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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
LAGUNA : ART BY LATINOS - ESMERALDA SALINAS
>My name is Esmeralda Salinas: I’m working on a side project that I think
>you might be interested in. The project is an online review of Latino
>artists in Texas (usually very underrepresented, especially in the Rio
>Grande Valley). My hope is that this will be a source to highlight the work
>being done by Latino artists and also serve as a space to discuss Latin
>American and Chicano art from the perspective of Texas and the Southwest.
>So, it will consist of interviews, editorials, exhibition reviews, videos,
>events, news, and an annual curated exhibition to be held in Houston (and
>then it would travel throughout Texas). I’m currently attempting to find
>writers but I also want to meet with people active in the community and
>hope to have the soft launch for Houston by June 1. The hard launch will be
>in the fall in coordination with the exhibition and will (hopefully)
>include most, if not all, areas of Texas by that time.
>A bit about myself is probably in line. I'm a homegrown Houstonian with a
>passion for art and received my BA in Art History in 2009 from University
>of Houston. During my time there, I was involved in several projects at the
>International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA, housed at the
>MFAH) and interned with Mari Carmen Ramirez, Curator of Latin American Art.
>I went on to get my MA in Art History and Theory at the University of Essex
>and while I was there (across the pond in England), I kept thinking about
>the art scene back home and how Latinos are very underrepresented in the
>greater scope of the art scene. So, I've been back a little over a year and
>am now starting this project and getting to know Latino artists in Houston
>and in Texas. My hope is that this site will be a source to highlight the
>amazing work being done by Latino artists and to inform the community of
>other events and artists around the state. But, I can’t be everywhere at
>So, if this sounds like something you’d be interested in participating in,
>let me know. I’d love to sit and talk to you about it and learn more about
>what you’re doing and what is happening in the art scene in the valley. I’d
>love to be able to bring some artists to Houston for the first annual show
>this fall (it will be by invitation). And, I would be more than willing to
>make the drive to visit with you in person.
>I hope to hear from you soon.
>Founder and Director
>Laguna: Art by Latinos
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