Media Mixer: Found Objects Sculptures

May. 30

May. 30 @ 6:00 pm 9:00 pm

When: Thursday, May 30th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave, Austin, Texas, 78705

Admission: $25 General, $20 Members (Use Membership Code)

Parking: Frost Bank Tower  – $10 parking for visitors after 5PM (4th and Brazos St.)

Artist Workshop, drinks, small bites, and a gallery tour!

Join us for an Artist workshop/encuentro with Changarrito Artist, Gil Rocha! Guests will be able to enjoy drinks, small bites, and a gallery tour with the artist while creating Found Object Sculptures!

Gil Rocha is a South Texas artist, former educator, and curator born in Laredo. He earned a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2006), a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio (1999), and is certified as an all-level Texas Educator from Texas A&M International University (2002).  His artwork expands across painting, collage, sculpture, installation, and writing. He focuses on issues about the U.S./Mexico border and takes on a survivalist approach known as “Rasquache.” 

During this encuentro, Rocha will discuss Rasquache aesthetics, and guide participants through the creation of sculptures made of found objects. The workshop will be followed by an artist tour of his piece “Ya Mero”, an artwork based on an imaginary “Changarrito” hidden somewhere along the Mexican side of the US/Mexico border. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or a complete beginner we invite you to join us in this encuentro and participate.

About the Artist

Gil Rocha was born and raised in Laredo, Texas. He earned a BFA from the University of Texas in San Antonio (1999) and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2006). His work was part of two major Texas exhibitions: the Texas Biennial (2017) in Austin, TX and the Trans-Border Biennial (2018) held at the El Paso Museum of Art and El Museo de Arte en Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. He also guest-curated Mexic-Arte Museum’s exhibition “Young Latino Artists 23” in Austin, TX in 2018. He is the painting and drawing instructor at The Vidal M. Treviño School of Communication and Fine Arts, Board Member of the Laredo Center for the Arts, and committee member of the Laredo Culture District Project. Currently, he is curating an exhibition to coincide with “The Other Border Wall Project” at the 937 Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and preparing for his solo exhibition at the Presa House Gallery in San Antonio, TX.