The Center houses two gallery spaces, which feature local, regional, and national Latino/a artists. Admission is always free and tours available by advanced request.
Monday - Thursday: 10am to 6pm
Friday: 10am to 5:30pm
Saturday: 10am to 4pm
"La Yerba Buena" by Peter F. Ortiz
September 15th - November 25th Gallery Opening Reception on Saturday, 9/15/18 7-9pm Sam Z. Coronado Gallery
Peter F. Ortiz was born on December 20th, 1960 in Austin, TX and was raised in the Southeast Austin neighborhood of Montopolis. He developed his artistic style while living in L.A. and New York between 1981-1992, and his experiences in the richness of the arts and cultures in those cities added texture, depth and perspective to the experiences he had while growing up. Ortiz’s current studio is in the same Montopolis neighborhood, adding an important artistic voice to the cultural legacy of his family and to Latino Arts community in Austin.
“I feel my art is to be explored allowing for some interpretation. I absorb information or inspiration on a constant basis and believe subconsciously at the right time, this information will reflect in my work. Inspiration may be the structure of a plant and blossom, light, water or humankind at it’s best or worst, capturing an emotion at that time. I find pleasure in the application of mediums, watching the paint as it leaves my brush, ink as it bleeds into a puddle of water, pastels as they melt onto the surface or pencil appearing to be soft on a surface. This sensory experience even has an influence on the artwork itself. In my images or stories, I describe some as spiritual or earthly matters using people in not so ordinary colors to connect with all races, fish, water and plants. I try not to use contemporary elements or clothing in belief this keeps my work timeless.” - Peter F. Ortiz
Huellas: A Caminos Art Showcase
Saturday, September 15th - October 20th Opening Reception on Saturday, Sept. 15 4-6pm
Caminos is an immersive paid fellowship empowering Austin-area Teens to carve their own path in the creative arts. For a period of 12 months, students are actively engaged in working with ESB-MACC professionals on-site, 1-on-1 artist mentorships, assignments with community organizations, participation in relevant workshops, and cultural events. This process concludes with the execution of student-led collaborative projects under the guidance of accomplished creative professionals. By the time students graduate from our program, they will have accumulated valuable working experience at our state-of-the-art facility while developing authentic relationships with a roster of outstanding creative professionals.
The Caminos Art Showcase includes examples of the Caminos student work so far this year, and will include original paintings, prints, mosaics, and zines. All this work is student-directed and student-produced, giving the community an example of their artistic styles and showcasing their bright future in the arts.
Día de Los Muertos Altars Application
Build an Altar for Day of the Dead! The ESB Mexican American Cultural Center invites you to build an altar at our facility. You can apply to build an altar either outside the building or inside the Community Gallery. In order to participate, please open one of the PDF forms below, either for INDOOR ALTARS or OUTDOOR ALTARS. Please join us in celebrating the lives of our loved ones.
Indoor Altar Application-English (Indoor Altar at Capacity)
Indoor Altar Application-Español (Altares en la Galeria de la Comunidad a Capacidad)
Students must register by November 14th, 5pm, then drop-off artwork Nov. 15-20.
No drop-offs Sunday. M – F 10am - 7pm / Sat. 10am – 3pm. No drop-offs Sunday. (Nov 15-20)
FREE to submit | Ages 6 - 19
Reception will be free on December 8th, 4-8pm
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) and The Sam Z. Coronado Gallery are proud to present the 2018 Figúralo: A Figurative Narrative. Figúralo will feature the exploration of artistic médiums through figurines, figurative images and figurative narratives. Details regarding submissions are below. For more information please visit our website or contact Lori Navarrete, Culture & Arts Education Specialist at512-974-3785 or email@example.com.
Outdoor Sculpture Gallery
Reynaldo Alaniz was commissioned by the City of Austin to create Maya, a hand-carved limestone sculpture of an abstract female figure. The piece was commissioned by TEMPO, the Austin Art in Public Places temporary public art program. Maya was exhibited in Austin's Edward Rendon Sr. Park in November 2017 as part of the East Austin Studio Tour, and can now be viewed in the Zócalo of the ESB-MACC on a one-year loan from the artist.
