The Project: MASA Cosmic Couture Portrait Collection

Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to present The Project: MASA Cosmic Couture Portrait Collection in our new space! Join Centro Cultural Aztlan for the first ever dual exhibition featuring Midsummer Solstice: A Celebration of Life, Balance and Renewal in Galería Expresión I and The Project: MASA Cosmic Couture Portrait Collection, the first exhibit to open in our new gallery space, Galería Expresión II. These two exhibits come together for a stellar experience commemorating cosmic events and exploring our collective cosmology.   Centro Cultural Aztlan is a galactic outpost of Project:MASA (MeChicano Alliance of Space Artists), an ongoing exhibition featuring Chicanx and Latinx artists from San Antonio and South Texas. Project:MASA’s mission is to establish an awareness of outer space as an integral part of the Chicana/o modern mythos, reality and iconography. Rasquachismo and Latinxfuturism energize this exhibition, inviting us to collectively imagine and enact alternative horizons of possibility in which we all thrive juntos. Attendees of prior iterations of this ongoing exhibit were invited to participate in “MASAporte Naturalization Stations” wearing an original cosmic outfit or space suit. The Cosmic Couture Portrait Collection features a series of portraits, or “MASAporte” photos, of attendees wearing their cosmic outfits from the exhibit’s duration. Lead Artist: Luis Valderas   Join us at the opening reception on Friday, June 14, 2024 from 6:00-9:00pm for light refreshments and live music The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through Saturday, July 20th, 2024 Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-4:00pm, except during holidays. For more information, please call Centro Cultural Aztlan Monday through Thursday, 10am to 4pm at 210-432-1896 or come by Centro Cultural Aztlan’s office located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103.

Midsummer Solstice: A Celebration of Life, Balance and Renewal

Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to present Midsummer Solstice: A Celebration of Life, Balance and Renewal exhibit. Join Centro Cultural Aztlan for the first ever dual exhibition featuring Midsummer Solstice: A Celebration of Life, Balance and Renewal in Galería Expresión I and The Project: MASA Cosmic Couture Portrait Collection, the first exhibit to open in our new gallery space, Galería Expresión II. These two exhibits come together for a stellar experience commemorating cosmic events and exploring our collective cosmology. Each year in June, the Summer Solstice marks the Northern Hemisphere’s longest day and shortest night of the year – Midsummer. The Mayans oriented their sacred sites, like Chichén Itzá, with the cycles of the Sun. Indigenous peoples synchronize their agricultural and ceremonial calendars with these solar cycles. Human beings need to return to these cycles to recuperate harmony and balance with Life. The English word “solstice” comes from the Latin word solstitium, meaning “sun standing still,” since at the solstice the sun appears to stand still in its path across the horizon. This mid-point in the sun’s annual movement symbolizes transformation and renewal, or death and rebirth. Artwork in this exhibit is inspired by these themes. Participating artists include: Richard Arredondo, Rita Maria Contreras, Celeste De Luna, Mónica Estrada-Saldaña, Oscar Galvan Jr., Noe Garza, Debi Lively, Angelica Mayorga, Angel Moreno, Alexandra Nelipa, Adriana Netro, Denise Perez, Lenise Perez-Miller, Kathleen Baker Pittman, Angelina Pliego, Martin Emmanuel Rangel, Sergio Angel Ruiz, Raul Servín, Sarah Shore, Anita Valencia, Michael Villanueva, Monica Walker, Robert Wilkens, Liliana Wilson, Theresa Ybáñez, and more.   Join us at the opening reception on Friday, June 14, 2024 from 6:00-9:00pm for light refreshments and live music The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through Saturday, July 20th, 2024 Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-4:00pm, except during holidays. For more information, please call Centro Cultural Aztlan Monday through Thursday, 10am to 4pm at 210-432-1896 or come by Centro Cultural Aztlan’s office located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103.

