Miembros Newsletter: April 2023

A Message from The Director

Mexic-Arte Museum – A Collecting Institution!

Since its inception in 1984, Mexic-Arte Museum has been a pioneer institution in the museum field as one of the few Mexican and Mexican American art museums in the U.S. Mexic-Arte Museum is dedicated to enriching the community through education programs, exhibitions, and the collection, preservation, and interpretation of Mexican, Latinx, and Latin American art and culture for visitors of all ages. For over thirty-nine years, the organization has been guided by that mission. The Museum’s collection is used as a vehicle whereby the public can gain access to valuable information on cultural heritage and the impact of traditional and contemporary art in our everyday lives. Our exhibits and online presentations help our audiences to better understand others through their cultural expressions, histories, and religions. Exhibits and programming offer thought provoking information on cultural and social issues. Mexic‐Arte Museum’s permanent collection is composed of over 5000 works of historic and contemporary Mexican, Latinx, and Latin American art and material culture. The majority of collection items were created in the 20th century. Objects reflect many themes within the humanities, including religious transformation in the Americas, social change in the U.S./Mexico borderlands region, immigration history, and others.

The artworks in the upcoming exhibition, Expresiones de México, Arte de la Gente/Art of the People, represent generous donations by significant donors including Patricia and Carmine DeVivi, Robert Hollingsworth, Ed Jordan, Bruce Hupp, Joyce and David Moss, Priscilla Murr, Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr., David Wilkinson, Marilyn Wood, and others. Donations from valued collectors evidence the continued role of Mexic-Arte Museum as an entrusted steward of art in Austin for nearly four decades. Important museum collections are built piece by piece. Museums are places that store, preserve and care for cultural material of a community. It is through the passion for and love of art, that these artworks have been collected and preserved. It is only thorough preservation and learning about our past that we understand ourselves today.

We whole heartedly thank all of the collectors who have generously donated their collections to Mexic-Arte Museum. Thank you again for your generosity and your assistance in bringing the best of Mexican, Mexican American, and Latinx culture and art to the community. The Museum in partnership with the City of Austin, is advancing the new museum building project, reflective of its contents and mission. As the Museum develops and the collection grows, we will teach about our culture and heritage with dignity and pride for generations to come.

Executive Director

Sylvia Orozco

Upcoming Events

Save the Date! Expresiones de México, Arte de la Gente/Art of the People Opens April 14

Irma Garcia Blanco, Floral Figure, n.d., Hand-painted ceramic, 39″ x 16″ x 6″, Mexic-Arte Museum Permanent Collection 2015.41.37.1, Donated by Priscilla Murr

Mexic-Arte Museum is excited to announce its upcoming exhibition this spring. Expresiones de México, Arte de la Gente/ Art of the People  presents an impressive collection of artworks created by many artists utilizing techniques and skills passed down through generations. The exhibition will be on view at the Mexic-Arte Museum from April 14 – August 20, 2023.

The exhibition will begin with an opening reception on April 14, 2023 from 6-9 p.m. Guests will be able to enjoy live music, from La Familia Chavez, and refreshments.

Panel Discussion: In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be a panel discussion, Conversations with the Collectors and Artist, with Collectors Ed Jordan, Polly Johnson, David Moss, and Sergio Sanchez Santamaria at the Mexic-Arte Museum on Saturday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. General admission and free for members.

Artist Talk: Print Artist Sergio Sánchez Santamaría in collaboration with the Mexic-Arte Museum – April 5, 5:30 p.m., at The University of Texas Art Building ART 1.120. Sánchez Santamaría has exhibited his work throughout Latin America and Europe, in the United States, and in Japan and China. He describes his art as “contemporary, with a retro and a futuristic tendency.”

Special Print Edition: In addition to having artwork displayed in the exhibition, Master Printer Sergio Sánchez Santamariá will create a special edition print at Coronado Print Studio. Sergio will also be present at the open house, from 3- 5 p.m., on April 15, 2023 at Coronado Studio, 901 Vargas Rd. Austin, TX, 78741. The public is invited to attend to meet the artist. The public will be able to buy prints at the event.

