Miembros Newsletter: May 2021

From the Director

Sharing Memories of My Friend, Juan Sandoval

Juan Sandoval, Terry Tannert, Susan Toomey Frost, standing
Aurora Orozco and Clemente Orozco seated, 2000
Photo by Sylvia Orozco
Sylvia Orozco with Juan Sandoval at his home library, 2000

I first met Juan Sandoval on a trip to El Paso to learn about the artist community and organizations, specifically Juntos Art Association and the Bridge Center for Contemporary Art in the late 1980s. Juan invited Pio Pulido and I to his home where he showed us his art and book collection. We were impressed by the number of books, and the quality of the art.

Juan was born in the El Valle de San Luis in Monte Vista, Colorado to a family of ten children. As a child, he collected beautiful things from nature just as I did. As time progressed, these small collections of earth materials turned into collecting artwork from friends in college. He had a bachelor’s degree from Adams State College in Colorado, and a master’s degree from the University of Denver. Sandoval began building his collection in 1964 when he purchased an artist proof from a friend. He moved to El Paso after working at the University of Oregon in Eugene. 

Juan was a librarian at The University of Texas at El Paso from 1981 until his retirement in 2019.  He worked as a reference librarian and subject specialist for art and Chicanx studies. In 1999, Mexic-Arte Museum organized an exhibition of El Paso artist, Jose Cisneros: Artist, Illustrator, and Historian. Juan was a great friend and collector of Jose Cisneros and generously lent the Museum some work from his collection. The Sandoval collection holds over thirty original drawings, autographed books, illustrations and other materials by Cisneros.  Many of the works are signed by Jose Cisneros, “Para Juanito, con cariño”.

In August 2000, Mexic-Arte Museum staff visited El Paso funded by a grant from the Marcus Foundation to study the El Paso Art Museum’s Student Docent Program since we were interested in implementing a similar program in Austin. Once again we visited Juan’s home, then attended a reception at the Museum. There we met the artist Marta Arat (1958-2002) whose painting, The Pearl was later purchased by Juan and is currently on exhibition at Mexic-Arte. In September 2000, the Museum presented the exhibition, Mexico in Austin Collections and invited Juan to speak with Susan Toomey Frost about collecting. Over the years, we remained in contact. Juan always kept up with all our programs at Mexic-Arte. Both Juan and I continued on parallel roads gathering art and materials that recorded Mexican American and Latinx artists.

Then in 2019, Juan called unexpectedly. He said he was interested in donating his collection to the Mexic-Arte. I was in shock, and did not speak for a few seconds because I knew the meaning of such a gift to the Museum. The Juan Sandoval collection had evolved into one of the most important Borderland/Mexican American collections. It documents a certain period in the Chicano movement and Latino art from the ’80s and ’90s.

At the end of December 2019, I visited Juan in El Paso, but this time in the hospital. Claudia Rivers, his friend and Head of Special Collections at  the UTEP kindly took me to Juan’s home. The collection had grown, and I assessed the task and challenge. We returned at the end of January 2020, and worked for almost a week, cataloging and packing the art and books.

While looking through his library, I found the book, Chicana Voices Chicana Voices: Intersections of Class, Race, and Gender published in 1986 that used one of my artworks of Maria Izqueirda, as the cover art as well as many Mexic-Arte Museum catalogs, invitations and flyers. 

In October 2020, the Museum honored Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr. with the Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts Award during the Virtual Catrina Gala for his generous contribution of his collection to Mexic-Arte.

 “Sylvia, thank you for all of the energy you expended for the celebration. I was truly touched and was not really expecting such attention. I love my Honorary acceptance into your wonderful community of Austin. It is one of the nicest gifts I have ever received and reinforces my decision. It was a perfect decision to entrust you.” 

– Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr.

Our friend Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr. passed on Jan. 3, 2021. Mexic-Arte Museum is grateful to receive one of the most important Latinx art collections in the United States. This expansive collection and his dedicated patronage to the arts is a monumental achievement. We opened Mexico, the Border and Beyond on December 19, 2020 and it will be on exhibition until August 22, 2021, and features a selection of the collection.  I invite everyone to come and visit this inspiring exhibition.  

