From October 19th to November 30th, we showcased our final Artist in Residency Program for the Serie Project, titled Serie XX. The exhibit was co-curated by our own Kelly Grajeda and Paloma Mayorga to occupy a new unconventional gallery space within Medical Arts Square near the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas. Also on display was a selection of works by Sam Z. Coronado, artist and founder of the Serie Project. The exhibit featured a compilation of his works focused on a particular theme, titled “Mujeres”.
The space held an intimacy that only an unfinished office could provide. Beams of wood stood as dividers where a maze of walls would normally be. This skeleton setup allowed for the small space to breathe and the viewer to see through each room and into the next. Small panels, painted in a dark gray and nailed to the beams, served as walls to hold the prints of our final Serie resident artists, along with the work of Sam Coronado. Marigolds lined the perimeter of the halls to serve as homage to the day of the dead, and a space was reserved for the serigraphs of the participants in Coronado Studio’s Día de los Muertos Screen Printing Workshop.
Following the private viewing at 5pm, the crowd really began to pour in. By 7:30 pm, the house was packed. DJ Chorizofunk provided colorful and upbeat tunes to complement the variety of works inside. All night the house was filled with people admiring the new works and reminiscing on past prints and events that they have been involved with, and all who attended the show felt at home and with family. Over the years, our project has involved a web of dozens of people in a variety of ways, all from different backgrounds. Whether they were the artists themselves, longtime supporters, or family and friends, we were very excited to see so many familiar and new faces at the opening.
This event served as the perfect close to our long residency venture. Our mission at Serie Project is to bring diversity to the fine art of serigraphy by promoting and exhibiting prints created by established and emerging artists. Our master printers have trained and worked with over 250 artists over the years, and the Serie XX exhibit served as a good example of the diversity that exists within the art world today.
In addition to the Serie XX exhibit, an assortment of works by Serie Project’s founder, Sam Coronado, titled “Mujeres,” were on display in their own space. The small exhibit showcased a singular approach to the collection of his works, and featured the Mujeres of his prints and paintings. After working with Coronado and his prints, co-curator Mayorga remarked on an interesting power that women hold across his work, and worked to bring this power into a more refined light.
The following are a few words from Sam Z. Coronado on his exhibit, “Murjeres”.
“Women have always been an important influence in my life. These women have shown strength courage and compassion. These are also traits that a mother must posses in order to nurture children.
The women in this exhibit pose these traits and more. They represent love and altruism. They are women that I have known, read about or have met. Some are images that become part of my past and present and are aligned with what I feel demonstrate those special traits.
The guerrillera and the housewife that exist simultaneously in a world that knows little distinction of their role from one day to the next. The activist that wears urban camouflage and carries a picket sign marching for justice and equality in a society where greed is a powerful foe with no remorse. The young soldier whose purpose is to serve and protect others in combat. Unsung and persistent, they are our past and our future.”
– Sam Z. Coronado
We want to thank everyone who worked together to make this event possible. Namely our sponsors, Dr. Robert E. Cantu and the Center for Mexican American Studies; the master printers at Coronado Studio, Jonathan Rebolloso and Logan Hill, who worked with the Serie XX residents to create high quality prints; as well as all those who have supported the Serie Project over the years to make it into the success it is today.
AUSTIN, TEXAS - It is with deep regret that the Serie Project announces the passing of its founder, the Chicano painter and printmaker, cultural activist and arts educator Sam Z. Coronado.
Born in Ennis, Texas on July 12, 1946 to parents Sam Zaragosa and Margarita Coronado, Sam Z. Coronado voluntarily enlisted and served in the Army between 1964 and 1967. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where he co-founded the Chicano Art Students Association, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1975.
Following a successful career in commercial illustration, Coronado turned to cultural activism. He founded Houston’s Arcoiris, a state-wide network of Latina/o artists, in 1980. Together with visual artists Sylvia Orozco and Pio Pulido, Coronado co-founded Austin’s Mexic-Arte Museum in 1984. During this time, he also owned a private gallery named Cibola Studio on 5th Street in Austin.
His career in teaching spans decades. Early examples include his work with the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans in Houston. In 1986, he began teaching at Austin Community College through their Continuing Education Department. The Visual Communications Department at ACC became his department in 1991. He would later be promoted to Associate Professor (2001) and Full Professor (2004) in the Graphic Arts Department at this institution.
After two printmaking residencies at Self-Help Graphics in East Los Angeles, Coronado founded Austin’s collaborative workshop Coronado Studio (1991), nationally renown for its fine art serigraphy. In 1993, Coronado founded the Serie Project, where he committed himself to promote the art of serigraphy, as well its continued influence throughout the Latino Arts.
Coronado’s personal oeuvre in painting and printmaking has been the subject of many exhibitions and publications across the United States, Mexico, Europe and Africa. In 2012, the Austin Visual Arts Association presented him with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
He is survived by his wife Jill Ramirez; daughter Sonia Christina Sorenson; son-in-law Gary Sorenson; sister Yolanda Johnnie; brother-in-law Robert Johnnie; brother Ricky Coronado; sister-in-law Connie Coronado; half-brothers Johnny Garcia and Santos Garcia; nieces Samantha Addington, Ana Sorola and Cassie Coronado; nephews Noel Marquez and Nehemiah Coronado; and grandchildren Victoria and Noah Sorenson, who he adored. Our hearts and deepest sympathy go out to them for their loss.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Coronado was a cherished friend and mentor to many. He inspired all who knew him with warm-hearted camaraderie and encouraged their creativity. The friendships and relationships that he made will forever be remembered, and his legacy in the Latino Arts is sure to stand the test of time. As Coronado himself would say, “That’s cold-blooded.”
Memorial services are being planned and will be announced shortly.