Workshops in the Schools: During his time in Austin, Sergio Sánchez Santamariá will be participating in an amArte workshop at a local school. amArte is Mexic-Arte Museum’s education outreach program funded by Austin Public Health’s Office of Violence Prevention.

H-E-B Family Day at the Museum: Mexic-Arte Museum is hosting Family Day on April 30 from 1-4 p.m. Huichol (Wixárika) artist Casimiro de la Cruz will lead a workshop where you will get to create an indigenous traditional yarn design called ojo de Dios (eye of God). The ojos de Dios are the reflection of the cosmovision of the Huichol culture and continue to be an essential aspect of their culture. All Sundays and Family Days are free admission, generously sponsored by HEB.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Taste of Mexico, Austin’s Beloved Food Festival – Save the Date – May 3rd!

2023 Theme: Alimento para el alma / Food for the soul

Taste of Mexico will be on May 3rd at Fair Market to celebrate the artistry and culinary innovation of Austin and Mexico. This cultural celebration invites guests to sample creative cuisines from some of Austin’s most eclectic and exciting restaurants, food trucks, and beverage purveyors. This year’s theme for Taste of Mexico is Alimento para el alma/ Food for the soul; the vast variety of taste, color, and shapes that makeup the dishes of Mexico. Guests will also get to enjoy food demos, music by DJ ULoveI, and more!

Proceeds from Taste of Mexico benefit Mexic-Arte Museum’s art education programs, including the nationally recognized Screen It! Program, which introduces youth to basic screen printing techniques and careers in the art field. Screen It! received the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, a project of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities presented by Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama.

Food has the ability to lift the spirit and bring communities together. Food traditions are often passed from one generation to the next, bringing us closer to our history and our families. Austin is home to people from many countries. Mexic-Arte Museum, located in Central Texas and situated so close to the state’s capital, has the opportunity to host people from all over the state, country, and world. These people bring a variety of tastes and food memories with them. In Alimento para el alma / Food for the soul we celebrate the variety of foods interpreted by different chefs/restaurants.

Photo by Katie Bentley. Taste of Mexico 2019

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Adrienne Brown at 512-200-7276 or . Sponsorship levels range from $500 to $10,000 or more; benefits include complimentary VIP tickets to the event, listing in promotional material, a hand-painted talavera plate from Dolores, Hidalgo, and more!

Photo by Chris Caselli. Taste of Mexico 2019

Pre-Sale Tickets: $80 VIP; $65 General Admission are available now until April 14th. After this date, tickets can be purchased at $65 for Museum Members, $70 for General Admission, and $85 VIP Access. VIP tickets include entrance at 5:30 pm and priority admission throughout the night. Please purchase tickets in advance; tickets will not be sold at the door.

Photo by Marlyn Garcia. Taste of Mexico 2019

Intrested in participating as a vendor? Join us for a celebration of artistry and cultural cuisine with influences from Mexico and Latin America. Since 1998, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Taste of Mexico has become one of the leading Mexican and Mexican-inspired culinary events of the year, with over 1,200 people in attendance in 2019. Featuring more than 50 restaurants, food purveyors, and signature beverages, Taste of Mexico is the perfect opportunity to promote your business among food lovers and enthusiasts, as well as other innovative chefs from Austin and Mexico. Taste of Mexico 2023 vendors so far include: Chapulin Cantina, Chulas, Curra’s Grill, Hola Aloha, Licha’s Cantina, Carbonero Tequila, Creador Agave Spirits, Soley Beverage, Insolito Tequila and more!

Thank you to our Sponsors!