In deciding to donate his collection, Sandoval’s ultimate goal is for the works to be accessible, particularly to children and young people, ensuring a lasting legacy for the community.  Mexic-Arte Museum will continue to preserve the Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr. Collection and legacy. We will truly miss our friend, Juan, a beautiful human being. We are grateful beyond words, and know that Mr. Sandoval is at peace knowing that his legacy will continue to inspire both schoolchildren and adults who visit, appreciate, and learn from the artwork in the Juan Sandoval Collection at the Mexic-Arte Museum.

Cover image credit: Marta Arat, Sylvia Orozco, and Juan Sandoval at the El Paso Museum of Art, 2000. The Pearl and book are part of the Mexic-Arte Museum collection.

Executive Director,

Sylvia Orozco

Executive Director Participates in New Strategies Symposium

Mexic-Arte Museum and Sylvia Orozco are honored to be funded by 3M Foundation to virtually participate in New Strategies, an advanced online training program conducted over four consecutive Wednesdays from May 26 – June 16 by Georgetown University’s Business for Impact.  Sylvia will join a class of 69 nonprofit executives from around the country to participate in New Strategies’ Symposium specifically designed to help nonprofits increase and diversify their revenue streams.

Executives will learn from leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropy fields, Georgetown business school faculty, and each other on topics ranging from cause marketing, earned revenue, using predictive analytics to increase individual giving levels, deferred and major gift funding options, virtual fund raising, alliances and mergers and more. Ongoing access to the expert speakers and networking among the nonprofit executives is a hallmark of New Strategies.

There is no application to apply to New Strategies, so being named by 3M is itself an honor. Only those nonprofits funded by a corporation or foundation are invited to participate in the program and only after being approved by New Strategies.

“I’m excited to participate and explore the ways Mexic-Arte Museum can advance our mission by learning about ways to grow our revenue, even more important in these difficult times.  We’re grateful to 3M which is enabling us to plan for the future and put what we learn into action.” -Sylvia Orozco, Executive Director


Life and Experiences in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands: Examines Immigrant Dream and Nightmare

The present exhibition at Mexic-Arte Museum, Mexico, the Border, and Beyond: Selections from the Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr. Collection, features artworks from the Juan Sandoval Collection, which Mr. Sandoval generously donated to the Museum in 2020. Also on display are books selected from Mr. Sandoval’s personal library, representing Mexican, Mexican American/Chicano, and Latin American art. Life and Experiences in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands is a significant part of the exhibition in which artists depict the unique cultural history and social issues that define the borderlands or la frontera. Here, the art helps viewers to gain a better appreciation of the peculiar border experience, particularly as influenced by the ongoing relationship between Mexico and the U.S. 

Life and Experiences in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands is divided into five sections according to themes: Creating a Border; Land, Fauna, and Allegories; I am Immigrant You Are; Immigrant Dream and Nightmare; and The Culture Continues/La Cultura Sigue. Five humanities scholars each examine a selected theme. This humanities program is designed to encourage a deeper understanding of humanity in the broader culture of Texas, and in the global community. 

As part of the Virtual Lecture Series dedicated to Life and Experiences in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands, Dr. Sarah L. Lopez delivered the public lecture Immigrant Dream and Nightmare: Mexican Mobility in Perspective: Building Futures/Closing Pathway, on Saturday, April 17. Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Lopez related how migrant workers from Mexico use remittance monies to build homes to improve their future; noting how this construction shapes the architectural landscape in Mexico, and how remittances critically stimulate the Mexican economy. Dr. Lopez also pointed out that U.S. immigration policy dictates the renewed construction of detention centers built to house undocumented immigrants, consequently closing their pathway to the so-called American Dream. To view this recorded lecture by Lopez, click on the following button:

Additionally, the exhibition includes wall text that describes each of the five sections in Life and Experiences in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands and their respective themes. The following is the featured wall text in the exhibition for the section entitled Immigrant Dream and Nightmare:

Immigrant Dream and Nightmare

The borderland or la frontera is a living metaphor for the community who live and work there; in particular, the borderland is at the center of issues that emanate outward affecting the entire Latinx population. The selected artists interpret people’s dreams, aspirations, fears, struggles, and nightmarish misfortunes; their artworks also reveal a shared borderland cultural experience. “The American Dream” as a whole is an illusion; hard work, luck, and opportunity have become central to this idea, ignoring the reality. Many “opportunities” come from who you know, and the amount of privilege you were born into. Hard work often leads to nothing but more work, and you cannot rely on luck. The “Dream” many immigrants look to can easily turn into their worst nightmare, thanks to economic disparity. The artists here depict an outlook concentrating on identity, social issues, racism, and false ideology.