In lieu of flowers, his family would like to invite you to make a donation to the Serie Project in his honor in order to continue his legacy.
For more information, please call 512-385-3591 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate your support and invite you share your stories of Sam in the comment section below.
We the Directors, staff, and interns of The Serie Project express our sincere and deepest condolences to the family and friends of Oscar Galvan, an incredible artist and friend who participated in our Artist in Residence program.
Galvan was born in Brownsville, Texas and moved to Austin in 1974. He graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Art Education. For seventeen years he was the director of a residential treatment center, where his mission was to prepare teens to become independent individuals by teaching self-sufficiency and employment skills.
After turning forty, Galvan resigned his position and re-entered the studio. Like many artists, Galvan drew from his personal experiences to inspire him in his work. He felt the deep need to express the feelings and experiences that his patients had evoked in him.
Galvan’s art was influenced by writings about the Native American way of life, the Japanese code of Bushido, and the fables of Carlos Castaneda. Stylistically his work is close to Contemporary Realism, but it was the surreal landscapes of Salvador Dali that inspired his settings to evoke a timeless reality. He believed that a successful painting should “invite the viewer to participate visually and intellectually, or
metaphorically walk into that place and time.”
Images brought by Oscar Galvan
Michael Marshall, who grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, is professor of art and chair of the art department at University of Hawaii Hilo. He has taught at UH Hilo since 1984 and has been actively engaged with a number of community organizations including the Volcano Art Center, East Hawai‘i Cultural Center, the Wailoa Center, the Ha‘aheo Soccer Club, Big Island Futbol Club, Hilo AYSO, and Our Downtown Hilo. He received his bachelor of fine arts in painting from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and master of fine arts in painting from Yale.
Marshall also is a nationally recognized artist. He was recently notified by the International Print Center New York that a recent work of his was selected by Shahzia Sikander (MacArthur Fellow, 2006) for New Prints 2012/Summer, the International Print Center New York’s 42nd New Prints show.
In the spring of 2012, Marshall had a solo exhibition at the Skoto Gallery in New York. The Skoto Gallery was established in 1992 as a space where some of the best works by African artists can be exhibited within the context of a diverse audience.
Michael Marshall’s recent monoprints are characterized by a carefully structured and organized rhythm of dynamic lines and organic forms, mastery of the nuances of color and composition, deep sensitivity to texture combined with a display of emotional intensity. A highly inventive and renowned artist who uses complex procedures with oil-based media and overlapping stencils in his paintings, he has consistently explored the expressive possibilities of abstraction in his encounter with history and global transformation over the past three decades. His work is dense with visual overload that reflects an awareness of a vast array of both formal and inherited traditions, and employs a rich vocabulary of signs and markers that speak boldly and clearly to a universal audience.
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. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.
Serie Project XX
Young Latino Artists 18: Con/Juntos
June 7 – September 8, 2013
Opening Reception: June 7, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Catering generously provided by Serranos
$10/Free for Members
Special performance by Daniel Adame: 8:00 – 8:10 pm
My work merges fashion, painting, printmaking and historical European imagery with contemporary issues concerning identity construction, displays of wealth, imperialism and the pursuit of the American Dream. Through couture dress sculptures, and fine art production I investigate how material objects become symbols of one’s success and define one’s identity. Houses become icons, and the use of pattern is symbolic for the need to adorn, embellish and personalize one’s possessions. Elements of cartography personify land and real-estate, and one’s curiosity to categorize, explore and conquer the unknown.
We the board of directors, staff, and interns of The Serie Project sincerely express our condolences to the family and friends of Marilu Flores Gruben, a greatly talented artist and friend of our organization who participated in our Artist in Residence program.
Like many artists who grew up on the Mexico-Texas border, inspiration often manifests itself in the form of vibrant appreciation for two countries. Marilu Flores Gruben is no exception. Though her formal art education has supplied her with an impressive resume, Gruben’s solo and group exhibitions provide her domestic and international experience throughout Texas and in California, Mexico, and Argentina. Much of Gruben’s work is a reflection of mystic and religious artifacts that she often finds in Mexican homes.
On several occasions, Gruben crossed the Rio Grande River to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and literally painted within homes to capture the raw essence of life across the river – a river that Gruben says does not separate, but rather, brings people together. An advocate of using various materials in her work, Gruben has most recently found fabrics to be her preferred medium. Gruben enjoys making installations mostly because of the varying ways viewers can perceive Gruben’s preferred subjects: women. → Read more
Press: o.n. at Kingwood Art Gallery
Lone Star College in Kingwood, Texas – through June 17, 2013
Opening receptions on May 31, 6:00 – 8:00 pm and June 5, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
This Houston printmaking exhibition features prints, paintings, books and assemblage by print artists Dean Dass, University of Virginia, Lari Gibbons, University of North Texas and Sandra C. Fernandez, University of Texas, Austin. Sandra Fernandez participated in The Serie Project’s 12th and 15th annual Artist in Residence Programs, and she will be printing again this year as part of the 2013 program (Serie XX).
Drawing from her first love of war propaganda illustration and Victorian history, Farley Bookout is driven to create imagery of pensive women in lonely spaces, reminiscent of a vintage screen print. Bookout began drawing at the age of 12, inspired by the horses she owned and the desire to capture their weight and beauty. Finding she had a knack for it, she took classes in high school and the nearby Rhode Island School of Design. Her father also owned many art books with Civil War paintings, WWI propaganda posters, WPA posters, and plates of large Leyendecker and Rockwell images.
“I lived in an old, dusty Victorian that had once been a girls’ school, and I was convinced that it was haunted,” says Bookout. “I found old school books in the hidden cabinets in our living room, which had once been the school’s library. I believe all of these things affected me profoundly in the way I see the past.”