April Changarrito Artist, Alejandra Gonzalez Zertuche

Portrait of Alejandra

Join us on Instagram Live on Thursday, April 27, 2023, at 5:00PM CST for an interview between Zertuche and the Mexic-Arte Museum Curator of Exhibitions and Director of Programs, Isabel Servantez. Zertuche will also be at the museum offering her artwork for sale on the Changarrito cart on April 22, 23, 29, and 30 from 12:00PM – 3:00PM CST. Come by the museum to support her and ask her about her artwork.

You can see her work at her website and learn more about her at her website: Alegzertuche.myportfolio.com/work

About The Artist

Alejandra Gonzalez Zertuche (b. 1997 in Coahuila, Mx.) immigrated to central Texas, then she relocated to the East Coast in 2022. Alejandra is a figurative painter who draws inspiration from her Mexican heritage and familial stories. Her work is part of the Texas State University permanent collection, and she was a part of the Student Juried Exhibition show, where her work was selected best in show (2022). Her work has also been shown nationally in galleries. Alejandra received her BFA in Studio Art with a painting concentration from Texas State University (2022).


Expresiones de México, Arte de la Gente/Art of the People

Mermaid Tree of Life, Tiburcio Soteno, 22″ x 19″ x 8″, ceramic
Danza de los Negritos Mask, Michoacan, Unknown Artist, 50″ x 14″ x 7″, wood with multi-color ribbons
Female Figure, Teodora Blanco, 27″ x 11″ x 10″, ceramic

Opening reception: Friday, April 14, 2023, from 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Following the revolution in the 1920s, Mexico’s leaders sought to define and promote Mexico’s culture and art to its people and the world. This campaign included looking to artists from regions all over Mexico. The search for a neatly defined Mexican art form is a difficult task to take on; the vast number of Mexican artists, both past and present, produce a wide variety of artworks. Their artworks also come in a great assortment of styles, subjects, and mediums. To this day, artists from all over Mexico master and share their practices with their communities and the world.

With Expresiones de México, Arte de la Gente / Art of the People, Mexic-Arte Museum presents an impressive collection of artworks created by many artists utilizing techniques and skills passed down through generations.

This collection has been compiled over the course of the nearly forty years of Mexic-Arte Museum’s history. This exhibition will give light to some of the key master artists in Mexico that have made this art so sought after by people around the world. Expresiones de México, Arte de la Gente / Art of the People includes artwork from pivotal artists, including Irene Aguilar, Josefina Aguilar, Juan Orta Castillo, Luis Manuel Morales Gamez, Irma García Blanco, Tiburcio Soteno Hernández, Ángel Santos Juárez, Sergio Lejarazu, Felipe Linares, Herón Martínez Mendoza, Teodora Blanco Núñez, Gorky González Quiñones, Guadalupe García Ríos, Sergio Sánchez Santamariá, anonymous artists, and more.

The exhibit will feature work by Master Printmaker, Sergio Sanchez Santamaria with his work Los Chinelos, Portfolio of 11 linocuts. Chinelos are a kind of traditional costumed dancer which is popular in the Mexican state of Morelos. The tradition arose from the blending of indigenous and Catholic traditions, most notably Carnival, with its permission to be masked and to mock. The artwork by these people expresses the variety and vibrancy of these artforms that, for many, are emblematic of Mexico’s creativity and culture.

The artworks in this exhibition represent generous donations by significant donors including Patricia and Carmine DeVivi, Robert Hollingsworth, Bruce Hupp, Ed Jordan, Joyce and David Moss, Priscilla Murr, Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr., David Wilkinson, Marilyn Wood, and others. Donations from valued collectors evidence the continued role of Mexic-Arte Museum as an entrusted steward of art in Austin for nearly four decades.

The artwork in Expresiones de México, Arte de la Gente / Art of the People spans the gamut of tradition, technique, beauty, and time, and Mexic-Arte Museum welcomes the community to share in the enjoyment, discovery, and appreciation of these incredible artworks and traditions.