The U.S. continues to control the sociopolitical environment of the borderland, affecting permanent residents and immigrants alike. America represents the land of opportunity, but to reach it, many must endure hardship and deprivation in the northward journey to el Norte, crossing from one side of the border to the other side (el otro lado) at the Rio Grande. Some willingly cross the border, while others are forced to cross, either fleeing violence back home, or being exploited by human trafficking practices. Furthermore, for border dwellers living in a border culture can challenge their cultural identity. Although El Paso has a dominant Mexican – Mexican American/Chicanx ethnic presence, border culture is neither strictly Mexican nor American. Rather, it lives “in between” the two predominant cultures.  

Francisco Delgado
Brother, Carnal, 1997
Oil on Wood Panel, 48″ x 36″

The border is a place of extreme conflict, conjuring images of barbed wire, federal agents of la migra (Border Patrol and I.C.E., or Immigration and Customs Enforcement) with automatic weapons and security dogs, surveillance helicopters and drones, and the infamous Border Wall. The region is a conduit for drug cartels, following migratory routes to major distribution points; immigrants are often forced to carry cargos of drugs across and beyond the border for the smuggler. By contrast, the landscape is beautiful, populated with a diversity of wildlife, flora, and friendly people. These works depict the binational culture of the region, and are reflective of how border cities thrive, acting as a hub for Chicanx, Mexican, Mexican American, Tejano, and Latinx culture. 

Art created by Chicanx and Latinx artists is influenced by social, political, and cultural issues. Many artists work to resist and challenge dominant social norms and stereotypes for cultural autonomy and self-determination. Some artists focus on building awareness of collective history and culture, and equal opportunity for social mobility. Latinx and Chicanx art challenges the social constructions of racial/ethnic discrimination, citizenship and nationality, labor exploitation, and traditional gender roles in effort to create social change. Activism takes form in representing alternative narratives to the dominant through the development of historical consciousness, illustrations of injustices and indignities faced by Mexican American communities. 

Drawing from the Chicano movement, activists utilize art as a tool to support social justice campaigns and voice realities of dangerous working conditions, lack of worker’s rights, truths about their role in the U.S. job market, and the exploitation of undocumented workers. Using the United Farm Workers (UFW) campaign as a guideline, Chicanx artists put stronger emphasis on working-class struggles as both a labor and civil rights issue for many Chicanx people, and recognized the importance of developing strong symbols that represented the movement’s efforts, such as the eagle flag of the UFW, now a prominent symbol of La Raza. 

Dreams continue. With hard work and determination, some are achieved and some are not. However, dreams never die — “Si se puede” truly is the anthem of the daily struggle. 

Changarreando with Artist Tina B. Medina

Tina B. Medina, Xicanx Bandera, Flags, Thread, 33 ” x 60 “, 2017
Tina B. Medina, Barreras/Barriers, Fabric, Flag, Thread, 33 ” x 60 “, 2017

Support our May 2021 Changarreando Artist, Tina B. Medina, as we adapt the program to an exciting feature: “Changarreando”. In the spirit of Changarrito, the pop-up mobile art gallery where artists can sell their work to the public, Changarreando with Tina B. Medina 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. 

Check out the Mexic-Arte Museum’s Instagram Reels to see the Changarreando Instagram Live event with Artist Tina B. Medina that took place on Thursday, May 27th from 5:00pm – 5:45pm CST virtually through the Museum’s Instagram account @mexic_arte! Dr. George Vargas, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Curator and Director of Programs, facilitated 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. 

