallas. His work hangs in several museum and corporate collections throughout the United States. He is currently working on the Urban Village: South Main Street public art project to be installed this fall, and completed work on the Marine Creek Park Corridor Master Plan in 2014, both in Fort Worth. Other public art projects include SnakePath (Mexican Milk Snake), Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin (2007); and Wings, DFW International Terminal D Skylink terrazzo floor designs (2005).
As a curator he has organized surveys and retrospectives of Mel Chin, John Hernandez, Luis Jimenez, Dalton Maroney and Celia Alvarez Munoz.