The Mexic‐Arte Museum is dedicated to enriching the community through education programs, exhibitions, and the collection, preservation, and interpretation of Mexican, Latino, and Latin American art and culture for visitors of all ages.
Hero image by Megan Baker for Museum’s Annual Day of the Dead Exhibition Opening 2019
Mexic-Arte Museum was founded and established as a non-profit in 1984 by artists Sylvia Orozco, Sam Coronado, and Pio Pulido in the Arts Warehouse in downtown Austin. They sought to create a space for Mexican art and culture, something virtually unheard of at the time. Today, Mexic-Arte serves more than 75,000 visitors annually, with over 50% of those being people of color, and is one of the foremost Latinx art museums in the country. Through fostering diversity and embracing cross-cultural understanding, Mexic-Arte has created a space by and for Mexican Americans in central Texas.
Mexic-Arte has prided itself on presenting state of the art programming since its inception. Its Day of the Dead parade began in 1984 and is the largest and longest-running Dia de los Muertos celebration in Texas. In the last 40 years, programming has expanded to include a monthly Changarrito residency, the Taste of Mexico festival, the one-of-a-kind Emerging Latinx Artists Exhibition, and the Catrina Dinner.
In addition, the Museum’s community-centered programming provides visitors with a unique cultural learning experience.
The Museum’s permanent collection includes over 5,000 important historical and contemporary works. The Museum’s primary holdings consist of The Serie Print Project Archive, the Ernesto F. de Soto Collection, the Juan Sandoval Jr. Collection, the Taller Grafica Popular Print Collection, Popular Mexican Dance Masks, and rare books within the Mexic-Arte Museum Library.
Education is central to the Museum’s mission through exhibitions and special programs. For example, Mexic-Arte has provided more than 200,000 underserved Austin youth with an art education through the Screen It! and AmArte programs.
Mexic-Arte Museum strives to improve the quality of life in Texas through innovative exhibitions and educational programming.
FY 2022- 2023 Board of Directors
Elizabeth Caples Rogers
Vice President, Development & Public Affairs
Member At Large, Place 4
Museum Board Members
Martha P Cotera
Patrons of the Arts
Mary Ann Thompson Frenk
Joshua Raymond Frenk
Travis A. Mathis
Honorary Board Members
Co-founder of Mexic-Arte Museum
Past President Mexic-Arte Museum Board of Directors
Pablo Marentes González
Consulate General Of Mexico
Legal Counsel, Attorney At Law
Digital Media Associate
Marketing and Special Events Associate
Luisa Fernanda Perez
Isabel Alexander Servantez III
Curator of Exhibitions and Director of Programs