A Series of Visual Talks with Texas Artists

Dr. George Vargas, Curator and Director of Programs at Mexic-Arte Museum will speak with Austin-Based Transmedia Artist Michael Anthony Garcia. Streaming live on Tuesday, June 29th starting at 12pm CST.

Texas Talks Art is a multi-dimensional initiative intended to introduce the work of artists across the state of Texas to a wider audience, and to foster collaboration between local nonprofit arts organizations. Taking the form of virtual 30-minute lunchtime talks, the series features 50 Texas artists and artist collectives in conversation with 50 Texas curators beginning in January 2021 and continuing throughout the year. Texas Talks Art is built on a belief in the need to work collectively to support the remarkable and diverse community of artists living and working in Texas. The series features an intergenerational roster of artists working across various mediums and at differing points in their careers. Texas Talks Art encourages dialogue between arts professionals and emphasizes the broad range of concerns and questions that animate Texas-based artists/ Each free, virtual talk will take place on a Tuesday at 12pm CST and will be recorded and archived.

For a list of upcoming programs and more information, please visit texastalkart.org. Join the conversation using #txtalksart on all social media!

Mexic-Arte Museum to Host Its First In-Person Performance of the Year: A TransfronterizXperience

Friday, June 25, 2021 / 6pm – 8pm

Free Admission

Suggested donations for Album Production

Photo provided by Amalia Mondragón

Join the Mexic-Arte Museum for a performance of Tereso Contreras, and singer/songwriter Amalia Mondragón whom are currently working on a concept album entitled “Transfronterizx”  which seeks to amplify the unique life of the transfronterizx — people who transit and navigate the U.S.-Mexico border as a way of life through the lens of two individual, two-spirited people: Tereso Perfecto Contreras and Amalia Mondragón. Part of the album has been funded in part by NALAC and the Ford Foundation through the Border Narrative Change grant. The show will consist of performances by transfronterizx artists such as, Dj Birth DFX, live painting by Victor “Mask” Casas, and performances by Amalia Mondragón and Tereso Perfecto Contreras.

Stay tuned for more information on the Mexic-Arte Museum website this week!

The Museum of Pocket Art Exhibit Featured at Mexic-Arte Museum

Now thru September 26, 2021

Free Admission

Suggested Donation Accepted

Photo provided by Robert Jackson Harrington
Photo provided by Diana Garcia

The Museum of Pocket Art (MoPA) will be on exhibit at the Mexic-Arte Museum in conjunction with its participation in ESTAMOS BIEN: LA TRIENAL 20/21 at El Museo del Barrio in New York.  Curated by Elia Alba, Rodrigo Moura, and Susanna Temkin, this is the Museo del Barrio’s  first national large-scale survey of Latinx contemporary art featuring more than 40 artists from across the United States and Puerto Rico.  The Museum of Pocket Art will display a selection of artwork from over 200 artists spanning its 16 year history. As an addition to the curated retrospective, three new pocket exhibitions will rotate every two months on view at El Museo’s gallery spaces as well as at Mexic-Arte Museum.

Founded in 2004 by artist Robert Jackson Harrington, the Museum of Pocket Art (MoPA) began with an idea that everyone should carry with them a small artwork in a pocket to enrich their day and share with others. MoPA developed this idea and organized it into a formal venue for contemporary artists and patrons. MoPA introduces artwork from contemporary artists in an intimate and personal way. The Museum displays works of art created to fit in the pocket, usually around the size of a business card, in galleries selected to best frame the work.

MoPA shows at the opening of other art exhibits, or “leeches” the reception. At the reception, a MoPA representative approaches people individually and asks if they would like to visit the Museum, and then shares the works on display. Featured artists representing the Museum of Pocket Art at Mexic-Arte Museum will include Peter Hoffecker Mejia, Tammie Rubin, and Michelle Ellsworth.  Be sure to ask for the Museum of Pocket Art when you visit the Mexic-Arte Museum –  for sure – it’s absolutely in a pocket! The current artist is Michelle Ellsworth with pharmaart.

Robert Jackson Harrington, based in Austin,  creates artwork from everyday materials that center on the concept of potential. Harrington received his BFA from the University of Texas at El Paso, and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. His work has been included in exhibitions at the International Sculpture Center, Museo de Arte Juárez, The Contemporary Austin, Mexic-Arte Museum, Lawndale Art Center, and the University Art Galleries at Texas State. Most recently, Harrington has presented work at Presa House Gallery in San Antonio, Texas and Wedge Project in Chicago, Illinois.


