Texas Tech University

School of Art Hosts Detention Nation Exhibition, Panel Discussion

David Gay

October 16, 2018

The exhibition is a collaborative installation by a collective of artist-activists from Texas and New Mexico.

WHAT: The Texas Tech University School of Art, housed within the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts, will host Detention Nation, an exhibition that features artwork by the artist-collective Sin Huellas. A panel discussion over the topic of US immigration policy will precede the opening reception of the exhibition.


  • Exhibition: The exhibit opens Oct. 20 and will run until Dec. 15.
  • Panel Discussion: 4 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 20)
  • Reception: 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 20)


  • Exhibition:Landmark Gallery, School of Art, Flint Ave. & 18th St.
  • Panel Discussion: Room LH001 of the English and Philosophy building.
  • Reception: Art Building Landmark Gallery 

EVENT: Detention Nation is a collaborative installation organized by Delilah Montoya and Sin Huellas, which translates to “without a trace” or “without tracks,” a collective of artist-activists based in Texas and New Mexico.

The exhibition will explore the physical, mental and emotional experiences of the thousands of immigrants currently in private detention centers across the United States.

The panel discussion, “Caged, Enraged and Engaged: Challenging American Immigration Policy,” will feature Montoya along with Jessica Gonzalez, an artist and activist in Sin Huellas; Rossy Evelin Lima, a poet and linguist; Saba Nafees, Texas Tech doctoral student of mathematical biology; and David Strange, an attorney and adjunct professor in the Texas Tech School of Law. Constance Cortez, director of the art department at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, will moderate the discussion.

For a full list of events that accompany the exhibition, visit its website.

CONTACT: Joe Arredondo, assistant to the director, School of Art, J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-1947 or joe.arredondo@ttu.edu