Immigration, politics, perception, and other socioeconomic issues affecting Mexico are the focus of an art exhibition opening Monday, Aug. 15, in the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery inside the Fine and Performing Arts Center, Building F, at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills.

An opening reception will be held Thursday, Aug. 26, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., with a walk-through and lecture by the artist at 3:30 p.m., in the gallery. The exhibition runs through Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Artist Fidencio Martinez, born in Oaxaca, Mexico, and raised in North Carolina after his family migrated, examines immigration, the drug war, politics, contemporary perception, and discrimination using paper, surfaces and maps to refer to the crafts and customs taught to him as a toddler in Oaxaca.

Martinez, who earned two Master of Fine Arts degrees in sculpture and printmaking from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Memphis College of Art, is a member of the Center Program at the Hyde Park Art Center, and a resident of Student 3325 in Chicago. His work has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibitions throughout the country earning him numerous awards.

The Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery provides an opportunity to view locally and nationally recognized arts. Exhibits in the gallery are free to the public and available for viewing Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as well as during most performances in the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

For more information, visit or call Rachel McDermott, Art Gallery coordinator, at (708) 608-4231.