Maria Almeida Natividad Paints the Car as a Symbol of American Pop Culture

El Paso artist, art teacher, author, and arts activist, Maria Almeida Natividad is represented in the current exhibition at Mexic-Arte Museum, Mexico, the Border, and Beyond: Selections from the Juan Sandoval Collection. Natividad was born and grew up in El Paso, TX. She taught art in El Paso schools for many years. Now retired from teaching, she stays busy producing art, leading art workshops, and attending women’s conferences. Her art is exhibited and sought by collectors like her long-time friend Juan Sandoval, who passed away in January 2021. One of her popular serigraph prints, Menudo: Breakfast of Champions (2010, Serie Project XVII), is part of the Permanent Collection at Mexic-Arte Museum. To honor the persons killed and wounded in the 2019 mass shooting in El Paso, she created the poster Amor Para El Paso/El Paso Strong, featuring the Virgen de Guadalupe blessing the border community. Rather than sell this poster, she gave copies away to the general public, including the HOPE Border Institute, as the demand for it was overwhelming. Presently, she offers workshops for immigrant families living in shelters. As a proud Chicana, she celebrates the cultural heritage, family values, and religion of the Mexican and Chicano community. A published author, Natividad presented her book Famous Places in El Paso History at the Wise Latina International Summit, 2015 in El Paso. Natividad credits Mexic-Arte with giving special “attention to the silent voices that have much to say.”

The following text is from an interview with the artist conducted in 2020 by Mexic-Arte Museum, describing her 1993 watercolor painting 1936 Ford, and her background:

“The automobile is an iconic symbol of American culture. Within the Chicano culture, old classic cars are not just instruments for mobility but are re-fashioned machines with sensory and aesthetic appeal and are objects of art. Both my grandfather and my father had a handsome old classic car. My son continues the tradition with his refurbished 1965 Mustang. I saw this 1936 Ford at a restaurant and fell in love with it and asked the owner permission to photograph it. I wondered about what

Maria Almeida Natividad 
1936 Ford, 1993
Watercolor on paper, 34” x 45”

travels this handsome car had taken and what stories it could tell. I wanted the painting to have a feeling of an endless clear sky on a warm summer day, like driving on a never-ending highway. This award-winning painting was on exhibit at the Americana Museum when Juan Sandoval first saw it. He immediately was attracted to it and decided to purchase it because it reminded him of his childhood. He never owned a car, preferring to use his money to purchase art; so he stated that this painting would be his car if anyone ever asked him if he owned one. My 1936 Ford was reproduced in Hecho en Tejas.

I am inspired by the rich Hispanic culture, and through it I hope to encourage a greater understanding and appreciation of the Hispanic culture. I was born and raised in El Paso. After attending Modesto Junior College and The University of Arizona, I received my BA in Art Education from The University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP). I taught art in the public school system for 20 years. My artwork has been published in books, such as Triumph of Our Communities, Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art, and Art of West Texas Women. My art has been included in numerous major art exhibitions and in public and private collections across the United States. Currently, I am an Artist-in-Residence for Chicano Studies at UTEP.”
  ̶  Maria Almeida Natividad

Welcome Collections Summer 2021 Interns!

Jacob Watson is a young artist born and raised in Austin, TX. He is passionate about filmmaking and photography, starting in high school with narrative shorts but, now PA-ing on feature films and working with 35mm photography. He recently joined Mexic-Arte as an intern in the Collections department, assisting in the cataloging process, and is excited to continue his arts education within the vibrant arts community in his own hometown. 

Hello! My name is Fátima Leal, I am currently a rising junior at Rhodes College, in Memphis, TN. I am from Brownsville, TX, and I enjoy camping, Latin American literature, learning other languages and modern art! I am passionate about museum curation because I believe in making space in museum halls for underrepresented artists, to find niches to make the world a little kinder one exhibit at a time. I am currently working towards a bridge major in Art History and History with a minor in German. After college, I hope to continue to graduate school and be able to officially call myself an art historian. I am very excited to collaborate with the Mexic-Arte Museum this summer!


