Award-winning Peruvian artist Dante Guevara Bendezú made the first international trip of his life thanks to the efforts of several Wittenberg professors and a host of Springfield community partners. Bendezú traveled to Springfield for a series of special exhibits and activities, part of a campus- and community-wide celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Bendezú has been painting since he was 13 years old, and his artwork has won several national awards and has drawn the interest of tourists from as far away as Japan.
The inspiration for many of his works, some of which are currently on display in a gallery in Okinawa, Japan, is from the Nazca culture, dating 300 years B.C. and even pre-dating the Inca domination of Peru.