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Sam Coronado checking out Serie XIX artist, Rigoberto Gonzalez's print. 2012

Sam Coronado checking out Serie XX resident, Rigoberto Gonzalez’s print. 2013

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.

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Sam Coronado advising Serie XIX resident, Carlos Don Juan. 2012


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.


Opening reception, "Grafika a la Tex-Mex II", T-Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia. 2013.

Opening reception, “Grafika a la Tex-Mex II”, T-Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia. 2013



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.




Sam Coronado and Coronado Studio's Master Printer, Jonathan Rebolloso. with Sam's "Quince" print. 2013.

Sam Coronado and Coronado Studio’s Master Printer, Jonathan Rebolloso. with Sam’s Serie XV print “Quince.” 2013

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.



Sam Coronado at the Serie Project Exhibit Opening Reception at MECA, Houston, TX. 2013



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.

 Written by: Paloma Mayorga & Tatiana Reynosa
November 13th, 2013

For more information, please call 512-385-3591 or email us at serie@serieproject.org.

We appreciate your support and  invite you share your stories of Sam in the comment section below.

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.


We the Directors, staff, and interns of The Serie Project express our sincere and oscarwithhatdeepest 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.

Oscar-GalvanGalvan’s work transports the viewer to imaginative spaces and invites him/her to get lost in space along with him. 

“I have always been a student of world history and philosophy as
they consider the ideal of man as ‘warrior’.” – Oscar Galvan

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

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.


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.

From the gallery’s press release about Marshall’s exhibit:

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.

TCACADThis 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

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Stephanie Mercado

Stephanie Mercado

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.

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marilu-flores-grubenWe 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).

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White living room with pastel accents - from Decoist.com

White living room with pastel accents – from Decoist.com

Obviously, we cannot own the most famous fine art pieces such as The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli, Water Lilies by Claude Monet, The Flower Seller by Diego Rivera, The Scream by Edvard Munch, Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh, or any piece by Leonardo, Rembrandt, or Picasso – but you can always purchase the cheap poster reproductions. Then again, how original is that? Or you can go to Target or Hobby Lobby and buy some “abstract art” that is only fit for your doctor’s waiting room or in the living room of a relative who still thinks mauve and gray are the “in” colors.

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Farley Bookout at Serie Project (photo by Scott David Gordon)

Farley Bookout at Serie Project
(photo by Scott David Gordon)

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.”

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Margarita Cabrera’s residency at the Serie Project

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was a 17th century Mexican nun, celebrated playwright, mathematician, and poet during the Baroque period, when women were restricted from education. In 1667, this self-taught scholar enterd a convent, the only place she was allowed to educate herself. Although some of her work was burned during the 17th century, it is now looked upon as a defense for women’s right to education.

The tribute at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center to Sor Juana → Read more