Nuestra Lucha or “Our Struggle” Printmaking Summer Camps

What: The Mexic-Arte Museum will host our FREE annual summer camp Nuestra Lucha (Our Struggle). Students will learn relief printing and screen printing and create a mixed media personal statement poster that reflects on a social justice issue of their choice. This two week camp will take place at Akins High School, twice this summer:


  1. June 21st–24th & June 28th–July 1st
  2. July 19th–22nd & July 26th–29th

Where: Times will be from 10am–4pm everyday and lunch will be provided by Akins High School. Learn how to use art and expression as a powerful tool to create change! For more information contact Education Associate Jose Martinez at .

Campers from Nuestra Lucha Summer Camp 2019 show off their finished personal statement posters. Photo by José Luigi

Families Created Cyanotype Cards for Mother’s Day

On May 9th Mexic-Arte Museum’s Education Department hosted the first in person Family Day of 2021 where visitors got to create cyanotype cards inspired by the work of March’s Changarrito artist Cynthia Jane Treviño. A cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print.

Participants used materials provided at the Mexic-Arte Museum to create their very own unique, cyanotype cards to gift loved ones. With the help of staff and Junior League of Austin volunteers, visitors learned every step from designing, to exposure, and developing, creating their images and adding them to their cards.

Father and daughter work on a cyanotype card for Mom photo by José Luigi

Mexic-Arte Museum Collaborated with Streamable Learning to Present Cinco de Mayo

Every year, Cinco de Mayo/May 5th offers the opportunity for the Mexic-Arte Museum to teach new audiences about this important Mexican celebration, observed both in Mexico and in the United States. This year, Mexic-Arte’s virtual presentations featuring Cinco de Mayo reached a state agency, schools, and senior citizen centers. Team members from Mexic-Arte Museum including, Curator and Director of Programs Dr. George Vargas, and Education Associates Nikki Diaz and Jose Martinez presented virtual power point lectures on Cinco de Mayo to adults and youth alike. 

The Mexic-Arte team first delivered a virtual lecture, via Zoom webinar, on Cinco de Mayo to nearly 40 employees of the Texas State Comptroller’s office. Hosted by Streamable Learning, which provides live educational experiences, Mexic-Arte next presented virtual lectures to students in schools from Canada, Florida, Illinois, New York, South Carolina, and Texas (Austin, Hutto, and Round Rock); and to senior citizens in senior citizen centers from Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New York. On this one day, nearly 2,000 adults and students participated in these virtual lectures. Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration commemorating the victory of the small Mexican army against the more powerful, better armed French army, at Puebla, Mexico, on May 5, 1862. Although frequently confused with the War of Mexican Independence (1810 – 1821), Cinco de Mayo celebrates a Mexican military victory in battle that thwarted the French Empire for another year, when they returned with a larger force and finally occupied Mexico. Sent by Napoleon III to Mexico in 1864, Emperor Maximilian ruled the Second French Empire until 1867, an occupation that concerned the U.S. for it violated the Monroe Doctrine of 1823 (a principle of U.S. policy that banned any intervention by foreign powers in the politics of the Americas). Deserted by Napoleon, Maximilian was dethroned by Mexican forces and later executed. A holiday in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is increasingly celebrated in the U.S., especially among Latinx peoples. Since the late 1960s when Chicano activists popularized Cinco de Mayo, it has become a nationwide celebration in American popular culture.

Ángel Bracho
General Ignacio Zarragoza, 1960
Linocut on paper

Through the virtual presentation, which is illustrated by paintings, prints, and statuary, Mexic-Arte Museum explains not only the history and meaning of Cinco de Mayo, but also the reasons why it should be celebrated by Mexicanos, Mexican Americans, and by mainstream Americans. Cinco de Mayo is a unique historical event in Mexico that has evolved to become a shared cultural experience of the New World. 


Thank You to The Junior League of Austin!

Melissa Sledge of The Junior League posing in front of a textiles she helped to put up during an installation.

