Modern Art [MOMA], displayed work by a Chicano artist–Yolanda Lopez of San Diego, California. The Getty Museum in Los Angeles featured a beautiful large painting by Judy Baca, but that was the only piece by a Chicano or Chicana artist that we saw in that prestigious museum.
Latinos are now the majority population in the large Southwestern states of California [39.0%], Texas [40.2%], and New Mexico [49.2%]. Latinos’ absence of leadership positions in the arts leaves much work to be done. That is why the designation by the El Paso Museum of Art of
Edward “Eddie” Hayes moved to Texas at age seven when his family relocated from Virginia to San Antonio in 1993. His father’s work with the U.S. State Department required numerous U.S. embassy assignments across the globe. By age ten, Eddie had lived in Quito, Ecuador, and Dhaka, Bangladesh where his father was stationed. The family traveled frequently to Mexico, the birthplace of his mother. He has fond memories of sitting at the central plaza of Jaumave, Tamaulipas as a young boy drawing and selling his artwork for five pesos.
Antonio provided excellent preparation for his current position. His new post at the El Paso Museum of Art will be challenging, but he brings wide experience and excellent knowledge of the arts to the museum.
Other Texas Latinos are gaining prominence in the arts as well. Rigoberto Luna of San Antonio, Texas is a highly successful Latino gallery co-owner, curator of city-sponsored exhibits, and full-time employee at the San Antonio Museum of Art.
opportunities and experiences that the city offered in design and culture. Luna returned to San Antonio in 2007 and joined the staff of the city’s new Museo Alameda. His work at the Museo included website design and social media networking. While working for the Museo, Luna reconnected with the San Anto Cultural Arts muralists and organized a mural show featuring Rubio and Cruz Ortiz.
By 2013 Luna had organized several exhibitions in abandoned warehouses in downtown San Antonio. Then he decided to start an art gallery. This art initiative became the Presa House Gallery in 2016. He was joined by Janelle Esparza as co-owner two years later. Over the last ten years, Presa House has exhibited 285 working artists and 72 student artists.
far-flung regions of the state.” Fuentes brought her family to the show and commented that “such an expansive exhibition representing the diversity of Latinx art and artists is rare in Texas.”
Michael Agresta of Texas Monthly also offered a glowing review commenting that Luna is “a keen observer of the state’s various art scenes, conversant in the value systems of both the status-conscious international art world and the grassroots creative communities of places
like Laredo, Corpus Christi, and the Rio Grande Valley, where his gallery has built strong connections.”