The sculpture was inspired by a Mayan figure called a Chacmool, which is a type of stone statue that has been found at archaeological sites such as the Mayan pyramid of Chichén Itzá and several Aztec sites near Mexico City. The Chacmool is a reclining figure whose head is turned completely to the side, legs raised, with a flat area on the abdomen where sacrifices were placed. There is no definitive knowledge of where and when they originated but archaeologists have associated them with the Aztec rain deity Tlaloc due to markings found on some of the Chacmools.
Maya is a hand-carved limestone sculpture that invites the viewer to consider the history of Mexico's indigenous past. The placement of the sculpture in relation to the ESB-MACC building is reminiscent of the Chacmools placed outside Mesoamerican temples. Maya isn't an exact replica of a Chacmool, but is a modern adaptation that uses simplified lines and minimal detail to evoke the presence of the ancient figure while holding its own as a contemporary art piece
Caminos Legacy Mural (2017)
The Caminos Legacy Mural was created by Adrian Muniz, Analiza Valdez, Arnold Cordova, Jamie Martinez, Jesus Perez, Jyali Barrera, Karina Peña, Litzy Valdez, Mianiche Calhoun, Paula Monzon, Paulina Pereira, and Sarah Ruiz as a community arts mentorship project led by muralist and arts educator J. Muzacz. The teenage students in the ESB-MACC Caminos program painted a mural that celebrates the vibrant community around the ESB-MACC while showcasing their creative passion and vision for the future of Austin seen from the perspective of Latinx youth. The actual mural is simply the tip of the iceberg as this project involved dozens of hours of community interviews, historic research, and outreach. The result is a vibrant blend of ideas and feelings from long time community members, filtered through the creative lenses and originality of the twelve Caminantes of the Caminos Teen Internship Program.
Caminos Program Coordinator: Frederico Geib Artistic Mentor: J. Muzacz
Solar Hardware, Steel
Exoskeleton is a site-specific public sculpture for the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, designed by Mexican artist Victor Pérez-Rul whose artistic labor evolves around the empiric development of energy research through the multidisciplinary approach to science, technology, and art. Exoskeleton generates, stores and processes energy through its solar panels, specifically designed to produce an electromagnetic spectrum. Its relation to the environment shapes its behavior. Exoskeleton exists through a technological system in relation with the environment that enables stages of wakefulness and sleepiness, life and death, and the apparently motionless lifeless stage. "Renewable energy is key to its essence and purpose, to accomplish this collaboration with Solartec, a Mexican company specialized on solar energy. This project was accomplished thanks to the ESB-MACC, and to the donors involved: the University of Texas at Austin: Visual Arts Center, Victor Pérez-Rul and Solartec."
Tejano Music Legends (2015)
This sculpture at the edge of the Zócalo pays tribute to local Latino musicians that were integral to Austin's music scene. The deep musical traditions and cultural contributions of the Perez and Ramos families are represented by the figures of brothers Ruben Perez & Ernest Perez, and brothers Alfonso Ramos & Ruben Ramos. The Perez brothers are shown playing the saxophone and the Ramos brothers are engaged in song. The performers each led their own orchestra or band, and are joined by two curvilinear “stage structures” to symbolize the link between the two families. The vertical supports represent curtains on the side of the stage and a curving cut metal pattern based on a modified treble clef sits at the top and holds the names of these great families.
ABOUT THE SAM Z. CORONADO GALLERY
The Sam Z. Coronado Gallery honors one of the most important figures in Austin’s Latino arts community. An accomplished visual artist who specialized in printmaking, Coronado was instrumental in establishing many foundational Latino arts organizations, from the Chicano Art Students Association he helped create as a University of Texas student to the Mexic-Arte Museum, the state’s official Mexican and Mexican-American art museum, which he co-founded in 1984 with Sylvia Orozco and Pio Pulido.
Free parking is available to those attending our programs, galleries and special events. A temporary parking pass is available in the main office.
Proposals are accepted year-round, and due to the large number of submissions received, ESB-MACC cannot guarantee immediate review of proposals. Submissions will not be returned. Emailed proposals will not be reviewed. All work samples should be of good quality. Please do not send originals as we cannot accept liability for damage or loss. To apply, please complete the gallery application below.