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.
Current Gallery Shows by Marlene Llanes & April Garcia
Marlene Llanes Places and Perseptions Sam Z. Coronado | Open Daily
"I am interested in the concept of perception and how this determines the way reality presents itself differently to each of us. Therefore, at a first glance my paintings include objects and settings that may attract the viewer by their simple beauty or the sense or recognizing what he sees, however, on a closer look the viewer may find himself questioning what he truly sees. Is reality real or an illusion in our minds? On a more personal level, I intend to connect my past, my present, and my future, all in one instance." -Marlene Llanes.
April Garcia The Root of It All Community Gallery | Open Daily
April Garcia artist is a ESB-MACC LARP resident, multi-disciplinary artist living in Austin, Texas with a creative passion for sculpture and installation. For twelve years she has been concentrating and exploring different ways of creating sculpture and installation with fabric. Her sewing, weaving and knitting process that she has developed give soft sculptures style a very organic-abstract feel, inspired by nature. www.abrilgarcia.com
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center Presents EXSOSKELETON
a sculpture piece by Vicotry Perez-Rul
Exsoskeleton is solar hardware, steel, and powder coating, Austin 2017.
Exsoskeleton 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.
Exsoskeleton generates, stores and processes energy through its solar panels, specifically designed to produce an electromagnetic spectrum. Its relation to the environment shapes its behavior.
Exsoskeleton 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, Víctor Pérez-Rul and Solartec."
About the artist:
Victor Pérez-Rul is a multidisciplinary artist using various technologies to convey the art of energy. Pérez-Rul lives and works in Mexico City, however, he has been temporarily residing and working in Austin, Texas in collaboration with curator Leslie Moody Castro and a team of The University of Texas at Austin graduate students on the exhibition Placeholder, which opened last September all while working on an installation that will be place on the outdoor plaza of ESB- Mexican American Cultural Center.
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.