Mexic-Arte Museum Exhibition Travels to Austin Sister City – Saltillo, Coahuila
Mexic-Arte Museum, in coordination with the Austin Saltillo Sister Cities Association, is presenting the exhibition Vida y Experiencias en la Frontera – Life and Experiences in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands in Saltillo, Coahuila. The exhibition will be presented at the Instituto Municipal de Cultura, Centro Cultural Casa Purcell. The exhibition will be on display from July 23 to October 30, 2023.
This exhibition is part of the Austin Saltillo Sister Cities program. In the spirit of friendship and cooperation, Mexic-Arte Museum and the Austin Saltillo Sister Cities Association are sharing this exhibition with Saltillo to celebrate this great city’s 446th Anniversary and International Festival. The exhibition is composed of 68 artworks, focusing on the border, from Mexic-Arte Museum’s permanent collection. The pieces were originally donated by Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr. (1946 – 2021), a reference librarian and subject specialist for art and Chicanx studies at The University of Texas at El Paso, in 2020. Life and Experiences in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands examines the cultural history and social issues of the border as portrayed by artists in the El Paso, Juárez, and the U.S. Mexico border region. Life and Experiences in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands is divided into five themes: Creating a Border; Land, Fauna, and Allegories; I am Immigrant You Are; Immigrant Dream and Nightmare; and The Culture Continues/La Cultura Sigue.
The Austin Saltillo Sister Cities Association is a non-profit organization that promotes international peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation, one individual at a time. Austin Saltillo Sister Cities Association promotes peace between Austin and Mexico by celebrating Saltillo and educating the Austin community about Mexico and the interesting traditions that are practiced in Northern Mexico and Texas. This exhibition is supported in part by the Austin Saltillo Sister Cities Association.
In 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 Mexic-Arte Museum’s nearly 40 year history. This exhibition gives light to some of the key master artists in Mexico that have made this art so sought after by people around the world. The exhibit continues through August 20th. Come by, learn, and enjoy!
Welcome Jay B. Sauceda to the Board of Directors!
Jay B. Sauceda is the Founder of Sauceda Industries and Texas Humor. Sauceda Industries is an e-commerce logistics and shipping company. Texas Humor is a social media brand for Texans who love being Texan and have a sense of humor about it. He worked for over a decade in the advertising industry as a photographer for numerous brands, such as Texas Monthly, The New York Times, YETI, and BMW. Sauceda is also a pilot, entrepreneur, and author of Y’all: The Definitive Guide to Being a Texan and A Mile Above Texas. His aerial photographs of Texas were first published in a photo essay in Texas Monthly and exhibited at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. He currently resides in Austin with his wife, two kids, and two dogs. We welcome Jay B. to the Board of Directors. Thank you for your enthusiasm and interest in the Mexic-Arte Museum!
July Changarrito Artist, Alán Serna
Join us for the Changarrito cart with artist Alán Serna, who will be at the museum offering their artwork for sale on July 22-23 and July 29-30 from 12:00PM – 3:00PM CST. Come by the museum to support Alán and ask about his work!
On Thursday, July 27 at 5:00 PM, Isabel Servantez, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Curator of Exhibitions and Director Of Programs, 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.
You can see and learn more about Alán’s work on his website.
Alán Serna is a mixed media artist from Huanusco, Zacatecas, MX, now living and working in San Antonio, TX. In 2018, Serna earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Intermedia from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking in 2015 from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Drawing. Serna is the co-founder and Master Printer of Feral Editions, an independent publisher of fine art prints, artist books, and ephemera.
Continuing Traditions in the exhibition Expresiones de México, Arte de la Gente/Art of the People
This month, we focus on the section Continuing Traditions of the current exhibition Expresiones de México, Arte de la Gente / Art of the People. In this section, we see how innovation plays an important role in the creation of arte de la gente. This section highlights artists that expand and develop new aesthetics and techniques based on sometimes ancient creative practices. One example of that is seen in the pottery of the town Mata Ortiz in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. Artist Juan Quezada reconstructed the ceramic practice of pottery prevalent at the archaeological site Casas Grandes (Paquimé) by the Mogollon people. This practice is believed to have ended 600 years ago. From shards Quezada found near the site, he recreated the ceramic process and designs of the Mogollon people. He took his own practice further by innovating with different colors and designs, and sharing it with the community in Casas Grande.
Vasija by Lupe Ontiveros is an example of Mata Ortiz pottery featured in Expresiones de México, Arte de la Gente / Art of the People. Ontiveros forms her pots using local clay from Mata Ortiz and employs the coil method of construction, completing the design with a stone-polished finish (burnishing).
Expresiones de México, Arte de la Gente / Art of the People is on view until August 20, 2023. Learn more by visiting the exhibit page.
