Miembros Newsletter: March 2023

A Message from The Director

Thank you Ampersand Art Supply for 13 Years of Support!

Rosemary Allen Villegas, Khao Boi, acrylic
Liz Newton, A Visit to Home, acrylic
Ramiro Juarez, Mole en la casa de mi abuela, acrylic

We thank our dedicated sponsor Ampersand Art Supply! For over thirteen years, Ampersand has generously donated two hundred gessobords annually to Mexic-Arte Museum’s Mix ‘n’ Mash art exhibit.

Mix ‘n’ Mash is an annual group art exhibition and sale featuring over 200 artists. The works of art featured in the exhibition are created on gesso boards. Taking place for the first time in 2009, proceeds from art sales help provide funding for Mexic-Arte’s programming.

This year’s theme is Alimento para el alma / Food for the soul, celebrating the variety of foods interpreted by local and regional artists on 12 x 12 boards. Each one draws you in and tells a story or evokes an emotion.

The art sale not only increases awareness about the visual arts and art collecting in the community but also funds the Museum’s all-ages educational programming. Art works can be purchased through the Museum’s Online Store after the event.

We thank Elaine Salazar and the great Ampersand team. Elaine Salazar is the owner of Ampersand Art Supply, a company she began as a graduate student in the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Her background in art history led her to collaborate with artist Charles Ewing to bring to market several unique painting surfaces for artists beginning in 1993. Unparalleled quality, innovative coatings, and the company’s exclusive Archiva-Seal™ are some of the many reasons artists trust Ampersand for their artwork. The company has surfaces for artists working in multiple media formats, from oils to watercolor. Elaine’s commitment to support Latino/a artists in their work has led to the company’s steadfast support of Mexic-Arte’s mission over the years. Since 2009, the company has
been very proud to donate all the panels for Mexic-Arte’s Mix ‘n’ Mash artwork benefit fundraisers.

From all of us, we truly appreciate your support of the Museum. We thank 2023 artists and all the artists of the past years for supporting the museum. And we thank you, the community, who purchase these artworks. We invite everyone to come out and see Alimento para el alma / Food for the soul and purchase some Mix ‘n’ Mash art!

Support the arts! Support Mexic-Arte Museum!

Executive Director

Sylvia Orozco

Upcoming Events

Mix ‘n’ Mash: Alimento para el alma / Food for the soul Opens on March 3

Mix ‘n’ Mash Alimento para el alma / Food for the soul Exhibition and Art Sale will be on view from Friday, March 3 – 19, 2023. This group exhibition displays artworks from over 100 local and regional artists created on quality panels donated by Ampersand Art Supply. The art sale not only increases awareness about the visual arts and art collecting in the community, but also provides funding for the Museum’s exhibitions, supports educational programming for children and adults, and sustains upkeep and care of the permanent collection. Artworks may also be purchased through the Museum Online Store.

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

This year’s theme is food for the soul. 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. Food preparation also has as much creative potential as any traditional media (painting, drawing, sculpting, etc.). 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, food memories, and food cultures with them. In Alimento para el alma / Food for the soul, we celebrate the variety of foods cherished by artists. The artists in Alimento para el alma / Food for the soul share their backgrounds, culture, and tastes (artistic and culinary) with their contribution to this year’s Mix ‘n’ Mash exhibition.

Mix ‘n’ Mash: Derived from the terms “mix-and-match” (to combine elements in a harmonious and interesting way) and “mash-up” (a work that blends two or more songs or pieces of art from different genres), Mix ‘n’ Mash is an original concept by Mexic-Arte Museum, which refers not only to the mashing of genres into one work of art, but also to the mixing of work by various artists to create a unique collector’s set.

The professional quality acid-free panels used by the artists are Gessobord, made in Austin, Texas and generously donated by Ampersand. Mexic-Arte Museum would like to recognize and thank all the participating artists for their generous donation and support. Thank You!

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

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

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 Mexico, Arte de la Gente / Art of the People Mexic-Arte Museum presents the 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 out by people around the world. Expresiones de Mexico, Arte de la Gente / Art of the People includes artwork from pivotal artists, including Carlos Aguilar, Irene Aguilar, Josefina Aguilar, Teodora Blanco, Capelo, Guadalupe Garcia Rios, Gorky Gonzalez, Felipe Linares, Heron Martinez Mendoza, Manuel Morales, Juan Orta, Tiburcio Soteno, additional featured artists, and others whose names remain anonymous. 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, 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 Mexico, 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.

March Changarrito Artist, Toto

Father, 36″x 48″, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2021
Is It Any Wonder?, 40″ x 60″, acrylic on canvas, 2021

About The Artist

Most commonly known by his artist name, Toto, Jorge Flores-Pere was born in Los Angeles, California in 1995, and 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 to create 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 the 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.”


