Texas Tech Dental Oral Health Clinic Unveils Artwork

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Known worldwide for his art, Sanchez De Alba brought together three red, green and blue human figures holding hands to create the sculpture that welcomes visitors to the Texas Tech Dental Oral Health Clinic .

The design is a nod to the logo of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, a major supporter of the clinic and the new Hunt School of Dentistry.

Officials from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso revealed the artwork Feb. 24 in the presence of the Texas Tech University System Board of Trustees and Paso del Norte Health Foundation board members. The unveiling took place before the regents meeting at the TTUHSC El Paso campus.

For me, this design represents a diverse group of people working together. That’s what the clinic does for El Paso by training future dentists to help our community. I love this concept and it makes this sculpture more meaningful to me. I’m proud to bring it to life on the TTUHSC El Paso campus.

Sanchez De Alba, Creator of works of art

With a steel frame and fiberglass exterior, Sanchez De Alba’s creation is built to survive the harsh weather of El Paso and will welcome visitors for decades. The sculpture is an apt representation of how TTUHSC El Paso, the Borderland community, and partners like the Paso del Norte Health Foundation opened the first dental school in Texas in 50 years, along with its state-of-the-art clinic.

We are very proud to stand alongside our partners at TTUHSC El Paso for this special unveiling of a sculpture inspired by the Health Foundation logo and dedicated to the power of partnerships.

None of our work is done without the partnership of hundreds of organizations and individuals committed to health and quality of life in our region.

The sculpture is a life-size representation of the Health Foundation logo, which represents our unique frontier culture that unites people from three states and two countries to improve health. He is special to us for many reasons – and even more so now that he is here on the TTUHSC El Paso campus.

Tracy J. Yellen, CEO, Paso del Norte Health Foundation

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation donated $6 million in 2016 to help with the recruitment and hiring of world-class faculty, the school’s accreditation process, and the development of the most innovative dental curriculum of the country, according to TTUHSC.

He donated an additional $5 million in 2021 to help with the initial operations of the Hunt School of Dental Medicine and the Texas Tech Dental Oral Health Clinic. This financial commitment has helped TTUHSC El Paso build a state-of-the-art dental clinic and school where highly sought-after faculty with proven expertise teach the next generation of dentists.

The Hunt School of Dentistry is proud to be our region’s health partner with the Paso del Norte Health Foundation. Without their early and continued support, it would not have been possible to open the doors of our clinic or the first dental school in Texas in over 50 years.

Dean Richard C. Black, DDS, MS, Hunt Dental School of Medicine

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