The Mexic-Arte Museum would like to thank The Junior League of Austin for all of their help during this exhibition season. The Museum was lucky enough to receive a grant from the organization last year, and has received help from Junior League members in education kit building and delivery throughout the school year. Due to the pandemic, Museum education efforts turned to virtual learning, with many of the lessons requiring art supplies. Our education team overcame this challenge by building art making kits for students, and with The Junior League’s help; kits were dropped off for students either to their school or to their respective homes. We couldn’t have done it without their help.

We are also excited to announce that Mexic-Arte Museum has received another grant from the Junior League of Austin for the 21-22 exhibition season! We look forward to continuing to collaborate with the Junior League, and we thank them for all of their support and hard work during this difficult time.

Please Welcome the Summer Development/Education intern Sarah Emery

From Sarah:

Hi! My name is Sarah Emery and I am an incoming senior at Southwestern University majoring in both Art History and Business along with a minor in Race and Ethnicity Studies. I have always had an affinity with the endless intersectionalities that art shares with so many other topics, and am so excited to work with Mexic-Arte to not only expand my own knowledge, but to share that with others as well. Apart from school, I love to cook, travel, and be outside! After graduation, I plan to continue my education in Arts Administration and help non-profit arts organizations thrive.


Mexic-Arte Museum’s Newsletter gets a New Look!

You’ve got great taste in art. Of course you do – you signed up to receive the latest news from Mexic-Arte Museum. But sometimes in life the inspiration comes too thick and fast right? We’ll we’ve got your back. We’ve relaunched our Monthly Miembro Newsletters with a simpler and faster way to digest all the news we want to share with you, website links, stories to artists, and news on upcoming events and exhibitions. Wave goodbye to our previous newsletter format on Mailchimp and say hello to Mexic-Arte Museum Newsletters via the Museum’s website! Now you can share the news with friends and family with a click of a link and navigate each section of the newsletter at your own pace – perfect for those who want to learn a little more.

We also know good ideas grow when they’re shared, so now you can invite anyone to subscribe to Mexic-Arte Museum Monthly Miembros Newsletters!


New Mexic-Arte Museum Tees

Shop our new Mexic-Arte Museum Tees, available in adult and youth sizes! Also shop from a collection of custom pins and patches from Izel Illustrations, one of our featured Changarrito/Changarreando artists.

Say Hello to Mexic-Arte Museum’s New Store Associate!

Andrea was born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico, and then attended high school in Mission, Texas. She recently graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s in Advertising Management. Since graduating, Andrea has focused on learning graphic design and digital marketing as she hopes to help small businesses with their branding. As for now, she’s very excited to be working at the Mexic-Arte Museum Store and hopes this can be an opportunity for her to reconnect with her culture through art and storytelling.

Thank you to Our Sponsors

The Life and Experiences in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands

An online exhibition and lecture series are made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Learn more about the Mexic-Arte Museum

Exhibition and Art Education Programs Support: 3M, AeroMexico, Ampersand Art Supply, Trey Andrade, Applied Materials, Austin Community Foundation/Stand with Austin, Austin Convention Center, Austin Independent School District Creative Classrooms, Austin Latino Coalition, Charles Beckman, Michael Best, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Brown Foundation, Brown Distributing Company, Dr. Frank Cardenas, City of Austin Community Youth Development Program, Clay Imports, Endeavor Real Estate Group, Fonda San Miguel, Tom Gilliland, Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody, Juan J Gutierrez and Rosa K Gutierrez, H-E-B, H-E-B Tournament of Champions, Hendler Flores Law, Humanities Texas, Junior League of Austin, JP Peace Love & Happiness Foundation, Mickey and Jeanne Klein, Ann McEldowney, Mindpop, National Endowment for the Arts, Ingrid and James Taylor, Mike Taylor, Michael Torres, Serie Print Project,  Morgan Stanley, Efficient Steel, Bettina & Travis Mathis,  Elizabeth Rogers, Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr., Rosa Santis & Pedro SS Services, Marina Sifuentes,  Susto Mezcal, Texas Mutual, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Delia Sifuentes, Texas Gas Service, Texas Commission on the Arts, Tribeza, Univision 62, Univision Radio, Lola Wright Foundation, and Jane & Manuel Zuniga.