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The Puerto Rican writer and educator Nilita Vientós Gastón reviews the exhibition presented at the Ateneo Puertorriqueño by the Asociación Pro Escuela de Artes Plásticas [School of Visual Arts Association] on April 22, 1956. She writes that given existing limitations in terms of the visual arts in Puerto Rico, the number and quality of the work on display is surprising. She adds that the country needs an art school, which would help to develop talent among young Puerto Ricans. She also calls on both the government and the wealthy to provide grants or donate money for the arts. Vientós Gastón states that supporting the arts is an excellent way to express patriotism, as well as making a commendable investment.
This exhibition presented 286 works by about eighty artists, including sixty-seven painters, illustrators, and printers, nine sculptors, and several ceramicists. All but six were Puerto Rican, but the foreign artists in turn had lived in Puerto Rico for many years.
Nilita Vientós Gastón (San Sebastián, PR, 1903–1989) was a professor of comparative literature at the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras. She was the director of Asomante magazine and the founder of Sin Nombre magazine. She wrote a column, “ÍndiceCultural” at El Mundo newspaper from 1962 until 1984, in which she covered cultural development in Puerto Rico.