June Changarrito Artist, Bella Álvarez
On June 27, 2023 at 5:00 pm, Mexic-Arte Museum Curator of Exhibitions and Director of Programs Isabel Servantez interviewed Bella Álvarez, as part of the monthly Changarrito art cart residency on Mexic-Arte’s Instagram Live. Servantez and Álvarez covered a range of topics in their discussion.
If you missed the interview, you can watch it here.
About The Artist
“I grew up in Austin, Texas, surrounded by many different expressions of art. I took my first printmaking class during my freshman year of high school and it has grown into full passion. I want to continue to pursue printmaking and art in college. I applied to a couple art schools and so far got accepted into Savannah College of Art and Design. I felt a disconnect from my Mexican roots growing up but I became more united with my heritage and culture during my journey through high school. Especially this year, during my senior year of high school, I wanted to express the beauty and comfort I found in my roots by dedicating my AP 2D Design portfolio to Mexican roots and culture in Texas. Within the past couple of years, I have become more active in activism, and some of my newer pieces express that. I want to continue to complete more pieces like those. My first time in an exhibit was at MAS Cultura Fest 2022; featuring my pieces La Dama and The Chicano Movement in Texas. Those pieces were also included in Issue Four of Bluekeys magazine, a small Austin publication.”
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 #10: Dr. Alexis Salas – Hijxs de su Madre! Queer Latinx Art and Texas
On Thursday, May 31, Dr. Alexis Salas gave a presentation of Hijxs de su Madre! Queer Latinx Art and Texas in conjunction with the Mexic-Arte Museum exhibition Chicano/a Art, Movimiento y Más en Austen, Tejas 1960s to 1980s.
Dr. Salas describes their presentation, Hijxs de su Madre! Queer Latinx Art and Texas as linking themes from the exhibition, Chicano/a Art, Movimiento y Más en Austen, Tejas 1960s to 1980s, to Salas’ scholarship on Queer Latinx art and activism.
Dr. Alexis Salas is an Endowed Assistant Professor of Arts of the Americas at the University of Arkansas. Her scholarship and exhibitions focus on contemporary Latin American and Latinx art.
This was the final lecture as part of the Chicano/a Arte Humanities Lecture Series. Mexic-Arte Museum would like to thank each of the scholars that have participated in this program and the National Endowment for the Humanities for supporting this lecture series.
Mexic-Arte Museum Partnership with National Museum with the American Latino
The Mexic-Arte Museum is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the National Museum of the American Latino in Washington D.C. We will be displaying one of the artworks from the Permanent Collection, Sun Raid by Ester Hernandez, in the exhibition ¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States. According to the National Museum of the American Latino, “¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States is an introduction to critical concepts, moments, and biographies that shine a light on the historical and cultural legacy of U.S. Latinas and Latinos.”
Sun Raid was part of the Serie Project XV (2007-8). According to their website, “The Serie Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the fine art of serigraphy. The organization offers an Artist in Residence (AIR) program that allows participants to learn the technique and create a limited edition of prints, under the guidance of a Master Printer. Hoping to increase the presence of minorities in the art world, the Serie Project encourages multi-racial participation and two-third of all resident artists are Latino. The Serie Project was founded in 1993 by Austin artist Sam Coronado, and has hosted more than 250 residencies to date.” To learn more about The Serie Project, please visit www.serieproject.org.
In Sun Raid, Ester Hernandez transforms a familiar raisin box to make a statement about the situation many farm workers are facing in the United States. The wholesome face normally found on the front of the box is changed into a skeletal farm worker wearing a huipil, a native Mexican dress. She wears a security-monitoring bracelet labeled ICE, for the Immigrations and Customs Agents, signifying looming deportation. Messages on the box are changed to read “Product of NAFTA,” and “Deportation Guaranteed.” Hernandez uses the names of Mexican indigenous groups from the Oaxaca area because they make up a large number of farm workers in the United States. She hopes her work provokes a dialogue about the issues that affect a population that is often invisible to the mainstream public. Her concern for farm workers can be seen in a similar image she created 27 years ago, titled Sun Mad. She transformed the same raisin box into a statement about the overuse of pesticides and the effect it has on our bodies and environment.
Ester Hernandez was born in California in a family of six children to farm worker parents. She received her Bachelors in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley and now lives in San Francisco.
Sun Raid will be on display in the Molina Family Lation Gallery in the National Museum of American History from now until mid-November. To learn more about the National Museum of the American Latino, please visit www.latino.si.edu.
Sign Up! Nuestro Estilo Summer Camp at the Central Library
From July 17 to July 21, 2023, the Mexic-Arte Museum, in partnership with Austin Central Library, will offer the camp: Nuestro Estilo/Our Style.
Campers 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 and styling. At the end of this workshop, we will showcase participants’ designs in a fashion show!
