Changarreando with Cynthia Jane Treviño: Instagram Takeover

Mar. 1, 2021

Cover image artwork: Cynthia Jane Treviño, Jesusita y Martin, 2017, Cyanotype on Fabric, 8.5″ x 11″

Mar. 1, 2021 @ 12:00 pm Mar. 31, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

Support our March 2021 Changarreando Artist, Cynthia Jane Treviño, as we adapt the program to a new and exciting internet feature: “Changarreando”. In the spirit of Changarrito, the pop-up mobile art gallery where artists can sell their work to the public, Changarreando with Cynthia Jane Treviño allows the artist to bring their work to you. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates on original work available for purchase as well as behind the scenes of the artist’s work, space, and creative process.

Changarrito Instagram Live Interview on Thursday, March 25th

You’re invited to Mexic-Arte Museum’s Changarreando Instagram Live event with Artist Cynthia Jane Treviño on Thursday, March 25th from 5:00pm – 6:00pm CST taking place virtually through the museum’s Instagram account @mexic_arte! Amber Amezquita, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Registrar Associate, will facilitate the virtual event with a series of questions directed at the artist including a Q&A taking place during the last 20 minutes of the event.


Changarreando Instagram Live Interview with Cynthia Jane Treviño

About the Artist: 

Cynthia Jane Treviño is an artist, educator and Tejana from San Antonio, Texas. Cynthia holds a BFA in Visual Art Studies and MA in Art Education from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught in schools and organizations throughout Texas, Oregon, The Gambia (West Africa) and Santiago, Chile. Cynthia has exhibited at Newspace Center for Photography, Mexic-Arte Museum, The Movement Gallery, The Parish and Centro Cultural Aztlan.

Artist Statement 

“My interest in photography began as a child, browsing through my father’s photo albums. I was especially fascinated by images of my grandparents and great grandparents. Even if we had never met or I was too young to remember, I still felt a spiritual connection to them. These photographs played a significant influence on my artwork. I developed a passion for traveling and exploring my ancestry. My work is a mix of travel and street photography. I enjoy documenting people and places of diverse cultures. I like to explore Chicana/Tejana studies, family history, ancestor worship and women’s empowerment. I work in both digital and film mediums in addition to cyanotypes, collage and mixed media. I’m also an experienced art educator and have taught children of all ages. I hope that my photographs will be passed down and continue to inspire the next generation.”

Presenting Changarreando

Changarrito is an art vending cart, conceptualized by artist Maximo Gonzalez as an alternative to the official gallery selection presented by the Mexican cultural authorities. The word “changarreando”, is a verb form that comes from the noun “changarro,” slang originating in Mexico City for “a small retail store.” The suffix “-ando” adds significant meaning to the word but can be summarized here as indicating the act or action of hanging out at a “changarro” with the featured artist. 

Faithful to their original, informal spirit, Changarritos exist throughout the world, evolving as forums for the sale of original artwork to the general public, presentation of public programs, special curatorial projects, individual and collective exhibitions. Changarreando takes this a step further to connect with people through social media, generate interaction with art, and embrace the digital era with our existing programs!  

Changarrito Residency

True to the Mexic-Arte Museum’s mission, the Changarrito and Changarreando are dedicated to the presentation and promotion of contemporary Latinx and Latin American art. Normally, artists have the opportunity to sell their art on the Changarrito cart in front of the Museum (or an offsite location, as representative for the Museum during various Austin festivals). Changarreando expands the reach of the artist by presenting their gallery online, while allowing the option to sell merch over Instagram  and receive 100% of the sale. For each Changarrito/Changarreando artist, the Museum acquires a work of art for its permanent collection.