Mexic-Arte thanks the following sponsors for their generous support: City of Austin Economic Development – Cultural Arts Division, Texas Commission on the Arts, Brown Foundation, Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, H.E.B., 3M, Thompson Hotel and Tommie Austin, and Coronado Print Studio.

Mero Muro Mural– Somos Ellas (We Are Them)

Muralists Tavo Bernal Bernal & Víctor Meléndez posing in front of mural on March 19, 2023.
Muralists Tavo Bernal Bernal & Víctor Meléndez posing in front of mural on March 19, 2023.
Somos Ellas Mural on Mexic-Arte Museum’s Mero Muro wall.

Come see the newly completed Mero Muro mural Somos Ellas (We Are Them) by Victor Meléndez and Tavo Garavato. In Somos Ellas, Víctor painted a bat in homage to Austin in the style of the popular Graphics of Mexico. Tavo painted an Adelita, a woman with a flowered bandana in honor of the fight of Latina women for a world without femicides and with equity. With the anaglyph style, using red/blue glasses, two skulls can be seen, as symbols of equality and the meaning that we all have in life.

Tavo Garavato is a multidisciplinary designer from Girardot, Colombia who today sees himself as a “productive slacker” or a graphic artisan. He is a constantly curious person who has been immersed in projects of graphic design, industrial design, interior design, set design, illustration, and urban art. His work currently focuses on poster design under the premise “hazlo tu mismo”, “do it for yourself.” He offers his work in illustration and muralism in support of social causes, working hand in hand with foundations and groups of victims of the conflict in Colombia, such as the Victims Unit, Casa de la Memoria Museum in Medellín and other independent foundations. He has illustrated for artists such as Iggy Pop, Marky Ramone, Foo Fighters, Queens of The Stone Age, Juanes, Primus, Café Tacvba, Gustavo Santaolalla, Natalia Lafourcade, LosPetitFellas, and others. His illustrations have been used in projects with brands such as Renault, Grolsch, Virgin Mobile, Rolling Stone, Dr. Martens, Levis, Jameson, International Red Cross, and others. See more of Tavo’s artwork here.

Víctor Meléndez is an art director, designer and illustrator based in Seattle, originally from Mexico. His work is a combination of bold lines, vivid colors, organic forms, and mysterious, spellbinding characters. Melendez’s multicultural upbringing gives him a unique approach to craft and style. This distinctive quality has given him the opportunity to create award-winning work for a wide variety of clients that include REI, Pepsi, Target, Starbucks, Crayola, SubPop, USPS, Hallmark, and Honda, amongst others. See more of Victor’s artwork here.

Come by the museum front desk to get a free pair of red/blue glasses to fully experience Somos Ellas.

March Changarrito Artist, Toto

Toto with the Changarrito Cart at Mexic-Arte

On March 30, 2023 at 5:00 pm, Mexic-Arte Museum Curator of Exhibitions and Director of Programs Isabel Servantez interviewed Jorge Flores-Pere, also known as Toto, as part of the monthly Changarrito art cart residency on Mexic-Arte’s Instagram page on Instagram Live.

If you missed the interview, you can watch it here.

About The Artist

Most commonly known by his artist name, Toto, Jorge Flores-Pere was born in Los Angeles, California in 1995 but is now located in Houston, Texas. His first experience as an artist was as a curator in 2016. Jorge put together an annual group show called “The Elephant in the Room” showcasing artists’ work from around the area. He continued to do this for three years, growing each year and getting recognition from his local newspaper as a must-see. He then shifted his attention to his own work, trying to perfect his craft. Jorge specializes in portrait painting, working primarily with acrylics and oils, capturing the story of everyday individuals with each brush stroke. He has worked with Carlos Cruz-Diez creating a mural in the heart of downtown Los Angeles and has shown work both nationally and internationally.

Jorge has taken courses at Glassell School of Art in Houston and is currently studying Art at Pasadena City college with hopes to continue his degree and transfer to a large university next year.

