Present Progressive: Poetry and Paintings by Elena and Fausto Sarmiento is currently on display in the Circle Gallery in Caldwell Hall.
Fausto Sarmiento’s love-for his wife, his children and the Andes Mountains-inspires creative work that defines tropical landscapes and inscapes, in what he calls “soul ecology.” Present Progressive is a collection of black-and-white and colored drawings made more than 25 years ago. The poems were written at the time the drawings were created. Overall, the collection reflects the Andean philosophy of muyupacha, endurance for success.
Sarmiento is director of the Office of International Education and an assistant professor of environmental design. He is involved in global networks dealing with mountain themes. Elena V. Sarmiento is instructor of Spanish in the department of Romance languages. She was recently named as Professor of the Year by the Georgia chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.