15th Annual Mujeres de Aztlan Exhibition: Persistent and Resilient

Centro Cultural Aztlanis pleased to present the 15th annual Mujeres de Aztlan exhibition, titled Mujeres de Aztlan: Persistent and Resilient. Through this annual exhibition, Centro Cultural Aztlan aims to raise the visibility of women artists working to develop their careers and expand their artistic expressions. This year’s exhibition focuses on the resilience and persistence of women. These qualities, which seem to be innate to women, are used by women across the globe to address and change the range of gender specific obstacles we face. Resilience makes us stronger as life changes. We develop discernment through experience, mistakes, and hard knocks. We become fearless and adapt to continual change. Women have the persistence to make societal changes such as gaining the right to vote, gaining recognition of female artists, and equal pay for some female athletes. Artists are encouraged to express their unique perspective on these qualities of women. The lead artist for this exhibition is Kathleen Baker Pittman. Join us at the opening reception on Friday, March 8, 2024 from 6:00-9:00pm for light refreshments and live music by Ariel Corinne. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through Thursday, March 28, 2024 Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-4:00pm, except during holidays. Participating artists include: Participating artists include: Lead artist: Kathleen Baker Pittman Featured artists: Santa Barraza, Kim Bishop, Maria J. Brown, Magdalena Chellet, Lynn Maverick Denzer, Maureen Doebbler, Sara Drescher, Petra Del Sol Eubanks, Barbara Felix, Robin Gara, Laurel Gibson, Crystal Green, Rose Harms, Angelica Mayorga, Marcy McChesney, Adriana Netro, Denise Pérez, Lenise Pérez-Miller, Kathleen Baker Pittman, Manola Ramirez, Maria Ramirez, Regina Y. Sanders, Le Green Schubert, Sarah Shore, Monica Walker, Liliana Wilson, Angela Weddle, and Terry Ybañez. For more information, please call Centro Cultural Aztlan Monday through Thursday, 10am to 4pm at 210-432-1896 or come by Centro Cultural Aztlan’s office located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103; www.centroaztlan.org.

28th Annual “Celebración a la Virgen de Guadalupe” Exhibit

Centro Cultural Aztlan is honored to present the 28th Annual Celebración a la Virgen de Guadalupe Exhibit. Visitors will explore the significance of the Latin-American cultural icon, La Virgen de Guadalupe, featuring original works of art in acrylic, oil, watercolor, mixed media, sculpture, and more. This exhibition is the oldest and most revered visual arts program featuring La Virgen de Guadalupe as the main theme. Join us at the opening reception Tuesday, December 12, 2023 from 6-9pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public and will be on view December 12th-14th, 2023 and January 2rd-18th, 2024, Monday-Thursday, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The exhibition includes a special art installation of La Virgen de Guadalupe by nationally-recognized floral designer, Henry De Leon. Participating artists include:Richard Arredondo, Zet Baer, Santa Barraza, Celeste DeLuna, Monica Estrada-Saldaña, Oscar A. Galván, Antonio Garcia, Hector Garza, Noe Garza, Cristal Gonzalez, Dolores Gonzales Jarvis, Miguel Gonzales, Frank W. Harris, Irma A. Hernandez, Armando Martinez, Tirzo O. Martinez, Angelica Mayorga, Lucrecia “Gigi” Morales, JD Morera, Alexandra Nelipa, Adriana Netro, Angelina Pliego, Israel Rico, Alfredo L. Rodriguez, Alison Schockner, Raul Servin, Victor Tello, Sonia Villarreal, Eduardo C. Ybarra, and Alicia Zavala Galván. Virgen de Guadalupe Art Market: In addition to the exhibition opening, an art market featuring local vendors will be available December 12th from 6-9pm. Visitors may purchase unique artwork, crafts, and artesanía inspired by La Virgen de Guadalupe and other holiday themes. Mercadito vendors include: Santa Barraza, Malu Berumen, Antonio Garcia, Noe Garza, Norma Gomez, Sandy Hartman, Armando Martinez, Carolyn Martinez, Angelica Mayorga, JD Morera, Adriana Netro, Ben Ortiz, Carol Perez, Angelina Pliego, Yolanda Priego, Israel Rico, Alison Schockner, Sarah Shore, Elliott Treviño, y mas! For more information, please call Centro Cultural Aztlan Monday through Thursday, 10am to 4pm at 210-432-1896 or come by Centro Cultural Aztlan’s office located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103; www.centroaztlan.org.