His biggest influence has been his family’s culture. Coming from Guatemalan and Cuban descent, his focus has been to put people of color in the limelight. Given how the art world is mostly represented by white individuals, Jorge’s goal is to allow people from his community to share their story. Statement from artist— “I remember going into museums and not being able to connect with the work because I didn’t see myself in the pieces. My goal is to change that narrative and to show that there’s more to Latin American artists besides big names such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. We aren’t just a staple in history, but also still incredibly present in the world today.”

About Changarrito Program:

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.

True to the Mexic-Arte Museum’s mission, the Changarrito is dedicated to the presentation and promotion of contemporary Latinx and Latin American art. Artists have the opportunity to sell their art on the Changarrito cart in front of the Museum (or an offsite location, as a representative for the Museum during various Austin festivals). It 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 artist, the Museum acquires a work of art for its permanent collection.

Chicano/a Art Humanities Lecture Series #8: Dr. Claudia Zapata – The Texas Farm Workers Union (TFWU) in Chicano Art

On Wednesday, March 29, Dr. Claudia Zapata gave a presentation on The Texas Farm Workers Union (TFWU) in Chicano Art in conjunction with the Mexic-Arte Museum exhibition Chicano/a Art, Movimiento y Más en Austen, Tejas 1960s to 1980s. If you missed the lecture, you can watch it here.

Dr. Zapata describes their presentation, “The Texas Farm Workers Union (TFWU) in Chicano Art as: Labor activist and former United Farm Worker Secretary-Treasurer, Antonio Orendain led the Texas Farm Workers Union (TFWU) from the 1970s to the 1980s. The Texas Union championed Texas farm worker’s rights throughout the state under the Union’s unifying logo of a shade tree within an encircled Texas state outline. Chicano artists like Amado Peña, Carlos Cortez, Luis Guerra, and several anonymous artists included this logo throughout their art to showcase direct support and political solidarity for the Texas labor cause. While California’s United Farm Workers’ (UFW) eagle logo has been an iconic visual contribution to Chicano art, I investigate this unstudied chapter of Texas political print iconography to solidify Texas labor movements as a significant historical moment for activist artists and their print production”.

If you or someone you know has physical materials from the Chicano movement that you would be willing to discuss, please reach out the Curator of Exhibitions and Director of Programs, Isabel Servantez, at , or Dr. Claudia Zapata directly at .

You can find out more about the exhibition Chicano/a Art, Movimiento y Más en Austen, Tejas 1960s to 1980s and see images of all of the objects in that exhibition on Mexic-Arte Museum’s Culture Connect Website.


Ed Jordan to be featured in Expresiones de México, Arte de la Gente/Arte of the People

Hand Painted Burnished Ceramic
Tonala, Jalisco
Gift of Ed Jordan

The Mexic-Arte Museum is proud to include Ed Jordan’s extensive collection in Expresiones de México, Arte de la Gente/Arte of the People. Jordan is a long time supporter and friend to the Mexic-Arte Museum. He has been collecting folk art for most of his life. He has an affinity and fascination with Mexico and Mexican folk art and has taken numerous trips to Mexico to meet with Mexican artists and buy local art.

Born and educated in Austin, Texas, he is a 5th generation Texan. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and served in the U.S. Army in the Military Police Customs Unit in Germany. After returning to the United States, he spent many years in Dallas as Art Director and Design Director for various art studios and advertising agencies. From 1988 to 1993, Jordan taught art at Blinn College’s campus at the Federal Correction Institution in Bastrop, Texas. As an artist himself, he has exhibited pen and ink drawings and serigraphy prints in many art shows and festivals across the country, including at the Laguna Gloria Art Festival in Austin and in art museums in El Paso, Wichita Falls, Florida, Louisiana and Michigan.

Come visit Expresiones de México, Arte de la Gente/Arte of the People from April 14th to August 20th, 2023, where you can see Ed Jordan’s collection of art.

