University of Regina recognized as most active Canadian university in Mexico

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: November 29, 2019 1:00 p.m.

Presentation of "Frida" by José Sacal Micha in Mexico City on Nov.27/19. L-R: Assistant Deputy Minister for the Americas Michael Grant; Sylvia Farca Soffer, President, José Sacal Micha Foundation; Livia Castellanos, U of R Associate Vice-President (International) and Chief International Officer; and, Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico Julián Ventura.
Presentation of "Frida" by José Sacal Micha in Mexico City on Nov.27/19. L-R: Assistant Deputy Minister for the Americas Michael Grant; Sylvia Farca Soffer, President, José Sacal Micha Foundation; Livia Castellanos, U of R Associate Vice-President (International) and Chief International Officer; and, Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico Julián Ventura. University Advancement and Communications

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The late Mexican artist José Sacal Micha speaking at World Art Vision in
Cancún, Mexico.

At a meeting in Mexico City on November 27 organized by Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Global Affairs Canada, the two countries celebrated 75 years of diplomatic relations with the gifting of a sculpture to the University of Regina.

The bronze sculpture “Frida,” standing a full metre high and weighing 150 kilograms, was donated by the Mexican government to the U of R in recognition of its active and impactful work in Mexico over the past decade in the areas of media arts and performance, business administration, Indigenous education, and student mobility.

Created in 2005 by the late Mexican surrealist José Sacal Micha (1944-2018), the statue – a recreation of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) - is an example of Sacal’s use of experimentation and freedom in his sculpture work.

The gift was accepted on behalf of the University of Regina by Livia Castellanos, U of R Associate Vice-President (International) and Chief International Officer, who attended the bilateral meetings as a guest of the Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico Julián Ventura. Also present at the event were: Assistant Deputy Minister for the Americas Michael Grant; Ambassador of Canada to Mexico Graeme Clark; Sylvia Farca Soffer, President, José Sacal Micha Foundation; and, Mr. Guillermo Salceda, Director of the José Sacal Micha Foundation.

The sculpture will be proudly displayed at the University of Regina in the coming year.

The University of Regina has been recognized by the Mexican government as the most active Canadian university in Mexico with the highest number of students, agreements, faculty arrangements, and programs.