First Mero Muro Mural– Carmen Rangel’s Tree of Life Estampilla

Carmen Rangel working on mural at Mexic-Arte Museum on February 27, 2023.
Rangel in front of completed mural, Tree of Life Estampilla, on March 1, 2023.

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Mexic-Arte Museum is happy to welcome Austin-based artist Carmen Rangel as one of the muralists creating a mural to coincide with the opening of Mexic-Arte Museum’s exhibition Expresiones de Mexico, Arte de la Gente / Art of the People. Rangel’s mural, Tree of Life Estampilla is on view and will officially be unveiled on the day of the opening for Expresiones de Mexico, Arte de la Gente / Arte of the People on April 14, 2023.

“This design highlights a popular ceramic piece called the Tree of Life Candelabra with Mexican folk art and indigenous influences. The ceramic candle holder is depicted on a stamp to represent how popular Mexican artwork is exported into the United States to be viewed and appreciated. With this design I wanted to highlight natural materials like clay and turquoise shell and the delicacy and craftsmanship that is needed to created artwork like this,” Rangel described.

February Changarrito Artist, Sara Palma

Sara with the Changarrito Cart outside of Mexic-Arte. Photo by Sylvia Orozco

On February 23, 2023 at 5:00 pm, Mexic-Arte Museum Curator of Exhibitions and Director of Programs Isabel Servantez interviewed Sara Palma 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

I’m a Graphic Designer and Artist, born in the USA and raised in Mexico. I am an art lover and graduate of La Salle University in Mexico City. I’m about to start my Masters Degree in Branding at LABASAD Barcelona School of Arts & Design, University de Lleida, focusing on Branding. One of my first achievements after I graduated was to work at BAMF! Design, a specialized consulting agency for branding and packaging. I moved to Austin 5 years ago, and I currently work as the Creative Director and Visual Communicator at Mexic-Arte Museum. I am fascinated with art and the natural and built environment. In my philosophy, I am inspired by Ana Mendietta, Leonora Carrington, Dalí, and Remedios Varo.

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.

Humanities Lecture Series – Chicano/a Art, Movimiento y Más en Austen, Tejas 1960s to 1980s – Dr. Claudia Zapata

Portrait of Dr. Claudia Zapata
Luis Guerra, Hasta la Gloria, 1977, screenprint on paper, Mexic-Arte Museum Permanent Collection, ©1977, Luis Guerra

Mexic-Arte Museum is proud to host Dr. Claudia Zapata as one of Humanities Lecturers for the exhibition Chicano/a Art, Movimiento y Más en Austen, Tejas 1960s to 1980s. Claudia E. Zapata (they/them) earned their Ph.D. in art history at Southern Methodist University’s RASC/a: Rhetorics of Art, Space, and Culture program. They received their BA and MA in art history from The University of Texas at Austin, specializing in Maya art from the Classic period (250-900 CE). Zapata was the curator of exhibitions and programs at the Mexic-Arte Museum. From 2018-2022, Claudia was the curatorial assistant of Latinx art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Currently, Zapata is a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA. Their current research analyzes Chicanx and Latine/x creators in Web3.

Dr. Zapata’s lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 12PM through Facebook live.

Lecture Title: The Texas Farm Workers Union (TFWU) in Chicano Art

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. 

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.


Joyce and David Moss Collection to be featured in Expresiones de Mexico, Arte de la Gente/Art of the People

Joyce and David Moss in 2019. Photo by Sylvia Orozco

In 2022, long-time friends of the Mexic-Arte Museum Joyce and David Moss generously donated their extensive collection of Mexican art. This collection consists of over 350 objects, including a variety of ceramics, traditional masks, wooden figures, textiles, and more. 

We had the pleasure of hosting Joyce and David Moss in January to give them a tour of Mexic-Arte and learn more about their collection. When speaking with the couple about how they started collecting, they said when they retired in the early 1990’s and settled in Mexico, they became enamored by smaller ceramics in the state of Tonala. From there, they continued to travel to regions like Chipas, Guanajuato, Mata Ortiz, Tlaquepaque, and Tzintzuntzan to acquire objects they were attracted to by their techniques or because it simply brought them joy.

Come see objects from the Joyce and David Moss Collection in Mexic-Arte Museum’s upcoming exhibition, Expresiones de Mexico, Arte de la Gente/Art of the People, on April 17, 2023.