Sergio Sánchez Santamaria in Expresiones de México, Arte de la Gente/Arte of the People

Sergio Sánchez Santamaría
El diálogo from “Los Chinelos” Carpeta de 11 Linoleos, 2003
Linolueum cut print, 12” x 8.5”
Mexic-Arte Museum Permanent Collection

The Mexic-Arte Museum is honored to announce our partnership with Sergio Sánchez Santamaria for the month of April. Along with participating in our amArte classes and guest lecturing at The University of Texas at Austin, his portfolio “Los Chinelos” Carpeta de 11 Linoleos will be on display in our upcoming exhibition Expresiones de México, Arte de la Gente/Arte of the People

“Los Chinelos” Carpeta de 11 Linoleos consists of 11 linoleum cut prints that displays Sánchez Santamaria’s masterful depiction of the Chinelo tradition of mocking Europeans and European mannerisms during carnival blends the folkways of rural Mexico with images drawn from daily life in the later 20th century, including Simpsons characters and urban teenage fashions. These prints will be displayed along with traditional Chinelo costumes created by Sánchez Santamaria.

Sergio Sánchez Santamaría (b. 1976), born in Tlayacapan, Morelos, Mexico, is a painter, muralist, printmaker, scratchboard artist, and teacher. Santamaría grew up in Tacubaya, part of Mexico City. He received his Bachelor of Plastic Arts from Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura,Y Grabado, a.k.a. La Esmerelda, in Mexico City. Santamaría was a student of Adolfo Mexiac, Alberto Beltrán, Jesus Avarez Amaya, and Leo Acosta. Talking about his early creative career he has said, “I began the profession of engraving in 1997 at Taller de Grafica Popular, because of my curiosity to learn to engrave and my admiration for masters such as Barry Moser, Leopoldo Méndez, MC Escher, Lyn Ward, Käthe Kollwitz, and Franz Masserel.”

Come visit Expresiones de México, Arte de la Gente/Arte of the People on April 14th to August 20th, 2023, where you can see Sergio Sánchez Santamaria’s portfolio “Los Chinelos” Carpeta de 11 Linoleos and Chinelo costumes.


amArte March Workshop: Digital Archiving of Space and Time

Master artist Miguel Rodriguez guiding student through 3D scanning.

amArte held the workshop “Digital Archiving of Space and Time,” led by master artist Miguel Rodriguez, at Travis High School from March 2–7. The workshop was held for Ms. Miriam Reyes-Juarez’s CTE Engineering class. Miguel Rodriguez’s work is a contemporary approach to art making through the utilization of new technologies such as 3D modeling, texturing, sculpting and volumetric photogrammetry. This practice exists on a continuum of his larger goals, as a world-builder in efforts of both deconstructing and reconstructing the complexities of the human experience and the immortal potential of our collective digital afterlife. Students were mentored and acquired tools Miguel frequently uses in creating his artwork, such as 3D scanning objects around campus, and even entire rooms and spaces important to them, since Travis HS will be undergoing a renovation in the coming years and no longer existing as they and many generations before them experienced it. The students also had a chance to gain experience with the computer graphics software, Blender, by exploring new iterations and textures applied to objects and spaces rendered by the students. Miguel brought closure and cohesion to the workshop by creating a video flythrough of a composition he created using eveything the students scanned with their chosen textures applied.

Watch a short fly through of all the students’ renderings created in the class

amArte April Workshop: Expresiones Grabadas

Portrait of Sergio Sánchez Santamaría

amArte will be holding the workshop “Expresiones Grabadas,” led by master artist Sergio Sánchez Santamaría, at Crockett High School from April 10th–14th. The workshop will be held for Ms. Erin Lane’s advanced art classes. Sergio Sánchez Santamaría; painter, muralist, printmaker, scratchboard artist, and teacher, was born in Tlayacapan, Morelos, Mexico and grew up in Tacubaya, which is part of Mexico City. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura, y Grabado, a.k.a. La Esmeralda, in Mexico City. He was a student of Adolfo Mexiac, Alberto Beltrán, Jesus Ávarez Amaya, and Leo Acosta. Students will reflect on design motifs and elements found in diverse arte popular styles from across Mexico and the value of easy reproduction of an image through the linocut printmaking medium.

