The dead come alive at this year's Amarillo College Day of the Dead - Día de Los Meurtos art exhibit. The Common Lobby Gallery will once again host the exhibit, opening on Halloween day, October 31st. The exhibit will open with a reception from 5:00-7:00pm with light refreshments. It is free and open to the public.

Amarillo College's 17th annual Day of the Dead student arts show is a collection of photography, sculptures, crafts, drawings, paintings, and more. The artwork will stay on display through November 14th. The gallery is located on the underground level in the  foyer of the Concert Hall Theater in the Music Building on the Washington Street Campus.

Our news partners at ABC 7 interviewed Steven Cost, and associate professor at the college:

“Day of the Dead is a holiday with a complex history, and therefore its observance varies quite a bit by region and by degree of urbanization,” said Steven Cost, associate professor of art and curator of the Common Lobby Gallery. “It is not Halloween and not a morbid occasion; rather, it is a festive one.

“This is a time when Mexican, Guatemalan, San Salvadorian, Brazilian and other Latin American families remember their dead and the continuity of life. We like to celebrate the holiday through art.”

Día de Los Muertos is a Latin American holiday honoring dead loved ones, encouraging them through their journey in the afterlife with both costumed revelry and prayer.