Totally Cool, Totally Art Exhibit

Mexic-Arte Education staff at TCTA awards reception. Photo by James Wilkus
TCTA students are awarded for their work in exhibition. Photo by James Wilkus
Students pose during TCTA award reception. Photo by James Wilkus

A student award reception was held Thursday, February 16 for our friends from the Totally Cool Totally Art program. With over 200 attendees, the museum was filled with young Austin artists and their families, who enjoyed an evening full of art and enthusiasm. The event concluded with an award ceremony where TCTA recognized their instructors and outstanding participants.

“The Totally Cool Totally Art Mexic-Arte Teen Art Exhibition was a blast!  It’s always a great time to reflect on the value of community art programs and to be reminded of all the benefits that they provide to the communities that they serve. Seeing all the young teen artists’ sense of pride when they see an art piece that they created themselves hanging on a wall at a professional art museum is priceless and life changing.  It takes a village they say, and it remains as true as ever; the collaboration between the Mexic-Arte Museum and the Totally Cool Totally Art program is a true thing of magic that lifts so many under-served and deserving teens. Art in all forms continues to be reflective, healing, and leading all at the same time and it deserves to be supported and celebrated,” said Clint Hofmeister, Totally Cool Totally Art Coordinator.

The exhibition continued until February 28.

Totally Cool Totally Art (TCTA) has been cultivating creative teens since 1996. TCTA is unique in that the classes are completely free to Austin’s youth teen community. Teens learn various techniques by working directly alongside professional artists. The program reinforces positive choices by offering art appreciation in a mentoring environment. TCTA is built to help give teens new experiences, build respect and trust, keep them out of trouble during high-risk after school hours, and improve their skills in creative expression, communication, teamwork, and arts appreciation.

amArte Workshop with Lavender Yrrobali

Lavender Yrrobali speaking to students during the amArte workshop.

amArte will be holding its 12th workshop at Del Valle High School in March. The workshop’s master artist will be Lavender Yrrobali, who is a prolific DJ and performance artist that has created communities around performance art and show productions. Lavender will guide and mentor advanced theater students on all the elements required to ideate, conceptualize, and materialize a successful community show production; from theme brainstorming to creating original characters to embody and perform as. In the end, each group of students will perform their sets, with a designated host/MC that will keep the show moving and the crowd engaged. Each group will have to design their own flyers with original titles for their themed performances, as well and receive constructive feedback from Lavender and a small panel of guest teachers on campus.


Join Mexic-Arte for Amplify Austin Day

Amplify Austin Day is THIS Wednesday, Mexic-Arte community! Our goal is to raise $2,000 through donations of $50, $100, $250, $500, or whatever you can give on this awesome day of community action. Those funds will go towards our award winning ScreenIt! summer programs, run by our amazing education team and select master artists.

We are very excited to announce that Tito’s Handmade Vodka is offering to donate an extra $25 for everyone that puts #LoveTitos in the public message box at check out! Let’s not let Tito’s generosity go to waste.

If we can count on you to donate what you can and share our mission with your network, we’ll reach our goal of $2,000 in no time! Mexic-Arte is counting on you – we know y’all can make this happen for our community!

Membership Sale

If you’re not already a member, you’re missing out. But good news – you can secure your membership today! March 3 will be our Mix ‘n’ Mash opening, 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!


Welcome Our New Interns!

Graphic Design

Victoria Hartson (they/them) is an Austin-based artist from San Antonio, Texas. They are a senior at The University of Texas at Austin, getting a BA in Women’s & Gender Studies with a minor in English. They are passionate about art in all forms, working primarily in digital design, photography, and videography. They’ve taught basic woodworking to children of all ages, done graphic design for the Bi-College Theatre Department at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, and directed multiple award-winning short films. Victoria is excited for this incredible opportunity to expand their knowledge of both design and Mexican culture while interning with the Mexic-Arte Museum.

Della Price (she/her) is a queer graphic designer from Austin Texas. After 10 years in the service industry, she is taking steps to become a professional creative through Austin Community College’s design program. She is excited to learn the in’s and out’s of such a classic Austin art institution. Della is passionate about the ability of art to express things words can’t and foster unlikely connections. You can see her work at her website https://dellaprice.design .


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Exhibition and Art Education Programs Support: 3M, Ampersand Art Supply, Applied Materials, Austin Art League, Austin Convention Center, Austin Independent School District Creative Classrooms, Austin Lowriding, Michael Best, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Brown Foundation, Brown Distributing Company, Dr. Frank Cardenas, 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, Junior League of Austin, Ann McEldowney, Bettina & Travis Mathis, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mindpop, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, 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, Texas Commission on the Arts, Toyota Honda Hyundia – Round Rock, Tribeza, Univision 62, Univision Radio, Warfield Center, Lola Wright Foundation, Jane & Manuel Zuniga, and Mark Zuniga.