Screen It! in Manor Schools

Student presenting their work to a classmate, during the ScreenIt! workshop.
Student showing the alebrije design they created for their shirt.

This spring, we brought our award-winning Screen It! program to Manor ISD! 5th and 6th grade students at seven Manor Elementary Schools have been learning how to screen print from professional teaching artists. Students are working on screen printing t-shirts with alebrije designs while learning about careers in art and design from the artists working with them. We will have a virtual juried exhibition of the student artists’ shirts once all participating students have completed their projects. A selected student artist from each school will be awarded a screen printing kit to learn more about screen printing. 

If you are a person or student interested in learning about screen printing and how it is a medium that can be made accessible with readily available materials, visit the Mexic-Arte Museum Learn Page. We have a screen printing video series demonstrating TEKS aligned lesson plans for how one can create their own design and use it to screen print onto a bag, clothing, paper or any chosen material. We also have several videos of DIY printmaking tutorials, even how to make your own screen printing screen. All virtual lessons on the Learn Page will be available in English and Spanish. 

To learn more about the award-winning Screen It! program visit https://mexic-artemuseum.org/learn/screen-it/, and if you have further questions about the program, contact 

Free Summer Camp! – Nuestro Estilo at Austin Central Library

Nuestro Estilo Summer Camp Flyer

Friends of all ages, join us July 17-21 at the Austin Central Library for an innovative fashion workshop with artist Andrea Calderon! We will explore Mexican identity through traditional garments. Every participant will design and create their own stamp and print upcycled clothing with the design. This is a great workshop to learn more about traditional indigenous textiles, styling and design. At the end of this workshop we will showcase all designs in a fashion show! Sign up through the QR Code or this link. This is a free workshop! Thank you to the City of Austin for supporting our amArte program! 

If you have questions about this camp, contact Education Associate, José Martinez- 

H-E-B Domingos en Familia

Ojo de Dios, yarn painting, Huichol, c. 1950s. Photo by Maia Castillo.

Come join us on April 30th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. for our annual family day! That Sunday, Huichol (Wixárika) artist Casimiro de la Cruz will lead a workshop where you will get to create an indigenous traditional yarn design called ojo de Dios (eye of God). The ojos de Dios are the reflection of the cosmovision of the Huichol culture and continue to be an essential aspect of their culture.

Casimiro De La Cruz López comes from a village near the ceremonial center of Santa Catarina in the Huichol Sierra, where he spends much of his time helping his father, who has been the elected spiritual leader of their community for many years. 

Come enjoy our exhibition Expresiones de México, Arte de la Gente / Art of the People, and learn more about this incredible tradition.

¡Te esperamos!  


First Annual Cinco de Mayo Luncheon!

We invite you to join us for the inaugural Cinco de Mayo Luncheon!

The Cinco de Mayo Luncheon will gather downtown businesses and stakeholders to celebrate, promote and learn about the Mexic-Arte Museum, the Cinco de Mayo historic event, and the 5th Street Mexican American Heritage Corridor and District. Join us as we celebrate thirty-nine years in Austin with critically acclaimed exhibitions, an expanding art collection, exemplary education programs, exciting cultural events, and a growing permanent collection.

Taking place Friday, May 5 at the Thompson Hotel, this is the first event of its kind in Austin and promises to be a gathering full of festive music, tasty cuisine, and information sharing. 

If you have questions, feel free to check out the event page or contact Development Coordinator Adrienne Brown at .

We look forward to seeing you at the Luncheon!

Become a Member Today!