Summer Camp: Nuestro Mundo at Dove Springs Rec Center
For the summer of 2023, the Mexic-Arte Museum is excited to partner with the George Morales Dove Springs Recreation Center to bring Nuestro Mundo/ Our World to the summer camps. In Nuestro Mundo, students will focus on building and strengthening their community through art and education. Led by museum art educators, participants will identify a change they wish to see in the world. Each student will create an infographic poster using silkscreen printing technology — an accessible process used by artists and activists to quickly reproduce images and information. The purpose of these posters will be to communicate to the public the necessity of social change in an area of importance to the students.
The first week of Nuestro Mundo started from June 26 and goes through June 29, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
Our next Nuestro Mundo starts July 31 and goes through August 4, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. You still have time to sign up! Summer Camps are FREE.
If you have participated in our previous summer camps and want to sign up for this year please reach out to Jasmine Chock at
The Mexic-Arte education team is happy to present a virtual exhibition of the work made by students of Manor ISD. During the spring semester of 2023, 5th and 6th grade students at Pioneer Crossing, Bluebonnet Trail, Decker, Oak Meadows, Shadow Glen, Presidential Meadows, and Blake Manor learned about screen printing through the creation of alebrijes, one of the most popular and relatively contemporary manifestations of Mexican arte popular.
Under the guidance of our talented teaching artists, students talked about the cultural importance of alebrijes and were able to create their own. In addition, we recognized outstanding students with a screen printing art kit so they can apply what they learned at home and create wonderful designs.
We thank our generous sponsors, Applied Materials, our partner teachers at Manor ISD, and our teaching artists for all their work and support during this project.
Welcome Our New Summer Intern, Marietta!
Hi! My name is Marietta Aburto de la Fuente and I am an international student from Mexico currently majoring in Studio Art at UT Austin. I am an education intern here at Mexic-Arte, and I am incredibly excited to contribute and participate in all the wonderful programs the museum has to offer. During my time here, I am eager to engage with the community and become part of such a vibrant educational resource. I hope to graduate from UT Austin in the next year, and with the knowledge I gain working at Mexic-Arte, I am looking forward to attending a graduate program pursuing Art Education.
If you are interested in an internship at the Mexic-Arte Museum, please apply through our website or contact Luisa Fernanda Perez at for more information.
Mexic-Arte’s Annual Catrina Dinner is Back!
We invite you to join us for the annual Catrina Dinner!
The Catrina Dinner is a spirited annual benefit recognizing Mexic-Arte Museum’s present accomplishments in visual arts and art education. We commemorate the Museum’s 39 years of presenting critically acclaimed exhibitions, award-winning education programs, and unique cultural events.
The event is designed to bring a festive, delightful experience and includes informative programming, an update on our building project, information on new additions to the collection, an art auction, and themed gift bags with Catrina inspired items and treats. We encourage dressing up with Catrina themed masks and makeup, making for an artful evening.
Dinner will be prepared by highly the acclaimed Fonda San Miguel. Fonda San Miguel was founded in 1975 by Miguel Ravago and Tom Gilliland and has served the Austin public and visitors authentic and regional Mexican cuisines in an atmosphere of museum quality art, luscious plants, and décor ever since. The Fonda San Miguel collection includes works by Sergio Bustamante, Rufino Tamayo, Francisco Zuniga, Rodolfo Morales, and many other prominent artists.
If you have questions or would like to sponsor the event, feel free to check out the event page or contact Development Coordinator Adrienne Brown at .
Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, in collaboration with the Department of Defense and museums across America. Mexic-Arte Museum, a collaborator in the Blue Star Museums program, offers free general admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and up to five family members—including U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, and NOAA Commissioned Corps—from Armed Services Day Saturday, May 20, 2023 through Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2023.
For all free and discounted military tickets, present ID in person at admissions desk. Sundays are free admission for all!
Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!
This project is supported in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
Exhibition and Art Education Programs Support: Ampersand Art Supply, Applied Materials, 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, Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages, Erwin Cuellar, Libby & Lloyd Doggett, Downtown Austin Alliance, El Mundo, 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’s Peace Love & Happiness Foundation, La Voz, Linbeck, LMN/Page, Ann McEldowney, Bettina & Travis Mathis, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Nettie & M.K. Hage Family, Laurel Prats, Elizabeth Rogers, Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr., Rosa Santis & Pedro SS Services, Serie Print Project, Siete, Delia Sifuentes, Silcone Labs, Spurs, State Farm – Alejandra de la Torre, Susto Mezcal, Ingrid and James Taylor, Texas Gas Service, The Texas Tribune, Thompson Austin, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Toyota Honda Hyundia – Round Rock, Tribeza, Univision 62, Univision Radio, Warfield Center, Waterloo Greenway, Lola Wright Foundation, Jane & Manuel Zuniga, and Mark Zuniga.