In honor of the late Sam Z. Coronado, Consejo Gráfico, an independent network of print workshops that was formed to advance the legacy and viability of Latino printmaking in the United States, has put together a special collaborative portfolio titled El Corazón.
As a Chicano artist, educator and activist, Coronado impacted many lives and artists throughout his lifetime. After his passing in November 2013, the participating artists of this portfolio wished to pay tribute to this cultural icon by creating a print, in their respective techniques, as a reflection of the impact Coronado had on them personally and artistically. The heart, a symbol Coronado experimented with in his own art, is the common theme threading the prints of this portfolio together – porque Sam fue todo corazón (because Sam was all heart).
-from El Corazón
El Corazón features work by the following artists: Rene Arceo, Diógenes Ballester, Melanie Cervantes, Pepe Coronado, Marcos Dimas, Sandra C. Fernández, Juan R. Fuentes,Scherezade García, Poli Marichal, Malaquias Montoya, Laurie S. Rousseau, Marianne Sadowski, Fernando Salicrup, Juan Sanchez, and Nitza Tufiño.
On July 11th, 2014, La Peña, in collaboration with the Serie Project, presented the prints from El Corazón in an exhibition titled the Sam Z. Coronado Homenaje Portfolio Exhibition. An abundance of friends and family joined us for the Opening Reception where we celebrated the life of Sam Z. Coronado. Heart-felt speeches, laughter, and anecdotes relating to Sam were heard all night long, and the reception continued for some time after closing. A band comprised of dear friends of Sam, Grupo Grüvo, contributed spirited tunes to accompany the reception, and patrons contributed refreshments, sustenance, and entertainments. All donations and portfolio sales were passed on to support the Serie Project.
The event proved to be a touching and memorable affair, and the presented portfolio, El Corazón, served to secure the life of Sam Z. Coronado in our hearts forever.
The portfolio exhibition would not be possible without the help of Scherezade García, Dolores García, Sandra C. Fernandez, Libby and Cynthia Perez from La Peña, Jill Ramirez, and Leonard Hebert. From all of us at the Serie Project, we would also like to express our gratitude toward Consejo Gráfico and the participating artists for their contribution of artwork for this portfolio, as well as toward our patrons for their continued support.
Visit our Facebook Homenaje album for more photos from the event!Written by: Natalie Villarreal August 6th, 2014
El Corazón is currently for sale through the Serie Project, and patrons may purchase the portfolio as a whole or as individual prints. There are limited quantities, and the prices increase as they sell out. If you would like to purchase the portfolio or a print from the collection and secure your position, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512.385.3591.
See below for images of the prints included in El Corazón.
This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.