If you’re not already a member, you’re missing out. But good news – you can secure your membership today! April 14 will be the opening reception for our newest exhibition, free to members, and you do NOT want to miss it! Entry to our events is only one among many benefits of membership.
Check out our website for information on the different tiers, and find one that works for you today!


Mix ‘n’ Mash Highlights – Meet the Artists!

Thank you to our Sponsor Ampersand Art Supply!

Efrén Solórzano, Flores de Invierno, 2023
Acrylic on 12″ x 12″ gessoboard
Ambar, A Sprinkle of Joy, 2023
Mixed Media on 12″ x 12″ gessoboard
Lacy Richter, Yo Soy Spicy, 2023
Acrylic on 12″ x 12″ gessoboard
Ramsey Theriot, Ramsey’s Downtown Views, 2023
Mixed Media on 12″ x 12″ gessoboard
Christian Boada, Your punishment will be to see me thrive, 2023
Oil on 12″ x 12″ gessoboard
Rick Hernandez, Food from the Earth, Food from the Sea, 2023
Acrylic Paint & Glazed Ceramic on 12″ x 12″ gessoboard

Carmen Rangel Discusses El Mero Muro during the Mural Bike Tour

Carmen Rangel in front of El Mero Muro wall, during the Mural Bike Tour on March 11

The Downtown Austin Alliance, Pease Park Conservancy and Ride Bikes Austin held the second annual downtown Art in the Parks – Mural Bike Tour on March 11. The bike tour is a curated collection of inspirational and iconic murals in and around downtown Austin parks.

The bike ride featured artists, art organizations, spectacular mural destinations, live mural installations, as well as upcoming mural installs.

Mexic-Arte Museum was Stop #4 on the bike tour and allowed bikers to learn about El Mero Muro on 5th Street. Muralist Carmen Rangel spoke about the El Mero Muro, rotating artists, messages tough on powerful social issues, creating a bilingual audience, and her mural Tree of Life Estampilla.


Shop the Mexic-Arte Museum Store!

Missed your chance to buy artwork from our Mix ‘n’ Mash exhibition? You can still purchase art on our online store!

Thank you to our generous Sponsors!

This project is supported in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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Exhibition and Art Education Programs Support: Ampersand Art Supply, Applied Materials, Austin Art League, Austin Convention Center, Austin Independent School District Creative Classrooms, Austin Lowriding, Michael Best, Brown Distributing Company, CC West Printing, Center for Mexican American Studies – UT, City of Austin Departments: Cultural Arts Division; Economic Development; Health Department; Community Youth Development Program; Parks & Recreation; Public Works; and Special Events, Clay Imports, Consulate General of Mexico in Austin, Erwin Cuellar, Libby & Lloyd Doggett, Endeavor Real Estate Group, Facebook, Fenix Post Tension, Inc., Fonda San Miguel, Ford Foundation, Gente Chicana/SOYmos Chicano Fund, Tom Gilliland, GoDaddy, Greater Milwakee Foundation, Juan J Gutierrez and Rosa K Gutierrez, Charlotter Hage Dalbey, Jennifer Hage Bond, Patricia Hage Hirsh, Robin Suzanne Hage, H-E-B, H-E-B Tournament of Champions, Hendler Flores Law, Humanities Texas, IBC Bank, IBM, Institute of Museum & Library Services, JP Peace Love & Happiness Foundation, Ann McEldowney, Bettina & Travis Mathis, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mindpop, National Philanthropic Trust, Nettie & M.K. Hage Family, Rambler Sparkling Water, Elizabeth Rogers, Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr., Rosa Santis & Pedro SS Services, Serie Print Project, Delia Sifuentes, Silcone Labs, Spurs, Susto Mezcal, Ingrid and James Taylor, The Texas Tribune, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Texas Gas Service, Toyota Honda Hyundia – Round Rock, Tribeza, Univision 62, Univision Radio, Warfield Center, Lola Wright Foundation, Jane & Manuel Zuniga, and Mark Zuniga.