Mexican American Cultural Center Celebrates Sam Coronado

The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center will celebrate the life and works of former ACC professor Sam Coronado at a special event Sunday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m.

The program will begin with a panel discussion, followed by a dedication of the center’s main gallery, which will be renamed the Sam Z. Coronado Gallery in Coronado’s honor.

The panel presentation, “Sam Z. Coronado: The Artist’s Impact on Latino Printmaking,” will be moderated by Kelly Grajeda, administrative assistant at the center and previous assistant director of the Serie Project, which was founded by Coronado.

Panelists are:

• Pepe Coronado – master printer and director of Coronado Printstudio, New York

• Jonathan Rebolloso – master printer for the Serie Project

• Tatiana Reinoza – doctoral student, Department of Art History, University of Texas at Austin

• Brian Johnson – master printer and senior lecturer, Texas State University, and ACC adjunct professor of art

A new exhibit, “Sam: His Life and Work,” chronicles Coronado’s life and artistic accomplishments through photos, writings, drawings, and previously unseen works; it continues through April 19.

Coronado taught at ACC from 1986 until his death last year. He was a recognized Austin artist and co-founder of the Mexic-Arte Museum. In 1992 he established the Coronado Studio, a commercial printmaking facility, and the following year launched the Serie Project, a non-profit organization that allows Latino artists to learn and practice serigraphy in a workshop environment at no cost.

Coronado taught and lectured on Chicano art in museums, art schools, and universities around the country and received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Austin Visual Arts Association in 2012.

The center is located at 600 River St. in Austin. For more information about the event, visit Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.

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